May. 10 - May. 19
Melodrama has something for everyone. In Augustin Daly’s 1867 script Under the Gaslight the beautiful young Laura Courtland, belle of New York society, is plunged into poverty by a terrible secret from her past. She must claw her way back to the top, while facing evil villains and finding her perfect hero. Under the Gaslight introduced to the world the oft-parodied melodramatic idea of the heroine being tied to the railroad tracks by a fiendish, moustache-twirling villain, while a train bears down on her - although in this case, it’s one of the heroes who is tied to the track instead.
In an effort to create a sense of 19th Century theatre-going, CSDC Executive Artistic Director, Irene Miller, is interspersing the action with olios, 19th Century variety acts used to fill out the production and to satisfy the average customers' desire for all forms of entertainment. Olios can be anything from comedy sketches to popular songs of the era to magic acts.
|The production team includes Director, Irene Miller; Stage Manager, Andrea Miller; Set Design, Alfy Valdez; and Costume Department Head, Marla Ripps.
Under the Gaslight
by Augustin Daley
Crystal Sea Drama Company
May 10 - May 19, 2019
Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays, 7:30 p.m.