Great Catherine (Whom Glory Still Adores)
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Richard DiPrima
In the late 1700s, Russia was ruled by the empress known to history as Catherine the Great, a brilliant figure who wrote plays and essays, who corresponded with the storyteller Grimm and the philosopher Voltaire, who led her nation to diplomatic and political triumphs, and who scandalized Europe with her love affairs. In this very funny short play, Shaw gives us his own vision of the private Catherine as she meets and flirts with a prudish, stiff-necked, handsome young English officer. Taking part in the encounter are her zany Russian courtiers, led by her former lover and the leader of her government, the outrageous, shrewd, crude, drunken Grigori Patiomkin.
Produced by Young Shakespeare Players at 1806 West Lawn Ave. Madison, WI (near Spooner and Monroe)
Performances: February 1-10, 2008
Performance Times: Friday Feb. 1 and 8 at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm, Saturday Feb 2 and 9 at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm and Sunday Feb. 3 and 10 at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm.NOTE - two performances per date.
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