The Barber of Seville
and

The Marriage of Figaro

 

McCarter Theatre

Princeton, NJ

April - May 2014

Director: Stephen Wadsworth

Playwright: Pierre Beaumarchais

Adaptor/Translator: Stephen Wadsworth

Set Design: Charlie Corcoran

Costume Design: Camille Assaf

Lighting Design: Joan Arhelger

Wig Design: Tom Watson

Music Director: Gerald Steichen

Stage Manager: Cheryl Mintz

With: Neal Bledsoe, Cody Buege, Frank Corrado, Burton Curtis, Cameron Folmar, Betsy Hogg, Maggie Lacey, David Andrew Laws, Naomi O’Connell, Jeanne Paulsen, Larry Paulsen, Derek Smith, and Magan Wiles.

Want some more? Check out this lovely gallery of photos from the production, a video teaser, and some behind the scenes footage.

Why these plays, with their socially and politically revolutionary themes, aren’t produced more in America is well beyond me.


Acting as the mouthpiece of his author, who was a jack-of-all-trades watchmaker, music teacher, arms smuggler, diplomat, and poet, Figaro became an iconic character of classical theater (and opera, of course). He stood up for the common man, showed up the aristocracy, but maintained cheery optimism about his own fate, man’s nature, and the future of humanity.


What a thrill it was to play Figaro in these wonderful productions, helmed by the inspiring and genius Stephen Wadsworth, and surrounded by such a talented cast, creative team, and crew.

Hatching a plan with Suzanne (Maggie Lacey, center) and the Countess (Naomi O’Connell, right).

Screwing around in Barber with Bartolo (Derek Smith, center) and the Count in disguise (Neal Bledsoe, right)

No shrinking violet when it comes to stagecraft, Stephen ended Marriage with a huge company dance.

This NYTimes article highlighted Stephen’s love of 18th century work and the ambitious productions.

One of many fierce standoffs with the Count (Neal Bledsoe, right), with Suzanne (Maggie Lacey, second from left) and Fanchette (Betsy Hogg, second from right) caught in the middle.