Author

Hongji Zhu

Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Theatre Arts

Abstract

The original version of The Game of Love and Chance was performed in Paris in late January of 1730. It was originally written by French playwright Marivaux and adapted by Stephen Wadsworth. The original performance was done in commedia dell’arte style. This adaptation was first performed in Princeton, New Jersey, on May 9,1997. Silvia, a wealthy girl, does not want to follow her father’s orders to marry someone she does not know. She switches her identity with her chambermaid Lisette when her fiancé Dorant first comes to visit. In order to know Silvia better, Dorant also dressed like his valet. During the visit, Dorant and Silvia fall in love with each other. They have to deal with family expectations and the social restraints of their stations.

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