A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
July 20 through August 5, 2018, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by John Rushton
Music Director: Dr. Robert Forbes
Stage Manager: TBD
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, and combined with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville, this musical romp through Rome includes desperate lovers, mistaken identities, scheming neighbors, slamming doors, and secrets behind every toga.
Pseudolus, a crafty slave, aims to earns his freedom from his young master, Hero, by winning for him the heart of a beautiful virgin, Philia. The task, however, is not as easy as it seems. Philia is a courtesan from the neighboring house of Marcus Lycus, and has already been promised to Miles Gloriosus, a Captain in the Roman army. Undeterred, Pseudolus devises a clever scheme to sneak Philia away. But the plan becomes more and more complicated as others get involved: Hero's parents Senex and Domina, who return home early from a trip; their slave Hysterium, the chief slave of the household; their other neighbor Erronius, returning from a long and unfruitful search for his two children who were kidnapped in infancy by pirates; and the other captivating courtesans of the house of Lycus: Tintinabula, Panacea, Vibrata, Gymnasia, and the Geminae Twins.
Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Author, and considered one of Broadway’s greatest farces, this fast-paced, witty, irreverent and hysterical show has "something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Pseudolus - A crafty Roman slave who seeks to win his freedom.
Hero - The young son of a Roman senator who falls in love with Philia.
Philia - A virgin courtesan in the house of Marcus Lycus, and Hero's love interest.
Senex - A henpecked, sardonic Roman senator living in a less fashionable suburb of Rome.
Domina - The wife of Senex; a manipulative, shrewish woman who is loathed by even her husband.
Hysterium - The chief slave in the house of Senex.
Marcus Lycus - A purveyor of courtesans, who operates from the house to the left of Senex.
Miles Gloriosus - A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia.
Erronius - Senex's elderly neighbor in the house to the right, who has spent the past twenty years searching for his missing children, and spends much of the play circling the seven hills of Rome.
Tintinabula - A jingling, bell-wearing courtesan in the house of Lycus.
Panacea - A courtesan in the house of Lycus, with a face that can hold a thousand promises and cure all that ails you.
Vibrata - A wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Lycus.
Gymnasia - An athletic courtesan from the house of Lycus with whom Pseudolus falls in love.
The Geminae - Inseparable twin courtesans in the house of Lycus.
Proteans - Ensemble members who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs).