The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre closes the Fall 2013 season with The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol. All performances will take place at the Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss.
Performance dates are Nov. 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for the public; $10 for faculty, staff, and military; and $8 for students. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425 or visit www.southernmisstickets.com.
Gogol’s hilarious satire is often considered the funniest and most biting Russian play of the 19th century. When a provincial Russian town mistakes the wrong man as an inspector from the central government, bribery overflows; but the smiles turn to stunned disbelief as the action builds to one of the most famous endings in theatre. Southern Miss Theatre is pleased to present an adaptation produced at the Guthrie Theatre in 1973.
Rachael Swartz, a third year Masters of Fine Arts in Performance candidate from Wooster, Ohio plays “Anna” in The Government Inspector.
“I think people are often intimidated by shows that take place in an older time. They think it’s not relatable, but what happens in this play could literally happen at any time,” said Swartz.
“It’s a high comedy that mocks political corruption as well as interpersonal corruption. It’s a riot to see. These are all characters that you know and love - the scheming wife, the husband that’s interested in social climb. It’s that archetypal character that we can all relate to. It’ll be a really good time,” added Swartz.
Bailey McClure, a third year Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from Marietta, Georgia, designed the set for The Government Inspector for her creative project.
“The director, Lou Rackoff, had this idea for a red floor, so I took that and ran with it. I finally stumbled across several Russian paintings and images with churches like in St. Petersburg or Moscow in the background. I found the perfect one, played with it a little bit, cut it up in to pieces, and eventually it started to become my set,” McClure said.
“Originally the doors were mirror images of each other. Then Lou and I had the great idea of making the doors two different sizes. This would help with the theatricality and the humor behind the show itself. We decided that one door was going to be really short, so we asked Drew, who plays Khlestakov, how tall he was. I purposely made the door shorter than he is tall. The short door is 5’9” and the tall door is eight feet tall,” added McClure.
For more information about the Department of Theatre, call 601.266.4994 or visit www.usm.edu/theatre.