Rolling Stock takes ‘Governor!’ on the road

Jul 31, 2014
The local Rolling Stock Company’s Commedia dell'Arte show includes, from left, Marika Shyduroff as Servette, Richard Shyduroff as Pantalone, Anna Gambell as Innocenta and Zachary Stern as Ruggido.

The Rolling Stock Company will begin touring its summer comedy "Pantalone for Governor!” Monday, Aug. 4, at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Park, across the street from Rockport Public Library. The show is appropriate for all ages.

The play is free, so everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the comic theater genre called Commedia dell'Arte. This type of theater was popular in Italy in medieval times and was presented during market days in small towns. Although the actors — most of the older male characters are masked, while the young, and usually the women, are not — know their characters and the plot of the story, dialog is improvised on the spot … and what they say can be highly influenced by the reaction of the audience, so participation is welcomed.

Rolling Stock Company (complete with traveling stage) was founded in 2009. Despite their traditional Renaissance costumes, the performers are quite likely to make comic local references. The troupe will be presenting its Comedy for One and All at outdoor spaces around the Midcoast including Monday, Aug. 11, at 3:30 p.m. at Rockport Harbor Park; and Monday, Aug. 18, at the Camden Amphitheatre. Shows are free, although donations are welcome.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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