Monday, August 26, 2013

(*) MOSTELLARIA (THE HAUNTED HOUSE) by Plautus, translated and adapted by Thomas E. Jenkins, Overtime Theatre

Overtime Theatre San Antonio TX

(Overtime Theatre Center, 1203 Camden Street, San Antonio, 78215 - click for map)


Mostellaria (The Haunted House)

by Plautus
translated and adapted by Thomas E. Jenkins
directed by Kyle Gillette
September 20 - October 19, 2013
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Overtime Theatre, 1203 Camden Street, San Antonio - click for map

The Haunted House Mostellaria Plautus Thomas E. Jenkins Overtime Theatre San Antonio TX

Hijinx and horror combine in this fresh adaptation of Plautus' Mostellaria (The Haunted House). Nominated for several Antonius awards in 190 BCE--including best Middle Republic comedy, and Most Promising Debut by an Umbrian Playwright--The Haunted House has received surprisingly few modern productions, probably owing to the death of Latin. But have no fear: Thomas E. Jenkins' moronic new translation precisely captures the idiocy of the original farce, which scrambles masters and slaves, prostitutes and poltergeists on a particularly hectic day in suburban Rome. So head over to the Overtime Theater to catch this local premiere of Plautus' gloriously goofy Mostellaria: it's the best little horror house in Texas.

"Ubertim flevi et copiose risi -- iterumque iterumque spectare volo! Hoc spectaculum melius Felibus est! Quattuor stellae!" -- Gaius Junius Marcellus, The Greater Tuscany Examiner

"Tragedy, then, is an imitation (mimesis) of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude. The Haunted House, by contrast, is complete garbage." -- Aristotle, Poetics 267E.

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