BGSU Theatre offers early 20th century romantic comedy

Bowling Green State University’s Department of Theatre and Film will present “Diana of Dobson’s,” Cicely Hamilton’s Edwardian comedy of manners, in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts for one weekend only, Nov.16-19.

When London department store employee Diana comes into an unexpected sum of money, she fulfills her dream of vacationing abroad. Posing as a wealthy widow, she attracts the romantic attentions of Captain Bretherton, a fellow traveler she meets in Switzerland. Are his affections genuine, or are he and his aunt merely after Diana’s supposed fortune? “Diana of Dobson’s” explores this question, as well as others regarding the limited options available to working-class women in the early 20th century, in a style that mixes the witty intelligence of George Bernard Shaw with elements of classic romantic comedy.

Dr. Jonathan Chambers, a professor of theatre and film, directs the production with traditional early 20th-century “music hall” embellishments, including live music provided by Dr. Geoffrey Stephenson, lecturer in theatre and film, and theatre major Anna Parchem. Jarod Dorotiak is the accompanist.

“Diana of Dobson’s” features Camila Piñero as Diana and Jarod Mariani as her suitor, Captain Bretherton. The cast also includes students Harmon R. Andrews, Hennessey Bevins, Kelly Dunn, Adam Hensley, Laura Hohman, Megan Kome, Lorna Jane Patterson, Fallon Smyl, and Gabriyel Thomas.

Kelly Wiegant Mangan, lecturer in theatre and film, has designed scenery and properties to capture the play’s 1908 charm, and Margaret McCubbin, an associate professor of theatre and film, provides costumes that showcase the period’s popular fashions. Lighting design is by Steve Boone, assistant professor of theatre and fllm. The production team also includes Stage Manager Stephanie Vietor and Assistant Stage Manager Nora Long. 

Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 16-18, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for adults. All tickets are $20 if purchased on the day of performance. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. 

Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, Theatre and Film, 419-372-8495, prior to the event.