For Immediate Release —March 5, 2009
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516


Drew Zantopp, left, as Orgon and Chiara Guardo as Lisette in
 “The Game of Love and Chance” at SUNY Geneseo March 4-8.
(Photo:  Ben Gajewski)

SUNY Geneseo to Stage Marivaux’s “The Game of Love and Chance”

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo is staging Pierre Marivaux’s 1730 romantic comedy of errors, “The Game of Love and Chance” March 4-8 in Brodie Hall’s Alice Austin Theater on campus.  The Wednesday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.  The Sunday matinee begins at 2 o’clock.  All tickets are $7.

The production revolves around Sylvia, played by graduating senior Linda Freund, and the complications that ensue when she and her chambermaid, Lisette, played by junior Chiara Guarda, decide to trade identities for a day when Sylvia's fiancé, Dorante, comes to visit for the first time.  Unbeknownst to Sylvia and Lisette, Dorante, played by senior Emily Upham, and his valet Harlequin, played by first-year student Brian Clemente, have decided to trade identities as well.  Only Sylvia's father Orgon, played by Geneseo alumnus Drew Zantopp, and brother Mario, played by first-year student Hamza Murtaza, know who is dressed as whom, and though much confusion ensues, a joyous outcome awaits all six characters. 

First-year student Logan Thompson and junior Alexandra Rich share stage management responsibilities.  School of the Arts faculty member Randy Barbara Kaplan directed and choreographed the production, which features historically accurate 18th-century clothing designed by School of the Arts faculty member Crystal Ferrell, with lighting and sound by faculty member Johnnie Ferrell.  The scenery was designed by faculty member Steve Stubblefield.

For more information on the production, call (585) 245-5841.