July 9, 2014
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Amanda Ferguson, Artistic Director, 541-409-2522
A Flea in Her Ear opens at Cottage Theatre on August 8
Cottage Grove, OR — Cottage Theatre continues its 2014 season beginning August 8 with a three-weekend run of A Flea in Her Ear, a farce set in Paris in the early 1900s. Originally written in 1907 by Georges Feydeau, A Flea in Her Ear is one of the most famous of Feydeau's 60+ plays. Cottage Theatre will present a 2006 adaptation of A Flea in Her Ear by David Ives.
This masterpiece of French farce is one of the funniest plays ever written. Madame Chandebise is worried that her husband Victor is secretly having an affair. To find out, she and her friend Lucienne plan a trap, sending an anonymous love letter suggesting a rendezvous at the shady Frisky Puss Hotel. Victor, believing the letter was intended for his colleaugue Romain Tournel, sends Tournel to the hotel in his place. Meanwhile, Lucienne's jealous Spanish husband finds the letter, recognizes his wife's handwriting, and takes his pistols to the Frisky Puss, hoping to catch her in the act. The plot is complicated by confused identities, revolving beds, a great many doors and the fact that the hotel porter, Poche, is the exact double of Victor Chandebise.
Cottage Theatre's production of A Flea in Her Ear is directed and designed by Alan Beck, with costume design by Rhonda Turnquist, and lighting design by Amanda Ferguson. The cast features Kory Weimer (Victor Chandebise & Poche), Tracy Nygard (Raymonde Chandebise), Elaine Slatore (Lucienne Homenides de Histangua), Earl Ruttencutter (Don Carlos Homenides de Histangua), Charles Mattoon (Romain Tournel), and Randall Brous (Camille Chandebise). Other cast members include Mark Allen, Sophie Blades, Matt Boatman, Ward Fairbairn, David Kessler, Keith Kessler, Karen Snyder, and Nicole Trobaugh.
A Flea in Her Ear runs for three weekends at Cottage Theatre from August 8 - 24, 2014. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. There will be one added Thursday performance on August 23 at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 6 to 18). Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances.