Production mixes comedy, innuendo

Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy

“The Philadelphia Story is a wonderful look in the lives of the rich and fabulous during a time in our nation’s history when being rich was the fun thing to do.” said Geoffrey Nixon, a senior theater and speech education major.

The timeless tale of love found, and love befuddled comes to SDSU Oct. 15 to 19 through the classic play, The Philadelphia Story.

“There are so many wonderful moments in this play,” said Callie Hisek, director of The Philadelphia Story, “I saw the movie when I was 10 years old, and it became my favorite. After reading the play, I completely fell in love with it and when presented the opportunity to direct a play here at SDSU, I knew this was the one.”

The play is set in 1939 outside of Philadelphia, at the Lord Estate where Tracy Lord lives as a young, wealthy socialite. Tracy is engaged to George Kittredge, but when Tracy’s ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven shows up, things get a little crazy, especially after the arrival of a newspaper reporter named Mike Conner. After some comedic events occur, Tracy finds herself in trouble: three men, and only one Tracy.

“When it came to the auditions, I looked to see whose personalities matched the best with the characters. This show requires comedy and class, and we needed actors who fit these descriptions,” said Hisek.

The cast includes Cori Bortnem, who plays Tracy Lord, Jake Windish in the role of Mike Conner the reporter, Jason Yapp who plays the fiancé, George Kittredge, and the part of the ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven, is played by Pierce Humke.

The plot may be about love, and the inability of Tracy to pick a man, but this play also includes Tracy’s family issues and the comedy that comes with having sisters, uncles and extended family.

“I play the dirty uncle that everyone wishes they had,” said Geoffrey Nixon, who plays the part of Uncle Will Tracy, “Uncle Willie provides the show with a certain amount of fun and comic relief, and I like to think that I do the same in my life.”

Tickets for the show can be purchased through the Audience Service Office. SDSU students are free with their student ID. The show runs from Oct. 15 through Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Doner Auditorium. A matinee of the production can be seen on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

#1.882334:768117336.jpg:DSC_0139.jpg:Allison Weiland applys makeup prior to rehearsal of The Philadelphia Story.:Ethan Swanson