Performances of The Emperor of the Moon will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 15–24 at 7:30 pm. All six performances take place will be free to the public.
On Fri -Sat, June 16-17, pre-show receptions will be hosted just up the steps at the Sylvia Center studio theater, with food, booze and music — tickets will be $50 to raise funds for the free shows and Sylvia Center for the Arts’ capital campaign.
Sylvia Center for the Arts is seeking sponsors for the free performances, the pre-show receptions, and the post-show concerts. Interested parties may email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THE EMPEROR OF THE MOON is a ribald tale about a pair of lovestruck cousins, Elaria and Belamante, who try to pass off their two suitors as visiting royalty from the moon in order to trick their astronomy-fancying father/uncle, the scholarly Dr Baliardo, into allowing them to marry—comedic mishaps and buffoonery ensue.
Sylvia Center Artistic Director Glenn Apollo Hergenhahn-Zhao’s brand-new translation of this 17th-century farce made its debut as a workshop performance during our New Works Festival in May 2017. The original play was written in 1687 by Aphra Behn, a playwright, author, and spay known as the first professional femal writer in England (and perhaps the world).