EAST PEORIA — The Illinois Central College Theatre Program 2018-19 season gets underway with a Tony-nominated retelling of a classic Italian comedy. "One Man, Two Guvnors" opens Friday for six performances in the main stage theater of the Performing Arts Center on the Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus.
Written by Richard Bean, "One Man, Two Guvnors" is an English adaptation of Goldoni’s "The Servant of Two Masters."
Bean’s version takes place in England in the 1960s and follows the story of Francis Henshall, a down-on-his-luck man who becomes employed by Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time gangster in town to collect money from his fiancée's dad. However, Roscoe is really his twin sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers.
Henshall sees the opportunity to double his income by taking a second job with none other than Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. In order to avoid being discovered, Henshall must go to great lengths to serve both bosses and keep them apart — but for how long and at what price?
The show runs Sept. 21 through Sept. 30. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.
The cast includes: Jacob DuBois, Vanessa Hesh, Dylan Hill, Tori Lowman and Piper Simpson, all of Pekin; Josh Graff of Manito; Tess Howley of Washington; Destiny Jording of El Paso; Seamus Kelly of Easton; Noah Lane of Trivoli; Dylan McDonell of Washburn; Creighton Peacock of Bartonville; Jared Ray of Glasford; Ricky Ray of Galesburg; Max Rutschke of Peoria; and Dalton Sander of LaFayette.
Director is Tim Wyman. The show is rated PG for mild adult situations and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.
Tickets cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.
The show is the first of four in the 2018-19 ICC theater season. Other shows include:
• "Columbinus" by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, which examines the tragedy of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. There will be seven performances between Nov. 9 and Nov. 18 in the studio theater. Rated R for extreme language, adult situations and violence; no one under age 18 will be admitted.
• "Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood," by Ken Ludwig is a show filled with laughter and swashbuckling adventure. The play tells the story of the hero who takes on the ruthless powers that be. There are six performances between Feb. 22 and March 3 in the main stage theater. Rated G.
• "Blue Window" by Craig Lucas is a quiet, dramatic comedy about a group of friends, who, for varied reasons, are looking for something more. Seven performances are planned between April 12 and April 20 in the studio theater. Rated PG-13 for adult subject matter.
Individual tickets for all shows cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens. Season tickets are $28 for the general public and $20 for students and senior citizens.
For tickets or information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Box Office at 694-5136.