Class Mates

Sure, some of us treat every human soul with equal respect and regard. But when it comes to floating the romantic boat, all bets are off -- the, shall we say, “heart” wants what it wants. And should one exploit that knowledge to spark attraction?

Maybe your integrity balks at posing. Not that of Kate Hardcastle, heroine of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, who figures that a lifetime of wedded bliss is a fair reward for a temporary pretense. Charles Marlow, Kate’s intended, has the 18th-century equivalent of self-esteem issues: He’s shy around women of his own class but comfortable with serving wenches. So Kate goes slumming to break the ice. All is complicated when Kate’s annoying brother tricks Charles into thinking Chez Hardcastle is a country inn, sending all remaining manners out the window.

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 21, 3 p.m.; Sat., April 27, 2 p.m. Starts: April 12. Continues through April 27, 2013
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson