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October 31, 1996
A Flea in Her Ear, Southampton Players Fall French Farce Opens Thursday, November 14

Contact: Virginia Bennett
Phone: (516) 287-8313

Southampton Graduate Campus students and actors from the community are running at breakneck speeds around the stage of the College?s Fine Arts Theater, rehearsing for A Flea In Her Ear. Georges Feydeau?s saucy farce about supposed infidelity and mistaken identity opens Thursday, November 14, and plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. through November 23.

Directed and designed by Michael Disher, the Southampton Players? production of A Flea In Her Ear is from the hilarious new adaptation and translation of the French comedy created by Frank Galati for Chicago?s Steppenwolf Theater. The modern-day settings include visits to the Parisian home of Victor and Yvonne DeBoshe, and a frenzied romp through the halls and rooms of the Hotel Pussy-A-Go-Go.

Ray Hamlin, a student who has performed frequently with Southampton Players, will play the ubiquitous Victor DeBoshe, and Susan Novak of East Moriches appears as his elegant wife, Yvonne. A foolish misunderstanding between these two is the impetus that launches the play?s wildly improbable action. The couple?s friends, Carlos and Lucille Homenides de Histangua, played by students Chris Rogers and Danny Breda, get involved and embroiled as well, adding more complications to the madcap action.

John Hayden of Southampton appears as Dr. Panache and Daniel Vest, a student, is the amorous Maurice Blas?. Other students parts are played by Ryan Punch as the DeBoshe?s butler, Perrier, and Trenny Lynn Lowey is Nanette, the parlourmaid and Perrier?s wife; Matthew Rowe plays Claude DeBoshe, the nephew with a speech impediment who is carrying on with Nanette.

The denizens of the Hotel Pussy-A-Go-Go are owner Colonel Martinet and his wife Olympia, a former courtesan; they are portrayed by Hampton Bays resident Bill Dexter and student Sarah Splitt. Babette, the maid, will be Christalle Gemon, a student, and Water Mill resident Allen Fein portrays Benedictine, Martinet?s alcoholic uncle. Jamie Delpino, a student, appears as Maher Ravvi, the sex-crazed Indian who habituates the hotel.

General Admission tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and students.

For further information call the Arts and Media Division, (516) 287-8429.


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