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    Our Country's Good / The Recruiting Officer

    Presented by at Charlestown Working Theater

    March 15 - April 6, 2013


    Our Country's Good / The Recruiting Officer

    Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker “A play is a world in itself, a tiny colony we could almost say.
    And you are in charge of it. That is a great responsibility.” Australia 1789. Eight months by ship from England, the British penal colony at Sydney is struggling to find its way. In a new world that resists all the rules of the Old World, a young lieutenant sets out to direct the first antipodean theatrical production - George Farquhar’s Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer. But with only two copies of the play and a (mostly illiterate) cast of convicts, the conditions are hardly ideal. Even better? His leading lady is bound for the gallows. Our Country’s Good is based on The Playmaker, a novel by Thomas Keneally, which in turn is based on true events. in repertory with The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar “Unless we could make ourselves some pleasure amidst the pain, no mortal man would be able to bear it.” Captain Plume sweeps into Shrewsbury with the promise of glory and adventure for those men willing to enlist in the King’s army. He has also come, however, to court Sylvia, a feisty young lady who is equally smitten with him, although a little less certain of her lover’s fidelity. And since she’s just come into some money, she can afford to put him to the test. Meanwhile, her cousin Melinda takes her own stab at finding love by playing her two suitors against each other. Filled with dashing rakes and lusty wenches, military maneuvers and lovers in disguise, ladies in britches and dudes kissing dudes, Farquhar’s 1706 comedy The Recruiting Officer is a lustful, bawdy and robust exploration of the lengths we’ll go to win - both in life and love.

    Charlestown Working Theater

    442 Bunker Hill Street
    Charlestown, MA 02129

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    Please note that due to high ticket fees associated with producing at the Calderwood Pavillion at the Boston Center for the Arts, we have had to set a minimum price of $15 - we will be launching our full Pay What You Want program for Our Country's Good and The Recruiting Officer.


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