Love and politics on the TWU stage

Love and politics collide in SMASH

Trinity Western University’s SAMC Theatre kicks off a new season with big laughs and colourful costumes in SMASH, a high-style British comedy fittingly set on a college campus. Buckle up for a witty faceoff between socialism and capitalism, mixed with some battle-of-the-sexes fun.

Romance and politics collide when the main character, a charming though slightly misguided socialist, abandons his bride for a grand scheme to overthrow the British government. When he sneaks into a ladies’ college hoping to convert socially influential allies, his clumsy antics throw the campus into a tizzy. Before long, he’s dodging a hawk-eyed headmistress, saucy dames on rollerskates, and a starry-eyed rebel who is hopelessly in love with him.

“Whether you’re an enthusiast of politics and history, or you just love a good laugh, this play is a crowd-pleaser,” said Lloyd Arnett, PhD, the director of SMASH and a theatre professor at TWU. “Like the best of satires, it’s full of ridiculous characters who take themselves quite seriously.”

Jeffrey Hatcher’s script, critically acclaimed for its smart writing and social commentary, is adapted from The Unsocial Socialist by theatre legend George Bernard Shaw. BackStage West called it “a sparkling evening of Shaw…with loads of clever wordplay and impassioned debate about the structure of society and the preferred form of change.”

Arnett and the cast will host a special event for high school students after the November 2 performance. The night includes pizza, admission and a post-show talkback for only $10. For information, email us at theatre@twu.ca.

The play stars Corben Dunn, James Faley, Amanda Haggett, Paul Kobilke, Lucas Morehouse, Madeleine Osborne, Steven Simpson, Rachel Van Vliet, Mikayla Wust and Joelle Wyminga. Costumes are designed by Kaitlin Williams, the set by Heipo Leung, and lighting by Sophie Tang.

SMASH runs from October 25 to November 5 at TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC). Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. To book tickets, visit www.twu.ca/theatre or call 604.513.2188.

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