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Restoration Comedy ''The Country Wife'' Hits Johnson Theatre April 13

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 During the late 1600s, William Wycherley's "The Country Wife" caused an uproar because of its frank language and scandalous trickery.
 Tickets for the play are $8/Winthrop I.D. and $15/public.

Bailey Robinson (left), Nathan Rouse (center) and Briana Parks
will star in Restoration comedy "The Country Wife."

ROCK HILL, S.C. - William Wycherley's comedy "The Country Wife" illuminates a simple but universal (and uproariously funny) truth: One little lie has the power to do massive amounts of damage. 

Based on one rakish man's quest to romance as many London wives as possible, "The Country Wife" will run April 13-16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. in Johnson Theatre. Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, Wycherley's acclaimed play tells the tale of Mr. Horner (played by Nathan Rouse of Clover, S.C.), who tells a small lie that wins him the favor of countless upper-class wives with unsullied reputations.

"The Country Wife," based on several works by French playwright Molière, boasts a fast-paced, intricate plot and plenty of puns, wordplay, revealing character names ("Jasper Fidget" and "Lady Squeamish," to name a few) and sexual innuendo.

Andrew Vorder Bruegge, professor/chair of theatre and dance, will direct "The Country Wife," and theatre and dance faculty members Janet Gray, costume design, and Anna Sartin, scenic design, will work with a student technical crew to bring the comedy to Johnson stage.

Theatre and Dance will hold its annual Scholarship and Alumni Reception in the Johnson Hall lobby after the April 16 performance. During the reception, students awarded scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year will be honored.

Presentation of "The Country Wife" is part of Rock Hill's Come-See-Me Festival. The play contains adult content, and seating is reserved. Tickets are $8 with Winthrop I.D. and $15 general admission. Contact the box office at 803/323-4014 or to reserve tickets.

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