Act 1 DeSales University Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy, “The Devil’s Disciple.” Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Shaw weaves an unlikely story of sacrifice and honor in this ingenious mixture of comedy, adventure, mistaken identity, and romance. The production, directed by Professor of Theatre, Wayne S. Turney, with original music by Chair of Theatre Dennis Razze, runs February 21 to March 4 on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA.
“The Devil’s Disciple” is set in 1777 America. Upon hearing of his father’s death, rascal Richard “Dick” Dungeon, the black sheep of the family, returns home in all of his irreverent, yet charming glory. Dick’s disrespectful attitude and debaucherous lifestyle compels a visiting minister to warn him of the impending danger posed by the occupying British forces, fearing they would hang him as a rebel. However, unbeknownst to the Minister, it is he who is in danger. In a twist of fate, Dick is mistaken for the Minister and allows himself to be arrested in order to save the Minister from being hanged. As chaos ensues, the Minister and his wife must decide whether to allow Dick to proceed with his heroic act, or save him from the hangman’s noose. The result is a charming comedy that is as much hilarious as it is heartwarming. “‘The Devil’s Disciple’ is part political protest, part romance and part masquerade—all the makings of a great melodrama,” says performing arts division head John Bell. “It’s great exposure for our student actors and a crackling comedy which I know our audience will love.” [Read more…]