Life of a heroine who survives and conquers in the challenging world of the 17th century
The fifth play in Ross Valley Players 89th season is Incidents in the Wicked Life of Moll Flanders by Jennifer Le Blanc, adapted from Daniel Defoe’s 1722 novel.
Directed by Ellen Brooks.
A bawdy story about a poor damsel in distress who surrenders her virtue again and again (and again) to get to the top of society, Moll Flanders is one of the most memorable heroines in the canon.
The play covers almost 50 years in the life of Moll Flanders in 17th century England. Her mother was a convicted felon and Moll was born in Newgate Prison in London. Not an auspicious start. Moll is thrown into a life of misadventures with the Highwaymen, Seducers, Husbands, Pirates and Thieves who pepper this historical romp.
With determination, guile and a flexible set of moral standards, Moll lives a life of amazing triumphs and defeats – beginning as a servant, then a whore, thief, five times a wife, mother, lover, transported felon and in the end rich and penitent.
Ellen Brooks describes why she loves directing this play:
“Moll Flanders bursts with energy, mischief and resourcefulness. Living by her wit and beauty in a tumultuous world, her fortunes rise, fall and rise again as she crosses England, then an ocean, and lands in a new world ~ but always with misadventure and outrageous circumstance nipping at her heels. Her ending is a complete surprise ~ even to herself.”
A cast of 12 brings audiences in touch with inmates, scoundrels, pirates, thieves, lovers and accomplices in this adult romp.
Thursday, May 23 – Preview Night
Friday, May 24 – Opening Night and Season Subscriber’s Reception
Saturday, May 25 – Buzz At The Barn
Sunday, June 2 & June 9 – Talkbacks: Discuss the show with the director and actors immediately following the matinee performance.
Sunday, June 16 – Closing Matinee
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays:
$27 – General Admission/Adults
$15 – Under age 25
$22 – General Admission/Adults
$12 – Under age 25
Preview Night – Thursday, May 23:
$12 minimum donation suggested
Contact: 415-456-9555, ext. 1
Additional time info:
Thursdays – 7:30 pm
Fridays/Saturdays – 8:00 pm
Sunday matinees – 2:00 pm
Friday, May 24: Subscribers’ Reception
6:30 pm pre-show cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine, Q&A with director
Saturday, May 25: Buzz At The Barn
7:00 pm pre-show cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957