The Government Inspector

December 15, 2017 by Anonymous

SNOWFLAKE — Auditions for The Government Inspector, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original 1836 play by Nikolai Gogol, will be Tuesday and Thursday, January 9 & 11, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Center on the Snowflake/Taylor – Silver Creek Campus, 1611 S. Main St.

The Government Inspector

“There are roles for 10 men and seven women,” notes Dr. Michael Solomonson, director for the performance. “Those who audition are encouraged to prepare a 1-minute comic or dramatic monologue. Cold readings from the script may be substituted for a prepared piece.”

The play is based upon an anecdote allegedly recounted to Gogol by Alexander Pushkin. The Russian and Ukrainian dramatist and novelist created a five-act play based on a comedy of errors, satirizing human greed, stupidity, and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia.

Dramatists Play Service describes the story as an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. When the corrupt officials of a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector (the revizor) is coming for a surprise visit, the whole village spirals into a world of panic and greed when a foppish civil servant with a wild imagination is mistaken for the inspector.

American playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the script in 2009 into what the Minneapolis Star-Tribune describes as “a comedy of galumphing, harrumphing hilarity. One part farce, one part slapstick, with a dash of musical theater.”

Performances will be April 19-21 and 26-28.

For questions about auditions or the play, contact Dr. Michael Solomonson, 536-6217.

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