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Rancocas Valley Regional High School
Commedia Dell'arte Showcase

Red Devil Dramatics is proud to present two plays in the style and tradition of Commedia Dell'arte.

The Captain


The Man Presumed Dead

    Commedia Dell’arte is a form of professional street theatre developed during the Italian Renaissance. With the Catholic church controlling what audiences viewed in theatres, troupes of professional actors set up makeshift stages and set pieces in the streets and piazzas all over Italy. Anonymous from the law via masks and ready to run at any moment, Commedia became an extremely popular form of theatre for centuries across Europe; the plays are fast, funny, socially relevant, lite, and brilliantly executed.

    Today, the style is a rare opportunity to train and perform in. The training involves stock characters each with a heavy set of rules and physical demands. The plays themselves are only partly written, Skeleton Plays. Similar to an improv. scenario, RV actors will, while committed to their stock character and training, ad lib dialogue and comedic bits to their skeleton play in order to flesh out the dramatic structure of the production. The end result is a devised production, built under the hands and minds of our own students, uniquely theirs and original to our own RV community.

We look forward to sharing these two playswith RV’s students, faculty and the greater community we serve.

November 19-22, 2020

Please note the important information below:

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Tickets will not be available at the door.
  • If you plan to sit with someone else, please purchase your tickets together, as seating will be assigned based on group size and in the order a group of tickets were purchased.
  • All groups will be socially distanced.
  • Masks must be worn at ALL times.
  • Performances will take place OUTSIDE of the RVRHS Performing Arts Center.  Please dress appropriately.
Rancocas Valley Regional High School
Performing Arts Center
520 Jacksonville Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
  • IMPORTANT: The site does not allow for refunds/exchanges, except in the event the show is cancelled all together due to weather or the school closing as a result of the pandemic (less service fees).
  • Please be sure to pay close attention to the date(s) and quantities you select when purchasing your tickets.

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