The Game of Love and Chance

by Marivaux
Traslated by Stephen Wadsworth
Directed by Stuart Carden

Silvia, well-born and high-spirited, is concerned about an arranged marriage so she spends the day of her fiance’s first visit disguised as her maid Lisette while Lisette pretends to be Silvia.  The intended husband, Dorante, takes the same precaution, arriving in the guise of his servant.  And his servant, who duly comes dressed as Dorante, is the irrepressible and outrageous Harlequin, which means pandemonium ensuses.  The “servants” are drawn to each other but must overcome the pride and prejudice of their social class while Lisette and Harlequin savor a delicious taste of freedom and respectability.  All are deeply perplexed as Marivaux uncompromisingly turns the screw.  Silvia’s father and brother, who know all but say nothing, preside over the sentimental education of these comedic desperadoes.   (from the Samuel French Catalogue)

Spring, 2004


CAST ( In order of appearance )
Silvia- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Stesha Merle
Lisette- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Michelle Merrick  
Monsieur Orgon- - - - - - - - - - - - -Travis Paul
Mario    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Ivan Milecivic
Dorante- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Steve Truncale
Harlequin- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bill McIntosh


CREW ____________________________________
Director.....Stuart Carden
Assistant Director.....Carolyn Elizabeth
Stage Manager.....Will Aragon
Sound Design.....Tim Porcelli
Sound Operator.....Brendan Hennigan
Light Design.....John Rodriguez
Light Operator.....Elias Morales
Set Design.....Robert G. Smith
Costume Design.....Nicole Burchfield
Stage Crew.....Gary Longo
Prop Master.....Brendan Weinger
Box Office Manager.....Eric Steier
Assistant Box Office Manager.....Brigid Blume 
Publicity Coordinator..... Zach Neff
Assistant Publicity Coordinator.....Viviana Belisle

PROFILES (Cast)_________________________

Michelle-Marie Merrick (Lisette)  is pleased to be appearing once again at the Stage Center in The Game of Love and Chance. Some of her Stage Center credits include Tartuffe, The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It, Ramshackle Inn, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and Ghosts. Currently, you may find her in the Children’s Theatre daytime production of A Cluster of Clowns. Michelle-Marie would like to thank the talented cast and crew of Ghosts as well as family and friends for their support.

Travis Paul (Monsieur Orgon) is very pleased to once again be appearing on the NEIU stage.He was most recently seen here in NEIU's production of The Game of Love and Chance.He has also been found in area productions of Big River (Harvey Wilkes), Kiss Me Kate (Bill/Lucencio), Into The Woods (Rapunzel's Prince), The Sound of Music (Rolf), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Ensemble), and West Side Story (Snowboy). Travis is a part-time nanny (believe it or not!) and a full-time student here at NEIU.

Ivan Milicevic (Mario) is proud to be making his Stage Center debut in The Game of Love and Chance. He is a recent NEIU graduate, and has previously appeared in the Studio Series production of Water and Wine. He would like to take this opportunity to thank his wonderful director and amazing cast as well as his family and friends for their support. He would like to especially thank his theatre teacher Anna Antaramian for helping him rediscover his love of theatre.

Steve Truncale (Dorante) loves all these great roles he’s had at the Stage Center including  roles in The Tender Trap and Sunday in New York. Playing at love is always fun.  Steve is also an ensemble member of Chicago’s A Reasonable Facsimile Theater Company.

Bill McIntosh (Harlequin) is thrilled to return to the floorboards of the Stage Center. He appeared in front of the audience in Scapino and behind the scenes directing Inspecting Carol. With all this good fortune he tries not to get a big head. He has also appeared on stage in Los Angeles, Seattle and other Chicago stages. Recently he performed in South Korea, but he's glad to be back among the friendly faces and great audiences of Stage Center Theatre.

Stesha Merle (Silvia) is pleased to be making her Stage Center debut in this wonderful production. You may have seen her in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead, Pride and Prejudice, just to name a few. Most recently, Stesha was in Private Eyes at the Act One Studios. Thanks to Stuart and love to A.
from Game of Love and Chance
from Game of Love and Chance
from Game of Live and Chance
Orgon (Travis Paul), Lisette (Michelle Merrick),
Harlequin (Bill McIntosh)
Lisette (Michelle Merrick) and Silvia ( Stesha Merle)
Harlequin (Bill McIntosh)


Bill McIntosh (Harlequin) and Michelle Merrick (Lisette) in rehearsal

Stesha Merle (Silvia) and Steve Truncale (Dorante) in rehearsal

PROFILES (Production Team)__________

Stuart Carden (Director), is pleased to join NEIU once again with this exuberant play.  Recent credits include the New Play Festival at City Theatre, Private Eyes, Spring Awakening, and The Good Doctor (NEIU).  Other favorite productions include his own adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman, Streetcar Named Desire, Miss Julie and The Car Play at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Stuart received his MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches each summer.   In Chicago he is an instructor of acting and movement at Loyola University and Act One Studios.  Upcoming projects include Stones in his Pockets, Big Love, and another French gem, Jean Anouilh’s Ring Around the Moon.

Carolyn Elizabeth (Assistant Director) is finishing her B.A. in Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern this May. While at NEIU she assistant directed/assistant stage managed two productions, directed a studio series play, and appeared in two main stage shows and two children’s theatre workshop productions. Carolyn will leave the theatre to pursue a master’s degree in linguistics this summer. She would like to thank the cast and crew for making her final theatre experience so enjoyable.

Set Rendering

Special Thanks:__________________

To the ever helpful Pam Straumann and the Accounts Payable Department, Office of  University Budgets, General Accounting, Purchasing, Loretta Pienta, and Christina Merrick.



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