|Photo by Starla Smith|
New Vaudeville clown Bill Irwin is recreating his acclaimed Seattle Rep production of Moliere's Scapin at Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre in New York. He is playing the title character himself in the production that opened Jan. 9.
Irwin last appeared in New York in Hip Hop Wonderland off Broadway in May 1996, and last appeared on Broadway in Fool Moon in December 1995. Scapin runs through March 9, 1997.
Irwin directs the adaptation written by himself and Mark O'Donnell, based on Moliere's 1671 comedy The Tricks of Scapin, about a wily servant who helps his young master win the girl of his dreams over the objections of fathers, rivals and others. The Scapin character is drawn from some of the same sources as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Also featured in the cast are Christopher Welch, Bruce Hurlbutt, Gerry Vichi, Marina Chapa, Mary Bond Davis and Hillel Meltzer. Sets are by Douglas Stein, costumes by Victoria Petrovich and Lighting by Nancy Schertler.