Coe Theatre Department to present "She Would if She Could"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-11-05 14:33:41 - General

Katie Blanchard '10 (Lady Cockwood) and Micah Peterson-Brandt '11 (Ned Courtall) are featured in the upcoming Coe theatre production "She Would if She Could." The play opens Nov. 13 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the bawdy 17th century British Restoration comedy "She Would if She Could on Nov. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Nov. 15 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

New for this season is the opportunity for playgoers to enjoy dinner at Clark Alumni House prior to the production on Friday, Nov. 20, complete with a pre-performance talk given by the director.

Coe theatre patrons can purchase tickets for $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The dinner option is $20. For play and/or dinner ticket information, call the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

"She Would if She Could" is written by George Etherege and the all-student cast is directed by Coe Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett. The play's journey is a riotous romp through the licentious ways of 17th century London. It is the Restoration: the monarchy has been reestablished after 20 years of Puritan repression, and all the fetters have been broken. A delightful comedy of sexual dalliance and intrigue, the play displays the spirit of the time - replete with ostentatious dress, hypocritical raillery, and bawdy songs. Be forewarned: dirty jokes and sexual imagery abound!

"It is important to recognize that theatre going in the Restoration period was vastly different from what we are accustomed to. Going to a play was first and foremost a social event; it was an opportunity to be seen and heard, particularly if you sat on the stage in the Wit's Circle," noted Barnett in his director's comments. "With ‘She Would if She Could,' we have attempted to recreate a 21st century version of such rollicking raillery. Take this play in the spirit of fun and chicanery, rebelliousness and subversion - the same spirit in which it was created - and above all else, enjoy!"

For more information, call 399-8600 or visit