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She Stoops to Conquer

Directed by Penny Metropulos
(QM Production)

@ Mandell Weiss Theatre

February 19 - March 1

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About the Play

About the Playwright

Because her suitor Charles Marlow is a nervous wreck around upper-class women, Miss Kate Hardcastle pretends to be an innkeeper in an effort to get him to woo her.


Oliver Goldsmith was an Irish novelist, playwright and poet, born in 1730. The fifth of eight children, he was awkward and slight, and an early attack of smallpox left him permanently disfigured.

In 1744, Goldsmith started attending Trinity College, Dublin, earning his education, room, and board with menial chores for the school. Neglecting his studies in theology and law, he fell to the bottom of his class, and in 1747, along with four other undergraduates, he was expelled for a riot in which they attempted to storm the Marshalsea Prison. However, he managed to return and graduated in 1749, albeit without any employment prospects; his education seemed to have given him mainly a taste for fine clothes, cards, Irish ballads, and the flute. He travelled for a year in Europe, and then settled in London, claiming to be a physician with a degree from a foreign university. Nobody came for treatment, however, so he turned to writing.

Perennially in debt and addicted to gambling, Goldsmith produced a massive output as a hack writer for the publishers of London, but his small number of highly regarded works earned him the friendship of Samuel Johnson, then England’s leading man of letters. The combination of his literary work and his dissolute lifestyle led Horace Walpole to give him the epithet “inspired idiot.”

Goldsmith was described by contemporaries as prone to envy, a congenial but impetuous and disorganized personality who once planned to emigrate to America but failed because he missed his ship. His premature death in 1774 may have been partly due to his own misdiagnosis of his kidney infection, as he died after trying to cure himself of a fever.

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The Cast

The Creative Team

Kate Hardcastle - Emily Shain
Mrs. Hardcastle - Tesiana Elie
Constance Neville - Hannah Tammimen
Bet Bouncer
- Hannah Corrigan
Marlowe - Michael Hammond
Hastings - Tom Patterson
Mr. Hardcastle - Danvir Grewal
Tony Lumpkin - William Hodgson
Diggory - Mike Turner
Sir Charles
Stingo (The Landlord)
- Brian Smolin
Director - Penny Metropulos
Scenic Designer - Jenna Carino
Costume Designer - Amy Sutton
Lighting Designer - Bo Tindell
Sound Designer - Yen Chun Yang
Production Stage Mgr. - Cara Anderson
Asst. Stage Manager - Morgan Zupanski
Asst. Sound Designer - Andrew Vargas



Wed,Feb 197:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri,Feb 217:30 pm OPENING
Sat,Feb 222:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Feb 227:30 pm  
Thur,Feb 277:30 pm  
Fri,Feb 287:30 pm  
Sat,Mar 17:30 pm CLOSING

Located at: Mandell Weiss Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

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Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

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Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Of Interest:

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