Don't Dress for Dinner, featuring the talents of Fort Hays State University, will hit the stage in Felten-Start Theatre on the FHSU campus beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29.
The show will run through Sunday, May 2, showing each night at 8 p.m.
The play, by Marc Camoletti, begins with Bernard, played by Pete Hardy, Hays senior, hoping to entertain his Parisian mistress, Suzy, short for Suzanne, played by Greeley, KS, freshman Krystal Baugher in a weekend of fun at his converted farmhouse.
He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu chef, who is also called Suzy, short for Suzette, to furnish gourmet delights, and he has invited his best friend, Robert, to provide an alibi. Suzy/Suzette, the chef, is played by Rachel Hogwood, Hays graduate student. Robert is played by Nick Hulstine, Salina sophomore.
"Suzanne is the 'saucy' mistress, a model and actress who doesn?t care to play any other part especially a part that requires work, such as cooking," said Baugher. "She enjoys vodka martinis and romps in the cow shed."
"Robert," said Hulstine, "is the quick thinking but uptight best friend of Bernard."
Bernard's wife, Jacqueline (Shelly Wolf, Hays junior) is supposed to be safely out of the way, visiting her mother for the weekend. Jacqueline, though, has her own secrets.
"She's a snobby, upper-class woman who is cheating on her husband," said Wolf.
"It's foolproof. What could go wrong?" said Kathryn Affentranger, Oklahoma City senior and stage manager for the production. She answers her own question.
"Well, it's a farce, so a lot can go wrong."
Chaos and confusion reign as Bernard juggles his mistress, his wife, her lover, the cook, and the cook's husband (George, played by Cody Hughes, Leoti senior), leaving the hapless Robert to take all the blame.
Who is the real Suzy and exactly whose mistress is she? Will Bernard's secret be discovered? All will be revealed in this hilarious and sexy tale of mistaken identity and farcical improvisation as a weekend of passion turns into a nuptial nightmare.
Michael Hogwood, instructor of communication, directs.
Tickets are $7 for students and $8 for non-students. For information on ticket availability and seating, call (785) 628-4225.