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Servant of Two Masters

Maria Vail has directed and performed in New York at The Public Theater, La Mama, New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, and Dance Theater Workshop, and has served as a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute.  International credits include Viola in 12th Night at the Jardin Shakespeare in Paris, France, Room Service at The Schiller Theater in Berlin, Faust  at the ICA in London and Tron Theater in Glasgow, and the Edinburgh Theater Festival.  She was honored to have collaborated with Sam Shepard and Sheila Tousey on Bottle House, a new adaptation of Mr. Shepard’s short stories which was presented at the Public Theater under her direction through a grant from the Ford Foundation. She has written adaptations of Kafka’s Amerika, Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories and recently completed an original play called The Giantess developed with the help of Studio Tisch and the Berkshire Theater Festival.  She works regularly with solo artists developing new plays and is currently working as script consultant for Ghost Supper by Sheila Tousey which will be presented at the River to River Festival in New York next summer.   She is a Professor of Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey where she teaches acting and directs plays, and holds an MFA from NYU in acting and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

Servant of Two Masters is a Venetian comedy by Carlo Goldoni written in 1743.  This classic Commedia dell'arte story concerns the terrible complications wrought by the servant Truffaldino when he finds himself serving two different masters at the same time.   Double wages – double dinners!  With a physical vitality that only Commedia can supply, he pushes his limits to appease his masters and his growling stomach. "Servant of Two Masters" is a tale of love lost, found and mistaken.

Reservations Required – Not open to the public due to limited seating
This production is made possible through special arrangements with Samuel French Inc., NYC

April 30-May 2 2014 
Powerhouse Theater