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The Alchemist Oct 31, 1973

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yv THE      ALCHEMIST
by Ben Jonson
Directed by
JOHN BROCKINGTON
Setting and Lighting Designed By
RICHARD KENT WILCOX
Costume Design By
DAVID L. LOVETT
CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Subtle, the alchemist   .....   s  JOHN BRIGHTON*
Face, really Jeremy, butler to Lovewit. WAYNE ROBSON*
Dol Common, accomplice of Face and Subtle MARIGOLD SEMPLE
Dapper, a lawyer's clerk   .  COLIN THOMAS
Abel Drugger, a seller of tobacco . MICHAEL PUTTONEN
Sir Epicure Mammon, a knight   .   LEE TAYLOR*
Pertinax Surly, a gambler   .  FRANK GLASSEN
Ananias, a deacon )   exiled Puritans DEREK KEURVORST
Tribulation Wholesome, a pastor    )   from Amsterdam TONY DAWSON
Kastril, an angry country boy   ,...;..... ROSS DOUGLAS
Dame Pliant, his sister: a widow  .   . ..........   MICHELLE FISK
Lovewit, master of the house    . . .    .    .    JERRY WASSERMAN
Neighbours, Officers, etc.      PHILLIPPE O. BOURBONNAlS, LAWRENCE S. DAY
BARBARA DUNCAN, PAMELA HALPERN
GORDON IMLACH, GORDON R. MclNNIS
QHRIS MOSS, PAM THIRD, CLIFF WILLIAMS
* Appearing through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
The action of the play takes place in and around Lovewit's
house in the Blackfriar's district of London, Autumn, 1610.
[There will be two iptermissions of twelve minutes each]
PRODUCTION STAFF
Technical Director and Production Stage Manager MATT YOUNG
Associate Technical Director IAN PRATT
Costume Execution       LILIANE JOHNSON
MARY JANE WERISHORA
DIANE WALLACE
Lighting Execution MIKEMcQUEEN
Stage Carpenters RICHARD FAHLMAN
JOHN WOODS
MIKEMcQUEEN
JAN POLLAK
Properties SHERRY DARCUS
Design Assistant         .   .   .   BRIAN HAIGH
Wigs JANET SALA
Assistants To The Director  BETH COLEMAN, SAM MANCUSO
NICK RICE, BRUCE RUDDELL, RITA WATSON
Stage Crew STUDENTS OF THEATRE 350
Box Office VICKI BRUNO
SHARRON DYKE
MARIGOLD SEMPLE
Business Manager      MARJORIE FORDHAM
Production       JOHN BROCKINGTON
A NOTE ON ALCHEMY
Alchemy was a medieval science and cult which depended on the belief that gold could be
produced from baser metals, if the right formula could be discovered. The Alchemists were chemist-philosophers devoted to the search for the secret. Their quest was for a universal substance
called 'the elixir', or 'philosopher's stone' (frequently mentioned in the play) which they believed
had the mystic power to give perfection to whatever it touched. He who could find the secret of
'the stone' would have immense power, and since gold was considered the perfect metal, he would
be able to transform any baser (or imperfect) metal into pure gold. By its power (so the belief was
held) a man could be given perfect health as well as wealth.
It was not unnatural then that belief in Alchemy should give rise to much chicanery and
trickery on the part of unscrupulous chemists, who claimed to possess the secret—at a price. And
faked experiments were convincing enough to make rich clients feel that success was just round
the corner, even though proceedings seemed to drag on for months and there was so much to pay
out for materials and equipment. Men were as gullible then as now, and many were left poorer
after the confidence tricks of charlatans. COMING EVENTS
November 14-17
THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
by Federico Garcia Lorca
an M.A. Thesis Production
Directed by Svetlana Smith
- DOROTHY SOMERSET STUDIO -
January 16-26
THE MISANTHROPE
by Moliere
Directed by Donald Soule
- FREDERIC WOOD THEATRE
Frederic Wood Theatre
THE ALCHEMIST October 31 - November 12,1973
The University of British Columbia

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