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Sunday, July 6, 2014

STNJ’s Splendid ‘The Devil’s Disciple’ Matinee Today at Two

DD Trial scene

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents George Bernard Shaw’s Revolutionary War drama The Devil’s Disciple.  Just in time for the Fourth of July and the 350th anniversary of New Jersey’s charter, The Devil’s Disciple celebrates the spirit and honor of the everyday people who fought for our nation’s independence. 

Performances began July 2nd at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.  Individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

 Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Tickets available for as low as $32 for all performances.

The Devil’s Disciple stands out both as a testament to Shaw’s mastery of impactful melodrama and, more importantly, as a skillful and moving examination of what is truly means to be an American. The play is set in 1777, amid the tumult of the American Revolution and the “devil’s disciple” is Richard “Dick” Dudgeon, a foil of “flaunting Vice” to the rest of his family’s puritanical “Virtue,” to quote Shaw’s stage directions.  When Richard returns home for the reading of his father’s will, his life becomes entangled with the trusted local minister Anthony Anderson, causing both men to question the true meaning of honor. 

Review to follow

Pictured: (front) Richard “Dick” Dudgeon (James Knight) pleads with Judith Anderson (Elizabeth A. Davis) while appearing before the British army court.   Photo: © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

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