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By Donald Margulies

Directed by Jackson Phippin

March 22 - April 15, 2012


A delight-filled traveler's tale (which may or may not be true) that takes you from the exotic islands of the Coral Sea to Queen Victoria's garden to the Royal Geographic Society. Has Louis been on a grand adventure or is he suffering delusions of grandeur? Do wombats really fly? Can you ride a sea turtle? This is genuine entertainment for all! Best appreciated by ages 9 and up.

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Louis de Rougemont: Graham Smith*
Player #1: Mary McCool*
Player #2: James Ijames*
Director: Jackson Phippin
Production Manager: Charles T. Brastow*
Set Designer: Tony Straiges
Costume Designer: Rosemarie McKelvey
Lighting Designer: Dennis Parichy
Composer/Designer/Music Director: Daniel Perelstein
Production Stage Manager: Patricia G. Sabato*

* Member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Did You Know?

* Pearling sends Louis de Rougemont on his first sea voyage across the globe. Considered the "Queen of Gems," pearls were within reach of only the wealthiest and most powerful people throughout history.

* Suetonius wrote that Vitellius, a Roman general, once financed an entire military campaign by selling a single pearl earring.

* To prove to Rome that Egypt was beyond conquering, Cleopatra reportedly challenged Marc Antony that she could provide the most expensive dinner in history. At the meal, she had only an empty plate and a goblet of wine or vinegar. She took one of her pearl earrings, crushed it into her goblet, and drank. Marc Antony admitted defeat. Pliny records that her pair of earrings were worth 60 milliion sesterces or 1,875,000 ounces of silver. At $5 per ounce of silver, that equals $9,375,000!

* If marvelling at the natural wonders of the world keeps you enthrall, might we recommend the BBC/Discovery Channel's mini-series Planet Earth? This five-disc set is available through the Chester County Library.

* Louis states he leaves London at sixteen (1868) and returns in 1896. In the meanwhile, he missed such world events as the American Civil War, the death of Prince Albert, the opening of the Suez Canal, the advent of pasteurization, the introduction of secret ballot voting in Great Britain, the invention of the telephone and phonograph, Queen Victoria declared Empress of India, the first use of electric light in a home in Great Britain, Jack the Ripper's notorious attacks in London, the discovery of x-rays, and the first car built by Henry Ford! He also missed the publication of Great Expectations, Les Miserables, das Kapital, War and Peace, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Time Machine, and The Red Badge of Courage. (Tragic for a man who grew up loving adventure stories!)

Hannah's Delicious Scones

Louis de Rougemont loved his mother's scones. For a simple treat to try yourself, here's Hannah's (Dramaturgy/Education Fellow) simplified scone recipe!

4 c flour
1 c granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs baking powder
1 c butter
16 oz sour cream.

Preheat 350 F
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter, forks, or knives until it is very fine. The dough at this point is very crumbly. Add sour cream, mixing until well blended. Form into balls or drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20-35 minutes (this depends on the size of the balls as well as your oven). They should not brown but be lightly and happily golden.

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