FSCJ DramaWorks presents “Room Service,” a Depression-era play, basis for Marx Brothers’ classic film.
FSCJ DramaWorks presents “Room Service,” a Depression-era play, basis for Marx Brothers’ classic film. It was one of Broadway’s most successful comedies, playing over 500 performances in 1937-38.
Room Service is a vintage comedy by Jon Murray and Allen Boretz, and will open on April 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
Other show dates are:
April 11 and 12 at 8 p.m.
April 13 at 2 p.m.
Because of the play’s huge success, RKO Pictures paid a record sum at that time for the movie rights and adapted “Room Service” into a vehicle for the Marx Brothers, different from the play but comparably wacky. Set during the Great Depression of 1929, the plot revolves around money, or the lack of it; whether a play in rehearsal will get produced and whether the cast will get kicked out of the hotel in which they live and rehearse. Ever a comedy mainstay, “Room Service” was produced at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2006, and in 2013 at suburban New York City’s Westport Country Playhouse, receiving a favorable review from the New York Times.
The Florida State College at Jacksonville’s DramaWorks production of “Room Service” features 14 student actors and 12 crew members from all areas of the First Coast, with set and lighting design by Johnny Pettegrew and directed by Professor of Theatre Ken McCulough.
The production takes place at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts of Florida State College’s Jacksonville South Campus located at 11901 Beach Blvd.
Tickets for the general public are only $10.00, FSCJ students and employees get a reduced rate of only $5.00.
To reserve seats or wheelchair accommodations call 904-646-2222.