Rita and Frank interpret literature very differently. Where he sees classic material, she sees “crap.” / Courtesy of Cut Glass Theatre
By John Redmond
Cut Glass Theatre announces their upcoming production of an inspirational modern classic, Willy Russell’s “Educating Rita.“
Founded by a Canadian, an Englishman, and an American, Cut Glass aims to bring classic texts to the theatergoers of Seoul.
Set in England during the 1980s, “Educating Rita” tells the story of a ladies hairdresser who decides to study literature. Unwillingly aided by a sometimes drunk and disillusioned professor, and challenged by a husband who insists that she stay home to have a baby, Rita sets out on a journey to change herself and throw off the shackles of her upbringing.
The play deals with the concept of freedom, change, England's class system, the shortcomings of institutional education, and the nature of self-development and of personal relationships. It also borrows from the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion,” itself based upon archetypes from Greek myth.
Brought to you by the expat company that recently produced “The Importance of Being Earnest,” this delightful comedy by Willy Russell explores the themes of class, literature, and education ― both academic and of the heart. It has become a classic and well-studied piece.
The performers are Stephanie Ann Foster as Rita and Gef Somervell as Frank.
The show will be staged at Camarata Studio in Haebangchon on March 30 and 31, April 6 and 7 and April 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees on April 1 and 8 at 5 p.m.
To get to the Camarata Studio, leave exit 2 of Noksapyeong Station. Walk straight for four minutes then veer left at the row of kimchi pots for another four. The venue is downstairs on the left, before the Family Mart.
Tickets cost 15,000 won.
For reservations, email CutGlassTheatre@gmail.com.