Meet the Director — Benjamin Kutschied!

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This fresh take on a classic farce A Servant of Two Masters is comic perfection! One Man, Two Guvnors follows Francis Henshall after he gets fired from his skiffle band and hired by Roscoe, a small-time hood from the East End of London and by Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding out and waiting to be reunited with his fiancée, who is really Roscoe in disguise! While Francis tries to keep his two employers apart, he is also trying to juggle a love of his own. This hilarious comedy of mistake identity is slapstick at its finest, a proper English giggle!

There’s no one better to take on the role of director then Benjamin Kutschied. One Man, Two Guvnors is an adaptation of the well-known Commedia dell’arte play, Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini. Commedia dell’arte was a theatrical form from the 16th century Italy in which actors would improvise around pre-established scenarios, Musical numbers, audience interactions, and slapstick antics were all incorporated.

“We wanted to stay true to the show’s roots with our productions. Thus, painted drops and signs indicate changes of location, the costumes are based on traditional Commedia dress, the actors have drawn inspiration from their stock character equivalents, and — most importantly — we’ve done our best to make sure that you have a few laughs,” says One Man, Two Guvnors director, Benjamin Kutschied.

A sneak peek of the antics you might witness during the show. Photo taken from the Broadway production of 'One Man, Two Guvnors' at the Music Box Theatre in 2012. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

A sneak peek of the antics you might witness during the show. Photo taken from the Broadway production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at the Music Box Theatre in 2012. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

“If you’re looking to have a wicked good time and laugh until your sides hurt, then you’ve come to the right place, and I think that might even be more important. Of course, someone else has always said it best: ‘If Heaven exists, to know that there’s laughter, that would be a great thing.‘ – Robin Williams.”

Making his directorial debut at the Duluth Playhouse, Benjamin’s previous directing credits include Public Dreams Theatre where he produced and directed an original piece titled “And Still They Move,” as part of the 2014 Minneapolis Fringe Festival. He directed “The Woman in Black” by Stephen Mallatratt at Chameleon Theatre Circle. He presented an excerpt from the original work “And Still They Move,” as part of Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks Festival. Benjamin founded Upright Egg Theatre Company along with two other Hamline University graduates where he worked as a production manager, director, actor, stage manager and set designer. He attended Hamline University and graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts in 2004. He’s also worked in various other capacities with Theatre in the Round, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Gremlin Theatre, and others.

Up next for Benjamin is directing A Christmas Carol at Lyric Arts in Anoka, Minnesota this holiday season.

Along with his expansive and involved career within the theatre, Benjamin also has an active interest in natural foods, animal advocacy and wilderness studies. Volunteering is also important to this director. For over a year, he served as Director of Volunteer Programs with Compassionate Action for Animals.

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One Man, Two Guvnors

 
Starring:Jody Kujawa, Kendall Linn, Jonathan Mancheter, Gabe Mayfield, Luke Moravec, Mike Pederson, Jennie Ross, Jason Scorich, Louisa Scorich, Keith Shelbourn, Cheryl Skafte.

Who: The Duluth Playhouse
What: One Man, Two Guvnors
When: September 18-28, 2014 | Thursday-Saturdays: 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinees: 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Duluth Playhouse, 506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Tickets: Adults $25, Students $15 | Buy Yours Online TODAY!
Call: For information 218-733-7555

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