Devin Malone, left, plays Chauncey Oglethorpe and Stacy Anderson plays Lady Guinevere Llandpoore in "A Box of Monkeys."

The joint Theater Department of the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine will present Grace Livingston Furniss’ 1890 romantic comedy, “A Box of Monkeys,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 14-17, in Foley Theater on the St. Thomas campus.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for students, faculty and staff of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Augsburg College, Macalester College and Hamline University). Seating is limited; for reservations, call (651) 690-6700.

Directed by Dr. Amy Kritzer of the UST-CSC Theater Department faculty, the play’s story revolves around a free-spirited American girl who has grown up on a ranch, and a visiting English girl who admires American manners and tries to copy them. Both young women are pressured by parents or guardians to marry for money rather than love. Their story begs some questions: Which girls are more charming – English or American? Which is the most important attribute in a potential husband – wealth, good looks or a sense of fun?

“A Box of Monkeys” features popular American music of the Victorian era and will be performed in authentic 19th-century style, with a master of ceremonies and “variety” entertainment.

“A Box of Monkeys” stars St. Thomas students Erica Brown, Adam Arnold, Erin Gargaro, Devin Malone, Peter Heeringa, Laura Pinneke and Jane Stalter. St. Catherine students in the cast include Stacy Anderson, Katie Kelley and Rachael Pandey. Members of the St. Thomas Concert Choir will perform in small ensembles, and Dr. Alan Bryan of the UST music faculty serves as music director.

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