Scapino

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
April 2009

Scapino is based on Les Fourberies de Scapin (“Scapin’s Deceits”), a three-act comedy by the French playwright Molière. The original play was first staged in 1671 in the theatre of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

It takes place in contemporary Naples, Italy, where the leading character, Scapino, devises a complex plot to help two pairs of lovers against parental opposition that, it turns out, does not exist. Scapino is a rapscallion, a fast-talking, quick-thinking scamp who cleverly manipulates and cajoles everyone into doing what Scapino intends them to do.

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