Public Reading of “She Stoops to Conquer” – Saturday 12/4 at 2:00

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The Public Domain Players will present an in-person reading of Oliver Goldsmith’s light-hearted comedy “She Stoops to Conquer”, coordinated by Derek Tarson. The reading will be in the Sorkin Studio at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack. The reading is free and all are welcome.

“She Stoops to Conquer” tells the story of a gentleman who is tongue-tied among women of his own class, but speaks without reserve (even arrogantly) to the lower classes. The protagonist, Kate, disguises herself as a servant to woo him. And this plot is interwoven with several subplots — characters believing their host is an innkeeper; an avaricious aunt seeking to marry her ward to her loutish and unwilling son to get the ward’s inheritance (and getting a hilarious comeuppance); and the ward’s and her lover’s scheme to marry despite all. The play is witty and the story of a man outwitted by a woman (and that all classes should be treated equally) makes the play still relevant today.

The cast is:

Sir Charles Marlow – Derek Tarson
Young Marlow – Aaron Newcome
Hardcastle – Arthur Chill
Hastings – Sean Coffey
Tony Lumpkin – Sam Negin
Mrs. Hardcastle – Debbie Buchsbaum
Miss Hardcastle – Pauline Quinones
Miss Neville – Rachel Alt
(Other smaller roles will be doubled by the principal cast).

*COVID Precautions: Seating will be limited to those who can show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. Capacity will be limited to 15 audience members. Actors will be unmasked during the performance. Masks are required for audience members. Visit to read the theater’s current COVID policies and safety measures.

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