Farce in Flagstaff


Togas, mistaken identities and some great local talent will combine to create a wild and bawdy time in Flagstaff.

Northern Arizona University’s theater department has teamed up with Theatrikos Theatre Company for a co-production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show tells the tale of a crafty slave who struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for his freedom.

“Theatrikos and NAU Theater are pooling our resources to create what is hoped to be a long and successful collaboration of theater artists within our Flagstaff community,” said Robert Yowell, professor of theater at NAU and director of the performance.

The performance will feature theater students Jake Larowe and Amber Stonebraker, along with community actors Dan Brady and Dennis Hattem.

“All of us at Theatrikos are extremely excited to be working with the faculty and staff of the NAU Theater Department,” said Lynn Spence, managing director of Theatrikos. “This is a great opportunity to bring all of our talents together to put on a fun summer production.”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will be staged at NAU’s Clifford E. White Theatre July 10-12 and 17-19 at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees July 13 and 20.

Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for senior citizens and $18 for general admission.