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2000 Production of Triumph of Love

Jennifer Weaver, Aaron Fuksa, Andrea DiGregorio,
Scott Seagesser
Jason Lawergren, continue
the never ending search for love in
Triumph of Love

The Elkhart Truth
"Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre has itself a genuine...triumph."
"...offering everyone the opportunity to see it...and see it again."

-Marcia Fulmer, The Elkhart Truth
The Nappanee Advance News
The Paper
" moving musical numbers..."; " evening well spent..."
-Jeri Seely, The Paper
The South Bend Tribune
The Goshen News
"...a success in every way possible."; "...wonderfully fun musical..."; "...hilarious adventure..."; "...a flawless cast..."; "...sit back and savor..."
"Triumph of Love is a show that the whole family can enjoy and should."
"One of the funniest and fun shows to hit an area stage..."
-Shawn Kobb, The Goshen News

The story of the Triumph of Love
Triumph of Love makes Midwest debut at Amish Acres
Scenes and Songs from the Triumph of Love
The Cast of the Triumph of Love
Biographies of the cast
The Director's note
The Musical Director's note
Theme buffet menu
Triumph of Love Photo Album

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Triumph of Love

2000 Production of the Triumph of LoveTriumph of Love is a musical comedy romp, based on an 18th century comedy by Marivaux. The story begins as Spartan Princess Leonide, with her maid Corine in tow, invades the home of the stern Hermocrates and his sister Hesione. The princess's goal is to win the love of Hermocrate's pupil, the ravishing Agis, who it turns out is the rightful heir to the Princess's throne and has been raised to loathe her. Assisted by Agis'servants, Dimas and Harlequin, Leonide adopts various identities, ensnaring both Hermocrates and Hesione in an attempt to win Agis' love, and in the process teaching all involved the meaning and importance of love in their lives.

Triumph of Love makes
Midwest debut at Amish Acres

The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is becoming a venue of choice for Midwest previews of recent Broadway musical productions. Triumph of Love, set in a garden of ancient Sparta becomes the latest production to be seen on the Joseph Stein Stage by patrons unfamiliar with the musical, unless, that is, one saw it in the Royale Theatre during its truncated three month run ending January of 1998. It was the first musical to open the '98 season that included Side Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Lion King and Ragtime.

The original production, after opening at the Baltimore's Center Stage Theatre, then honed at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, transferred to Broadway with a star studded cast that included Tony award-winning Betty Buckley, Cats' original Ezmarilda and took over for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Triumph of Love. Tony nominee Susan Egan, Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and actor F. Murrary Abraham, Academy Award-winner to Broadway, complete the starring cast.

The show's music was composed of classical, vaudeville and tango tunes by newcomer Jeffrey Stock and the lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Susan Birkenhead, for Working and Jelly's Last Jam. High Society, based on Cole Porter's score for the film by the same name, opened in San Francisco shortly after Triumph of Love and Ms. Birkenstock wrote the opening number that critics attributed to Porter himself. Variety said, "(Birkenhead's) lyrics perfected a blend of sophistication and silliness that makes you think this is what Stephen Sondheim would be like if he were willing to be goofy." "The battle between heart and head gets a smart, funny twist in Triumph of Love….this up-to-the-minute eighteenth-century world," said the New Yorker.

Triumph of LoveTriumph of Love will run in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy and eight-week runs of Man of LaMancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Smoke on the Mountain and Peter Pan throughout the 2000 season. This is the second season of triple repertory at The Round Barn Theatre. Last season a musical review, Grand Night for Singing, was tested in the third repertory slot. Its success was the basis in bringing a full blown Broadway production into this season-long addition to the playbill. "This is the first outright musical farce we have brought to the Round Barn stage," said artistic director Jerry O'Boyle, "Our patrons are in for a delightful departure from the full-blown book musicals we have become known to produce with such success. They will learn, however, that farce and sophistication can go hand in hand in creating a rich evening of delightful musical theatre."

The elegant and colorful musical is based on Pierre Marivaux's 1732 Paris comedy The Triumph of Love. James Magruder created a new English adaptation of the story of the Spartan princess, in love with Agis, the heir to the throne. But Agis has been taught by his philosopher/tutor/guardian Hemocrates to give not a fig for either Leonide or Love. Undeterred, Leonide dresses as a man and enters the house, wooing Hemocrate's sister Leontine (now Hesione) and putting Hemocrates himself in quite a tizzy. Guess what? She gets her man-that's Agis, by the way. Mr. Magruder holds degrees in French Literature from Cornell and Yale and a doctorate from the Yale School of Drama.

The musical numbers include "Anything," "The Bond That Can't Be Broken," and the hit of the show, "Serenity." To bring Betty Buckley's forceful presence to The Round Barn Theatre, newcomer Stephanie Garza will bring her Juilliard School vocal training to the stage. Ironically she studied with Barbara Cook in a Masterclass while at Julliard. Ms. Cook began her legendary Broadway carrier as the original Hilda Miller in Plain and Fancy, the perennial musical entering its 14th season at Amish Acres. She further joins University of Michigan alumnus Jennifer Grace who plays the part of Princess Leonide in the Nappanee production.

Other cast members include Ana Posey as Corine, Leonide's maid servant, under the alias of Troy; Jerry O'Boyle as Hemocrates, a philosopher, brother to Hesione; Jason Lawergren as Agis, a student of reason and Stephanie Garza as Hesione, his aunt, also a philosopher; Jeremy Littlejohn is Dimas, the gardener and Rick Dakota Hart as Harlequin, the valet.

Al Fisher is music director, David Castenea is lighting designer, Rebecca Lee Burick designed the sets and acts as technical director. Sound design is by Timothy A. Bennett and stage management by Laurie A. DeMunck. Jennifer Weaver has designed and sewn all of the costumes for Triumph of Love, "A dream show to design and sew," said Jennifer.

The show opens in preview on April 20th, with opening night scheduled for April 28th and will run through October 26th. Triumph of Love Theme Buffets will be served in the Barn Loft Grill on each Friday evening that the show runs. Reservations are required for the buffets and may be arranged through the box office at 1-800-800-4942.

Scenes and Songs from
the Triumph of Love

The garden retreat of the philosopher Hermocrates,
an 18th Century Greco-French Topiary Labyrinth

Act I

This Day of Days
Hesione, Harlequin, Dimas, Agis & Hermocrates
Princess Leonide
The Bond that Can’t Be Broken
Princess Leonide & Agis
Mr. Right
Corine & Harlequin
You May Call Me Phocion
Princess Leonide & Hesione
Reprise: Mr. Right
Corine & Dimas
Hermocrates & Princess Leonide
The Sad and Sordid Saga of Cecile
Princess Leonide, Agis, Corine,
Harlequin & Dimas
Issue in Question
Teach Me Not to Love You

The Company

Act II

Have a Little Faith
Corine, Princess Leonide, Harlequin & Dimas
The Tree
Hesione & Hermocrates
What Have I Done?

Princess Leonide
Harlequin, Dimas & Corine
Love Won't Take No for an Answer
Hermocrates, Hesione & Agis
Reprise: This Day of Days
Princess Leonide, Agis, Corine, Harlequin & Dimas

Director's Note

Fran PriscoWhen I first heard of Triumph of Love, I was standing under its marquee at the Golden Theatre in New York City. I thought, "Great Cast. Betty Buckley, F. Murray Abraham, and Susan Egan. Wow." Unfortunately, I never got to see the original cast due to their inexplicably brief Broadway run. However, you are fortunate to see this great cast. I've never directed a harder working group of actors or joined a more dedicated team.

As for the material you are about to see, Triumph is a romp in a garden, musical comedy/farce drawn from the hearts of some of America's brightest new talent, and, of course, Miravaux. I hope you have as much fun watching this piece as we had creating it.

Fran Prisco
Guest Director

-Patrons will remember Fran's 1997 stint as Charlie in Tintypes,
Pat Gilbert in State Fair and Peter in Plain & Fancy. A native of Philadelphia, he has performed in Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Violet, and directly following Triumph...,
Into the Woods
, with Philly's Arden Theatre Co. Fran has appeared in two national tours of Forever Plaid (Frankie and Jinx) and numerous cabarets including a tribute to Johnnie Ray. Fran would like to thank all of Amish Acres for making his directorial debut a "Triumph!" To the triumph of Triumph.

Triumph of Love
Theme Buffet

A French Story of Love set in Greece

French Onion Soup with Cheese Croutons

Marinated Scallops

Dimas' Greek Greens Salad with French Dressing
Harlequin Gelatin Salad with Crème Cheese

French Baguettes
Greek Flat Breads

French Hen served over Stuffing
Prince, or is it Princess, Cut Prime Beef
Pasta with Steamed Mussels

Green Beans with Slivered Almonds
Fried Potatoes (not French Fries)

French Horn of Plenty Chocolate Cream Puff
Chocolate Topiary Raspberry Shrub
Brenda's Famous Crème Brulé


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