Wilton couple bring period comedy to life

A Wilton couple is behind a period comedy that features dashing rogues, damsels in distress, and unsavory, uproarious characters set in 1707.

The Town Players of New Canaan will present Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of The Beaux’ Stratagem, based on a play by George Farquhar, opening Oct. 26 at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in New Canaan.

The “Beaux” in the play’s title are Aimwell and Archer, two poor playboys who flee London for rural England. Their “Stratagem” is to find two rich women and marry them for their money. Their plan goes awry when they enter an inn filled highwaymen, a saucy serving wench, a priest, a doting mother-in-law, and two beautiful ladies.

“Normally, the hardest part of doing any period piece is making sure the play is accessible to a modern audience,” says director Kyle Runestad of Wilton. “The great thing about this adaptation is that the authors have already done a great job of this. Even with the play being set in 1707, the characters are relatable in a way that really brings the comedy to life.”

Debbie Runstad, in charge of costuming, brings authenticity to the show through the costumes and wigs.

Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26, 27, Nov. 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 2:30. To order tickets, call 203-594-3636 or visit www.tpnc.org.