Classic piece has modern twists

Masque Alfresco opens it’s 11th Summer Park Tour with an adaptation of Goldoni’s “Superior Casa Nova,” complete with all of the commedia dell’arte traditions: slapstick beatings, hat juggling and colorful period costumes - updated with current political jokes, social barbs and celebrity slams.

The shows are free and family-friendly and will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20 through Aug. 5, at George Rogers Park near the Iron Foundry in Lake Oswego.

Fayra Teeters, Masque Alfresco’s artistic director, describes “Superior Casa Nova” in this manner:

“Social climbing? Living beyond one’s means? Credit maxed out? Remodeling costs running amuck? Sound familiar? This could be a scenario ripped from today’s headlines, but Goldoni wrote ‘La Casa Nova’ in 1760 highlighting the social foibles of his beloved Venice. Zoletto, a middle-class merchant with his brand-new wife, Cecilia, does what any doting husband would do - throws fiscal caution to the winds and buys the first floor of a Venetian palace. But nothing seems to satisfy Cecilia, not even the expensive remodeling.

“Zoletto’s unmarried sister, Domenica, is still living with them and doesn’t get along with Cecilia - not even a little. Domenica’s heart is set on Lorenzo, but if her brother keeps spending her dowry, not even loving Lorenzo will have her. Throw into the mix the cunning building contractor Oswaldo and Lucretia, servant to Zoletto’s madhouse, with schemes and con games of their own, then add two older, conservative representatives of Venetian society who thrive on gossip and love to meddle in the affairs of the less fortunate - and you have a formula for hilarity.”

Masque Alfresco is supported in part by a grant from Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust and Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, call 503-254-5104 or visit

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