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By Kathy Carpenter

March 11, 2018 (La Mesa) - Grossmont College presents one of its light-hearted productions, Heir Apparent by David Ives, March 15-24.  The production is adapted from Le Legataire, directed by Robert Lutfy. Grossmont does a lot of historical productions, but not all as fun as this one—and quite difficult, as they speak in total rhyme.

Set in Paris in 1708, this farce is sure to delight. The storyline focuses on  Penniless Eraste, who is in love with the fair Isabelle. But her mother, Madame Argante, will only permit the marriage if Eraste can show he will inherit the estate of his miserly and rich Uncle Geronte. However, old Geronte has also fallen for the fair Isabelle, and plans to marry her today, leaving her everything in his will and squashing the young love forever. 

Eraste's wily servant Crispin jumps in, impersonating two brash, disinherited relatives, only to have Geronte die before his will is made.  Becoming the old man too, Crispin then dictates a will favorable to his master (and himself, of course), only to find that Geronte isn't dead at all!  David Ives’ adaptation is rich with flowing French couplets and this joyful farce has everything working out in the end.


Eraste, our young hero, in love with: Kristian Power

Isabelle, our charming and beautiful heroine. Ashley Carter

Crispin, a crafty young manservant in love with: Sam McCubbin

Lisette, a down-to-earth maid. Frankie McCutcheon

Geronte, miserly old uncle to Eraste. Mohammed Alani

Madame Argante, Isabelle’s dowager mother. Delicia Nieto

Scruple, a lawyer who is very, very small. Jocelynn Johnston

Stagehouse Theatre 

Grossmont College


Mar. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 17 & 24 at 2:00 p.m. 2018

Remember, Grossmont College Theatre is under reconstruction. They are open and need your continued support as they continue to improve. Please arrive early to give yourself plenty of time.

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