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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Villages theater offers virtual staged play reading ‘Candida’ by George Bernard Shaw

Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol in The Villages is presenting its fourth staged play reading: “Candida,” by George Bernard Shaw that viewers can enjoy from the comforts of their homes at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Oct. 30 or Nov. 6.

Billed as a classic comedy of manners, “Candida” examines the relationship between a husband and wife in the late Victorian era. Candida Morell, a beautiful and charming woman, is married to Rev. James Morell, a dedicated Christian socialist. The couple have taken in Eugene Marchbanks, a young, idealistic poet without a home. Candida finds herself the subject of a tug-of-war between the two men as Marchbanks declares his passionate love for Morell’s wife. This lesser known play by George Bernard Shaw questions Victorian notions of love and marriage; asking what a woman really desires from her husband.

The cast includes Whitney Morse as Candida Morell, Trevin Cooper as Reverend James Mavor Morell, Justin Schneyer as Eugene Marchbanks, David Paul Rowan as Reverend Alexander (Lexy) Mill, Monica Titus as Proserpine Garnett, and Bobbie Bell as Mr. Burgess.

The management team is composed of Resident Director Nathaniel Niemi, Producer Jason Goedken, Artistic Director Whitney Morse, Video Producer/Company Manager Ryan Loeckel, Set Designer Kenneth Constant, Lighting Designer Lindsey Young, Lighting Director David Krupla, Sound/AV Designer Nick Erickson, Audio Engineer Luke Bezio, Production Manager Danielle Paccione, Technical Director Clayton Becker, Stage Manager Grace Zottig, Assistant Production Manager Layna Hoopfer, Assistant Production Manager Leslie Munson, Assistant Stage Manager Stephanie Horn, Literary Manager Rachel Whittington, and Video Assistant David Bost.

Tickets for the virtual seats of “Candida” are $10. Viewers can choose to watch the play at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Oct. 30 or Nov. 6. Visit: for tickets along with past and upcoming virtual offerings.

The Studio Theatre notes its mission is to inspire Central Florida residents to examine relevant issues by elevating them through innovative and intimate storytelling: Think outside the box, inside the box.