Quintessence Theatre Group launches its fourth season of progressive classic theatre with Goldmsmith’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, presented in rotating repertory with Shakespeare’s HAMLETOctober 17 – November 24. Following in the footsteps of Quintessence’s previous celebrated comic romps including Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Goldoni’s THE VENETIAN TWINS and Molière’s THE MISANTHROPE, we look forward to delighting you with one of the great 18th century romantic comedies, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER.

In the company of barmaids and tavern wenches, Young Marlow is an incorrigible and self-assured rogue.  In the presence of the beautiful gentlewoman Kate Hardcastle, he is reduced to a stammering, stuttering boy. Fortunately, Kate isn’t afraid to dirty her hands to get what she wants and decides to “stoop” by disguising herself as a maid to woo, win and educate her future husband. Oliver Goldsmith’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER is one of the English language’s most uproarious comedies and a tale of true love, mistaken identities, and the never-ending battle of the sexes. This satirical look at materialism, romance and social etiquette will prove as hysterically funny to Philadelphia audiences today as it did at its premiere nearly 200 years ago.

Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes (including one ten minute intermission)



Inspired by Michael Boyd, the emeritus Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Quintessence will continue to test the limits of the theatrical medium by reformatting the Sedgwick Theater into a Courtyard style theater, established when the courtyard’s of Elizabethan inn’s were used as performance venues, for its fall repertory. At the Sedgwick the seated audience will be placed on elevated risers around the central stage, allowing the audience to look down on the action in the yard below. With an eye toward removing the “fourth wall” and further engaging the audience in the theatrical event, the remainder of the audience will stand in the “pit” around the stage platform and be encouraged to interact with the production, much like the groundlings at Shakespeare’s Globe. $10 Groundling tickets will be available for all performances.


Following his celebrated performance as Iago in last season’s OTHELLO, Quintessence ensemble member Josh Carpenter* will lead the fall repertory as Marlow in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER. He will be joined by Quintessence regulars Sean Bradley as Tony Lumpkin (The Guard in ANTIGONE, Bassanio in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE), Rachel Brodeur Miss Constance (Nina in THE SEAGULL), Sonja Field as Kate Hardcastle (Raina in ARMS AND THE MAN, Ellen in THE MISANTHROPE), Daniel Fredrick as Hastings (Poprishchin in THE DIARY OF A MADMAN), and Alexander Harvey as Guildenstern and Pimple (Emilia in OTHELLO) and E. Ashley Izard as Mrs. Hardcastle (Catherine in ARMS AND THE MAN, Marcia in THE MISANTHROPE). Quintessence is also excited to welcome the return of Matt Lorenz as Jeremy and Griffin Stanton-Ameisen as Diggory.

They will be joined by John Preston* as Mr. Hardcastle, and Ralph Edmonds* as Sir Charles Marlow, both making their Quintessence debuts.

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER plays October 17 – November 24.

A special PAY WHAT YOU CAN preview will be presented on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00pm. Reserve your tickets today by clicking here.

Post-show discussions with the cast and director will take place on Thursday, October 31 and Sunday, November 3.

Performances take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. There will also be two special Saturday matinees at 2pm. Please check the repertory performance schedule for exact performance times and dates.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for youth (21 and under) and $10 for Groundling tickets (standing room). Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets to SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER click here or call 1.215.987.4450.



Thursday, October 17 at 7pm             Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Friday, October 18 at 8pm                 Preview
Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm         Preview
Friday, October 25 at 8pm                 Preview
Saturday, October 26 at 8pm             Opening Night
Thursday, October 31 at 7pm             Post Show Discussion
Saturday, November 2 at 8pm
Sunday, November 3 at 3pm              Post Show Discussion
Friday, November 8 at 8pm
Saturday, November 9 at 2pm
Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm
Saturday, November 16 at 8pm
Thursday, November 21 at 7pm
Friday, November 22 at 8pm
Sunday, November 24 at 3pm