Ben Jonson's "Volpone" Opens April 16

BALTIMORE, MD --The Mobtown Players will present "Volpone," Ben Jonson's classic farce about greed and deception, April 16 through May 1, 2004. Performances will take place Thursdays throught Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. A special preview night is scheduled for April 15.

Brian Irons stars as Volpone, a con man who pretends to be a wealthy invalid in an effort to ingratiate himself with the leaders of Venetian society and gain acess to their money, their favors, and even their women. His unknowing victims jockey for position, each hoping to become Volpone's heir. Carlos Del Valle plays Mosca, Volpone's conniving servant and a man who will work any angle to help his master. The fast-paced farce builds in intensity until the final courtroom scene where everyone gets his comeuppance.

Noel Schively, last seen in Mobtown's production of "The Misanthrope," directs, and the ensemble cast includes Todd Krickler, John Sadowsky, Brandie Rocci and Chris Carver, who returns to the Baltimore stage after a lengthy absence.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; advance purchase is recommended. The Mobtown Theater is in the Meadow Mill complex, 3600 Clipper Mill Road in Hampden. To purchase tickets or find directions to the theater, please call 410-467-3057 or visit

The Mobtown Players, a non-profit, seeks to make classic work and new plays accessible to a wide variety of audiences. The formerly itinerant group, founded in 1997, moved into the 68-seat Mobtown Theater in September, 2003.

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This story was published on April 5, 2004.