‘Emperor of the Moon’ Production Updates a 17th Century Farce

The Theatre Arts production of “Emperor of the Moon,” written by Aphra Behn and directed by Theatre Arts Clinical Assistant Professor Neno Pervan, ran from March 16th to March 24th. The show follows the plot of two daughters of a nobleman, along with their conspirators, in their efforts to convince their father that their suitors are from the moon. Naturally, the situation descends into a farce as things don’t go exactly as planned.

Behn’s 17th century play is modernized, with references to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a very plot-aware dance scene to Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.” Modern stage lighting, screens throughout the stage, and well-placed special effects help to exaggerate the science-fiction elements that Behn originally imagined in 1687.

The show delighted audiences through its consistently comedic tone. Over-the-top acting emphasized the ridiculousness of the plot, which is complimented by questionable reasoning from the characters and ample physical comedy. The spectacle of the show is enhanced by fight scenes and opening and closing dances performed by members of the LMU Dance Program.

Photos by Jason Muñoz