Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Marriage of Figaro reset as Kim Kardashian's life

James Quilligan in Marriage of Kim K
Off the Page Productions is a vastly revised and updated version of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro dubbed The Marriage of Kim K, which needless to say, refers to reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Before purists get too upset, the entire venture is tongue in cheek and even the marketing campaign pokes fun at the entire endeavor (you can watch Episode 1 below and more on YouTube).

The piece stars Gabriella Noble as Kim Kardashian, Jack Trzcinski as Figaro, James Quilligan (who has been featured on this site) as former NBA player Kris Humphries and briefly Kim K's husband, Ell Potter as the Countess, Jono Hobbs as the Count, Amelia Gabriel as Beth and John Paul as Mo. 

The Marriage of Kim K tells four stories at once, each revolving around a marriage: The story of the Count and Countess from the original; the story of the breakdown of Kim Kardashian’s first marriage to Kris Humphries (which lasted 72 DAYS): the story of thr couple Mo and Beth who enjoy watching all of this on TVl and, the story of Figaro himself, a young vlogger, whose makes his own marital decisions based on these stories.

James Quilligan and Gabriella Noble
The librettist of Kim K is the Oxford-based poet and librettist Leo Mercer, who penned the libretto for The Prophetess at the Keble O'Reilly Theatre, a retelling of Henry Purcell’s baroque opera Dioclesian. Mercer is the President of the Oxford University Poetry Society and in 2014 took 2nd Prize at both the BBC Proms Poetry Competition and the Poetry Book Society Student Competition.

Episode 1 of the Kim K marketing campaign: 

Jack Trzcinski sings "Superficial" from The Marriage of Kim K

The performances are at the Keble O'Reilly Theatre at Oxford, and they have performances remaining on March 3rd at 7:30 PM, March 4 at 7:30 PM, and a matinee and evening performance on March 5th. Tickets can be booked here.


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