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Posted on: April 26, 2023

Coronado Playhouse 27th Annual Free Classic - "Hay Fever!"

Hay Fever! A play at the Coronado Playhouse




Hay Fever runs May 19 - June 4

CORONADO, CA – For year 27 of the Free Classic Series, Coronado audiences will be

transported to England to meet the outrageous and opinionated Bliss family in Noël Coward’s

Hay Fever. In this biting script, a quiet vacation goes awry when David and Judith Bliss’s

children Simon and Sorel crash their holiday, bringing along unassuming guests. A torrid game

of charades, a whirlwind engagement, and dramatic fainting all occur in a single act!

The vain characters’ emotive personalities and curt bickering play against the atmosphere

of English high society in this layered comedy. The self-absorbed Bliss family fails to recognize

their own petulant behaviors as the weekend unravels. “I am taking the Hay Fever that was set

98 years ago and bringing it into 2023,” says Director Hannah Meade, “complete with social

media and all of the modern-day validation dopamine hits. The Bliss family is completely ego

driven (in all of its forms) and I feel that fits perfectly in our inherited 2023 world!”

A cross between high farce and a comedy of manners, the play is set in an English

country house and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish

behavior when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. “Each of the guests finds

themselves caught in these wildly outrageous love triangles,” continues Meade. The

self-centered behavior of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee while the Blisses are so

engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests' furtive departure. “A huge theme in

this play is vanity- especially witnessed through the Blisses," explains Meade, “which is one of

the reasons I wanted to push it into modern-day because, if nothing else, we as a human race

have found many more ways to receive that external approval.”

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