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COD Theater to present 'Captain Blood'

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By Jennifer Duda
College of DuPage News Bureau

College of DuPage College Theater presents "Captain Blood" for two weekends in November.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 9-19, in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center on campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

The play, Vidas Barzdukas' adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's 1922 novel, is about Dr. Peter Blood, who is banished to live in slavery on a Caribbean Island after being wrongly convicted as a traitor.

While serving his time, he falls in love with Arabella, the lady of the plantation. When Blood escapes and takes up the life of a pirate, can fate bring him back to his love amid a world filled with sword fights, deceit and adventure?

"Though the novel is fiction, it's based on historical events, such as the Monmouth Rebellion and Henry Bittman, a doctor who cared for soldiers in the Battle of Sedgemoor," director Connie Canaday Howard said. "Bittman was subsequently arrested, charged and convicted of treason. He was sentenced to death, but that sentence was commuted to slavery in the Caribbean."

This adaptation has two central appeals, she said. First, Blood is an honorable man wronged and misunderstood, even by the woman he loves. Secondly, it's about soul mates finding one another.

"It's a sweeping, epic tale," Canaday Howard said. "In addition, it's really about the need to stand up for what's right, even if you feel you're the lone voice. Fighting injustice, and for those without a voice, is central to this piece."

A preshow discussion with Canaday Howard and the designers is set for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. A post-show discussion with Canaday Howard, the cast and crew is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17.

Tickets are $14 for students and seniors and $16 for adults. For information, call (630) 942-4000 or visit atthemac.org.