Rob Melrose


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THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS by Carlo Goldoni In a New Translation by Rob Melrose

Full-length Classic Adaptation 

Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken, and lovers are reunited in this new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece.

Set in Venice, mayhem erupts when the wily—and chronically hungry—servant Truffaldino hatches a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. This physical comedy classic will have your audiences laughing at and loving our hapless hero.

“The Servant of Two Masters is an anachic delight...Alive in the best sense...A Spontaneous creation that leaps far from the page and fully into the realm of performance...Motion, lust, relentlessness, and humor.”
—Houston Chronicle

Cast of Characters
(3W, 9M)
PANTALONE de’ Bisognosi
CLARICE, his daughter
DOTTORE Lombardi
SILVIO, his son
BEATRICE, from Torino, disguised as a man, under the name of Federigo Rasponi
FLORINDO Aretusi, from Torino, in love with her
BRIGHELLA, innkeeper
SMERALDINA, Clarice’s maid
TRUFFALDINO, servant of Beatrice, then of Florindo
A Servant of the inn who speaks
A Servant of Pantalone who speaks
Two Porters, that speak
Servants of the inn that don’t speak

Venice, Italy


Rob Melrose

Rob Melrose is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Cutting Ball Theater and works nationally as a freelance director. He has directed at The Public Theater (Pericles, Prince of Tyre), The Guthrie Theater (Happy Days, Freud’s Last Session, Pen, Julius Caesar - with the Acting Company); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida – in association with the Public Theater), Magic Theatre (An Accident, World Premiere); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days); Black Box Theatre (The Creature, World Premiere, BATCC Award for direction), as well as Actors’ Collective; The Gamm Theatre; and Crowded Fire, among others. His directing credits at Cutting Ball include Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep, Krispy Kritters in the ...[FULL BIO]