Charles Marlow is a young gentleman who can barely speak to the genteel ladies of London, but he easily flirts with working-class women. Enter Kate Hardcastle, the daughter of a wealthy countryman, who comes up with a plan to pose as a serving girl to get him to woo her.

Charles Marlow is a young gentleman who can barely speak to the genteel ladies of London, but he easily flirts with working-class women. Enter Kate Hardcastle, the daughter of a wealthy countryman, who comes up with a plan to pose as a serving girl to get him to woo her.

Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith's comedy, "She Stoops to Conquer," is full of misadventures, pranks, deceptions and some of the most memorable comic characters ever created.

The Theatre Arts program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University will present “She Stoops to Conquer” at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Feb. 26-28 and March 5-7, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, in the Center Stage Theatre on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students, and can be purchased at the Performing Arts box office in the lobby of the SOU Music Recital Hall. The box office is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before performances. Tickets also can be purchased online at sou.edu/performingarts or by calling 541-552-6348.

“This is possibly the funniest, most accessible play of the Restoration comedy of manners genre,” says Director Dennis Smith. “At the time that Goldsmith wrote the play, there were two types of comedies: romantic comedies, intended to create emotion in the audience, and laughing comedies. This play is a laughing comedy in the style of Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors,’ with lots of satire, farce, mistaken identities and physical theater.”

Smith, an emeritus professor with the SOU Theatre Arts program, directed 30 productions during his 26 academic years at SOU, most recently “Lucky Stiff” by Ahrens and Flaherty, “Taking Steps” by Alan Ayckbourn, “Wild Oats” by John O’Keeffe, his adaptation of “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen, and “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard. He also has directed productions for Rogue Opera, Britt Festivals, Oregon Cabaret Theatre and Lyric Theatre.

SOU's production of "She Stoops" features an ensemble with Sarah Brizek, Mark Brown, Connor Bryant, Connor Chaney, Charlie Melville, Karl Osladil, Chandler Parrott-Thomas, Jonathan Reeves, Kyle Sanderson, Neal Schoonmaker, Erik Weiss, Mig Windows and Aleah Zimmer.

“This production is a wonderful chance for the cast to explore a classic genre and develop technical comedic skills,” Smith says. “Such modern-day playwrights as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Noël Coward and Tom Stoppard carry on Goldsmith’s comedic tradition.”

The scenic designer is Sean O'Skea, costume designer is Clara Painter, lighting designer is Katherine Landon and sound designer is Evan Carbone.