HFC presents Neil Simon’s ‘Fools’ June 19-29

DEARBORN — The Henry Ford College Humanities and Social Sciences Division presents renowned playwright Neil Simon’s comic fable “Fools,” June 19 to 29 in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the main campus, 5101 Evergreen.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. June 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, and 2 p.m. June 22 and 29.

Tickets are $10 ($8 for students with valid photo identification). To purchase tickets, call 313.845.9817 or go to www.theatre.hfcc.edu and click on the “Buy Tickets!” link.

“Fools” focuses on Leon Tolchinsky, a young schoolteacher who has found his dream job in a tiny Russian village. Upon arrival, he discovers the entire town has been under a spell of stupidity for 200 years. This spell was cast on them by Vladimir Yousekevitch after his son killed himself two centuries earlier.

Only Leon can break this curse. What he doesn’t know is that if he stays more than 24 hours and fails to free the village’s inhabitants, he too will fall victim to this spell and become stupid himself. To further complicate matters, he has fallen in love with a village girl named Sophia, regardless of the fact that she is so stupid she has only just learned to sit down.

“Fools” is directed by HFC Theater Arts Instructor/Technical Director Gerry Dzuiblinski, who recently won a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for his scenic design for HFC’s 2013 production of “Ruined.”