Alison Fraser Completes Cast of School for Lies, David Ives' "Misanthropic" Comedy

News   Alison Fraser Completes Cast of School for Lies, David Ives' "Misanthropic" Comedy
Two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser has joined the cast of David Ives' new comedy The School for Lies, inspired by Molière's The Misanthrope, Classic Stage Company announced on March 15.

Alison Fraser
Alison Fraser

Performances of the Walter Bobbie-directed production begin April 13.

Fraser, who will play Arsinoe, recently appeared on Broadway as Tessie Tura in the revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. She also originated the role of Sarah in the world premiere of Arthur Laurents' Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are co-starring Shirley Knight at The George Street Playhouse. She originated the role of Sister Walburga in Charles Busch's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play The Divine Sister. She is a two-time Tony Award nominee for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance.

Mamie Gummer, Hamish Linklater and Jenn Gambatese are among the previously announced players in the CSC world-premiere production of The School for Lies. The cast will also feature Steven Boyer as Dubois/Basque, Frank Harts as Clitander, Rick Holmes as Oronte, Hoon Lee as Philante and Matthew Maher as Acaste.

Opening night is May 1. Performances play to May 22 at CSC's home at 136 E. 13th Street.

Gummer (Mr. Marmalade, TV's "Off the Map") will play Celimene, Linklater (TV's "The New Adventures of Old Christine," Shakespeare in the Park's The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale) will play Frank, and Gambatese (Tarzan, All Shook Up) will play Elainte. Ives and Bobbie are longtime collaborators. They worked together last season at CSC on the acclaimed sold-out production of Venus in Fur and in 2008 on the acclaimed New Jerusalem. The two have collaborated for more than 15 years on numerous productions as writer/producer, writer/director, co-authors, writer/actor, and writer/dramaturg. Their productions together range from Broadway, Off-Broadway, City Center Encores! and Carnegie Hall to public television.

The creative team includes scenic designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, hair designer Paul Huntley and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.

The School for Lies will perform Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 2 PM.

Tickets are $70 for weekday performances and $75 for weekends. For tickets and information, visit or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office weekdays noon to 6 PM.


CSC is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre "committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience." It is led by artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Jessica R. Jenen. It recently produced the sold-out run of Chekhov's Three Sisters, featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Jessica Hecht, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard, directed by Austin Pendleton.

The company is currently presenting William Shakespeare and John Fletcher's Double Falsehood, directed by Brian Kulick.

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