Kathleen Tolan's Translation of Marivaux's False Servant Premieres Off-Bway With Martha Plimpton | Playbill

News Kathleen Tolan's Translation of Marivaux's False Servant Premieres Off-Bway With Martha Plimpton
Mistaken identity, cross-dressing and romance are at play in Classic Stage Company's new production of Pierre Marivaux's The False Servant, freshly translated by Kathleen Tolan, March 30-May 7.
Martha Plimpton stars in CSC's The False Servant
Martha Plimpton stars in CSC's The False Servant Photo by Aubrey Reuben

CSC artistic director Brian Kulick stages the production, with Martha Plimpton, Tina Benko, Bill Buell, Paul Lazar and Jerry Matz and Jesse Pennington. Opening is April 10.

"Lust, avarice and a healthy dose of cross-dressing are all on fine display in this sly 18th century romp where a young girl dresses as a man to learn more about her husband to be," according to CSC. "What she discovers bends everything from gender to our most cherished notions of love."

Marivaux was born in Paris in 1688 and is the commedia dell'arte-inspired author of 30 plays, including Harlequin's Lesson in Love, Surprised by Love, The Double Inconstancy, The Game of Love and Chance, The Triumph of Love, Careless Vows, The Feigned Inconstancy and The Constant Players . He died in 1763.

Actress-writer Tolan's scripts include A Weekend Near Madison, Kate's Diary, Approximating Mother, A Girl’s Life and The Wax . She is a member of PEN and the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild. She teaches playwriting at SUNY Purchase.

Plimpton (Chevalier) has appeared Off-Broadway in Hobson's Choice (Atlantic Theater Co., 2001 Obie Award); Boston Marriage, Pericles, The Haggadah, Runaways (NYSF); subUrbia (LCT); Flesh and Blood (NYTW). Mark Wendland handles scenic and costume design; Kevin Adams is lighting designer. The False Servant will be performed Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM (only on April 3, 17 & May 1). On April 10, there will be a 7 PM performance in lieu of the 3 PM matinee.

Regular tickets are $45 Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays and $50 on Fridays and Saturdays. $15 student rush tickets are available.

For ticket information, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, visit the theatre in person at 136 East 13th Street, or order online at www.classicstage.org.


Classic Stage Company "is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. CSC presents plays from the past that speak directly to the issues of today. As we return to works of the past, we endeavor to keep a clear eye on the future, particularly in terms of the next generation of artists and audiences. Classic Stage's artists are the best-established and emerging theatre practitioners working in this country."

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