Helmed by STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the cast will also include Gregory Wooddell as Frank, Emma Thorne as Celimene, Tom Story as Oronte, Cameron Folmar as Clitander, Liam Craig as Acaste, Michael Glenn as Dubois/Basque, Rachel Zampelli as Eliante, and Cody as Philinte.
The School for Lies transforms Molière's 17th century classic The Misanthrope into a modern satire. Inspired by recent events and the opportunity to work with Kahn once again, Ives has reworked his play for the first time since it premiered in 2011.
“Amid a world of gossip, glamour and scandal the story focuses on Frank, an aristocrat who despises hypocrisy and doesn’t mind telling you so,” according to production notes. “Frank wreaks havoc in a world of pompous suitors and extravagant ladies, hurling abuse and affection with equal gusto as he competes with a gaggle of admirers for his beloved Celimene, whose attraction to Frank is driven only by her incorrect belief that he is a man of influence.”
“I consider David Ives to be one of the best modern-day writers—particularly of rhymed verse couplets—and his wit is unequaled,” said Kahn in a statement. “David doesn’t just translate old classic plays; he has a talent for bringing them to life and helping audiences rediscover them on a modern stage. It is an honor to return to this collaboration and a joy to be directing his comic imagination once more.”
The creative team also includes scenic designer Alexander Dodge, costume designer Murell Horton, lighting designer Mark McCullough, sound designer Christopher Baine, composer Adam Wernick, assistant director Craig Baldwin, resident production stage manager Joseph Smelser, assistant stage manager Jessica Skelton, casting director Laura Stanczyk, CSA, resident casting director Carter C. Wooddell, literary manager and dramaturg Drew Litchenberg, and head of voice and text Lisa Beley.
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