Alison Fraser, Mamie Gummer, Hamish Linklater Star in David Ives' "Misanthropic" School for Lies

News   Alison Fraser, Mamie Gummer, Hamish Linklater Star in David Ives' "Misanthropic" School for Lies
Mamie Gummer, Hamish Linklater and two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser star in David Ives' new comedy The School for Lies, inspired by Molière's The Misanthrope, opening May 1 following previews from April 13 at Classic Stage Company's Off-Broadway home.

Alison Fraser
Alison Fraser Photo by Joan Marcus

The Walter Bobbie-directed world-premiere production features Gummer (Mr. Marmalade, TV's "Off the Map") as Celimene, Linklater (TV's "The New Adventures of Old Christine," Shakespeare in the Park's The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale) as Frank, Fraser (Broadway's The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Charles Busch's The Divine Sister)  as Arsinoe, Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan, All Shook Up) as Elainte, Steven Boyer as Dubois/Basque, Frank Harts as Clitander, Rick Holmes as Oronte, Hoon Lee as Philante and Matthew Maher as Acaste.

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

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 plays 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.

Mamie Gummer and Jenn Gambatese
Mamie Gummer and Jenn Gambatese Photo by Joan Marcus
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