REVISIONS ADDED TO ADDRESS POLITICAL CLIMATE IN WASHINGTON, DC
Tony Award-nominee David Ives and STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the team that created the award-winning French “trilogy” of The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The Metromaniacs, will unite once more to present a newly revamped version of Ives’ The School For Lies at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from May 30–July 2, 2017.
The School for Lies transforms Molière’s 17th-century classic The Misanthrope into a modern satire crafted in vicious couplets and outrageous gags, creating a baroque comedy of manners brimming with contemporary slang. STC’s production will be the premiere of Ives’s newly updated version of the adaptation. 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. 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.
At a time when accusations of dishonesty and deceit continue to dominate our news agendas, the arrival of The School for Lies in Washington D.C. is timely. But buoyed by Ives’s signature wit, this piercing satire is sure to keep audiences laughing all the way home.
“I consider David Ives to be one of the best modern-day writers—particularly of rhymed verse couplets—and his wit is unequaled,” says Michael Kahn. “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.”