VP 2014 The Liar

The Liar

Written By: Pierre Corneille
Translation by: David Ives
Directed by: Barbara Barkan
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Run of Show

“The Liar” ran March 7-22, 2014, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm

The Liar PlaySynopsis

Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world’s greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing’s David Ives.

“THE LIAR and its mischievous adapter, David Ives, want you to savor every meticulously groomed conceit, every stylishly turned-out couplet, every assiduously manicured joke…Ives is an inveterate jester, a trait that serves him well on an evening that is all jest.” —Washington Post.

“If there’s anything half as entertaining as THE LIAR onstage hereabouts, I’d be obliged if someone would let me know about it.” —Washington City Paper.

“For Ives, one of America’s better dramatic humorists, translating the fun of Pierre Corneille’s 1643 French comedy was an act of respectful reinvention…The result is a scrubbed, vivacious script salted with hints of cheeky self-awareness.” —DCTheatreScene.com.

“Astonishingly fresh, funny, and totally appealing to modern audiences.” —Washington Examiner.


The Program for this show can be viewed by clicking The Liar. (Requires Adobe Reader)

The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Dorante Jon Masters
Geronte David Engel
Cliton Evan James Copeland
Clarice Megan Guidry
Lucrece Debbie Altman
Alcippe Nathaniel Naugle
Philiste Matthew Johnston
Isabelle Sarah Hammye
Sabine Jamie Ramlawi

Program Staff

Director Barbara Barkan
Music Director
Producers Christopher Jagodzinski
Stage Managers Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design Andrew C. Todd
Lighting Crew Alan Wilkinson
Spot Operator Christopher Jagodzinski
Sound Design Laura Crawford
Sound Crew Judy Meeks
Costume Design Elizabeth Piel Black & Kari Kapszukiewicz
Props Gatherer Christopher Jagodzinski
Stage Crew Chris Cleland, Jake Gordy, & Christopher Jagodzinski
Set Design Wes Skinner
Set Dressing Jake Gordy & Christopher Jagodzinski
Set Construction Brad Ray & Wes Skinner
Painters & Dutchers Christopher Jagodzinski
Scenic Art Denise Coyle
Fight Scene Instructor J. Heath Huber
Program Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design Christopher Jagodzinski
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Kimberley Bruggemann, Pam Engle, Dan Finkel, Sandy Fry, Jake Gordy, Darlene Hatfield, Sue Holliger, Patty Hoover, Christopher Jagodzinski, Debbie Marinik, Jean Mills, Susan Rice, & Sara Speelman
Program Printing AIM Specialists
Marquee Signs Jake Gordy & Christopher Jagodzinski
Theatre Photographer Frank Venda
Special Thanks Kate Argow, Judy Meeks, Owens Community College, Karen Ray

The Show!

Place: Paris

Time: 1643