Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings to the stage the Midwest premiere of David Ives' comedy The School for Lies, adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière. Ives' play, Venus in Fur, was a 2012 Tony Award nominee for Best Play; and his previous work with Chicago Shakespeare includes the CST-commissioned adaptation of Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear-a 2006 world premiere directed by Gary Griffin. Check out highlights of the show below!
The School for Lies transforms Molière's classic into a modern satire crafted in rhyming couplets, creating a seventeenth-century comedy of manners brimming with contemporary slang. CST Artistic Director and multiple Jeff Award-winning director Barbara Gaines helms a cast that includes longtime Stratford Shakespeare Festival actors Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay and the return of CST-affiliated artist Greg Vinkler.
Performing the roles of love interests Frank and Celimene are real life husband and wife duo Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay. Deborah Hay makes her CST debut as Celimene in The School for Lies.
Having appeared in over thirty productions with CST, Greg Vinkler returns to play Oronte in The School for Lies. Sean Fortunato, Kevin Gudahl and Heidi Kettenring continue at CST following their work in Sunday in the Park with George to play the roles of Philinte, Acaste and Eliante, respectively, in The School for Lies. Rounding out the cast are Paul Slade Smith as Clitander and Samuel Taylor as Dubois/Basque.
The creative team for The School for Lies includes Scenic Designer Dan Ostling, Costume Designer Susan Mickey, Lighting Designer Philip Rosenberg, Sound Designer Lindsay Jones, Wig and Makeup Designer Melissa Veal and Properties Master Chelsea Meyers.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's The School for Lies runs December 4, 2012–January 20, 2013 in CST's Courtyard Theater. Tickets are on sale now for $48–$78, with special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. All patrons receive a 40% discount on guaranteed parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater's website at www.chicagoshakes.com/school.