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Oct. 11 – 29, 2017 
Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017  

By David Ives  |  Adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière  

“Frank’s so determined to be fully candid. His every syllable can seem backhanded.” 

When an expatriate returns to France after years in England, his no-frills style and brutal honesty set him apart from his foppish peers. He decides to spurn popular conventions and retreat from “proper” social circles, only to immediately become smitten with an upwardly-mobile young widow who revels in the newest trends and is pursued by a bevy of suitors.  

Based upon Molière’s classic 17th Century comedy, The Misanthrope, The School for Lies feels surprisingly relevant as it exposes the hypocrisies of polite high society with a sharp wit and even sharper observations about human nature. Comic master David Ives (All in the Timing, Venus in Fur, Is He Dead?) adapts this wicked farce for contemporary audiences, contrasting the high-brow characters with low-brow humor and employing present-day language that breathes fresh air into this rollicking satire.  

“Molière is one of the greatest comic writers who has ever lived," Miller-Stephany said. "His rapier sharp wit and his keen insights into human foibles are practically unparalleled amongst dramatists of any age. David Ives’ new 2017 adaptation of The Misanthrope is whip-smart, delightfully bawdy and an overall hoot.” 

The School for Lies is a classical treat in rhyming couplets that will have Rep audiences rolling in the aisles! 

Janie Brookshire* ... Celimene

Shawn Fagan*... Oronte

Gabriella Fanuele* ... Eliante

Michael Fell... Dubois/Basque

Patrick Halley... Acaste

Mark Light-Orr... Clitandre

Carine Montbertrand... Arsinoe

Jeremy Rishe* ... Frank

Joe Wegner* ... Philante

 

  • SYNPOSIS: It's 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so well known for her sharp tongue that she's being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband disappeared—until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his brutal honesty and acidic misanthropy, Frank turns Celimene's world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her a lesson or two.
  • LANGUAGE: There is a fair amount of both profanities and obscenities used throughout this ribald comedy, enough to qualify it for an “R” rating. The language includes “damn,” “goddamn,” hell,” “sonofabitch,” variants of “fuck” (used in a sexual reference), variants of “whore,” and other sexual terminology.
  • SMOKING: None.
  • DRINKING: None.
  • SEX: There are scenes that allude to sex and sexual situations.
  • VIOLENCE: None.
  • THEMES: Topics of discussion in this play include: cross-dressing as a disguise, toilet humor, homosexual relationships, hypocrisy, slander, sin and sex.
  • RATING: If it were a film, this production would be rated “R” for strong adult language and material.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION (NEW THIS YEAR)
Saturday, Sept. 30 | 10 a.m.
$5 for Non-members/FREE for Members of The Rep and The 601 Club
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
RSVP to ahodge@therep.org  | BUY TICKETS
Enhance your theatre-going experience by joining us for an insightful discussion into this production with Producing Artistic Director and members of the cast and creative team. 

PRE-SHOW DIRECTOR TALKS (RETURNING)
Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 12 | 6:15 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Get exclusive insight into this powerful production from Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and Director Giovanna Sardelli before the start of the preview performances.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT 
Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night.”  Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. There are at least 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, Oct. 12 | 12 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
Join Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this production.

BEER NIGHT WITH LOST FORTY AND ARKANSAS TIMES
Thursday, Oct. 12| 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Lost Forty
Before the second preview of Opening Week, enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Lost Forty Brewing.

OPENING NIGHT DINNER (NEW THIS YEAR)
Friday, Oct. 13 | 6 p.m.  
Dinner and drinks are $75 per person
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
To make reservations, call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. Performance tickets are not included.
Join in the Opening Night excitement by attending an elegant, three-course dinner before the performance. Held in our Rehearsal Hall, enjoy pre-dinner libations and dine with Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany, members of the creative team and other special guests.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY WITH THE CAST
Friday, Oct. 13 | Immediately following the performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by RSVP Catering
Opening Night for THE SCHOOL FOR LIES will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary toast provided by La Marca Prosecco and light hors d'oeuvres by RSVP Catering will be provided. 

PAY YOUR AGE NIGHT
Sunday, Oct. 15 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree, Legacy Wine and Spirits, The Ride 106.7/The Point 94.1
If you’re age 22-40, you can pay your age at The Rep! Top off your weekend with great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Legacy Wine and Spirits. There are 50 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (4) four per household. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up. Tickets on sale now.

BREWHAHA
Tuesday, Oct. 17 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Join us before the performance for complimentary beer and pizza.

EPILOGUE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE ACTORS
Wednesday, Oct. 18 | Immediately Following the Performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Want to learn more about the show you’ve just seen? Stay after the performance for a discussion with members of the cast. Epilogue talkbacks will take place in the theatre and are free with your show ticket.

BEER NIGHT WITH STONE’S THROW BREWERY
Thursday, Oct. 19 | 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone’s Throw Brewery.

LIVE FROM FOSTER’S WITH BEN “SWAMP DONKEY” BRENNER
Friday, Oct. 20 | 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music in Foster’s.  Ticket not required for pre-show music.

SIGN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, Oct. 25  |  7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Join us for our ASL performance where a Sign Interpreter will be positioned in front of a special section signing directly for those who need his services. Call the Box Office to book your tickets.

THE AFTER-PARTY
Sunday, Oct. 29| Immediately following the performance

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enjoy a drink or two after the evening performance and look for members of the cast to make an appearance in Foster’s. Ticket not required for the After-Party.

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