OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 17, 2013
Tony award-nominee David Ives’ deliciously off-color tribute to “The Misanthrope,” Moliere’s brilliant 17th-century comedy of manners. This production is a regional premiere.
(Sarasota, Florida) The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents the regional premiere of The School for Lies, David Ives’ freewheeling adaptation of Moliere’s The Misanthrope, October 29-November 17, 2013, at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $29 evenings; $28 matinees. Students receive 50 percent off with advance ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Asolo Rep’s box office at the FSU Center for Performing Arts; 941-351-8000. Pay What You Can Night: On Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., theatergoers are invited to attend a production of The School for Lies and pay what they can afford for their tickets. These special tickets are available on day of performance only and can be purchased at Asolo Rep box office beginning at 10 a.m. on October 29.
Moliere’s The Misanthrope is a brilliant comedy of manners that concerns a bitter social critic who falls in love with the one woman who exemplifies everything he despises in modern life. According to Greg Leaming, the director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and of this production, the source material brims with love, sex, hypocrisy and verbal fencing matches. “David Ives took Moliere’s basic plot and characters as his starting point. But, like a skilled jazz musician, he bends the notes. Yes, Ives’ reinvented characters speak in rhyming couplets—but their language is stuffed with contemporary street slang and delivered in the rat-a-tat staccato of screwball comedy.”
Leaming adds that, “Like Moliere’s original, The School for Lies is a brilliant critique of popular culture and hypocrisy. It’s about people behaving badly. Ives loves to walk the line between surrealist style and substance. Beneath the verbal gymnastics, this is a beautiful character study of people caught in a culture that values surface over substance. It was true in 1666, and it is certainly true today! It’s perfect material for our second-year Conservatory students to sink their teeth into.”
To bring Ives’ re-imagination to the stage, Leaming and his creative collaborators have pulled out all the stops. According to costume designer David Covach, “The play’s set in the 17th century, but Greg and I decided to throw in a few anachronisms in the spirit of Ives’ text. Not all hair styles will be period; we’re also adding accessories like sunglasses and watches for a hint of absurdity.” Covach adds that, “The costumes range from simple to over-the-top elaborate, each of which supports the social choices the characters are making. We’re having a lot of fun with it and know the audience will, too.”
The School for Lies runs October 29-November 17, 2013, at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Productions are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 evenings; $28 matinees. Students receive 50 percent off with advance ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Asolo Rep’s box office at the FSU Center for Performing Arts; 941-351-8000.
Pay What You Can Series: On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7:30 p.m., audience members are invited to attend a production of The School for Lies and pay what they can afford for their ticket. These special tickets are available on day of performance only and can be purchased at Asolo Rep box office beginning at 10 a.m. on October 29.
About David Ives
David Ives is probably best known for his evenings of one-act comedies called All In The Timing and Time Flies. His full-length plays include Venus In Fur, which recently enjoyed a vast critical and audience success Off-Broadway; New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, which won the prestigious Hull-Warriner Award; Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; Polish Joke; and Ancient History. He has translated Feydeau’s classic farce, A Flea In Her Ear, as well as Yazmina Reza’s drama A Spanish Play. He is also the author of three young-adult novels, Monsieur Eek, Scrib, and Voss. A graduate of Yale School of Drama and a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, he lives in New York City.
About Greg Leaming
In his 35-year career, Greg Leaming has worked extensively in regional theaters and off-Broadway as director, dramaturg, translator and producer. Leaming moved to Sarasota in 2004 to become the director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training—labeled by US News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 10 actor training programs. Leaming is also the associate artistic director of the Asolo Rep, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s partner institution, and the curator of “Asolo Unplugged,” Asolo Rep’s new play festival. Leaming has devoted much time to the development of new plays and the reinvention of classic plays. His translation of Georges Feydeau’s A Flea In Her Ear won the Dallas Theatre Critics Award for best new play in 2004; his translation of Pierre Hennekin and Maurice Veber’s Have You Anything To Declare? earned a Leon Rabin Award nomination for best new play of 2007.
ABOUT THE CONSERVATORY
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training is a celebrated three-year graduate program culminating in a master of fine arts degree. For more than 35 years, tens of thousands of actors from across the continent have auditioned for admission. A maximum of 12 students are admitted each year. In their second year, the students perform in the Cook Theatre, a 161-seat space designed to create an intimate experience for the audience and actors. Third-year students are seen on the Mertz Stage working with the Asolo Rep’s professional actors in exciting and significant roles. For more information, visit www.asolorep.org/conservatory.