Vanderbilt Theatre presents David Ives’ adaptation of ‘The Liar’

(Vanderbilt University Department of Theatre)

The Department of Theatre will present David Ives’ adaptation of The Liar beginning at 8 p.m. April 6 at Vanderbilt University’s Neely Auditorium. This will be the final production of the department’s 2011-12 theatrical season.

The Vanderbilt production is based on the American playwright’s lively adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s comedy that was first performed in Paris in 1644. The plot revolves around the fabrications of the compulsive liar Dorante and his pursuit of the heart of a woman named Clarice. After much deception and misunderstanding, all is resolved.

Ives’ adaptation made its world premiere in 2010 at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.  For the new production Ives merged and cut characters, added subplots and trimmed lengthy speeches that would resonate with modern audiences while not comprising the original storyline of the play. The fine-tuning of the centuries-old work resulted in Ives’ receiving a MacArthur Award in 2010.

The Liar is a wickedly funny play with an amazing script. It is a challenging one for undergraduate actors as so much of the comedy comes across verbally. It’s written primarily in rhyming verse.  Musicality, as well as articulation, are necessary to deliver the plot and the jokes,” offers Terryl Hallquist, the play’s director.

Performances for The Liar are scheduled for April 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and a matinee performance is scheduled April 8 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public, $7 for graduate students and free for undergraduates with Vanderbilt identification.

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