The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training continues its 2015-16 season with Tony®-nominated playwright David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s classic French farce THE LIAR

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Presents
David Ives’ Adaptation of Corneille’s The Liar

“What’s the funniest play ever written? I used to think it was Noises Off,
but now that I’ve seen The Liar, I’m not so sure.”

– Terry Teachout for The Wall Street Journal

(SARASOTA, December 4, 2015) — The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training continues its 2015-16 season with Tony®-nominated playwright David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s classic French farce THE LIAR. Known for his witty and edgy adaptations, including Venus in Fur and The School for Lies, David Ives’ THE LIAR was praised by the Washington Examiner as “astonishingly fresh, funny, and totally appealing to modern audiences.” Directed by guest artist Justin Lucero, THE LIAR previews in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, December 29 at 7:30pm with a special “Pay What You Can Performance,” officially opens on Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30pm, and runs through Sunday, January 17.

The charming and handsome Dorante is a compulsive liar who thrives on telling extraordinary tales and passing them off as truth. Upon his arrival home in Paris, Dorante quickly falls for the lady Clarice—and just as quickly confuses her name with her friend’s, Lucrece’s. With the help of Cliton, his newly hired servant who cannot tell a lie, Dorante mistakenly pursues Lucrece, thinking her to be Clarice. Meanwhile, Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe, who is overwrought and enraged by misguided stories that Clarice was seen with another man. Chaos ensues and mistaken identities abound as Dorante lavishes lie upon lie in a comedy rife with rampant emotions, passionate love, and unending humor.
Primarily hailed as the father of French tragedy with great works including Le Cid and Horace, Corneille’s additional expertise in the art of comedy influenced countless playwrights, including comedy master Molière. David Ives considers his adaptation of Corneille’s masterpiece Le Menteur a “translaptation,” which he defines as “a translation with a heavy does of adaptation.” His “translaptation” is written the way he imagined Corneille would have written it today, keeping the heightened style and verse of Corneille’s French script, but adding a modern flavor to the plot and content of the play.

“This show has everything you’d expect and want from a modern adaptation of a French farce—vibrantly colorful characters, action-packed zaniness, even laugh-out-loud swordfights,” said director Justin Lucero. “But it is the language of the play that is the brightest jewel in this comic crown. I like to think of Ives’ “translaptation” as an explosive display of verbal fireworks. Written in period verse and peppered with modern vocabulary, this delicious script is complete with witty repartee, hysterical wordplay, shameless puns, and, of course, over-the-top and fanciful lies. I was instantly captivated by THE LIAR.”

“David Ives’ adaptations are a terrific workout for our grad actors,” said Greg Leaming, Director of the Conservatory. “The language is vibrant, intelligent, witty and very sophisticated. With THE LIAR, Ives has taken a wonderful classic piece of theatre, a wonderfully wacky story, and like he did with his play The School for Lies, given it the kind of contemporary spin he is noted for. The result will be a real thrill for our audiences.”

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory 15-16 season continues with William Shakespeare’s dramatic masterpiece Macbeth on February 23 through March 13, and the season wraps up with Nora, Ingmar Bergman’s stirring adaptation of the iconic play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, running April 12 through May 1.


Dorante Scott Kuiper
Cliton Brandon Maldonado
Alcippe Wyatt McNeil
Clarice Kelly Elizabeth Smith
Lucrece Jessie Taylor
Isabelle/Sabine Jillian Courtney
Geronte Michael Fisher
Philiste Brett Mack +

+ Appears courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association.


JUSTIN LUCERO returns to Sarasota after receiving a Directing Fellowship with Asolo Repertory Theatre last season, where he assisted on The Matchmaker (dir. Peter Amster), Both Your Houses (dir. Frank Galati), and Our Betters (dir. Michael Donald Edwards).  He is also the recent recipient of a prestigious SDCF Observership, having assisted Art Manke on South Coast Repertory’s Peter and the Starcatcher.  Among several London credits, he was Director-on-Attachment for Open Air Theatre’s Lord of the Flies and Crazy for You (2012 Olivier Award® for Best Musical Revival).  He is Guest Artist-in-Residence at the University of Texas at El Paso and former Resident Assistant Director for El Paso Opera.  He was Associate Director for the world premiere of Sir Tim Rice’s musical Lute! and on the directing team for the Smithsonian Institute’s “Opera Bhutan,” the first-ever opera performed in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  He is co-Founding Artistic Director of the New Mexico-based Scaffolding Theatre Company, whose “innovative” and “daring” production of Chicago “impressed the national theater community” when profiled by Playbill this summer.  Playbill later named Scaffolding’s Chicago among Harvard, Yale, Pace and Stanford as one of five “Innovative College Productions That Thought Outside the Theatrical Box.”  Associate member of SDC.


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.

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Tickets for THE LIAR and the remaining 2015-16 Conservatory season are on sale now at $28 for matinee performances and $29 for evening performances. To purchase tickets, call 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, visit, or visit the Asolo Repertory Theatre Box Office, located at 5555 North Tamiami Trail in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Box Office hours are Monday 10am–4pm, Tuesday–Thursday 10am–7:30pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–8pm, and Sunday 10am–2pm. The box office closes at 5pm when there are no evening performances, and phone lines close one hour prior to the start of any performance.


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