“Having been bowled over by the play, I had to consider how to render this luminous world in English. There was one thing that I knew right away: it had to be in verse, just as it is in Corneille. The Liar is a portrait of a brilliant performer and, language being the wire Dorante dances upon, the language had to match his agile mind at every turn. Prose would have turned this into a Seinfeld episode and made it banal. Only rhyme would do.”
–David Ives (playwright) in An American Classic: Shakespeare Theatre Company

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The Liar

Apr 05 - May 30

Lansburgh TheatreAdapted by David Ives

from the comedy by Pierre Corneille

directed by Michael Kahn

Production sponsored in part by
The Abby and Howard Milstein Foundation

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