Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Auditions at Austin Playhouse for The Liar by David Ives, November 23, 2013

The Liar David Ives Writers Playhouse by Michael Brosilow
(photo: Michael Brosilow via Wall Street Journal)
Austin Playhouse is seeking actors (age range 20’S – mid 30’S) for THE LIAR, translated and adapted by David Ives from the classic French comedy by Pierre Corneille, directed by Don Toner. Auditions are on Saturday, November 23 (possible callbacks on Monday, November 25)
Performance dates are February 7 – March 9, 2014, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm with possible added Wednesdays. Austin Playhouse is a professional theatre. All roles are paid. Equity and non-Equity actors will be hired.

APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED: To schedule an audition, please email info@austinplayhouse.com Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

From the author of the recent Broadway hit Venus in Fur comes this sophisticated, playful adaptation of the classic French comedy by Pierre Corneille: Paris, 1643. Charming, handsome, and an incorrigible liar, Dorante has come to Paris seeking pleasure. He falls head over heels for the beautiful Clarice, but mistakes her name for that of her best friend, Lucrece. After lying his way into a world of trouble, can Dorante lie his way back out again? Fiendishly clever and a bit naughty, the wordplay and swordplay of The Liar make for an evening that's filled with delights!

"What's the funniest play ever written? I used to think it was Noises Off, but now that I've seen THE LIAR, David Ives' English-language adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 1644 comedy about a compulsive liar, I'm not so sure… I laughed so hard that I was sore the next day…By wedding [Ives'] verbal prestidigitation to Corneille's mistaken-identity plot, Mr. Ives has come up with a play in which the laughs flow freely and joyously." —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal.
"Astonishingly fresh, funny, and totally appealing to modern audiences." —Washington Examiner.


Dorante: A young man just arrived in Paris. A newly trained lawyer and a liar.
Cliton: Dorante’s servant who cannot tell a lie, enamored with Isabelle
Alcippe: Dorante’s friend, secretly engaged to Clarice
Clarice: A young lady of Paris
Lucrece: Clarice’s best friend
Isabelle/Sabine: Servant to Lucrece/Clarice
Philiste: Alcippe's friend, enamored with Sabine

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