David Ives has been described as “one of the most diversely talented playwrights working today.” (Theatermania). He is perhaps best known for his one-act plays, All in the Timing and for his drama Venus in Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2012 and turned into a movie by Roman Polanski. Most recently, his play Lives of Saints began previews off-Broadway at Primary Stages where it was met with rave reviews.
In May, we will start our season off with David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille's The Liar— a hilarious misadventure of romance that's short on truth but long on laughter. “Everything about it spoke to me,” said Ives. “The rippling language. The simplicity of the premise alongside the intricate rigor of the plotting. The gorgeousness of the set pieces. Its wide understanding and humanity, seasoned with several pinches of social satire.”
We were lucky enough to have Ives at our first rehearsal of The Liar and we will have him back to the Playhouse again in a few short weeks as our Sunday Symposium guest on May 10th! Following the 3pm performance, Ives will take the stage with Associate Artistic Director, David Kennedy for an insightful discussion about his work adapting and the world of the play. This discussion will be followed by a Q & A with the audience. This event is free and open to the public.