Gulfshore Playhouse to Close 2014-2015 Season with THE LIAR by David Ives
From the comic genius who brought us Venus In Fur comes a new adaptation of one of world theatre's funniest plays. The Liar takes us to Paris in 1643 and our hero is everything a hero should be: charming, charismatic, handsome, passionate. His only flaw? He cannot tell the truth. Paired with a manservant who cannot tell a lie, this comic dynamic duo take on all that 17th century France can throw at them. Wordplay, swordplay, mistaken identity, romance, wit, and a few big whoppers combine to make this romp an unforgettable night at the theatre.
"It's a joy to be able to produce something that is so funny, made with such artistry and flair, incorporating rhyming couplets, modern sensibility and lots of laughs,"says Kristen Coury, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse.
Gulfshore Playhouse Artistic Associate, Cody Nickell will direct the production. Cody has directed Gulfshore Playhouse's productions of Body Awareness, The Mountaintop, Something Intangible and God of Carnage. Cody's credits as an actor at Gulfshore Playhouse include Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot, All My Sons, The Whipping Man, Art, and Blithe Spirit. Having worked in renowned theaters all over the country, Cody has been a part of over 40 professional productions, including World and U.S premieres, classic re-stagings and multiple award winning shows, Cody also has a deep commitment to new plays, having been involved in the development of over 25 new works. Cody is a six time Helen Hayes award nominee and the winner of the Connecticut Critic's Circle Award.
Playing the role of Dorante will be John Keabler. This is John's first production with Gulfshore Playhouse. He performed Off-Broadway in the Cherry Lane Theatre's production of Psycho Therapy. Regionally John has performed at The Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, Virginia Stage Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Kentucky Repertory Theatre, and Creede Repertory Theratre. Mr. Keabler's film and television credits include: Faith, Love and Whiskey, Sugar, Madam Secretary, 30 Rock, American Genius, The Men Who Built America, All My Children, Redrum.
Cliton will be played by Scott Aiello. Scott is a NYC-based actor. Most recently, he appeared in Stalking the Bogeyman, Off-Broadway. TV credits include The Newsroom, Elementary, and Person of Interest. Scott has narrated over 80 audiobooks. Awards and Honors include a Joseph Jefferson (Chicago Theater) Award for Best Supporting Actor (Broadway Bound, 2003) and a 2013 Audie Nomination (Best Nonfiction Narration, Sex and God at Yale).
Alexis Hyatt will return to the Gulfshore Playhouse stage as Clarice. Alexis appeared in The Second Annual New Works Festival, Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot and All My Sons. Regional credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Dulcy at Dorset Theatre Festival, Blithe Spirit, No Sex Please, We're British, M.Butterfly, Les Liasions Dangereuses, The Importance of Being Earnest and Amadeus at Northern Stage. Alexis is also in several commercials, web series and a zombie apocalypse independent film to be released July 2015.
Lucrece will be played by Kate Villanova. Some of Kate's recent credits include Macbeth (Allentown Shakespeare), The Wind in the Willows (Berkshire Theatre Group), Cyrano, and Another Part of the Forest (Rutgers).
The roles of Isabelle & Sabine will be played by Kate Siepert. Ms. Siepert's past roles include: Perfect Wedding (Cape Playhouse & Florida Studio Theatre), The Savannah Disputation (Penguin Rep), Midsummer Night's Dream (Queens Players), Much Ado About Nothing (Queens Players), Emma (Tobacco Factory - UK).
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh will play Alcippe. Maboud's regional credits include The Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, Center Stage, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Theatre J, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Keegan Theatre, Hub Theatre, 1st Stage and Rorschach Theatre.
Philliste will be played by Seth Andrew Bridges. A NYC based actor and stuntman, his Off-Broadway credits include: Harry in The Time of Your Life, and Ashley Lancaster in Friend of the Devil (Attic Theatre Company, company member); and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (NY Neo-Classical Ensemble). Regional credits include Alabama Story (Pioneer Theatre Company, world premiere), Twelfth Night, Macbeth (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Proof, One Man, Two Guvnors (TheatreSquared); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lake George Theatre Lab).
Dan Kremer will be playing the role of Geronte. Dan has appeared in theatres coast to coast the Pearl Theatre in NY, Shakespeare Theatre in DC, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. In fourteen seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dan's roles included Lambert LeRoux in Pravda, John in Oleanna, Elomire in La Bete, Undershaft in Major Barbara, Prospero in The Tempest, Jacques in As You Like It, Duke in Measure for Measure, and the premieres of The Majestic Kid and Emma's Child. Dan also appears as King Frederick on the NBC series GRIMM.
Gulfshore Playhouse will present its first seven-show season in 2015-2016. Before the mainstage season begins, the Third Annual New Works Festival will present four staged readings September 24-27, 2015. The mainstage season will include American Classic The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Flighty Farce Boeing-Boeing, the return of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer, Ken Luwig's Moon Over Buffalo, a new version of Henrik Ibsen play An Enemy of the People by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, and a poignant new comedy The Who and the What by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar. Subscriptions for the 2015-2016 season are now available, and single tickets will go on sale on April 4, 2015.
Gulfshore Playhouse is passionately devoted to creating high-quality professional theatre at affordable prices and diverse educational opportunities for our region. Producing a full season of plays ranging from venerated classics and Broadway hits to contemporary plays and world premieres, Gulfshore Playhouse is committed to surpassing the standards of every valued patron while continuing to contribute to the vibrant arts and culture scene in Naples, Florida.
Gulfshore Playhouse's production of The Liar will play April 4th through 26th, with $30 preview performances on April 2nd and 3rd. Single tickets start range from $40-$69. Half-price tickets are available for all matinee performances one-half hour before the show. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 1-866-811-4111 or visiting our website at www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org. All shows are presented at the Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue South, Naples.