URI Theatre Department presents ‘The School for Lies’

Sparks fly in hilarious adaptation of Molière's romance story

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Ray Fournier plays Frank
Catia Ramos plays Celimene. Photo by Randy Osga.

KINGSTON, R.I. – Feb. 8, 2016 — The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department announces the opening of “The School for Lies,” by David Ives, adapted from Molière’s “The Misanthrope”

“The School For Lies” is set in Paris in 1666 at a fashionable salon run by a sharp-tongued and witty young widow, Celimene. She is pursued by a number of shallow suitors whom she is able to live off of without ever taking them up on any of their offers. Enter Frank, who has recently changed his name while away in London. He is determined to live up to his new name by being frank and rude to everyone. When Frank and Celimene meet, the sparks fly in this hilarious adaptation.

Performances of “The School for Lies” will run Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances Feb. 26 and March 5 at 3 p.m. in J Studio in the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road on the Kingston Campus.

Catia Ramos plays Celimene
Ray Fournier plays Frank
Photo by Randy Osga.

General admission tickets cost $20, while tickets for seniors, URI faculty, staff and students cost $15. To purchase tickets online, visit web.uri.edu/theatre, or call (401) 874-5843 beginning Feb. 6. The OLLI talkback will take place at 2:30 p.m. on March 5 in G Studio.

Alan Hawkridge, who recently directed “As You Like It,” directs; Costume design is by resident costume designer, Professor David T. Howard; scenic design is by resident scenic designer, Associate Professor Christian Wittwer; lighting design is by guest artist Kathy Giebler; and sound design is by guest artist Michael Hyde.

URI Theatre is committed to equal opportunity and non-traditional casting. Our productions strongly encourage any/and all student, staff, faculty or members of the community to audition and/or participate in URI productions. There will be no discrimination based on sex, race, color, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran and/or disability status.


Actor, Character ,Hometown

Ray Fournier, Frank, East Providence

Kyle Couture, Philinte, Exeter

Katharine Templeton, Eliante, Providence

John Thomas Cunha, Clitander, Newport

Jake Clarke, Acaste, Narragansett

Magenta Kolakowski, Maid, Riverside

Catia Ramos, Celimene, Lincoln

Daria Lyric Montaquila, Arsinoe, Providence

Lauren Wade, Oronte, Narragansett

Erik Schlicht, Dubois/Basque, Cumberland