The School for Lies

by David Ives

September 26 - October 13, 2013 - Maine Premiere

It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she’s being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died—until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his own coruscating wit and acidic misanthropy, Frank turns Celimene’s world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her how to live again.



"Mad Horse opens its season with a rakish and colorful production...”
- Meg Grumbling, The Portland Phoenix   READ MORE

"With its modern language couched in cunning verse, THE SCHOOL FOR LIES is French Farce at its finest , combining a heady mix of mistaken identity, misguided romance, deception and even drag in a slyly crafted confection..."
- Broadway World  READ MORE


Cast and Crew


Philante    Nate Speckman
Clitander   Evan Dalzell
Frank   Burke Brimmer
Oronte   Chris Horton
Celimene   Janice Gardner
Eliante   Kat Moraros
Dubois/Basque   Johnny Speckman
Arsinoe   Kerry Ann Loomis


Director/Production Manager   Christine Marshall
Stage Manager   Marie Stewart
Lighting Designer   Tom Wyatt
Set Designer   Stacey Koloski 


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Season Sponsors:
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The Portland Phoenix