written by
JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY

directed by
PAULA O. LOCKHART

January 20-23

THURS–SAT @ 7:30pm
SUN @ 2pm

About the Show

The Fraiser house is decorated and ready to party for Grandma’s birthday. All seems to be going according to plan, but soon this family drama takes a turn. Fairview is a riveting examination of social inequities and disparities of the American family experience.

DATES

Preview Jan 20; Open Jan 21; Close Jan 23

CONTENT WARNING

Mature Language and Themes.

RECOMMENDED AUDIENCE AGE

We trust our audiences to make decisions about attending our plays, but we recommend ages and 12 and up for this production.

Director's Note

Welcome to The Liar, a delicious treat to kick-off the holiday season. The original script was written by Pierre Corneille nearly 400 years ago but our version has been translated and updated by the mischievous David Ives. It has been so enjoyable to work on a play this hilarious and technically fluid, and to engage with this wonderful cast and crew to bring you an evening of such brevity and light heartedness during such challenging times.

 

I came across The Liar almost 10 years ago while doing my monthly research of what was happening across the country at other regional theaters. I saw the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. was doing a new David Ives adaptation and I had to take a closer look. Upon reading the script I immediately proposed producing the play in the following season. The performance was so well received I knew I would cross paths with this play again in my future. Then the pandemic hit. During the bleak days and months that followed I tried to imagine what would be the first play I would want to direct and share with the public. It had to be The Liar.

 

So after months of patiently waiting, and weeks of stellar work from our wonderful cast and crew, we present The Liar. It’s so good to have you back again! Leave all your troubles at the door and marvel at our comic hero, a “lying genius, if a moral zero.”

 

Cheers and enjoy!

 

Charlie

Cast List

BEVERLY

Jacqui Blue

KEISHA

Demi Handley

DAYTON

Tony Reimonenq III

JASMINE

LaShondra Hood

JIMBO

Zach Stone

SUZE

Jessica De La Rosa

BETS

Laura Gibson

MACK

Atticus Haden

Stage Directions

Ashley Nicole Cabrera

The Players

Jess holds a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Acting, both from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. In the Summer of 2018, Louisville became Jess’ home after living in New York City, where she developed a studio practice in devising Shakespeare – coaching a range of ages from preschool students to Broadway performers. As an actor, regional theatre credits include Great River Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, Reign Or Shine, Rogue and Peasant Players, and Kentucky Shakespeare, among others. As an educator and behavioral therapist, Jess has taught all ages and abilities, using art as a bridge to unite neurodiverse demographics.

Tony Reimonenq III is excited to be a part of IDEAS Staged Reading Series. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2020. Tony currently serves as an Artist Educator and Actor at Kentucky Shakespeare. You can see Tony Reimonenq III this summer in Central Park in Kentucky Shakespeare’s 61st summer season.

Jacqui Blue is a Louisville based actor, singer/songwriter, and music therapist originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was bit by the acting bug during her 1st role as Hamlet in her 4th grade Shakespeare production and was led to study opera performance at Grand Valley State University and appear in countless stage, tv and film productions across West Michigan and Louisville, Ky over the years. Recently Jacqui starred in the one woman show Open with Pandora Productions and Nation in Crisis at Commonwealth Theatre Center, and was cast in The Humana Festivals’ 2020 musical Grace at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She also composed music and lyrics for Commonwealth Theatre Center’s children’s musical tour Rumpelstiltskin,  in which she also starred. Other notable credits include Marian in The Bridges of Madison County and Michelle Morris in Dreamgirls at Centerstage, as well as the title character in The Alley Theater’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Jacqui holds a degree from the University of Louisville in Music Therapy, works in Outreach as an Artistic Associate for Commonwealth Theatre Center, and is a beloved local artist.

Zach Stone is a local theatre artist who graduated from the University of Louisville in Spring 2020 with a Theatre Arts major and Film Studies & Production minor. Around Louisville, they have worked with Derby City Playwrights, Bunbury Theatre, StageOne Family Theatre, and Kentucky Shakespeare in a variety of ways. They are an Artistic Fellow at CTC performing Outreach work to schools and the community, teaching conservatory classes, and helping out generally wherever they can. They are excited to share this script with you, and thank Caisey and their family for the constant support.

Demi Handley is a senior at DuPont Manual High School and she is excited to be able to take part in this opportunity and experience. She has been a part of the Commonwealth Theatre Center for as long as she can remember, recently she has been in The Liar, Much Ado About Nothing and The Young Playwrights Festival 2021. This will be Demi’s last show with this CTC and she is grateful for everything she has gained from this wonderful community of artists.

Ashley Nicole Cabrera is thrilled to work on her first show with Commonwealth Theatre. She graduated from James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, concentrating in performance. After graduating, Ashley was hired at Kentucky Shakespeare as an Artist Educator, where she has continued to work for her second year. She feels honored to have worked with people from such a large variety of backgrounds. Over the summer, she was lucky enough to be in Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of Shakespeare in Love and got to work with some high school students as a camp counselor at Camp Shakespeare. Ashley is excited to continue creating work that is diverse and inclusive. You can find her this summer on the central park stage in Louisville, Kentucky!

LaShondra Hood is an actress, director, educator, and administrator from Birmingham, AL who was most recently the Director of Fine Arts at Louisville Central Community Centers. Recent directing credits include ReFrame, Elf Jr. (StageOne) and The Little Mermaid, Jr. (Louisville Central Community Centers.) Some of LaShondra’s proudest theatrical opportunities include playing Sofia in The Color Purple, playing Mrs. Claus in Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, and winning the National Irene Ryan Best Partner Award at the Kennedy Center. LaShondra received her B.A. from Alabama State University and her M.F.A from the University of Louisville.

Laura Gibson has been acting at Commonwealth since 2015 in many shows including King John (Prince Arthur), A Wrinkle in Time (Charles Wallace), and most recently, Hamlet (Ophelia). She is currently a Junior at Highlands Latin School. Laura would love to thank her theatre family for their unwavering support and is so thankful to be given such an unforgettable experience.

Atticus Haden is excited to be in the first IDEAS production at CTC and to work with such a talented cast! He has most recently performed in YPF 2021 and She Kills Monsters at CTC, and stage managed The Children’s Hour. He is also a sophomore at YPAS where he performed in New Works Festival 2021. He would like to thank his family for their support and for carting him all across Louisville.
 
CREATIVE Team

Paula O. Lockhart holds bachelors’ degrees in Theatre and Communication from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga and an MFA in Performance from the University of Louisville. Paula is delighted to be making her directorial debut! Lockhart is the Associate Director of the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA). Paula is passionate about theatre for young audiences, she has toured with Blue Apple Players, UofL Repertory Theatre, and teaches theatre to all ages including college students at Louisville’s only HBCU, Simmons College of Kentucky. While teaching at Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC), she created the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness Society or IDEAS @ CTC. Past performance credits include Bowling for Beginners, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fences, Bloodline Rumba, Polaroid Stories, A Molly Whuppie, Red Riding Hood, and This is Not The Play.

Gerry is a Louisville native, working in the entertainment industry since 1995. He has loved being part of the Commonwealth family for the last four years. Gerry has worked with such groups as Ursuline Arts Center, Bunbury Theatre, Stephen Foster Drama Association, Faith Works Studio, Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association, Louisville Central Community Center, Centerstage as well as Dick Clark Productions and ABC. Gerry would like to thank his wife Angel for putting up with this crazy theatre life.

A native of southwestern Indiana, Jake Allen Miller is a theatre technician, stage manager, arts educator and a 2008 graduate of Hanover College. Prior to joining CTC in 2019, Jake lived and worked professionally in Chicago, Illinois most notably as Stage Manager in Residence at The Second City. Jake is most inspired by the art of professional wrestling, the music of the Grateful Dead, and the boundless talents of his friends and colleagues.

Lindsay is excited to begin her sixth season at Commonwealth Theatre. Starting in Halloween costume design, she moved to theatrical work at Actors Theatre of Louisville as the Assistant Costume Designer ten years ago. She has worked with several local companies including Pandora Productions, Theatre 502, Liminal Playhouse, Bellarmine University, Hardin County Performing Arts Center, Josephine Sculpture Park Summer Shakespeare and is an active company member with Looking for Lilith Theatre Company.

Hannah is a local theatrical artist who has been active in the theatre scene for the last four years, working with companies including Bunbury Theatre Company, The Kentucky Opera, and most recently Looking for Lilith. They joined the CTC family in March of this year and are thrilled to be working on The Children’s Hour. When Hannah isn’t working on theatre you can usually catch them drawing or making stickers! Thanks to Colt, who has supported them through all their artistic endeavors.

ABOUT IDEAS
LEAD FACILITATOR

Paula O. Lockhart

CO-FACILITATOR

Zach Stone

IDEAS @ CTC is a group where students can learn from and engage with diverse communities through theatre. Created out of the need to broaden our ideas about the collective theatre experience, IDEAS will help students reimagine the way we see theatre from classical to contemporary using our own individual experiences for markers of success.

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