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November 11-21


Thurs November 11


Fri November 12


Sun November 21

About the Show

Dorante is our charming hero who cannot tell the truth. Cliton is the manservant who cannot tell a lie. When Dorante instantly falls in love with the captivating Clarice hilarity and hijinks ensue in this sparkling and scintillating romantic comedy.

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Washington, DC
Michael Kahn, Artistic Director
Chris Jennings, Managing Director
April 12, 2010

Adult/Mature Themes and Language


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!



directed by CHARLIE SEXTON

Cast List

DORANTE, a young man just arrived in Paris

Alexander Diakov

CLITON, a valet

Lucy Dingman-Root

GERONTE, Dorante’s father

Nate Brantley

CLARICE, a young lady of Paris

Demi Handley

LUCRECE, Clarice’s best friend

Sierra Conner

ALCIPPE, Clarice’s secret fiancé

Lachlan Apple

PHILISTE, Alcippe’s friend

Nolan “Davis” Brown

ISABELLE, vivacious servant to Lucrece

Jessie Burke

SABINE, puritanical servant to Clarice

Jessie Burke

The Players

Lucy has been active at Commonwealth Theatre Center since 2013, starring in multiple mainstage plays including The Trials of Robin Hood, as Robin Hood, and Seyton, from Macbeth. She is also a three-time writer for the Young Playwrights Festival here at CTC. She last appeared as one of the comedic players in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Gildenstern, Directed by Jennifer Pennington.

Alexander Diakov is extremely thrilled to be in the Liar. His favorite performances are Pride and Prejudice (Charles Bingley) and Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio) and The Young Playwrights Festival 2019 (Actor) Alexander also enjoys swimming competitively, telling terrible jokes, and hanging out with friends. Alexander gives thanks to his twin Ian for always giving him someone to compete against.

Nate Brantley is a student at St. Francis High School. He last appeared in Hamlet (directed by Charlie Sexton) as The Gravedigger. Before this, he was featured in Almost Maine (directed by Reed Gabhart) as Chad at St. Francis School. Previous to these, he was featured in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (directed by Jennifer Pennington) as the First Soldier. He began his acting days as a Security Guard in the show 1001 Nights directed by Hallie Dizdarevic.

Lachlan attends St. Francis School and has been enrolled in the Commonwealth Theatre Center Conservatory for 5 years. He is elated to be in his first main stage show here and was recently featured In shows such as Almost Maine and Our Town.

Jessie Burke is extremely excited to be in The Liar. She has been a student of CTC since 2014, and been an active member of the community since then. Most recently, she was in Comedy of Errors (Second Merchant) and before that, YPF 2020. Outside of theatre, Jess loves hanging out with her friends and bunny, going to chess club, and being active in her student council as vice president. She would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her and coming to her performances, and hopes that everyone will enjoy the show!

Nolan (Davis) Brown, a student from St Francis, has been a part of The Commonwealth for six years. His first main stage play was Welcome to Wandaland. Since then he has acted in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, two Young American Playwright Festivals, and stage managed One Thousand and One Nights, directed by Meg, during the summer. His most recent play was A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the Globe Players.

Sierra Conner is a Performance 1 student at Commonwealth Theatre Center, as well as a musical theater student in the Creative and Performing Arts Academy at the Oldham County Arts Center. She has been acting for as long as she can remember and is so excited to be back on stage after missing it greatly during Covid-19. She’d like to thank her parents for driving her to rehearsal every day, her brother Keegan for helping her run lines, and her bearded dragon Tonks for being the perfect stand-in scene partner when practicing.

Demi Handley is currently a senior at DuPont Manual High School, she has been apart of the Commonwealth Theatre Center ever since the age of 8. She is so grateful for the education and family she has gained within her time at the company. Her other credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, She Kills Monsters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Macbeth and many more. She thanks her family, as well as the staff and community at CTC for always having confidence and trust in her!


Charlie has proudly carried on the theatrical traditions and values of Walden Theatre founder Nancy Niles Sexton, his mother, since her retirement in 1999. He was among the first class of Conservatory students, and he performed in, directed, and wrote numerous Walden Theatre productions before receiving his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. Prior to returning to Walden, Charlie was the Education Director for Wheelock Theatre in Boston. During his tenure as Artistic Director, Charlie has created the largest performing arts summer training program in Louisville as well as the Young American Shakespeare Festival, which was the first of its kind in the nation. He has also expanded professional opportunities for Conservatory alumni through alumni and staff productions, touring shows, and Outreach Education programs. Charlie’s resume includes many artistic accomplishments as an actor, director, and playwright, but his proudest achievement is the professional training and mentoring of thousands of students through the Conservatory program. His students have been accepted into the nation’s best college theatre programs, including Juilliard, Carnegie Mellon, New York University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater. Notable students include Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Jess Weixler (The Good Wife), Wes Ramsey (Charmed), Tom Graves (The Rude Mechanicals), Gisela Chipe (Asolo Rep’s Hamlet, Prince of Cuba), and Adam Wesley Brown (Once on Broadway). Charlie and his wife, costume designer Laura Patterson, have two sons: Aaron & Ian.

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.

Kaileigh goes to Brown school. She’s been at Commonwealth for 7 years. Her first show here was Baker Goes to War (directed by Hallie Dizdarevic); her last appearance in a show at Commonwealth was The Secret Garden (directed by Meg Caudill) as Mrs. Medlock. This is her first time stage managing a show here at CTC.

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.