The Liar

By David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille

Directed By Dámaso Rodríguez

May 26, 2015 – June 21, 2015

Alder Stage

From the brilliant, comedic mind of David Ives (All in the Timing, Venus in Fur) comes a hilarious “translaptation” of this 17th Century French romp, replete with wild misassumptions, mistaken identities and tangled truths. Played out in outrageously clever verse, expect lightning-fast pace, anachronistic twists and a hip cast, with plenty of nods to Corneille’s neo-classical original.
Sound Design by Resident Artist Rodolfo Ortega
NW Premiere

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours plus one intermission.

Cast and Production Team


Allen Nause +


Amy Newman +^


Chantal DeGroat +


Vin Shambry +^


Val Landrum +^


John San Nicolas +^


Chris Murray +



Dámaso Rodríguez *



Scenic Designer: Susan Gratch

Costume Designer: Bobby Brewer-Wallin ^

Lighting Designer: Brent J. Sullivan

Composer/Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Props Designer: Natalie Rae Heikkinen

Fight Director: Jonathan Cole *^

Production Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Actor & Playwright: Linda Alper +^

Production Assistant: Jessica Evans Irvine

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




"The Liar: Dámaso Rodríguez's production at Artists Rep is colorful, enchanting, renewing ..." wrote Carol Wells for The Oregonian. Read the full review here

"...crackling comedy" of The Liar is "a kick in the collective pants," wrote Bob Hicks for Arts Watch. He adds, "...a witty play, in a stylishly good-natured production that’s playful and intimate and a great deal of fun." Read the full review here.

" ... Dámaso Rodriguez brings the real feast ... San Nicolas’ and Murray’s warp-speed elocution and fraternal chemistry. Artists Rep’s The Liar lets us sit back and relish the witty wordplay with a smooth finish of fine acting." - Amy Wolfe, Willamette Week
Read the full review here.

"The Liar is a seriously funny rollercoaster of circumstance that held laughs (not just cheap ones, either: SMART, sophisticated, European laughs! Also fart jokes) and attention for each poetic couplet, which flowed like bearable slam poetry," writes Rebecca Waits for The Portland Mercury. Read the full review here.

Some reactions from our audiences:

  • “Perfect cast for this absurdly hilarious play”
  • “One of the best plays I have ever been to!”
  • This play was over-the-top-fantastic! All actors were superb.”
  • “Hysterical, OMG!”
  • “Perfect ending to a fabulous season!”
  • “Oh my word, it is a fabulous, crazy romp!”

"I laughed so hard that I was sore the next day…Mr. Ives has come up with a play in which the laughs flow freely and joyously." —Wall Street Journal

"If there's anything half as entertaining as THE LIAR onstage hereabouts, I'd be obliged if someone would let me know about it." —Washington City Paper

"Astonishingly fresh, funny, and totally appealing to modern audiences." —Washington Examiner



A great resource for all but beware of SPOILERS!! Download it here.


Stage and Studio's Dmae Roberts took her show on the road to Artists Rep this week! She talks The Liar with play director and artistic director Dámaso Rodríguez, followed by a wonderful chat with Profile Theatre's artistic director Adriana Baer about their upcoming play "In the Next Room, or the vibrator play." Click here to listen!


Click here to check out the production's playbill.