Decadent Aristocrats Take the Stage at the University of the Arts

The Brind School's production of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' runs Nov. 3-6 at Caplan Studio Theater

November 1, 2011

Christopher Hampton’s play, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses (The Dangerous Liaisons)," a chilling portrayal of the mannered decadence and sexual cynicism of the French aristocracy in the last years of the ancien regime, will be presented by the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts as part of its 2011-2012 season. The production will be performed November 3 - 6 at the Caplan Studio Theater, located on the 16th floor of Terra Hall (211 S. Broad St., Philadelphia).

In this pitiless and searching portrait of putrescent pre-revolutionary France, rich and bored aristocrats play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal. This tale of intrigue, seduction, humiliation and revenge won three Oscars when the play was adapted for the screen as “Dangerous Liaisons” in 1988. The Guardian praised the script as “comedy of the highest theatrical kind: edged with danger, replete with pain and forever reminding us that lives are being ruined with the flick of a well-turned phrase.”

"Les Liaisons Dangereuses" is directed by Amy Dugas Brown, a member of the Brind School faculty who served for 10 years as associate director for the Arden Theatre. The production features thrillingly decadent rococo costume designs by Maggie Baker, assistant professor of Costume Design in the Brind School. With over a decade of work in film, theater and dance, Baker’s work is well known to Philadelphia audiences.

The cast of 10 is made up of students in the Brind School’s BFA conservatory programs in Acting and Musical Theater, with the leading roles of Vicomte de Valmont and Marquis de Merteuil being performed by Acting seniors Amanda Kearns and Will Thompson (pictured above), respectively. Scenic design, lighting design, dramaturgy and stage management are provided by Brind School students.

Performance Schedule
Thu, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts has been providing conservatory training to aspiring theater professionals for over 25 years. Its alumni can be found on Broadway, leading regional theaters, and in film and television.

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