“The School for Lies,” a play by David Ives, opens Feb. 23 at the University of Rhode Island’s Fine Arts Center. It is an adaptation of Moliére’s play “The Misanthrope,” with the setting updated to 1600s France. Catia Ramos plays Celimene, who has managed to avoid all suitors since her husband passed away. Then comes Frank, played by Ray Fournier, a traveler from England and most closely connected to Moliére’s misanthrope, who is tricked into falling for Celimene (who in turn is tricked into falling for him as well) by Philinte, played by Kyle Couture. This comedy of errors is highly regarded for a modern play, getting positive write-ups in many major publications when it opened originally. It will be directed by Alan Hawkridge, with costumes by the resident designer, David T Howard, and scenic design by fellow resident designer, Christian Wittwer. The lighting and sound design are being done out of house by Kathy Giebler and Michael Hyde, respectively.


General admission tickets will cost $20, while tickets for URI faculty, staff and students will cost $15. To purchase tickets, visit web.uri.edu/theatre, or call (401) 874-5843.