HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013 – The High Point University department of theatre will present the stage adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s 1872 novel, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” at 7:30 p.m. on March 14-16 and March 18-19 in the Empty Space Theatre on the HPU campus. It is open to the public, and tickets are available to purchase.
The production of the classic “Liaisons” will offer a counter to the traditional idea of heartfelt romance with a thrilling story of deception, intrigue, manipulation and philandering in the salons of 18th century France. The story is set in the grand salons of upper-class Paris in the 1780s, amidst a society of leisure just before the French Revolution. The play tells the story of the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, two master schemers who challenge each other to a game of seduction, including many devilish and immoral deeds. Valmont faces his most delectable challenge in Madame de Tourvel, where he is surprised by the powerful nature of love.
Directed by Jay Putnam, assistant professor of theatre at HPU, the production stars seniors Marisa Brown, Brandon Browning and Bryelle Dafeldecker; juniors Courtney Feiman, DeAnna Hughes, David Mikulay and Alex Palmer; sophomore Stephen Sargeant; and freshmen Fletcher Armstrong, Roxanne Daneman, Alexandra Oliver and Nina Yasick. Stage manager is sophomore Sarah Thompson, and designers include faculty members Matthew Emerson, Ami Shupe and Russell Hill; Ryan Hemsoth serves as technical director.
“We’re producing ‘Liaisons’ for its very contemporary feel,” says Putnam. “The students are hard at work and committed to bringing this devil of a play to life. Though it takes you away to another time and place, it never fails to remind you that there are similar characters lurking around the corners of all our lives.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU box office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.