The School for Lies

adapted from Le Misanthrope by MOLIÈRE
Dowling Studio

A blissfully entertaining romp

It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue that she’s being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died — until today when Frank appears. This wild farce of furious tempo and stunning verbal display, all in very contemporary couplets, runs variations on Molière’s Le Misanthrope, which inspired it. Join us for another incomparable romp from David Ives, the brilliant author of All in the Timing.

Three things to know

  • This piece represents a departure from the tragedies and modern realism dramas that the students generally perform. After two tumultuous years, the program’s leadership wanted the graduating seniors to participate in a fun, larger-than-life romp to remember.
  • The School for Lies features scenic, costume, lighting and sound designs by the accomplished faculty designers from the University of Minnesota's Department of Theatre Arts & Dance — a noteworthy first.
  • This co-production is a keystone of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Acting Program and features the Class of 2022. 


Health and safety 

All audience members, regardless of age, must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth (no bandanas, neck gaiters or face shields) when entering and inside the theater. Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie.

Ticket prices

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and seating is general admission.

To inquire about discounts for groups of 10+, contact Group Sales at 612.225.6244 or, Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The School for Lies will take place in the Dowling Studio on Level Nine.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Run time

Approximately 2 hours (no intermission)

Content advisory 

The School for Lies contains mature language and content, strobe lights and fog. Contact the Box Office at 612.377.2224 for more information. 

Digital program

Download a digital version of the program.

About the program

The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Acting Program is rooted in four guiding principles: an expansive liberal arts education, an intensive studio-training curriculum, an eclectic performing arts experience and a dynamic partnership between the Guthrie Theater and the University of Minnesota.