Les Liaisons Dangereuses

by Christopher Hampton

21 April - 1 May 1999




Christopher Hampton's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" is based on the epistolary novel by the Frenchman, Choderlos de Laclos who wrote the book in 1782. Hampton's adaptation was first produced in l987, followed by the movie, 1988.

A rather nasty, venomous couple, once lovers, make a bet. If the man, the Count de Valmont, can deflower a virtuous woman, his ex-lover, the Marquise de Merteuil promises him another night in bed. The plot thickens when Merteuil, manipulates everything behind the scene so that she will win her bet. And she does - only to find nothing in the end. Neither does he. Both are defeated in their nasty game, which they hoped would discredit the notion of romantic love in favor of sexual, predatory behavior, based only on animal desire and conquest.

La Marquise de Merteuil Pat Knight
Cecile Volanges Ana Illich
Mme de Volanges Kaaryn Cater
Major-Domo John Govier
Le Viscomte de Valmont Tony Burns
Azalon Michael Bott
Mme de Rosemonde Veronica Allum
La Presidente de Tourvel Leanne Ransom
Emilie Antonia Allum
Le Chevalier Danceny Lachlan Leighton
Footman Laurie Shanks
Director Ross Miller
Stage Manager John Govier
Prompt Dani Coe
Props Michael Bott
Wardrobe Sue Miller, Gayle Carmichael
Hair Janet Meyler
Makeup Wendy Kitto
Le Chatelaine Lana Benedetti
Lighting Paul Langham
Sound Brian Sullivan
Stage-hand Laurie Shanks
Artist Malcolm King


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