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Theatre Arts Brings Comedy to Campus with “The Liar”

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Directed by Associate Professor Deborah Mayo, Stony Brook University’s Department of Theatre Arts will perform David Ives’ 2010 English-language adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th-century play about a compulsive liar. “The Liar” — a play packed with mistaken identity, serial lying, love tangles and jealousy — explores “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, as refracted in a theatrical fun-house mirror,” according to Ives.

“The Liar” will be performed November 14 through November 16 and November 21 through 23 at 8 pm, and November 17 and 24 at 2 pm. All performances are at Staller Center, Theatre Two. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students with ID. For tickets, visit the Staller Center Box Office or call (631) 632-ARTS.

Deborah Mayo, a professional actor who received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, is director of undergraduate studies at Stony Brook. She came to Stony Brook as a guest artist in the Summer Playhouse more than three decades ago and was then invited to teach in the Department of Theatre Arts.

As a stage director, Mayo has explored the works of Chaucer, Chekhov, Eno, Henley, Moliere, Overmeyer, Rhuel, Shaw, Synge, G.F. Walker and Williams. She has performed on and off Broadway and with numerous regional theatre companies. Her most recent performances have been on Long Island with Asylum Theatre Company, of which she is a founding member.

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