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Faithful Cheaters

By Deborah Salem Smith

Directed by Melia Bensussen

When: APRIL 20 - MAY 21, 2017

Where: The Dowling Theater

Run time: Approximately 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission



About the Show

With Rebecca Gibel, Mauro Hantman, Karen MacDonald, Anne Scurria, Stephen Thorne, and Charlie Thurston

An uproarious modern comedy for modern marriages. Poppy and Theo are always working. Neither has time to pay attention to their marriage. Luckily, now there's a nose spray for fidelity! One dose daily and presto: enhanced monogamy! Or so Theo hopes...With the future of their marriage on the line, will a weekend getaway with Poppy's meddling mothers, spotty cell service, and a bizarre interloper go so wrong it ultimately goes right?

Deborah Salem Smith's work has been praised as "lucid, deeply nuanced and fearless" by The New York Times, and "first-rate, a gem" by the Boston Globe.

Video and Related Content

Read an interview with playwright Deborah Salem Smith.
Read an interview with guest actress Karen MacDonald.

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Show Program

Forgot your program at the theater or want to read up before you attend? Click here for the digital edition of the Faithful Cheaters show program.

Upcoming events for Faithful Cheaters:

Lunch and Learn
Friday, April 28th at 12pm

We’ll let you in on Faithful Cheaters’ production secrets through an informal conversation with actor Karen MacDonald, Technical Director Karl Orrall, and Costumes Intern Lizzy Pegler, hosted by Marketing Manager Philippa Boyes.  

Bring your lunch, and join us at the theater (201 Washington Street, Providence) on Friday April 28, 2017 from 12:00 to 1pm as we invite our Downcity neighbors to “Lunch and Learn” – an opportunity to meet and greet other Providence professionals, network, and learn a little backstage theatrical wizardry.
It’s free to attend, just RSVP to events@trinityrep.com with your name, affiliation, and contact info.  Don’t forget to BYOL (bring your lunch)!  For more information, please contact Rebecca at rnoon@trinityrep.com.

Teens Talk Back
Friday, April 28th after the evening performance

The "Teens Talk Back" series provides an extra special conversation hosted by a panel of teenage theater-goers after the curtain goes down led by a Trinity Rep High School Ambassador. Join these lively discussions on the play, production, theater in general, and generational differences after the show to hear what some of the brightest young theatrical minds have to say. The conversation is free to any and all, but a ticket is requried to the preceding performance.

Post- Show Talkbacks
Sunday, April 30th and Wednesday, May 10th after the matinee

We believe in keeping the conversation going, and so we offer 20-minute post-show talkbacks immediately after the show for two performances per production. It’s a chance for the audience to dig deeper into the play they just witnessed with a member of Trinity Rep’s staff, actors from the show, and each other. Free with your ticket!

Great Writers: Faithful Writers
Monday, May 8th at 7 pm

We would have no "great writers" without support for new plays, and no new plays without great writers. Join us as Trinity Rep's Playwright-in- Residence Deborah Salem Smith introduces her next project, Faithful Cheaters, a madcap comedy with a tender heart. What goes into creating a brand-new play? How and why does a playwright deploy a classical form to express and examine our modern moment? What does it mean to be a resident playwright?  

Moderated by Conversationalist-in- Residence Christina Bevilacqua, the discussion with Deborah Salem Smith will also include cultural historian Gloria-Jean Masciarotte, Senior Lecturer in Literary Arts at RISD, and Trinity Rep resident actor, playwright, and Faithful Cheaters cast members Rebecca Gibel, Anne Scurria, Stephen Thorne, and Charlie Thurston.

Deborah Salem Smith is Trinity Rep’s playwright-in-residence, and a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow. She was awarded an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honorable Mention; and was a finalist for the National Lambda Literary Award in Drama and the IRNE Award for Best New Play. Her plays have been developed at Trinity Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, Women’s Project Theater, and Playmakers Repertory Company. Smith received an Emerging American Artist Fulbright for playwriting at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theater. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service.

Free and open to the public! A $10 donation is encouraged to support the development of new work at Trinity Rep. RSVP to events@trinityrep.com. For more information on the Great Writers Series, contact Kate Kataja at kkataja@trinityrep.com or (401) 521-1100 ext. 172.

Ovation & Conversation with Christina Bevilacqua
Sunday, May 21st after the matinee performance

Following the final performance of Faithful Cheaters, Conversationalist-in-Residence Christina Bevilacqua will host a wrap party backstage with the cast and audiences to toast the closing night of the show and lead a dynamic conversation about the production, what the play means to us today, and more.

All audiences who see the show throughout the run are invited to return for this unique post-performance event.

As always, and included with your ticket purchase, our new pre-show Prologue series takes place one hour before every Faithful Cheaters performance. Join us for this 30 minute pre-show discussion, which will examine the history of the production and the playwright, peek into the rehearsal process, and give reasons for why we're passionate about programming this show here and now. Each Prologue ends with a short participatory Q&A session.


The Artistic Team

Set design by Cristina Todesco, costume design by Olivera Gajic, lighting design by Daniel J. Kotlowitz, sound design by David Remedios, dramaturgy by Charles Haugland, and stage managed by Meg Tracy Leddy.

Cast & Contributors

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