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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 Anne Scurria as Marion

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.

Related Content

Read an interview with playwright Deborah Salem Smith.

Upcoming events for Faithful Cheaters:

Lunch and Learn
Friday, April 28th at 12pm

Bring your lunch, and join us in the theater for conversation and demonstrations of how the artistic, scenic and design elements come together to make theatrical magic. We'll let you know how the actors, directors, designers and technicians collaborate to leave the audience wondering, "How did they do that?" Now you'll have the answers! Free to attend, just RSVP to events@trinityrep.com with your name and contact info. Don't forget to BYOL (bring your own lunch!) For more information, please contact Rebecca Noon 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, April 3rd at 7 pm

We would have no "great writers" without support for new plays, and no new plays without great writers. Join Trinity Rep's playwright-in-residence Deborah Salem Smith, along with special guests, to discuss her next project, Faithful Cheaters, exactly what goes into creating a brand-new play, and what it means to be a resident playwright. Moderated by Christina Bevilacqua; additional speakers to be announced.

Deborah Salem Smith is Trinity Rep's playwright-in-residence, as well as a faculty member for Brown/Trinity's MFA program. An award-winning playwright, she has received awards and fellowships from Princeton University, the Mellon Foundation (National Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities), the MacDowell Colony, Alpert Medical School at Brown University (Bray Visiting Scholar/Creative Artists Fellowship), a Major Hopwood Award, and a Colby Fellowship.

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.

Cast & Contributors

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