CLEVER LITTLE LIES
A Comedy by Joe DiPietro, author of Memphis,
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Over the River and
Through the Woods, The Last Romance, and Creating Claire
Directed by Rhonda Clark
3:00 - 5:30 pm Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Readings from the script. Plan to
arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.; If needed, callbacks will be at 6:30 pm Monday,
Where: At the theatre, located at 800 W. Main. Parking is free on the
street, at Dagwell Dixie next door, and in the parking lot on the west side of
the SMC building at 815 W. Main (between SMC and the new apartments under
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Performance dates: June 28-July 20, 2019 (Jun 28-29, Jul 5-6, 11-14, and
18-20 with brush-up rehearsal on Jul 3).
Rehearsals begin: Two read-throughs the week of May 12. Blocking begins
the week of May 19. Most rehearsals are scheduled Mon-Fri at 7 p.m. with
Saturday or Sunday rehearsals scheduled only if needed to accommodate week-night
conflicts. 1st tech is the afternoon/early evening of Sunday, June 23.
CAST OVERVIEW: 2 Men (aged late 50s-60s and 30s), 2 Women (aged 50s-60s
BILL, SR. (50s-60s) A man who has been married to Alice for a long time.
Very active. Plays tennis a lot. Enjoys the cocktail hour at home. He’s
practical. “...no matter what hand you’re dealt, you find the happy in that.
That’s what smart people do - they find the happy in that.”
ALICE (50s-60s) A woman who has been happily married to Bill for a long
time – or so we think for most of the play. She owns a bookstore, and laments
that people would rather buy a Dickens coffee mug than a Dickens book. She She's
a doting new grandmother, and has very sharp intuition when it comes to
“reading” her family and friends.
BILLY (30s) Bill and Alice’s son who is married with a three-month-old
baby. He’s in great physical shape, as he has been working out in more ways than
at the gym with an attractive 23-year-old woman trainer. He’s definitely feeling
the pressure of being married “’til death us do part.” He’s frustrated that his
wife is so preoccupied with their child and seems to have no time for him.
JANE (30s) A new mother who is married to Billy. She has taken a leave of
absence from work, and would actually like to continue to stay home with the
baby, or at most, take a part-time job. She knows things are not great with her
husband, and wants to rekindle the romance.
A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice notices her beloved
husband, Bill, has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son,
she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the
puzzle, she invites her son, Billy, and daughter-in-law, Jane, over for drinks
and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting
in even more honesty than anyone expected. Shattering and hilarious, CLEVER
LITTLE LIES is a story of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse.
“DiPietro—a jack of all theatrical genres who has Tony Awards for the book and
lyrics for Memphis and who wrote the long-running comedy I Love You, You’re
Perfect, Now Change—is a craftsman, and CLEVER LITTLE LIES is nothing if not
well-crafted.” —Deadline. “…offer[s] a blend of comedy and sentiment, with maybe
just a hint of a sting.” —The New York Times. “DiPietro is ... at his best when
keeping us in the dark about whether the tale being told is real or one big
ballsy lie…the fun is who knows what first, the audience or the people onstage.”
“...a spirited comedy that never comes up for air until it switches gears and
ends as a bittersweet contemplation of love...” – CurtainUp.
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