Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) introduces two French aristocrats, the Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover, the Vicomte de Valmont, who challenge each other to seduce unsuspecting innocents in this story of revenge, debauchery and hidden motives. Set just before the French Revolution, Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a glimpse into the lives of beautiful people poised to denigrate and control everyone around them, including each other. But when one of them actually falls in love, the real betrayals unfold.
The role of the Marquise de Merteuil will be played by award-winning actress Suzzanne Douglas. Douglas is known for her roles in the WB television show The Parent ‘Hood, the Lifetime biopic Whitney, and the films How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Inkwell, Jason’s Lyric and School of Rock. Her theater credits include performances on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid, It’s a Grand Night for Singing and The Threepenny Opera.
The Vicomte de Valmont will be played by Brent Harris, who has performed in the National Tour of The Screwtape Letters and the National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King. He also spent three years performing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and three years at Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The play, by Christopher Hampton based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, will be directed by CenterStage Associate Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif.
“This is a sleek, sexy show,” said Sharif. “Although the setting is turn of the 18th century, Les Liaisons Dangereuses explores themes that are still incredibly relevant today. I am intrigued by the dynamics of power, gender, manipulation and the contrast between the public identity and the private self. One hopes this production will excite, challenge and entertain our audiences in a deliciously stimulating way. It is thrilling to delve into this world with such an incredibly talented creative team and a tour de force company of actors led by Suzzanne Douglas and Brent Harris.”
Les Liaisons Dangereuses will be held in Center Stage’s Calvert Street building, which is still under construction through Dec. 2016. Please note there will be no food or drink service, no lobby, and limited Box Office services. The theater is currently undergoing a $28 million renovation
Les Liaisons Dangereuses is made possible by DLA Piper and KPMG. The Les Liaisons Dangereuses media partner is Maryland Public Television.
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