Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Iowa State University Theater Production

by Christopher Hampton, from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos


Set in France among aristocrats before the revolution, this is a play for all times about sexual manners and manipulation. Craving revenge on the man who jilted her, the wicked Marquise de Merteuil persuades a former lover, the rakish Valmont, to deflower the man’s young fiancée, known for her unshakable fidelity. The cold-blooded twosome proceed gleefully with their heartless scheme – until true love unexpectedly alters the course of events.

In the two hundred years since its original publication, Les Liaisons Dangereuses has provoked, on the one hand, shock and censorship, and on the other, the admiration of readers as different as Marie Antoinette, Andre Gide, and Charles Baudelaire.

February 18-20, 25-27, 2000 – Fisher Theater


Azolan – Tim Johnson
Cecile Volanges – Melissa Larsen
Emilie – Nicole Chavas
La Marquise de Merteuil – Molly VanderKrol
La Presidente de Tourvel – Lorainna Williams
Le Chavalier Danceny – Matthew Kawa
Le Vicomte de Valmont – David Byrd
Major-Domo – Ryan Walrod
Mme de Rosemonde – Dee McKnight
Mme de Volanges – Abigail Vandehaar
Servant – Ross Helgevold
Servant – Josh Kading

Production Team

Assistant Stage Manager – Drew Kueter
Costume Design – Linda Pisano
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Director – Jane Cox
Fight Choreographer – Paul Steger
Lighting Design – Matt Oppedahl
Scenic Design – Jim Wilcox
Stage Manager – Chris Hennes

Production photos by Patrick Gouran