Inclusive Dates: 1996 - 1997
The Rehearsal was staged by Roundabout Theatre Company in the Criteron Center Stage Right, with first preview October 31, opening night November 21, 1996 and closing night January 10, 1997.
The production earned 1997 Drama Desk nominations for Frances Conroy in outstanding actress in a play, Robert Brill for set design and Michael Krass for costume design categories.
Written by Jean Anouilh with a new translation by Jeremy Sams, directed by Nicholas Martin, with set designs by Robert Brill, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Aural Fixation, and hair and wig design by Paul Huntley.
Frances Conroy played the role of The Countess, Nicholas Kepros played the role of Damiens, David Threlfall played the role of The Count, Kathryn Meisle played the role of Hortensia, Roger Rees played the role of Hero, Frederick Weller played the role of Villebosse, Anna Gunn played the role of Lucile, Jeffrey Cox, Clay Hopper and Douglas Mercer played the role of Valets. Understudies: Nance Williamson, Terry Layman, Tom Bloom, Mary Frances Miller and Jeffrey Cox.
French playwright Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) wrote The Rehearsal (Le Repetition, ou L'Amour Pari) in 1950, with its first English translation production taking place in 1963.
The plot involves the conceit of a play within a play, with actors in 18th century French costume though the time period is 1950, taking place in a lush inherited estate. The play being enacted is Pierre Carlet de Marivaux's 'Double Inconstancy' which juxtaposes compassion and virtue with self-interest and material and sexual gain. Marivaux's play mirrors the lives of the characters and each must come to terms with revelations that surface about themselves and their lives.
Collection consists of 1 Hollinger box containing production documentation, extensive news clippings, playbill, script, casting notes, and administrative files. Collection lacks documents detailing artistic vision for the play (director's notes, set, costume, sound, lighting).
Digital files contain scanned photographs, scanned costume sketches, scanned press clippings, scanned playbill, scanned study guide, and show art used by the marketing department to promote the production.
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only.
Preferred Citation: The Rehearsal 1996, Roundabout Theate Company Archives
Library of Congress Subject Heading Anouilh, Jean, 1910-1987. Répétition. EnglishMarivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de, 1688-1763. Double inconstance. EnglishRoundabout Theatre CompanyHaimes, ToddRichard, EllenConroy, FrancesRees, Roger, 1944-Threlfall, DavidGunn, Anna, 1968-Kepros, NicholasWeller, FrederickCox, JeffreyBrill, RobertKrass, MichaelPosner, KennethMartin, NicholasSams, JeremyFrench dramaTheater--New York (State)