Faithful Cheaters Opens Thursday at Trinity Rep

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Faithful Cheaters is 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?

Faithful Cheaters runs April 20 – May 21, 2017. 

“When I gave Trinity Rep Faithful Cheaters, they expected it to be similar to my previous plays. However, instead of taking on a hot-button cultural issue, the play investigates a timeless (and mysterious!) social issue — the union between two people.” said playwright Deborah Salem Smith. “Instead of being a serious drama, this one is a serious comedy. It has at its center very real characters that we come to love and root for. They end up in an incredible mess, and to get out of the mess they go on an uproarious chase, but ultimately they discover love.”

“lucid, deeply nuanced and fearless”  The New York Times,

Faithful Cheaters takes political and personal identities and smashes them together.  At a time when our society is examining how we think about marriage and commitment, this play uses those issues as a leaping off point…for comedy.”  added artistic Director Curt Columbus. “And of course, because it was written for Trinity Rep by our playwright-in-residence, it features our amazing resident company of actors.  In that way, it is a celebration of our artistic family, and our one-of-a-kind new play process.”

“first-rate, a gem”  the Boston Globe.

The script was developed at Trinity Rep for members of the acting company. As part of the script development, four workshops were held over the course of 4 years. The cast includes Trinity Rep resident acting company members Rebecca Gibel, Mauro Hantman, Anne Scurria, Stephen Thorne, and Charlie Thurston. Guest actor Karen MacDonald will be joining the cast. A well-known and highly-regarded Boston actor, MacDonald is making her Trinity Rep debut. MacDonald has been awarded several IRNE and Eliot Norton Awards including the Prize for Sustained Excellence.

The creative team includes Cristina Todesco (set design), Olivera Gajic (costume design), Daniel J. Kotlowitz (lighting design), David Remedios (sound design), Charles Haugland (dramaturgy) and stage manager Megan Tracy Leddy.


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The State Theater of Rhode Island, Trinity Repertory Company is now in its 53rd season. Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring one of the last permanent resident acting companies in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 110,000. Since 1963, the theater has produced 67 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and trained hundreds of new actors and directors through its MFA program.

Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 season now on sale. Trinity Rep’s 2016-2017 season concludes with Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega Carpio, running May 11- June 11. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the box office at (401) 351-4242 or visit Trinity Rep’s website at

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