The Heir Apparent

November 29, 2015

January 17, 2016

in CST's Courtyard Theater

written by David Ives, adapted from
Le Légataire universel
by Jean-François Regnard
directed by John Rando

Anyone who doesn't think playwright David Ives is a comic genius simply doesn't know funny.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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The Play

Staged by Tony Award®-winning director John Rando, this cheeky romp is another hilarious retooling of a classic from acclaimed playwright David Ives, creator of CST's wildly popular The School for Lies and A Flea in Her Ear. Young Eraste has it all—good looks, a beautiful fiancée and the prospect of a sizable inheritance from an elderly uncle. There’s just one snag: the uncle won’t die and he has bequeathed his entire fortune to someone else. Whatever will the young man do? Hilarious rhyming couplets and contemporary slang abound as eighteenth-century bawdiness is catapulted into the twenty-first.



Video: The Heir Apparent Montage

Gallery: On Stage

Video: Audience Response


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The Story

To marry Isabelle, Eraste must inherit his Uncle Geronte's fortune—except Geronte plans to keep the money and marry her himself.
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David Ives on The Heir Apparent

Playwright David Ives explains his fascination with Regnard and the process of adapting the original text.
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Critical Acclaim

Read what critics have said about the this uproarious tale of joyously madcap hijinks from playwright David Ives.
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The Players

Creative Team

David Ives Writer

John Rando Director

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

David C. Woolard Costume Designer

Christine Binder Lighting Designer

Richard Woodbury Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Scott Weinstein Assistant Director


Nate Burger Eraste

Jessie Fisher Lisette

Patrick Kerr Scruple

Linda Kimbrough Madame Argante

Emily Peterson Isabelle

Cliff Saunders Crispin

Paxton Whitehead Geronte

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