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FTT play "The Dispute" to open Nov. 11

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) will present Pierre Marivaux’s “The Dispute” Nov. 11 to 15 (Tuesday to Saturday) at 7:30p.m., and Nov. 16 (Sunday) at 2:30p.m., in the Decio Mainstage Theatre of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Admission is $15 for the general public; $12 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $10 for students. Ticket information is available at the performing arts center box office or by calling 574-631-2800 or at on the Web.

Directed by FTT associate professional specialist Siiri Scott, “The Dispute” is an Enlightenment-era comedy of human nature that strives to answer the question: Are men or women more inherently unfaithful? To explore this question, a royal society party host reveals an experiment involving the release of two young men and two young women, each raised in complete isolation, into a forest to commingle for the first time. What follows is a complex meditation on the geneses of love and betrayal.

Marivaux, arguably the most important French playwright of the 18th century, wrote for both the Comdie-Franaise and the Comdie-Italienne. “The Dispute” was translated by Gideon Lester.

Additional information is available at on the Web.

Contact: Christine Sopczynski, FTT, 574-631-0457,

Originally published by Kathleen McDonnell at on November 04, 2008.