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The Inspector General

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The officials of a small provincial town panic when they learn that an inspector general, traveling incognito, will pay them a visit. When a stranger who in reality is an impoverished government clerk arrives, the corrupt mayor and his cronies try to bribe him with food, wine, and the promise of marriage to the mayor’s daughter. The impostor gets away just aas the mayor receives a letter announcing that the real inspector is on his way.

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Creative team

by

Nikolai Gogol

Directed by

Peter Sellars

Directed by

Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars (The Children of Herakles) is one of the leading theater, opera, and television directors in the world today, and has directed more than one hundred productions across America and abroad. He is graduate of Harvard University (where during his senior year he directed Gogol's The Inspector General and Handel's opera Orlando at the American Repertory Theater), and studied in Japan, China, and India before becoming artistic director of the Boston Shakespeare Company. His contemporary visions of Mozart's operas Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni—created in collaboration with Emmanuel Music and its artistic director Craig Smith—were hailed in Boston and in Europe and televised by National Public Television. At tenty-six, he was made director of the American National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was artistic director of the 1990 and 1993 Los Angeles Festivals, and he is currently a professor of world arts and cultures at UCLA. Mr. Sellars has collaborated with The Wooster Group and was featured in Jean-Luc Godard's film of King Lear. He has also appeared on Bill Moyers' A World of Ideas, Miami Vice, and The Equalizer; directed a rock video for Herbie Hancock; and produced a series of radio episodes for The Museum of Contemporary Art's The Territory of Art series. His first feature film, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, is silent in color (starring Joan Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Ron Vawter, and Mikhail Baryshnikov).

A frequent guest at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals, Mr. Sellars specializes in 20th century operas, most notably Olivier Messaien's St. François d'Assise, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, and, with choreographer Mark Morris, the premiere of John Adams and Alice Goodman's Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Mr. Sellars worked in collaboration with composer John Adams and poet/librettist June Jordan on I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, an "earthquake/romance."  In December 2000, he directed the premiere production of Adams' El Niño at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Other projects include Händel's Theodora; Stravinsky's The Story of a Soldier with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; a 25-year survey exhibition of the work of American artist Bill Viola; Jean Genet's The Screens, adapted by poet Gloria Alvarez, with the Cornerstone Theater Company and performers from the community of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles; Peony Pavilion, composed by Tan Dun and featuring renowned Kun Opera performer Hua Wenyi; the premiere of Kaija Saariaho's opera L'Amour de Loin at the Salzburg Festival and its subsequent presentation at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Pari; and Agents and Assets, a symposium about the "war on drugs" presented in collaboration with John Malpede and the Los Angeles Poverty Department. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship and was awarded the Erasmus Prize for his contributions to European culture.

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Peter Sellars

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Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars (The Children of Herakles) is one of the leading theater, opera, and television directors in the world today, and has directed more than one hundred productions across America and abroad. He is graduate of Harvard University (where during his senior year he directed Gogol's The Inspector General and Handel's opera Orlando at the American Repertory Theater), and studied in Japan, China, and India before becoming artistic director of the Boston Shakespeare Company. His contemporary visions of Mozart's operas Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni—created in collaboration with Emmanuel Music and its artistic director Craig Smith—were hailed in Boston and in Europe and televised by National Public Television. At tenty-six, he was made director of the American National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was artistic director of the 1990 and 1993 Los Angeles Festivals, and he is currently a professor of world arts and cultures at UCLA. Mr. Sellars has collaborated with The Wooster Group and was featured in Jean-Luc Godard's film of King Lear. He has also appeared on Bill Moyers' A World of Ideas, Miami Vice, and The Equalizer; directed a rock video for Herbie Hancock; and produced a series of radio episodes for The Museum of Contemporary Art's The Territory of Art series. His first feature film, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, is silent in color (starring Joan Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Ron Vawter, and Mikhail Baryshnikov).

A frequent guest at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals, Mr. Sellars specializes in 20th century operas, most notably Olivier Messaien's St. François d'Assise, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, and, with choreographer Mark Morris, the premiere of John Adams and Alice Goodman's Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Mr. Sellars worked in collaboration with composer John Adams and poet/librettist June Jordan on I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, an "earthquake/romance."  In December 2000, he directed the premiere production of Adams' El Niño at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Other projects include Händel's Theodora; Stravinsky's The Story of a Soldier with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; a 25-year survey exhibition of the work of American artist Bill Viola; Jean Genet's The Screens, adapted by poet Gloria Alvarez, with the Cornerstone Theater Company and performers from the community of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles; Peony Pavilion, composed by Tan Dun and featuring renowned Kun Opera performer Hua Wenyi; the premiere of Kaija Saariaho's opera L'Amour de Loin at the Salzburg Festival and its subsequent presentation at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Pari; and Agents and Assets, a symposium about the "war on drugs" presented in collaboration with John Malpede and the Los Angeles Poverty Department. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship and was awarded the Erasmus Prize for his contributions to European culture.

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Set design by

Adrianne Lobel

Costume design by

Dunya Ramicova

Lighting design by

Paul Gallo

Cast

Mayor

Max Wright

Mayor

Max Wright

Max Wright (Spooner in No Man's Land) was seen in A.R.T.'s first production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in The Inspector General and in Happy End. He is best known for his role as Willie Tanner on the television series Alf.

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The Mayor's Wife

Barbara Orson

The Mayor's Wife

Barbara Orson

His Daughter

Marianne Owen

His Daughter

Marianne Owen

Marianne Owen returned to the A.R.T. this season to play Mrs. Sorby in The Wild Duck and The Mother in Six Characters in Search of an Author. She appeared in fourteen productions during the first four seasons at the A.R.T., and took part in its first European tour. Since that time she has worked at Playwrights Horizons, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, the The Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Co.; and has been a company member at the Seattle Repertory Theatre for the past nine years, acting in over twenty-eight productions. Her roles include Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bananas in House of Blue Leaves, Betty in Landscape of the Body, Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, and Frosine in The Miser. She also played Charlotte in the national tour of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing with Brian Bedford.

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Superintendent of Schools

Eric Elice

Superintendent of Schools

Eric Elice

The Superintendent's Wife

Nancy Mayans

The Superintendent's Wife

Nancy Mayans

Judge

John McAndrew

Judge

John McAndrew

Director of Welfare Institutions

Richard Grusin

Director of Welfare Institutions

Richard Grusin

Postmaster

Robertson Dean

Postmaster

Robertson Dean

Bobchinsky

Stephen Rowe

Bobchinsky

Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe (Tito Belcredi in Enrico IV) is a founding member of the A.R.T. company whose work includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, LuluMan and Superman, The Wild Duck, and his one-man show Albee's Men (which opened the 2002 season at the Berkshire Theatre Festival). His Broadway credits include The Nerd, Some Americans Abroad, Serious Money, and Spoils of War. New York Shakespeare Festival audiences have seen him in The Tempest, Macbeth, Coming of Age in Soho, A Private View, and The Normal Heart. His extensive working relationship with Edward Albee includes The Zoo Story and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Vienna's English Theatre, the international Albee Directs Albee project, and last season's Tiny Alice Off-Broadway. Since his last A.R.T. appearance in Full Circle, he has performed in Mark Lamos's School for Scandal and in Emily Mann's Romeo and Juliet, both at the McCarter Theatre; and in Defying Gravity at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Mr. Rowe has performed at Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and has received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for his performarnce in Berkeley Rep's Sight Unseen, and the DramaLogue Award for So Many Words at South Coast Repertory in Los Angeles. He has been seen on television in Law and Order, E.R., Cheers, Wings, L.A. Law, Beverly Hills 90210, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and in the films Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Basic Instinct.

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Dobchinsky

Phillip Cates

Dobchinsky

Phillip Cates

Khlestakov

Mark Linn-Baker

Khlestakov

Mark Linn-Baker

Osip

Jeremy Geidt

A.R.T. Senior Actor, founding member of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the A.R.T. Yale: more than 40 productions (including The Seagull). A.R.T.: 100 productions including The Seagull (three turns as Sorin), Julius Caesar, Three Sisters, The Onion Cellar, Major Barbara (Undershaft), Heartbreak House (Shotover), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince four times, Snug once), Henry IV (Falstaff), Twelfth Night (Toby Belch), The Caretaker (Davies), The Homecoming (Max), Loot (Truscott), Man and Superman (Mendoza/Devil), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), The Threepenny Opera (Peacham/Petey), Ivanov (Lebedev), Three Sisters (Chebutkin), Buried Child (Dodge), The Cherry Orchard (Gaev) and The King Stag (Pantelone). Teaches at Harvard College, Harvard’s Summer and Extension Schools and at the A.R.T/MXAT Institute. Trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and subsequently taught there. Acted at the Old Vic, Young Vic, The Royal Court, in the West End, in films and television and has been hosting his own show “The Caravan” for the BBC for five years. Came to the U.S. with the satirical revue The Establishment and acted on and off Broadway, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and at the Lincoln Center Festival. Lectured on Shakespeare in India and the Netherlands Theatre School. Received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Boston Actor and the Jason Robards Award for Dedication to the Theatre.

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District Physician/Retired Officer/Policeman

Christian Clemenson

District Physician/Retired Officer/Policeman

Christian Clemenson

Retired Official/Waiter at the Inn

Brian McCue

Retired Official/Waiter at the Inn

Brian McCue

Korobkin's Wife/Servant of the Mayor

Grace Shohet

Korobkin's Wife/Servant of the Mayor

Grace Shohet

Chief of Police

Peter Tamm

Chief of Police

Peter Tamm

Wife of a Locksmith

Elizabeth Norment

Wife of a Locksmith

Elizabeth Norment

Non-commissioned Officer's Widow

Lisa Sloan

Non-commissioned Officer's Widow

Lisa Sloan