The Heir Apparent

By Jean François Regnard
Adapted by David Ives
Regional Premiere | Produced in association with Theatre TCU
Nov 12, 2015 to Dec 13, 2015

Eraste and his wily valet employ intrigues, deceits, and disguises to part a cranky uncle from his money, get the girl, and to achieve the hilariously happy ending any classic comedy deserves. A witty and antic adaptation that blends modern elements with the 17th century original.

boisterous, bawdy and endlessly funny – New York Times

Performance Schedule: 

The Heir Apparent runs
November 12 through December 13
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00


Crispin - Jeff Wittekiend*
Lisette - Taylor Whitworth**
Eraste - Jesse Elgene**
Madame Argante - Judy Keith
Geronte - Jim Covault*
Isabelle - Lucy Given**
Scruple - Randy Pearlman*

* Member, Actors Equity Association ** Equity Membership Candidate

Production Staff: 

Director - Krista Scott 
Production Stage Manager - Peggy Kruger-O'Brien
Technical Director - Nate Davis
Set Design - Jim Covault
Costume Design - Aaron Patrick DeClerk
Sound Design - Rich Frohlich
Lighting Design - Michael O'Brien
Voice and Dialect Coach - Joe Alberti
Props/Set Decor - Lynn Lovett
Assistant to the Director - Libby Rubin
Assistant Stage Manager - Joshua Sherman

About the Author: 

David Ives is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, All in The Timing, and for his drama Venus in Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His plays include New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza; The School for Lies (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope); The Liar (adapted from Corneille); Time Flies; and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). He has also translated Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear and Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.

Jean-François Regnard, born in Paris in 1655, was one of the most successful of the successors of Molière. Born into a wealthy family, Regnard travelled extensively as a young man. On one of his trips he was captured by Algerian pirates and imprisoned for seven months until ransomed by his family in 1679. From 1688 on, he devoted most of his time to writing, first for the Italian comedians in Paris and then for the Comédie-Française. He depicted a brilliant but decadent society in a light and facile style, free of moralizing. His prime concern was to make an audience laugh as often as possible. His best known plays are Le Joueur (1696; “The Gamester”), Le Légataire universel (1708; “The Heir”), and La Sérénade (1694)