2011 Title » Drama
The Inspector General
Most famous and funniest of the satires of Nikolai Gogol, The Inspector General receives a modern makeover in this stylish and edgy adaptation. When the corrupt city council of a mid-sized American town mistakes a penniless drifter for a federal accountability agent, it's a slap-dash scramble to the bottom. In an era when political news often includes the words "indicted," "scandal," and "Appalachian Trail," Chemers' adaptation rings uncomfortably, and hilariously, true.
Michael M. Chemers
Michael M. Chemers was born in 1970 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he pursued a career as a playwright and adaptor of classic texts, graduating from the University of Utah in 1993. In 1997, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Indiana University, and in 2001 he achieved a PhD in Theatre History and Theory from the University of Washington. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Arts in Society, Michael joined the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama where he is now an Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature. He is also the founding director of the School's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy program. His books include Staging Stigma: A Critical Examination of the American Freak Show (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007), Ghost Light: A Practical Handbook for Dramaturgy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), and with J. A. Ball, an adaptation of Lysistrata (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006). He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Farhana and their son, Zain.
The Government Inspector, written in 1836, is as relevant today as it was when it was first written. Michael Chemers' wickedly funny adaptation is true to its source while cloaked in today's contemporary big city political scene. As a politician with 18 years in that world, I can assure you the themes of political corruption, the human vanity and selfishness are perfectly illustrated by Mr. Chemers. The petty (and not so petty) corruption, when viewed in this mirror, will have you laughing till the tears fall.
—Douglas Shields, Member of Council & President Emeritus, City of Pittsburgh
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