Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' scandalous 1782 novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
, is composed of a series of letters between the various characters, charting the callous machinations of two scheming, depraved aristocrats, Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil. Banned by Louis XVI and reportedly read by Marie Antoinette, the novel was adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton and first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987. The Open Door Theatre's co-founder, Rob Kramer, will be bringing this witty, elegant play to Carrboro in September (see cast members, from left to right, Laura Blake, Dorothy Brown and Melissa Lozoff, pictured). Kramer says to expect the production to stretch period boundaries while capturing the intensity, humor and erotic complexity of the play. "The idea of getting away with whatever you can is present in today's society as well--unfortunately, maybe too present," says Kramer. The play runs Sept. 5 through Sept. 25, at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Call 933-4650 for details.