"Inspector General" by Nikolai Gogol
My senior thesis project at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama was Nikolai Gogol's "Inspector General," adapted by Dr. Michael Chemers and directed by Jed Allen Harris.
A satirical comedy, "The Inspector General" is a hilarious indictment of political corruption as relevant today as it was in 1836. When a penniless drifter is mistaken for a government ethics lawyer, the leaders of an American Rust Belt town inveigle him into a hilarious conspiracy of lies that unintentionally reveals a profound truth about political power. Chemers' adaptation brings out some comical and terrifying local references of Pittsburgh politics, much like Gogol once observed about Tsarist Russia.
Kyle Rotter (Chief of Police), Alex Falberg (City Controller), Amanda Jane Cooper (Mary), Peter Moses (Mayor), Krista Yu (Communications Director), Caitlin Kimball (Mayor's Wife), Nick Marcucci (Superintendent of Schools) and Tim Harrington (Police Sergeant).