Barrington Stage Revives the Panache, Poetry and Passion of Cyrano de Bergerac Aug. 12-28

News   Barrington Stage Revives the Panache, Poetry and Passion of Cyrano de Bergerac Aug. 12-28 Julianne Boyd's new staging of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac begins performances by Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts Aug. 12, with Christopher Innvar as the long-nosed poet-soldier.
Christopher Innvar in Cyrano de Bergerac
Christopher Innvar in Cyrano de Bergerac Photo by Dana I. Harrel/Sarah McChesney

Romance and swordplay — to say nothing of a prominent false nose for Broadway veteran Innvar — are elements of the classic tale of love between Roxane and Christian, with Cyrano feeding the clumsy Christian words to woo her. Cyrano, of course, is also in love with Roxane.

Boyd, artistic director of Barrington, adapted the play and directs. Opening is Aug. 15. Performances continue to Aug. 28.

"Set in 17th century Paris, Cyrano de Bergerac tells the tale of a soulful poet and expert duelist — brilliant and charismatic, but afflicted with a shockingly large nose," according to the BSC announcement. "Though he has fallen deeply in love with the beautiful Roxane, he considers himself too ugly ever to risk sharing his feelings. Cyrano agrees to help a handsome but tongue-tied young cadet woo Roxane by ghostwriting love letters. This timeless epic celebrates the romance of a bygone era through one man's quest for purity in love, life and moral conviction."

Music is by Ray Leslee. Fight choreography is by Michael Burnet. Performances play the MainStage of the Consolati Performing Arts Center in Sheffield.

Innvar played Valmont in The Game, the 2003 musical version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, at BSC. His Broadway credits include Les Misérables and Victor/Victoria.  He originated the title role in Floyd Collins and appeared in Gun-Shy, both at Playwrights Horizons.  His other Off-Broadway credits include Eight Days Backwards (Vineyard), A New Brain (Lincoln Center), Time and Again (Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Chemistry of Change (Women's Project). Heather Ayers, who plays Roxane, also appeared in The Game last season as Madame de Tourvel. Off Broadway she was seen in Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back and two productions with City Center Encores!

Dylan Fergus, who plays Christian, has appeared in Six Characters Looking for a Writer at Pittsburgh’s Quantum Theatre, Red Noses at the Chosky Theater, The Tempest at Rauh Stage and in New York productions of SubUrbia and Refuge.

Mark H. Dold, who plays Count De Guiche, has numerous New York theatre credits including Timon of Athens, The Seagull and Othello (New York Shakespeare Festival), Race and The Winter's Tale (Classic Stage Company), Comic Potential (Manhattan Theatre Club), Romeo & Juliet (Theatre for a New Audience), Spread Eagle (WPA).

Peter Rini, who plays La Roche and Captain, originated the Broadway role of Vinnie Bavasi in Neil Simon’s Proposals.  Also on Broadway, Rini performed in A View from the Bridge and Tartuffe: Born Again.  His Off-Broadway credits include productions at NYSF, The Promenade, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, EST, and HB.

Rufus Collins, who plays LeBret, has appeared on Broadway in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, An Ideal Husband and The Homecoming.  His Off Broadway credits include House and Garden (Manhattan Theatre Club), A Doll's House and Pillars of Society (Century Center).  His regional credits include The Colossus of Rhodes (American Conservatory Theater), Dinner with Friends and Spinning Into Butter (Pittsburgh Public), Hedda Gabler (Alley Theater) and Inexpressible Island (Dallas Theater Center).

 John Tillotson, who plays Rageneau, Montfleury, and Capuchin, has performed at various regional theatres including The Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf, Goodspeed, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Pioneer Theatre Co. and Syracuse Stage.

The Cyrano de Bergerac ensemble includes Jennie Burkhard, Kenrick Burkholder, Nicholas Carriere, Parker Cross, Jonathan Rabunski, Robert Serrell, Lauren Stripling, Jesse Sullivan and Jason Watkins.

Designers are Randy Hansen (sound) and Michael Anania (scenic), Natasha Landau (costume) and Jeff Croiter (lighting).

Tickets are available at (413) 528-8888 or online at www.barringtonstageco.org.

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