Moliere's classic comedy, The Miser, is the first production of 1999 for The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, beginning previews Jan. 8 for a Jan. 13 opening. It continues to Feb. 7 under David Fox's direction.
Bob Jolly plays the penny-pinching Harpagon, joined by Diego Arciniegas, Geoffrey Burns, Neil Casey, Denise Cormier, Sheila Stasack, Steve Benson, Job Emerson, Bill Mootos, Eileen Nugent and Mark Patrick.
Lyric Stage is at 140 Clarendon Street, on the second floor of the YWCA Building. Call (617) 437-7172 for information.
After the April 1998 exit of its founding artistic director and producer, the husband-and-wife team of Ron Ritchell and Polly Hogan, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announced its new management team in fall 1998. Spiro Veloudos has been named producing artistic director and chief executive officer of The Lyric Stage. Veloudos formally assumes the role he previously held in an interim capacity since April 1998, when Ritchell and Hogan parted company with the Equity nonprofit's board, who wanted "new blood" in the 25-year-old organization.
Veloudos' stagings of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and Stephen Sondheim's Assassins (Boston professional premiere) opened the 25th season of the Lyric in September and October 1998, respectively, earning solid reviews and enthusiastic audiences. In 1998-99 Veloudos will stage the New England professional premiere of Never the Sinner for the Lyric.
The role of managing director will be downsized to a full-time business/financial manager position, working less on artistic and development issues and concentrating on accounting and contracts, according to new marketing and public relations manager Maryann Zschau. Publicist Zschau is former marketing and PR director of Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, NH.
A. Stanley Gurczak was appointed technical director and operations manager for the Lyric in fall 1998.
Zschau told Playbill On-Line the company has reconsidered itself and will begin a marketing campaign to assert itself as Boston's Off-Broadway address, presenting a seven-play mix of contemporary and classic works in its 236-seat, three-quarter space.
Rob Ruggiero (OB's All Under Heaven and the Tovah Feldshuh Full Gallop at TheaterWorks in Hartford) will direct When Pigs Fly in the spring.
Continuing the 1998-99 season:
Feb. 12-March 14, 1999 The Baltimore Waltz, by Paula Vogel.
March 19-April 18, 1999 Never the Sinner
April 23-May 23, 1999 When Pigs Fly
-- By Kenneth Jones