Dallas Theater Center opens its 1998-99 season with a Christopher Hampton adaptation of Moliere's Tartuffe Sept. 22.
Theater Center artistic director Richard Hamburger directs Rene Augesen (Elmire), Ted Davey (Officer/Monsieur Flipote/Loyal), Raphael Parry (Tartuffe), Bob Hess (Cleante), Charles Lanyer (Orgon), Ashley Wood (Damis), Khary Payton (Valere), Lisa Lee Schmidt (Dorine), Sheridan Thomas (Madame Pernelle), and Brandy Zarle (Marianne) in the classic comedy of Tartuffe, the hypocrite who clothes himself in piety in order to steal the wife, fortune, and daughter of Orgon.
Bill Dawes, originally announced in the title role was replaced by Dallas-area actor Raphael Parry, who was to play Damis. Ashley Wood now plays Damis.
Parry is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Undermain Theater and has directed and acted at the Dallas Theater Center. Dawes is best know for creating the role of Lord Alfred Douglas in the off-Broadway staging of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.
John Coyne (set), Meg Neville (costumes), and Matthew Frey (lighting) designed the show with Margaret Loft serving as the vocal/text coach. Jessica Berlin is the stage manager. Tartuffe runs through Oct. 11. Tickets cost $49-16 and can be ordered by calling the DTC box office at (214) 522-8499. The play is performed at the Arts District Theatre, located at 2401 Flora at Fairmount.
The rest of DTC's season follows:
Oct. 21-Nov. 15 (opening Oct. 27), Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive, staged by associate director Jonathan Moscone. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, as well as the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Vogel's comedy/drama tells of the dysfunctional relationship between a young woman and her alcoholic uncle. Other Vogel works include The Baltimore Waltz and Desdemona.
Holiday time, Nov. 27-Dec. 27 (opening Dec. 2), brings Preston Lane's staging of A Christmas Carol, now in its 15th year. Gerald Freedman did the adaptation.
Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 1999 (opening Jan. 19, 1999), Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. The first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, Raisin tells of a family trying to get ahead despite pressures from without -- and within.
Feb. 24-Mar. 21, 1999 (opening Mar. 2, 1999), associate director Moscone will stage a world premiere adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This surreal musical will feature five local actors and play at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) in the DTC.
Apr. 7-May 2, 1999 (opening Apr. 13, 1999), South Pacific closes the season in a production set to celebrate the Roger and Hammerstein musical's 50th birthday. Artistic director Richard Hamburger will direct the show.