Moliere's The Miser, translated, adapted and directed by Nagle Jackson, begins previews in the Denver Center Theatre Company's Space Theatre, May 4.
Randy Moore leads the cast in the title role. Jackson has set the production in post-Revolutionary, 1820s France.
Official opening of the timeless play about romance and stingy relations is May 11. Performances continue to June 10.
Director Jackson is a playwright (Taking Leave, The Quick-Change Room, The Elevation of Thieves) and former artistic director of McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
The DCTC Miser company includes Douglas Harmsen as Cleante, Stephanie Cozart as Elise, Jared Reed as Valere, Gloria Biegler as Mariane, William Denis as Anselme, Kathleen M. Brady as Frosine, Mark Rubald as Master Simon, Richard Risso as Master Jacques, Robert Westenberg as La Fleche, Gabriella Cavallero as Dame Claude, Jamie Horton as The Magistrate and Archie Smith as the Clerk. Designers are Vicki Smith (set), Kevin Copenhaver (costumes), Dawn Chiang (lighting) and Matthew C. Swartz (sound).
Tickets are $23-$36. For information, call (303) 893-4100 or (800) 641 1222, or try the website at www.denvercenter.org.
DCTC is wrapping up a 1999-2000 season of a half-dozen new works, including A Hotel on Marvin Gardens, Waiting to Be Invited, Barrio Babies and The Laramie Project. Jackson's new version of The Miser, though based on a classic, is being pushed as a world premiere by DCTC. Give 'Em a Bit of Mystery, a love letter to the Shakespearean acting tradition, has its official world premiere opening May 4 at DCTC's Ricketson Theatre.
-- By Kenneth Jones