Since leaving Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, actor Robert Cuccioli has worked consistently and in a wide variety of projects. His latest turn will be at the McCarter Theatre, in Princeton, NJ, where he will play Joseph Surface in Sheridan's classic The School for Scandal. The comedy, directed by Mark Lamos, will begin previews on Feb. 13 and run through March 5.
Within the last year, Cuccioli—who played the title roles in Jekyll & Hyde for years—has appeared Off-Broadway in the musical Enter the Guardsman and in the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival staging of Anthony and Cleopatra. Just recently, it was announced that Cuccioli would direct a production of Jekyll & Hyde at the Westchester Broadway Theatre this fall.
The rest of the cast of The School for Scandal also features Vivienne Benesch (Lady Sneerwell), David Cromwell (Sir Peter Teazle), Trent Dawson (Trip), Tara Falk (Maria), Amy Ferrante, Andrew Grusetskie, Davis Hall (Rowley), Marceline Hugot (Mrs. Candour), John Keating (Snake), Dan Renkin (Sir Toby), Stephen H. Rowe (Crabtree), Jack Ryland (Oliver Surface), Clarke Thorell (Charles Surface), Margaret Welsh (Lady Teazle) and Jeff Woodman (Sir Benjamin Backbite).
The artistic team for the production includes Polly Pen (original music), Michael Yeargan (set designer), Jess Goldstein (costume designer), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting designer) and Ken Travis (sound designer).
The remaining 2001-02 McCarter season runs as follows: • The School for Scandal, by Sheridan, directed by Mark Lamos, beginning Feb. 13, 2001 (until March 5).
• Arthur Kopit's BecauseHeCan, directed by Emily Mann, March 27 April 15.
• Sorrow and Rejoicings, a world premiere by Athol Fugard, directed by Fugard, beginning May 1-20.
Tickets are $22-$40. McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, New Jersey. For tickets or information, call (609) 258-2787 or visit http://www.mccarter.org www.mccarter.org.
—By Robert Simonson