Sierra Boggess and Boyd Gaines Will Head Age of Innocence World Premiere at Hartford Stage

Regional News   Sierra Boggess and Boyd Gaines Will Head Age of Innocence World Premiere at Hartford Stage
Doug Hughes will direct the adaptation by Douglas McGrath.
Sierra Boggess and Boyd Gaines
Sierra Boggess and Boyd Gaines

Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess and four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines will head the cast of the world premiere of The Age of Innocence, which will be presented at Hartford Stage April 5–May 6.

Sierra Boggess Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath, the production will be directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes.

Boggess, who will play Countess Ellen Olenska, and Gaines, who will play The Old Gentleman, will be joined by Helen Cespedes as May Welland, and Andrew Veenstra as Newland Archer.

The company will also feature Darrie Lawrence as Mrs. Manson Mingott; Deirdre Madigan as Mrs. Welland, Mrs. Van Der Luyden, and Florist; Haviland Morris as Mrs. Archer; Josh Salt as Thorley, Riviere and Dallas; Tony Ward as Mr. Van Der Luyden, Larry Lefferts, and Letterblair; and Nick Wyman as Julius Beaufort, Sillerton Jackson, and Mr. Hickey. Sara Norton, Daniel Owens, Sara Schwab, and Alessandro Gian Viviano, students from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, are cast in the ensemble.


Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. Set during the Gilded Age in New York, McGrath’s adaptation introduces audiences to the courtly young gentleman lawyer Newland Archer; his traditional and demure fiancée May; and the free-spirited Countess Ellen Olenska, who has come home from Europe tainted by scandal.

“Douglas McGrath and Doug Hughes are bringing this splendid adaptation of Edith Wharton’s masterpiece to Hartford Stage,” said Hartford Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak in a statement. “The wonderful Boyd Gaines, winner of four Tony Awards, leads a renowned cast featuring Sierra Boggess, Helen Cespedes, and Andrew Veenstra. We are thrilled to welcome all of them to Hartford Stage.”

The creative team also includes scenic designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer Linda Cho, lighting designer Ben Stanton, and sound designer Mark Bennett, who also penned original music. The production stage manager is Lori Lundquist with Jared Oberholtzer as assistant stage manager.

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