Dallas Theater Center opens its 1998-99 season with a Christopher Hampton adaptation of Moliere's Tartuffe Sept. 22, following previews Sept. 16-20. 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.