— 1st Season —
The Miser — August 15-26, 2007
About The Miser
Out of the Box Theatre Company’s first production, an adaptation of Moliere’s The Miser by Miles Malleson, was staged at the Bank Street Theatre in August 2007.
The lead role of Harpagon, the repulsive character whose sordid passion takes over his mind, was played by Lawrence Merritt. Lorraine Serabian played the part of Frosine, a scheming woman.
Others in the cast included Craig Dudley as Valere, a servant; Valerie Stack Dodge as Elise; Larry Gutman as Cleante, Harpagon’s son; Nona Pipes as Mariane, a woman in love with Cleante; Peter Coriaty as La Fleche, Cleante’s servant; Arthur Pellman as Jacques, Harpagon’s servant; Daryl Brown as Seigneur Anselm; Dudley Stone as a Justice of the Peace; and Paul De Luca as both Master Simon the Moneylender and Clerk to the Justice; Lin Snider, Susan Case and Gregg Lauterbach as the French (Greek) Chorus; and Oscar Salazar and Robert Oliver as Harpagon’s two servants.
The Miser was directed by Scott Robinson, artistic director of Out of the Box, and accompanied by the music of Mozart.
Production staff for The Miser: Assistant Director, Marge Linney; Set Designer, John Scheffler; Lighting Designer, Karen Sweeney; Technical Director, Tony Zimbardi; Properties, Marquis and graphic designs, Shalom-Israel Diggs.
The Equity showcase production took place at the Bank Street Theatre and ran from August 15 through 26. Robinson described it as a “musical approach to a straight play without it becoming a musical comedy.” It included a Greek (French) chorus and olio acts between scenes in the old showboat melodrama format.