Stage

Below is a list of René’s major theater credits. The core of this list appeared in the first installment of ORACLE’s quarterly newsletter (though it’s been expanded several times since then). Thanks to Lisa Wilcox for the original research, and Leta Learn for numerous updates!

(* indicates Tony nomination and ** indicates Tony award)

  • Once in a Lifetime – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1962
  • Volpone – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Mosca, 1962
  • Amphytrion 38 – Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, as Jupiter, 1962
  • Threepenny Opera – Peninsula Players, Fish Creek, WI, as Mack the Knife, 1962
  • Room Service – Peninsula Players, Fish Creek, WI, as The Bellhop, 1962
  • Dark of the Moon – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as the Witch Boy, 1962-1964
  • The Hostage – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Leslie, 1962-1964
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Edmund, 1962-1964
  • Battle Dream – as Jimmy Barton, 1963
  • Othello – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Roderigo, 1963
  • Twelve Angry Men – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1963
  • The Devils – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Richlieu, 1963
  • Pirandello’s Henry IV – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1963
  • He Who Gets Slapped – Arena Stage, Washington, DC,, as Poli, 1963
  • Taming of the Shrew – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Tranio, 1963
  • Hotel Paradiso – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Georges, 1963
  • Galileo – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Ludovico Marsili, reveler 1964
  • The Affair – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Tom Orbell, 1964
  • The Wall – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Mordecai, 1964
  • All the Way Home – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Andrew, 1964
  • The Rehearsal – Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT, as Hero, 1964
  • The Hostage – Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT, as Pat, 1964
  • Where’s Charlie – Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT, as Charlie, 1964
  • The Fantastiks – Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT, as El Gallo, 1964
  • The Magistrate – Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT, 1964
  • Billy Budd – Arena Stage, Washington, DC, as Squeak, Master-at-Arms, 1965
  • Tartuffe – American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh, as Tartuffe, 1965-1966
  • In White America – American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh, 1965-1966
  • Beyond the Fringe – American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh, in the Ensemble, 1965-1966
  • Under Milkwood – American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh, as Eli Jenkins, 1965-1966
  • King Lear – American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh, as King Lear, 1965-1966
  • Tartuffe – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, as Tartuffe, 1967-1968
  • Under Milkwood – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, as Eli Jenkins, 1967-1968
  • Beyond the Fringe – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, in the Ensemble, 1967-1968
  • Endgame – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, as Hamm/Clov, 1967-1968
  • Charley’s Aunt – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, as Fancourt Babberley, 1967-1968
  • Man and Superman – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, as John Tanner, 1967-1968
  • The Crucible – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, as Reverand Parris, 1967-1968
  • In White America – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 1967-1968
  • The Miser – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as La Fleche, 1968
  • King Lear – Lincoln Repertory, New York, as the Fool, November 7, 1968 to February 12, 1969 (René left early to do Fire!)
  • A Cry of Players – Lincoln Repertory, New York, as Ned, November 14, 1968 to February 15, 1969 (René left early to do Fire!)
  • Fire! – Longacre Theatre, New York, as Marco, January 28 to February 1, 1969
  • Chemin De Fer – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1969
  • The Dance Next Door – Mark Taper Workshop, Los Angeles, 1969
  • The Misanthrope – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Alceste, 1969
  • Twelfth Night – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Malvolio, 1969
  • A Flea in Her Ear – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Carlos Homenides de Histangua, 1969
  • Coco** – Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York, as Sebastian Baye, December 18, 1969 to October 3, 1970 (René left early to do the film McCabe and Mrs. Miller)
  • Twelfth Night – Lincoln Center Repertory (Vivian Beaumont Theatre), New York, as Malvolio, March 2 to April 8, 1972
  • Tricks – Alvin Theatre, New York, as Scapin, January 8 to 13, 1973 (preceded by six weeks in Detroit)
  • King Lear – New York Shakespeare Festival, New York, as Edgar, 1973
  • The Good Doctor* – Eugene O’Neill Theatre, New York, in various roles, November 27, 1973 to May 25, 1974
  • The Ruling Class – American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, as Jack, 1974-1975
  • The New York Idea – Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, as John Karslake, March 18 to April 10, 1977
  • The Three Sisters – Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, as Solynony, April 26 to May 15, 1977
  • Julius Caesar – Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, as Brutus, 1978
  • The Play’s the Thing – Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, as Sandor Turai, 1978
  • Break a Leg – Palace Theatre, New York, as Johann Schiml, April 29, 1979 (preceded by four weeks in Stratford, Conneticut)
  • The Foreigner – Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, as Charlie, 1979
  • Chekhov in Yalta – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Stanislavski, 1981
  • Twelfth Night – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Malvolio, 1981
  • A Flea in Her Ear – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Carlos Homenides de Histangua, 1982
  • The Misanthrope – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Alceste, 1982
  • Richard III – Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, 1983
  • Big River* – Eugene O’Neill Theatre, New York, as The Duke, April 25, 1985 to September 20, 1987 (René left after approximately four months to return to Benson)
  • The Petrified Forest – Los Angeles Theatre Group, Los Angeles, as Alan Squire, 1985
  • The Foreigner – Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, as Charlie, 1986
  • Metamorphosis – Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, as Mr. Samsa, March 6 to July 1, 1989
  • City of Angels* – Virginia Theatre, New York, as Buddy Fidler/Irving S. Irving, December 11, 1989 to January 19, 1992 (René left in October 1991)
  • Don Juan in Hell – Symphony Space and others, New York and others, as the Devil, 1994
  • Love Letters – Slanted Fedora Conventions, Vulkon conventions, various cities, as Andy Ladd III, 1999-onward
  • Theatrical Jazz – Slanted Fedora Conventions, various cities, selected readings with Armin Shimmerman, 2000-onward
  • Ancestral Voices – The Falcon Theatre, Burbank, CA, as Ed and Uncle Roger, 2000
  • Delicate Balance – John Anson Ford Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, as Tobias, 2002
  • Dance of the Vampires – Minskoff Theatre, New York, as Professor Abronsius, December 9, 2002 to January 25, 2003 (preceded by lenghty previews)
  • Sly Fox – Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, as Jethro Crouch, 2004
  • The Imaginary Invalid – Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, DC, as Argan, 2008

View a photo gallery of some of René’s theatrical roles. (under construction)

Repertory Theatre Appearances

(*** indicates founding member)

  • Alley Theatre – 1962
  • Arena Stage – 1962-1965
  • American Conservatory Theatre*** – 1965-1968; 1976
  • Lincoln Center Repertory – 1968; 1972
  • Mark Taper Forum*** – 1968; 1970; 1980-1983; 1987
  • New York Shakespeare Festival – 1974
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music Repertory Company*** – 1977-1978
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – 1979
  • Los Angeles Theatre Center – 1985

 In Concert

  • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour – Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC and Metropolitan Opera House, New York, as Ivanov, conducted by André Previn, 1979
  • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, as Ivanov, conducted by André Previn, 1986
  • L’Histoire du Soldat – The La Jolla Music Festival, San Diego, with Gates McFadden, conducted by Kent Nogano, 1994
  • It’s A Wrap – Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles, reading “St. Crispin’s Day” speech to music from the film of Henry V, June 7, 2003