Blackbird Officially Opens at TheaterWorks April 11

News   Blackbird Officially Opens at TheaterWorks April 11 J. Tucker Smith and Beth Wittig star in the Hartford TheaterWorks staging of Blackbird, which officially opens April 11.
Beth Wittig in TheatreWorks' Blackbird.
Beth Wittig in TheatreWorks' Blackbird. Photo by Lanny Nagler

David Harrower's Olivier Award-winning work began previews April 4 and continues through May 11. The TheaterWorks production marks Blackbird's New England premiere. Blackbird begins with "Una's unexpected arrival at Ray's workplace. Fifteen years earlier, Ray and Una had an illicit relationship. Then he disappeared. Today, she has tracked him down at his office, looking to settle their unfinished business. Her desire to confront him unleashes a torrent of unresolved emotions and, for those in the audience, stunning surprises," according to press notes.

The creative team for Blackbird comprises Luke Hegel-Cantarella (set), Anne Kenney (costumes), Mary Jo Dondlinger (lighting) and J. Hagenbuckle (sound).

Harrower's inspiration for Blackbird came after he read a story about a man who traveled abroad to meet a young girl he first encountered on the Internet. His works include Knives in Hens, Kill the Old Torture Their Young, The Chrysalids and Presence. He has also adapted versions of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (Six Characters Looking for an Author), Chekhov's Ivanov and Buchner's Woyzeck.

Blackbird was previously presented Off-Broadway in 2007 by the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill.

Tickets to Blackbird at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street in Hartford, CT, are available by calling (860) 527-7838. For more information visit the TheaterWorks website at theaterworkshartford.org.

Beth Wittig and J. Tucker Smith in <i>Blackbird.</i>
Beth Wittig and J. Tucker Smith in Blackbird. Photo by Lanny Nagler