Clohessy and Portia Open Hartford Stage's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, May 26

News   Clohessy and Portia Open Hartford Stage's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, May 26 New York stage stars Robert Clohessy and Portia head up north to star in Hartford Stage's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which opens May 26.
Portia and Robert Clohessy and in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
Portia and Robert Clohessy and in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Jeremy B. Cohen directs the work which began at the Connecticut stage May 18 for a run scheduled through June 18. The production, as usual, contains nudity and adult language.

Terrence McNally penned Frankie and Johnny which focuses on the relationship between two working class folks — waitress Frankie and short-order cook Johnny. Spanning the course of their first night together from their first sexual encounter to the next morning's sunrise, the play opens with the aforementioned act.

The design team includes Takeshi Kata (scenic), Jaymi Lee Smith (lighting), Alejo Vietti (costumes) and Lindsay Jones (sound and original music).

The surnameless Portia appeared on Broadway in The Ride Down Mt. Morgan and in the Off-Broadway cast of McReele. As a LAByrinth Theatre Company member she has appeared in Our Lady of 121st Street, Dutch Heart of Man, Guinea Pig Solo and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings.

Clohessy made his Broadway debut in last season's Broadway staging of Twelve Angry Men as Juror #6. He return to Hartford Stage after playing Mitch in 1998's A Streetcar Named Desire. Other credits include Off-Broadway's Rounding Third, Bad Habits and HBO's "Oz."

The play originally ran Off-Broadway with Kathy Bates and Kenneth Welsh in the 1980s and was later made into a film with Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino. Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci originated the roles in the 2002 Joe Mantello Broadway staging with Rosie Perez and Joe Pantoliano taking on the roles for the final two months of the drama.

Tickets to Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT will be available by calling (860) 527-5151. For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.