Anthony Giardina's Black Forest opens its world premiere production March 15 at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre. Long Wharf artistic director Doug Hughes directs the new play, which began performances March 8 for a run through April 9. Set in a prestigious university, Black Forest sets six college professors on the tenure track as they navigate the modern pitfalls of teaching, including ethical, sexual and intellectual dilemmas. Giardina, the author of the novels "Men With Debts," "A Boy's Pretensions" and the short story collection "The Country of Marriage," has seen his plays Living at Home, The Child, Scenes From La Vie de Boheme, Discovered and The Beach produced at Arena Stage, the Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Rep.
Several Long Wharf vets are in the cast including Reed Birney (Loose Knit) as Jacob Freundlich, Kim Awon (Much Ado About Nothing) as Wendy Cunningham, Tom Tammi (An American Daughter) as Aaron Goldman and Laura Hughes (A Question of Mercy) as Laura Freundlich. Also in the company are Sharon Scruggs (Margaret Olin), Jack Ryland (Frank Leech), Dave Simonds (Chris MacAden), Ron Parady (Homer Boykin), Jennifer Harmon (Heidi Leech) and Patricia Hodges (Nicole Goldman).
Hugh Landwehr designed the sets with Jess Goldstein on costumes and Michael Chybowski on lights. Paul Sullivan composed the original score.
Tickets are $45-$10. For reservations, call the box office at (203) 787 4282.
-- By Christine Ehren