Hartford's TheaterWorks Will Hit a Classical Music Note With Composition World Premiere

News   Hartford's TheaterWorks Will Hit a Classical Music Note With Composition World Premiere A world premiere play will punctuate the new season at Hartford's TheaterWorks, the resident company that recently premiered the William Finn revue Make Me a Song.

Among the five productions of the 2006-07 season (which begins Oct. 12 with Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out) will be the premiere of Timothy McCracken's Composition, a new play populated by contemporary classical music composers.

TheaterWorks artistic director Steve Campo will direct the production, to play Jan. 12-March 4, 2007.

According to the Equity troupe, "Composition is set in the Hell's Kitchen apartment of Henry and his irritatingly predictable friend Curtis. The two graduated from music school together and now barely subsist on music writing grants. Curtis is prolific but uninspired, while Henry, despite previous triumphs, has become catatonically blocked. Shadows from Henry's past have crippled his artistic process and confined him to a hermetic life on the couch. When Curtis' new girlfriend, Alexandra, enters the scene, Henry finds himself able to confront the memories that have blocked his composition. Then, step by step, note by note, he finally arrives at a long-awaited conclusion."

The new TheaterWorks season in its intimate 200-seat home will include Jeffrey Hatcher's dark comedy Murderers (directed by Campo); Caryl Churchill's play about cloning and parenthood, A Number (directed by Campo); and Rabbit Hole, the tragicomic domestic play by David Lindsay-Abaire (directed by Rob Ruggiero).

Take Me Out will be directed by associate artistic director Rob Ruggiero, playing to Dec. 3. TheaterWorks is located at 233 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford. For more information, call (860) 527-7838, or visit www.theaterworkshartford.org.