High, with Kathleen Turner, Stephen Kunken, Evan Jonigkeit, to Play Broadway's Booth

News   High, with Kathleen Turner, Stephen Kunken, Evan Jonigkeit, to Play Broadway's Booth
 
Two-time Golden Globe winner, Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner will return to Broadway this spring in Matthew Lombardo's new play High, which will begin previews March 25 at the Booth Theatre.

Directed by Rob Ruggiero, the production will officially open April 19.

The Broadway premiere follows a collaboration of three American regional theatres: High premiered at TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT, in July 2010 followed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in September 2010 and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in October 2010.

The cast includes Turner as Sister Jamison Connelly as well as Tony Award nominee Stephen Kunken (Enron) as Father Michael Delpapp and Evan Jonigkeit, who will be making his Broadway debut, as Cody Randall. (Turner and Jonigkeit have appeared in the previous incarnations of the play.)

High, according to production notes, "explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility. When Sister Jamison Connolly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change."

The design team includes Tony Award winners David Gallo (sets) and Jess Goldstein (costumes) as well as John Lasiter (lights) and Vincent Olivieri (sound and original compositions). Turner returns to Broadway following her Tony-nominated performance as Martha in the 2005 Tony Award-winning revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Lombardo's Tallulah Bankhead-inspired work Looped played a brief Broadway engagement last season with Valerie Harper as the iconic actress. His plays also include the Katharine Hepburn bio-play Tea at Five.

Producers are Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Terry Schnuck, Ann Cady Scott, Timothy J. Hampton, James & Catherine Berges, The Shubert Organization and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Producers warn that the production "contains mature themes, strong language, and nudity. A parent or guardian will be required to accompany audience members under 17."

Show times will be Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets will be available beginning Jan. 24 online at Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200. The Booth Theatre Box Office (222 W. 45th Street) will open March 4. Ticket prices range from $61.50-$111.50 with a special preview price of $61.50-$91.50 for performances March 25-April 18.

A $26.50 ticket will be reserved for the first row for all performances, for audience members ages 17-21. Interested ticket buyers can purchase these seats at the Booth Theatre box office only, the day of the performance. There will be a limit of two tickets per person.

Kathleen Turner and Evan Jonigkeit
Kathleen Turner and Evan Jonigkeit
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