Kathleen Turner, Michael Berresse and Evan Jonigkeit Get High in Hartford Starting July 2

News   Kathleen Turner, Michael Berresse and Evan Jonigkeit Get High in Hartford Starting July 2 Tony and Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Turner leads the cast of the world premiere of Matthew Lombardo's High, which begins performances July 2 at Hartford TheaterWorks.

Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner

Playwright Lombardo, who was recently represented on Broadway with Looped, developed the play for Turner. She plays Sister Jamison Connelly, a nun whose faith is tested when she takes in a young man struggling with addiction.

Rob Ruggiero, who also staged Looped, directs High, which will run through Aug. 22. The co-production will also play Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Sept. 4-Oct. 2) and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Oct. 13-Nov. 7). There are also commercial producers attached, aiming to bring High to New York City in early 2011.

Evan Jonigkeit is cast as the young addict, with Tony nominee Michael Berresse ([title of show], A Chorus Line) as Connelly's colleague, Father Michael Delpapp.

According to press notes, "when Sister Jamison Connelly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a nineteen 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 the belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change. High explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility."

The design team includes Tony Award winner David Gallo (scenic design), Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein (costume design), John Lasiter (lighting design) and Vincent Oliveri (sound design).

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

Tickets to High 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.

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