Robert Clohessy and Portia Meet as Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, May 18

News   Robert Clohessy and Portia Meet as Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, May 18
Broadway's Twelve Angry Men star Robert Clohessy and Off-Broadway's McReele actress Portia star in the title roles of Hartford Stage's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starting May 18.
Robert Clohessy
Robert Clohessy Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Jeremy B. Cohen directs the work which opens May 26 at the Connecticut stage for a run through June 18. The production 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 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 design team for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune includes Takeshi Kata (scenic), Jaymi Lee Smith (lighting), Alejo Vietti (costumes) and Lindsay Jones (sound and original music).

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

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