Striking a Chord, Composition Gets World Premiere in CT

News   Striking a Chord, Composition Gets World Premiere in CT Competing young composers aspire to musical glory in Tim McCracken's three-character drama, Composition, getting its world premiere Jan. 26 in Connecticut.

McCracken himself plays one of the musicians in director Steve Campo's production for TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT, where Campo is also artistic director.

Performances continue to March 11.

McCracken plays Henry, Tommy Schrider is Curtis and Tara Falk is Alexandra. According to TheaterWorks, "The setting is a somewhat barren New York apartment where two young composers scrape by on grant money as they search for inspiration. Of the two, one composer's career holds great promise, while the other's limitations are striking. But which is which? That question is surprisingly and resoundingly answered in Timothy McCracken's new play."

Opening is Feb. 2 at TheaterWorks' 200-seat home at 233 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford.

Composition is Timothy McCracken's first full-length play. Under its previous title, ...there's the story, the play had a showcase production in New York City at the Blue Heron Arts Center in 2005, produced by Beacon Productions and directed by Christopher Grabowski. Additionally, the play was presented in workshop at Vassar College in 2004, as well as in readings by Florida Studio Theatre and TerraNova Theatre Collective. It was a finalist for Arielle Tepper's Summer Play Festival in New York City, as well as a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Awards. McCracken's short play, A Patriot Act, was produced at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City by the Urban Rock Project for the 2004 International Fringe Festival. The play "is set in the Hell's Kitchen apartment of Henry and his amusingly predictable friend Curtis," according to TheaterWorks. "Curtis is a prolific but uninspired composer, while Henry, despite previous triumphs, has become catatonically blocked. When Curtis' new girlfriend, Alexandra, enters the scene, Henry finds himself able to confront the memories that have inhibited his composition. Then, step by step, note by note, he finally arrives at a glorious conclusion."

The creative team includes set designer Adrian W. Jones, costume designer Camille Assaf, lighting designer Marcus Doshi, sound designer Daniel Baker. Original music is by Randy Redd. Production manager is Michael Lenaghan.

For information and reservations call TheaterWorks at (860) 527-7838 or visit theaterworkshartford.org.