Terry Kinney Will Direct Keith Reddin's Stage Adaptation of Rear Window on Broadway

By Adam Hetrick
June 6, 2013

Tony Award nominee Terry Kinney has been announced to direct the new Broadway stage adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's short-story thriller "Rear Window," which will be adapted by playwright Keith Reddin.



Reddin (Maybe, Black Snow) will adapt the play from the original 1942 short story by Woolrich, about a housebound man who witnesses a murder in a nearby building. The tale is best known for Alfred Hitchcock's Academy Award-nominated 1954 film.

A timeline is not in place for the Broadway production that is being produced by Charlie Lyons, Jay Russell, Tim Guinee and Lias J. 'Jeff' Steen.

Kinney's last Broadway directorial outing was the 2009 Tony-nominated Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty. He also staged the Tony-winning 2001 revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He was Tony Award-nominated for his performance in The Grapes of Wrath and is a co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company

"Since initiating this project, we've been totally committed to bringing something fresh to the story," producer Lyons said in a statement. "To accomplish that, we've gone back to Cornell Woolrich's short story and brought onboard progressive, smart theatre artists in Keith and Terry. We couldn't be more thrilled with what this team has brought to this project."

"Rear Window is a remarkable story, with a classic film adaptation in Hitchcock's masterpiece," Kinney added. "Keith and I hope to honor the amazing source material and create a true psychological thriller for the stage – one that combines theatrical storytelling with new technology to reveal our primal fears."

The 1954 Hitchcock "Rear Window" starred James Stewart. Woolrich's other famous work was the novel "The Bride Wore Black" (which was also made into a film, by Francois Truffaut and inspired the musical Ladykiller).