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News Grays, Stockard, Mitchell and Portia Set for Hartford Premiere of No Child... Casting is now complete for the Hartford TheaterWorks production of Nilaja Sun's award-winning work No Child…, which begins performances Aug. 15.

TheaterWorks presents the Hartford premiere production of Sun's work that originated Off-Broadway and continues on a national tour. No Child… runs through Sept. 28 at Hartford TheaterWorks.

Under the direction of Rob Ruggiero, the TheaterWorks staging of No Child… includes Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Well) as Nilaja Sun, with Anthony Mark Stockard, Lizan Mitchell (Having Our Say) and Portia portraying the various roles of students, teachers and parents.

The Hartford TheaterWorks production staging is noteworthy for casting a four-member ensemble, rather than presenting No Child... as a solo work.

Production notes for No Child… ask audiences to "follow a teaching artist as [she heads] into one of New York's toughest inner-city schools. Over the course of six weeks, the teacher attempts to get the students to put on a play. Over a dozen characters including the school's parents, teachers, administrators, a janitor, and the students, for whom just getting to school every day can be a struggle, come to life in this bracing comedic tour-de-force."

Tickets to No Child… at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street in Hartford, CT, are available by calling (860) 527-7838. For more information visit the TheaterWorks website at

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