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Stepping into the shoes of James Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock screen classic, Kevin Bacon has signed on to play the wheelchair-bound photographer convinced he has witnessed a murder in the stage adaptation of Rear Window.
Based on the same Cornell Woolrich short story that inspired the 1954 Hitchcock film with Stewart and Grace Kelly, the play will have its world premiere this fall at Hartford Stage, running Oct. 22-Nov. 15. The production will be staged by the Connecticut company’s artistic director, Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
“I read Cornell Woolrich’s classic crime story Rear Window in high school, and it made a lasting impression,” said Tresnjak. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to direct a stage version 30 years later, when the issues of surveillance and voyeurism have become even more pertinent. Keith Reddin‘s taut adaptation takes place inside of a sweltering, claustrophobic apartment, very much like the addled brain of the leading character, who will be played by Kevin Bacon. I can’t imagine finer collaborators than Kevin and Keith in exploring the terrifying psychological landscape of this timeless thriller.”
The play is being presented by special arrangement with producers Charlie Lyons, Jay Russell and Jeff Steen. Lyons and Russell first announced the project in 2012 as a vehicle for Broadway, before the writer, director and star were attached. No plans have been confirmed for the production after its Hartford Stage run, though it seems fair to speculate that a Broadway destination is the ultimate goal.
Additional cast is to be announced.
Bacon will next be seen onscreen with Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton and Dakota Johnson in the Whitey Bulger crime bio-drama Black Mass, which has its world premiere Sept. 4 at the Venice Film Festival.
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