The world premiere production of HIGH, by Matthew Lombardo is quickly selling out many performances of its announced July 2 through August 15, 2010 run at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Connecticut.
The play, starring two-time Golden Globe winner, Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner, along with Evan Jonigkeit (in photo) and Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse, will now perform through August 22, 2010, but cannot extend further.
Following its run in Hartford, HIGH opens the 2010-2011 Season at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, September 4 through October 2, 2010. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis then presents HIGH October 13 through November 7, 2010.
Lead Sponsor for TheaterWorks' production of HIGH is Aetna and Co-Sponsor is Webster Bank. The production corresponds with the 25th Anniversary of TheaterWorks' founding by Hartford-native Steve Campo. TheaterWorks' 25th Anniversary Sponsor is The Roberts Foundation.
In HIGH, when Sister Jamison Connelly, played by Kathleen Turner, agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug-user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and her own moral convictions, she begins to question the belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change. HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.
Kathleen Turner's indelible portrayals have made her part of the iconography of American cinema and stage. The character of Sister Jamison Connelly in HIGH offers Ms. Turner a role that perhaps only she can fully command. Her own struggle with rheumatoid arthritis, addiction and recovery is eloquently articulated in her bestselling autobiography. Ms. Turner has garnered acclaim for performances in classic films including Body Heat (Golden Globe Nomination); Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honor (Golden Globe Awards); Peggy Sue Got Married (Academy Award / Golden Globe Nominations); and War of the Roses (Golden Globe Nomination). Film credits also include The Man With Two Brains; Jewel of the Nile; The Accidental Tourist; V.I. Warshawski; Serial Mom; Naked In New York; Moonlight and Valentino; The Real Blonde; and The Virgin Suicides. She starred on Broadway in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Tony Nomination); Indiscretions; The Graduate; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Nomination). She had a major role last season as Sue Collini on Showtime's Californication. This spring she starred as Molly Ivins in the World Premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Philadelphia Theater and starred in the film, The Perfect Family. She wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles - a New York Times Best-Seller.
Sister Jamison Connelly's colleague and occasional adversary in HIGH, Father Michael Delpapp, is portrayed by Michael Berresse. Mr. Berresse received Tony Award, Olivier London), Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Award nominations for his "frighteningly agile" portrayal of Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate and another Outer Critics nomination for his work in Lincoln Center Theatre's acclaimed Broadway production of The Light in the Piazza. He made his Broadway director / choreographer debut in 2008 with [title of show], the Off-Broadway production of which had already garnered him an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel nomination. Other major Broadway acting credits include A Chorus Line (Zach), Chicago (Billy Flynn), No, No, Nanette (Billy Early) and Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy). He made his feature film debut in Steven Spielberg's A.I. and was recently seen scaring the bejeezus out of Russell Crowe as Robert Bingham in State Of Play. Regional appearances include L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center and Channon in Gerald Freedman's production of The Dybbuk at Great Lakes Theatre Festival.
Evan Jonigkeit plays hustler and addict Cody Randall. A Philadelphia based artist, he has worked in many of that city's theaters, including Arden Theatre, Mauckingbird Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, Montgomery Theatre, and People's Light & Theatre. He has been seen in the films "Calendar Girl", "The Gift", and on Fox TV's Amazing Sport Stories and As the World Turns. He serves on Playpenn new play development literary committee, as Director of Development for Mauckingbird Theatre, and as a teacher. He is a graduate of Temple University.