TheaterWorks Premieres CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS, Now thru 12/22

TheaterWorks will present the holiday World Premiere Christmas on the Rocks -- an offbeat collection of twisted holiday tales by multiple nationally known playwrights. These darkly humorous stories run tonight, December 3 through 22, 2013.

CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS is written by John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jacques Lamarre, Matthew Lombardo, Theresa Rebeck, Edwin Sanchez and Jonathan Tolins.

Just in time for the holidays, something fresh, funny, smart and surprisingly touching. Remember watching holiday specials as a kid? Fast-forward to this Christmas Eve. In a rundown local bar, unexpectedly, chance brings us face to face with a parade of beloved characters from favorite Christmas tales - only now they have all grown up! Tiny Tim, Charlie Brown, Cindy Lou Who and a host of other favorites pour out their Christmas woes. Inspired by our collective holiday memories, CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKSis sure to become a new holiday tradition.

Conceived and directed by TheaterWorks' Producing Artistic Director, Rob Ruggiero, this exciting new production features 7 nationally known playwrights each adding their own spin to the canon of holiday traditions past.

Rob is also thrilled to welcome a tremendously talented cast to TheaterWorks. Audiences will remember Harry Bouvy (the man) from Snakebit, Chesapeake and Fully Committed. Christine Pedi (the woman) most recently seen in Broadway's hilariousNEWSical The Musical, makes her TheaterWorks' debut as does Broadway veteran, Ronn Carroll (Goodspeed's Carousel) as the bartender.

Rob said "I couldn't be more excited about collaborating with this amazing group of playwrights and actors. What began as a fun idea for a new and very 'TheaterWorks' holiday event is quickly taking form. I look forward to sharing it with our audiences. I think they are in for a real treat."

CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS runs tonight, December 3 through December 22, 2013.

The production design team includes Michael Schweikardt(Sets), Alejo Vieti (Costumes), Mary Jo Dondlinger (Lights) andMichael Miceli (Sound).Production Manager is Michael Lenaghan.

The show runs tonight, December 3 through 22, 2013, playing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturday at 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm; and Sunday at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. PRESS / OPENING Night is Friday, December 6 at 8:00 pm. The lobby and the gallery sponsored by The Hartford Financial Services Group, opens 90 minutes prior to curtain; seating starts 60 minutes prior. TheaterWorks at City Arts on Pearl - 233 Pearl Street in Downtown Hartford. For seats call 860.527.7838. For more information, visit www.theaterworkshartford.org.

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Harry Bouvy (the man) returns to TheaterWorks, having played here in Snakebit, Chesapeake and Fully Committed. Harry most recently played Vanya in Christopher Durang'sVanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, and Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls at Great Lakes Theatre in Cleveland. Favorite roles include Hannibal Lecter in the off-Broadway hit Silence! The Musical, Sir Robin in the Vegas company of Spamalot, and Louis inAngels in America at Syracuse Stage. Other credits include Carmen Ghia in the national tour of The Producers; Stones In His Pockets and I Am My Own Wife at the Hangar Theatre; and This Wonderful Life at Cincinnati Playhouse. Film: The Producers. TV: The Good Wife, 666 Park Avenue, Law & Order, Guiding Light, Sex & The City. www.harrybouvy.com

Ronn Carroll (the bartender) is delighted to make his TheaterWorks debut. Recent New York appearances: Trevor Nunn's revival of Oklahoma! and the Lincoln Center premier of A Man Of No Importance. Among his 20 Broadway credits:How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Gypsy, The Rink, Bad Habits, On Golden Pond, Steel Pier, Man of La Mancha, Crazy For You, Peter Pan, Promises Promises!(London & New York) Carousel, Wonderful Town, Front Page,and Annie Get Your Gun, (Ethel Merman in '66 and Bernadette Peters '99.) Off Broadway: Love's Labors Lost, The Knife andGreater Tuna. Film: The Producers (musical), 84 Charing Cross Road, numerous television films and some 500 commercials. He began his career in Washington DC at the famed Arena Stage. Ronn has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony and The New York Philharmonic. Among his regional productions areKing Lear, Front Page, 1776, Camelot, Dark Of The Moon.

Christine Pedi (the woman) is making her TheaterWorks debut. She currently can be seen in NEWSical The Musical in NYC and can be heard daily hosting SiriusXM Radio's On Broadway channel. Off Broadway, Christine was the lead in Miss Abigails Guide To Dating Mating & Marriageand received a Drama Desk nomination for her work inForbidden Roadway. On Broadway: Talk Radio with Liev Schrieber and Little Me with Martin Short. She's appeared in many of the 24 Hour Plays, A Train Plays and Project Shawevents in NYC. Fans of The Sopranos may recognize her as Mrs. Bobby Baccala. (4 scenes, 5 lines ... dead. BUT he loved her so much he couldn't defrost her ziti!) Her multi award winning cabaret act Great Dames has played New York, London, South Africa and beyond. Christine has many popular comic videos on YouTube that feature her vast array of celebrity impressions. www.christinepedi.com

John Cariani (Playwright) is an actor and a playwright. He has appeared on and off Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and in several films and television shows. His plays include Almost, Maine (which will be revived Off Broadway in January), Last Gas (which will be opening at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester in January) and Love/Sick (which will be opening at TheaterWorks in May of 2014). John noted "It's quite an honor to be a part of Christmas on the Rocks, and to be featured alongside such an amazing group of playwrights".




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