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Man In A Case

Hartford Stage Presents World Premiere of

Man in a Case

Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov

Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov

Hartford, CT, January 30, 2013
- Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, today announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Man in a Case, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, on stage February 21 through March 24.

In a tale both witty and haunting, a reclusive man's courtship of a carefree young woman forces him to stare down his own rigid nature. Another man looks back at the love of his life, and wonders if he should have pursued her despite her marriage to another. Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the team behind the internationally acclaimed Big Dance Theater, bring their signature style - fusing theater, movement, music, and video - to their world premiere adaptation of two Anton Chekhov short stories, "Man in a Case" and "About Love."ManInACase

The cast features Mikhail Baryshnikov with Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, and Aaron Mattocks. Man in a Case, Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov, is directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater and choreographed by Annie-B Parson.

Man in a Case, will feature Mikhail Baryshnikov, who appeared on Broadway in Metamorphosis (Tony Award-nomination and a Drama Critics Award). Off-Broadway credits include In Paris (Ely and Edyth Broad Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Lincoln Center Festival and 2011-12 International Tour), Beckett Shorts (New York Theatre Workshop) and Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient (Lincoln Center Festival). He has appeared in the films White Nights, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, Company Business and The Turning Point (Oscar nomination, Best Supporting Actor). Awards include: Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award and rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor. He is the Artistic Director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. 
The cast will also include Jess Barbagallo (Big Dance Theater, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf and The Builders Association) who will portray Hunter and Burkin; Tymberly Canale (Big Dance Theater's Supernatural Wife) as Barbara; Chris Giarmo (Big Dance Theater's Supernatural Wife) as Hunter and Ivan; and Aaron Mattocks (Big Dance Theater, Phantom Limb Company and OtherShore) as Kovalenko.

The creative team features costume design by Oana Botez (PS122, The Kitchen); sound design by artist and musician Tei Blow; set design by Peter Ksander (Brooklyn Academy of Music, PS122); video design by Jeff Larson (Comme Toujours Here I Stand, Big Dance Theatre); lighting design by Jennifer Tipton (Tony awards for The Cherry Orchard and Jerome Robbins' Broadway); and the production stage manager is Jenni Bowman.

Principal production support forMan in a Case, by United Technologies, with additional support from Bank of America.

Key Dates and Information

Press Night: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

Opening Night: 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

The production runs February 21 through March 24. Evening performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; and a special Stay/Play performance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Matinee performances are Sundays and select Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For a more specific schedule of performances or to buy tickets for Man in a Case, please call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit

Library Talks take place at 7:30 p.m. February 7 at the West Hartford Public Library, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford, and at 7 p.m. on February 12 at Prosser Library, One Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield. Senior Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson gives community talks on each show in the season, at the West Hartford and Bloomfield Public Libraries.

The Producer's Table takes place at 5:45 p.m. March 7. Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play; tour at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $21 (performance not included) and can be purchased at

Dinner + Design takes place at 6 p.m. February 27. Members of our production team discuss what it takes to create the theatrical worlds of our season. Learn more about the magic that happens backstage while enjoying a pre-show dinner. (Dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.) Tickets are $21 (performance not included) and can be purchased at

LGBT Night Out takes place at 6:15 p.m. February 28. Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at the bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons.In collaboration with the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. FREE.

Hartford Stage Company

Hartford Stage, since its founding in 1963, has been known for innovative revivals of classics and the development of important new works, including 65 World or American premieres. Recent work includes Quiara Alegria Hudes' Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle which had a celebrated run at the Signature Theatre in New York during the 2009-2010 season; a landmark production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird; the premieres of Michael Kramer's Divine Rivalry; and Daniel Beaty's Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night, which had a successful run off-Broadway during the 2010-11 season). In 1998 the theatre launched an unprecedented ten-year retrospective of Tennessee Williams, which included the premiere of three plays. Other new work includes the premieres of Eve Ensler's Necessary Targets, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, Matthew Barber's Enchanted April (which transferred to Broadway), Matthew Lombardo's Tea at Five, and many others. The theatre has earned numerous distinguished honors, including a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award, OBIE awards, New York Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. In 2005 Hartford Stage was awarded The Hartford Courant's Tapestry Award recognizing its outstanding work in diversity, and in 2008 it was awarded the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award recognizing its excellence in building community in Greater Hartford. Hartford Stage is currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts.