For Hartford Stage — An Introduction to Man in a Case

Workshop rehearsal for Man in a Case (photo by Leslie Lyons)

Part of the fascination of starting a new project with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar is getting to know the wealth of wonderful, surprising, seemingly disparate source materials, (forone, youcanseeanearlyfilmadaptationfrom 1939) and then watching them slowly weaving things together, placing elements next to or on top of one another, and seeing an internal logic begin to emerge within the structure of the piece.  This is my fourth time working with them, and it is every bit as mysterious and magical.  I find myself saying, over and over again, how do they find this stuff?  They are impeccable researchers, hunter-gatherers, fact-finders, story-builders.