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Kevin Bacon Will Star in ‘Rear Window’ On Stage

Kevin Bacon will break a leg this fall in the world premiere of the stage adaptation of “Rear Window,” which bows at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Conn., with an eye toward future commercial life.

Bacon will play the photographer who, confined to his New York City apartment after breaking his leg, begins to suspect foul play in a neighboring building. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for his work on 2014 awards-season champ “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” will direct the play by Keith Reddin (“Frame 312,” “Life and Limb”), adapting from the 1942 Cornell Woolrich short story that inspired the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film.

Bacon, the omnipresent screen actor who’s starred in everything from “Footloose” to “The Following,” appeared onstage most recently in the L.A. reading of Dustin Lance Black’s Prop. 8 play “8.” He starred on Broadway in the 2002 solo outing “An Almost Holy Picture,” but hasn’t been back since.

Hartford Stage, the regional nonprofit theater where Tresnjak is artistic director, produces “Rear Window” by special arrangement with film producer Charlie Lyons, director Jay Russell and producer Jeff Steen, three of the names on the team that optioned stage rights to “Rear Window” a couple of years ago.

The Hartford production of “Rear Window” runs Oct. 22-Nov. 15 with a press opening set for Oct. 30. Further details, including casting, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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