Kevin Bacon will appear in a stage production of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window. He will play the lead in the production at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut.
According to Variety, the actor will play the main character who is stuck in his apartment building and begins to suspect a neighbor of murder.
The Hartford Stage Facebook Page notes:
Kevin Bacon is a Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee, whose films include A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, Footloose, Murder in the First, JFK, The Woodsman, X-Men: First Class, Sleepers and The River Wild. His theatre credits include Forty Deuce (OBIE Award), Spike Heels, and the Broadway productions of Slab Boys and An Almost Holy Picture.
Technically the Rear Window production isn’t Hitchcock. The legendary director’s film was an adaptation. This time it’s being adapted for the stage by Keith Reddin, based on the story by Cornell Woolrich. It’s being directed by Darko Tresnjak, who had this to say in an interview, which is partially posted on the production’s website:
Keith Reddin wrote a taut, gritty adaptation, true to the spirit of the original Cornell Woolrich story. The play takes place inside of a sweltering, claustrophobic apartment, very much like the addled brain of the leading character. The stage space is a mental space. But what actually happens in the apartment is completely different from the film. There is no Grace Kelly. There is a young black man called Sam, and the adaptation has something to do with recent events, interestingly. The thriller aspect is similar, but the psychology of the main character, Jeffrey, is completely different. Keith knows a lot about Cornell Woolrich and his actual biography, and he draws on that knowledge in his adaptation.
The show will run October 22 through November 15. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.