Connecticut’s Favorite Holiday Tradition Returns
CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS
at TheaterWorks Hartford
December 1 through 23, 2022
What: CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS
Fresh, funny and smart – it’s back. Conceived and directed by Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero, Connecticut’s favorite holiday tradition returns to TheaterWorks Hartford.CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS features seven playwrights each adding their own spin to the canon of holiday traditions past. This year’s 10th anniversary production includes 3 new stories and stars Harry Bouvy, Jen Cody and America’s favorite bartender, Ted Lange.
CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS is an offbeat collection of twisted holiday tales by John Cariani, Judy Gold, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jenn Harris, Jacques Lamarre, Edwin Sanchez and Matthew Wilkas,
It’s Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guests – children from your favorite Christmas specials and movies – now all grown up. Join them as they pour out their Christmas woes in this delightful parody.
CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS runs December 1 through December 23, 2022.
PRESS IS WELCOME SUNDAY DEC 4
HARRY BOUVY (The Man)
JEN CODY (The Woman)
TED LANGE (The Bartender)
ARTISTIC & DESIGN
Director Rob Ruggiero
Set Design Michael Schweikardt
Costume Design Alejo Vietti
Lighting Design John Lasiter
Sound Design Michael Miceli
Wig Design Jared Janas
Original Production cast by McCorkle Casting, Ltd
Dec 1 – Dec 23, 2022
ABOUT THE CAST
HARRY BOUVY (The Man) is excited to be back at Theater Works after appearing here in Snakebit, Chesapeake, Fully Committed, and the original production of Christmas on the Rocks. Harry hails from Pittsburgh, and is a NYC-based actor and director. Off-Broadway credits include Dr. Chilton and later Hannibal Lecter in Silence! The Musical (original cast recording), and The Common Man in A Man for All Seasons. On tour, he played Dr. Dillamond in Wicked, Carmen Ghia in The Producers, and Sir Robin in the Vegas production of Spamalot. Favorite roles include Herbie in Gypsy, the D’Ysquith family in Gentleman’s Guide, Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Vanya in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. Other regional theatre credits include Yale Rep, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pittsburgh Public, City Theatre Pittsburgh, Montana Shakespeare, Utah Shakespeare, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Bucks County Playhouse, Mason Street Warehouse, Syracuse Stage, Asolo Theatre Company, and Great Lakes Theater. Television credits include Blacklist, Blue Bloods, New Amsterdam, Billions, Tommy, The Good Wife, Law & Order, and Sex & The City. www.harrybouvy.com
JEN CODY (The Woman) is making her TheaterWorks Hartford debut. Jen made her Broadway debut as Rumpleteaser in Cats and has starred in many Broadway shows including: A Christmas Story (Mrs Schwartz), Shrek (original company), Pajama Game (Poopsie, original revival company), Taboo (original company), Urinetown the Musical (original company), Seussical the Musical (original company), Beauty and The Beast (Silly Girl), and Grease (Cha Cha). She can be heard on the original cast recordings of Seussical the Musical, Taboo with Boy George, The Pajama Game with Harry Connick Jr., Shrek the Musical, The Wild Party and Vincent Youman’s Through the Years. She has been awarded the Legacy Robe twice for her work on Broadway. Off-Broadway: Charles Bush’s Cleopatra (Iris), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Mae), Charles Bush’s Judith of Bethulia, and Henry and Mudge (Drama League Nomination). Her voice can be heard on many cartoons including her award winning role as Charlotte La Bouff in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog in which she received the Annie Award (Voice over Oscar) for Outstanding Voice Work in a Major Motion Picture. Other cartoons include: American Dad (Cartoon Network), Mickey and the Roadster Racers (Disney), Phineus and Ferb (Disney), P. King Duckling, Winx Club (Nickelodeon), Robot and Monster (Nickelodeon) and Khumba (Triggerfish). Her Film and TV work includes: New Amsterdam (NBC), Paper Spiders (Cranium Entertainment), Lucky Stiff (New Oz Productions), The Good Fight (CBS), Younger (TVLand), Instinct (CBS), Bull (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS), Shrek Live (Dreamworks) Unforgettable (CBS),and Law and Order.
TED LANGE (The Bartender) is excited to be back at TheaterWorks Hartford. He is a prolific author, educator, director and actor of stage and screen. Ten seasons on the beloved classic The Love Boat earned Ted global recognition as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ted is the recipient of the prestigious Hollywood NAACP’s Renaissance Man Theatre Award and the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and has written over twenty five plays including The Cause, My Soul, a prequel to Othello which won the Hollywood NAACP Theatre Best Play award and was presented at the Odyssey Theatre on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and at the North Carolina Black Theatre Festival. Ted’s play Four Queens – No Trump won the 1997 Hollywood NAACP Best Play award. He has performed at theaters across the country including Stella Adler Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre among many, many others. His television credits include That’s My Mama, Mr. T and Tina, and guest appearances on Evening Shade, Half and Half, Family Matters, In the Heat of the Night, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show. When asked about the diversity of his career, Ted states, “The duty of the Artist is to find his muse, then let her rip.”
About TheaterWorks Hartford
Celebrating its 37th season, TheaterWorks Hartford (TWH) produces high-quality, contemporary theater that is relevant to our audiences, engages a diverse community, and provides insight into the human experience. TWH is committed to the power of storytelling in creating community. Founded in 1985, TWH has produced over 190 plays and presents approximately 150 performances per season. TWH also owns and manages the historic property at 233 Pearl Street, known as City Arts on Pearl. City Arts provides an affordable home and services to a diverse family of non-profit arts organizations.