“What are the sources of an illumination?” Carson McCullers asked. “To me, they come after hours of searching and keeping my soul ready. Yet they come in a flash, as a religious phenomenon. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter had such an illumination.” McCullers was only 23 when her debut novel made her a literary sensation in 1940. The story of John Singer, a deaf man, and the people of a small Southern mill town who confide in him soared to the top of the bestseller lists. Now it comes to the stage in this new adaptation by Rebecca Gilman. Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Hughes directs this production co-presented by the Acting Company and New York Theatre Workshop.

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 13. Continues through Dec. 20, 2009