Events

50th Anniversary Events

STAGECRAFT: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage

In celebration of Hartford Stage’s 50th Anniversary Season, the STAGECRAFT exhibit consists of a selection of costumes, props and scenic elements from the company’s extensive collection.  A hallmark of the theatre’s work is the quality of the work that appears on stage, all of which is built here in Hartford.  Scores of locally-based artists, craftspeople, and technicians created these pieces to animate the visions of some of the world’s most prominent theatrical designers.

STAGECRAFT Tour

Now – October 5: Connecticut State Capitol
October 16 – January 30: Hartford Stage


Show-Related Events

Market Days

December 6, 7, 14

Come and join Hartford Stage for some shopping and a show! Local vendors will showcase unique items for purchase in our lobby. Doors will open before the show at 12:30 PM and booths will be open during intermission and after the show.


Book Signing with Carlo DeVito, Author of Inventing Scrooge

December 14, Post-show

A discussion and book signing with Carlo DeVito, author of “Inventing Scrooge,” will be held immediately following the 2 pm matinee performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Sun., Dec. 14. DeVito will discuss the incredible true story behind the inspiration, writing, and publication of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday tale. The book will be on sale in the Hartford Stage lobby throughout the holiday season.


Family Fun Night

December 18, 6:30pm

This is the night to bring kids of all ages to see A Christmas Carol! Before the show, our spooky ghosts will greet and entertain. After the show, get autographs from all your favorite characters! Free with a  ticket to the show.


Open Captioned Performances

December 6, 2:00pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE

Darko’s Book Club

Theatre

By W. Somerset Maugham
Host: Darko Tresnjak
Co-host: Elizabeth Williamson, Senior Dramaturg/Director of New Play Development
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham – the author of the classic novels Of Human Bondage and The Moon and Sixpence – introduces us to Julia Lambert, a woman of breathtaking poise and talent whose looks have stood by her forty-six years. She is one of the greatest actresses in England – so good, in fact, that perhaps she never stops acting. It seems that nothing can ruffle her satin feathers, until a quiet stranger appears who challenges Julia’s very sense of self. As a result, she will endure rejection for the first time, her capacity as a mother will be affronted, and her ability to put on whatever face she desired for her public will prove limited. In Theatre, Maugham subtly exposes the tensions and triumphs that occur when acting and reality blend together, and – for Julia – ultimately reverse.

Note: To join Darko’s Book Club, you must join for the entire season. Sign up here »


The Producer’s Table

January 20, 5:45pm

Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play. (Tour at 5:45 p.m.  and Dinner at 6:00 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.
Please note this is an UPPER LOBBY event.

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AfterWords Discussion

January 20, 21, 27

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

January 18

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

January 25, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE


Audio Described Performances

January 31, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE

Darko’s Book Club

Another Country

By James Baldwin
Host: Elizabeth Williamson, Senior Dramaturg/Director of New Play Development
Guest Co-host: Matthew Lopez Playwright, Reverberation
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions – sexual, racial, political, artistic – that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at their most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s.

Note: To join Darko’s Book Club, you must join for the entire season. Sign up here »


The Producer’s Table

March 4, 5:45pm

Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play. (Tour at 5:45 p.m.  and Dinner at 6:00 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.
Please note this is an UPPER LOBBY event.

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AfterWords Discussion

March 3, 4, 10

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


LGBT Night Out

February 26, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

March 1

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

March 8, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE


Audio Described Performances

March 14, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE

Darko’s Book Club

The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival

By Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen
Host: Maxwell Williams, Associate Artistic Director
Monday, Mar. 30, 2015

Based on the true story of her mother, Mona Golabek describes the inspirational story of Lisa Jura Golabek’s escape from Nazi-controlled Austria to England on the famed Kindertransport. Jewish musical prodigy Lisa Jura has a wonderful life in Vienna. But when the Nazis start closing in on the city, life changes irreversibly. Lisa’s father is only able to secure one berth on the Kindertransport. The family decides to send Lisa to London so that she may pursue her dreams of a career as a concert pianist. She bravely endures the trip and a disastrous posting outside London before finding her way to the Willesden Lane Orphanage. It is in this orphanage that Lisa’s story truly comes to life. The resulting tale delivers a message of the power of music to uplift the human spirit and to grant the individual soul endurance, patience, and peace.

Note: To join Darko’s Book Club, you must join for the entire season. Sign up here »


The Producer’s Table

April 9, 5:45pm

Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play. (Tour at 5:45 p.m.  and Dinner at 6:00 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.
Please note this is an UPPER LOBBY event.

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LGBT Night Out

April 2, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


AfterWords Discussion

April 7, 14, 15

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

April 5

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

April 12, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE


Audio Described Performances

April 18, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE

Darko’s Book Club

The Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare
Host: Darko Tresnjak
Monday, May 18, 2015

A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor in this excellent introduction to Shakespearean comedy. The freebooter Petruchio arrives in Padua to hear of Katharina, a beautiful heiress whose waspish rants and caustic personality have repelled all attempts at courtship. Professing to admire a woman of spirit, Petruchio immediately sets about his wooing. The initial encounter between Kate and her wily suitor is spiked with impassioned exchanges of blows as well as jests. After a madcap wedding ceremony, the still-protesting Kate is whisked away to be “killed with kindness” and reborn as a loving wife.

Note: To join Darko’s Book Club, you must join for the entire season. Sign up here »


The Producer’s Table

May 28, 5:45pm

Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play. (Tour at 5:45 p.m.  and Dinner at 6:00 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.
Please note this is an UPPER LOBBY event.

Buy Tickets


AfterWords Discussion

May 26, June 2, 3

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


LGBT Night Out

May 21, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

May 24

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

May 31, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE


Audio Described Performances

June 6, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE