Queens for A Year: A New Play Reading
By T.D. Mitchell
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
Dramaturgy by Elizabeth Williamson
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015 | 4:00 PM
Hartford Stage Rehearsal Studios, 942 Main St. (Residence Inn building)
The reading is free, but advance registration is required by 5:00 PM, March 5.
Elizabeth Williamson, Director of New Play Development, said, “This is one of the most exciting new plays I’ve read in a long time. It’s entertaining, gripping, and all too timely.”
In describing the work, Williamson, who will dramaturg the reading, said that it begins when Molly, a young Marine Corps Officer, brings a low-ranking female enlisted home with her on leave, to her family of multi-generational female veterans. What at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation is revealed to be a desperate escape from violence and bureaucracy in the Corps.
Best known as a staff writer for the acclaimed TV series “Army Wives,” Mitchell has written many plays, including Beyond the 17th Parallel, Gray Matter, and With Betty on the Bus. She is also a prominent speech writer for non-profit organizations, including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, and The Feminist Majority Foundation.
Kaller’s credits include two recent, well-received Broadway plays – Mothers and Sonsby Terrence McNally and Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for best director – and many Off-Broadway and regional credits.
The cast includes Mia Dillon (last season’s A Song at Twilight), Robert Eli (Macbethand more at Hartford Stage), Laura Heisler (Kin at Playwrights Horizons), Flor de Liz Perez (Pericles at The Public Theatre), and Jennifer Regan (Twelfth Night at Hartford Stage).
|Flor De Liz Perez*||2nd Lt. Molly Solinas|
|Jennifer Regan*||Mae Walker-Solinas|
|Keira Keeley*||PFC Amanda Lewis|
|Laura Heisler*||Lucy Walker|
|Mia Dillon*||Gunny Molly Walker|
|Ana Grosse*||Female Ensemble|
|Robert Eli*||Male Ensemble|
|Anne Decker||Lucy “Grandma Lu” MacGregor|
|Theresa Stark*||Stage Manager|
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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.
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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 (immediately following the 2:00pm matinee)
Since 1995, Ed Fast has been involved in a variety of musical projects throughout Connecticut, New York and around the world. Most recently, Ed was the drummer on the national tour of Chicago, and he recently performed with Chita Rivera on the national tour of A Dancer’s Life. In New York, he performed on Broadway as the drummer for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Radio City Music Hall and a sub for Chicago. Ed also performed with Broadway touring shows in Moscow, China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. He was Music Director of the Hartford-based youth group, Latin Flavor, at the Havana International Festival of Jazz (Cuba).
In the Hartford area, Ed has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and at the Mohegan Sun Casino with such stars as Aretha Franklin, Charo, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Paul Anka, and Martin Short. Ed has performed at the Bushnell with many national Broadway tours including Wicked, Show Boat, Music Man and West Side Story. Ed is the leader and founder of Conga-Bop, a Latin jazz ensemble.
Ed studied with Alexander Lepak and holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Hartt School of Music.
(Bio and photo courtesy of The Hartt School)
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