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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

Darko’s Book Club

Ether Day

By Julie M. Fenster
Host: Darko Tresnjak
Guest Co-host: Elizabeth Williamson, Dramaturg and Director of New Play Development

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

On Friday, October 16, 1846, only one operation was scheduled at Massachusetts General Hospital… That day in Boston, the operation was the routine removal of a growth from a man’s neck. But one thing would not be routine: instead of using pulleys, hooks, and belts to subdue a patient writhing in pain, this crucial operation would be the first performed under a general anesthetic. No one knew whether the secret concoction would work. Some even feared it might kill the patient. This engrossing book chronicles what happened that day and during its dramatic aftermath.

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

The Producer’s Table

September 25, 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

September 23, 24, 30

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

September 21

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


Open Captioned Performances

September 28, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE


Audio Described Performances

October 4, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE

Darko’s Book Club

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

By James Shapiro
Host: Darko Tresnjak
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

This work presents an intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes, but the course of literature. How did Shakespeare go from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw, and who he worked with as he invests in the new Globe theatre and creates four of his most famous plays: Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and most remarkably, Hamlet. This book brings the news, intrigue and flavor of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.

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


The Producer’s Table

October 30, 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

October 28, 29, November 4

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

October 23, 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

October 26

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

Special Guest Speaker: Virginia Vaughan
Professor Vaughan specializes in Early Modern English literature, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.  She has published three books on Othello and co-edited The Tempest for the Third Arden Series (A revised and expanded version was published in 2011).  Her monograph, Performing Blackness on English Stages, 1470-1800, examines the representation of black Africans on the early modern stage.  She also published a performance history, ‘The Tempest‘ for Manchester University Press (2011). Her most recent publication is Shakespeare in America (with Alden T. Vaughan), a monograph that traces the role Shakespeare has played in American culture from the 17th century to the present (Oxford Shakespeare Topics, 2012). Her current project is an edition of Antony and Cleopatra for the third edition of The Norton Shakespeare and a monograph for Arden Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra: Language and Writing. She currently serves as Research Professor for the English Department at Clark University in Worcester, MA.


Open Captioned Performances

November 2, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE


Audio Described Performances

November 8

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE

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.


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 22, 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


LGBT Night Out

January 15, 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

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 5, 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