The Age of Innocence
April 5 – May 6
By Edith Wharton
Adapted for the Stage by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Doug Hughes
Approximate Running Time: TBD
Recommended Ages: 14+
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All Regular Season Student Seats $18.
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The Gilded Age of the 1870s.
New York City society at its most cultivated, wealthy and rigid—an elite class of people who dreaded scandal more than disease. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Edith Wharton introduces us to the courtly young gentleman lawyer Newland Archer; his traditional and demure fiancée May; and the free-spirited Countess Olenska, who has come home from Europe, tainted by scandal. From the moment Newland meets the Countess, he is torn between virtue and desire, and all three are forced to make the agonizing choice, ever old and ever new, between love and honor.
Adapted for the Stage by
Based on the Novel By
John Lee Beatty
Sound Designer and Original Music
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Countess Ellen Olenska
The Old Gentleman
Mrs. Manson Mingott
Mrs. Welland/Mrs. Van Der Luyden/Florist
Mr. Van Der Luyden/Larry Lefferts/Letterblair
Julius Beaufort/Sillerton Jackson/Mr. Hickey
Students from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford
Sara Norton, Daniel Owens, Sara Schwab, Alessandro Gian Viviano
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April 17, 18 & 24
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
Pride & Plays
April 11, 6:00pm
FREE pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies.
For tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show, use Promo Code LGBT25 and save 25% off seats for this special performance.
Sunday Afternoon Discussion
Immediately following the 2 p.m. Matinee
Emily Orlando is a tenured Associate Professor of English at Fairfield University. She is the author ofEdith Wharton and the Visual Arts as well as articles published in the following peer-reviewed journals and essay collections: American Literary Realism; Twentieth-Century Literature; Women's Studies; Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing; Studies in American Naturalism; New Voices on the Harlem Renaissance; Edith Wharton and Material Culture; Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment; and Edith Wharton in Context. With Meredith Goldsmith, Orlando is co-editor of the peer-reviewed book Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism (2016). She is currently editing Volume 6 of The Complete Works of Edith Wharton: Writings on Architecture, Design, and Gardens for Oxford University Press. From 2015 to 2017 Dr. Orlando was President of the international Edith Wharton Society, after having served two years as Vice President and, before that, as Secretary. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Edith Wharton Review. Last year the American Writers Museum in Chicago hired Dr. Orlando as a consultant to design an installation focusing on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. From Fall 2013 through Spring 2017 she served as Director or Co-Director of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Fairfield University. Since joining Fairfield’s English Department in Fall 2007, she has taught courses in American literature, Victorian literature, transatlantic decadence, gender studies, and the American realist writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937). Dr. Orlando earned her B.A. in English and French at Saint Anselm College and her Ph.D. in English at the University of Maryland (2002). In Spring 2018, the Rank and Tenure Committee recommended her for promotion to Full Professor at Fairfield University. FREE.
Open Captioned Performances
April 22, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.
Audio Described Performances
April 28, 2:00pm
For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.
The Katharine K. McLane & Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust
Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
The Saunders Foundation
Marjorie E. Morrisey
Jack & Donna Sennott
Assisting Production Sponsors