The Book Club at Hartford Stage

The Book Club at Hartford Stage

Six evenings of literature hosted by members of the Artistic Department!

Members of the Artistic staff host a book club with selections of books, plays, poetry, television or films to complement and add perspective to each production. The Artistic Department includes Artistic Director Melia Bensussen, Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson, Artistic Associate Rachel Alderman and Artistic Apprentice Sally Lobel. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to join The Book Club, please contact Kati Liss-Hensel at

The Hartford Stage Book Club takes place in The Richard P. Garmany Room, part of The Geo & Laura Estes (Lower) Lobby.

6:00 pm Light Appetizers, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea & Cash Bar
6:15-7:30 pm Discussion

Quixote Nuevo

Monday, September 23, 7 – 9 pm

Read Retablos: Stories of a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis and attend the Frank Rizzo and Octavio Solis interview at the Mark Twain House on September 23. This is a collaboration with the Mark Twain House as part of their “A Little Harmless Fun” series.  

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Cry It Out

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Read Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott

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Pike Street

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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Jane Eyre

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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The King’s Speech

Thursday, April 16, 2020 

Watch the pilot episode of “The Crown” on Netflix

Ah, Wilderness!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Read a collection of works from Ibsen, Shaw, Carlyle, Oscar Wilde and more that is referenced in the play, Ah, Wilderness. Hartford Stage will create this packet especially for members of the Book Club and will distribute it at the March 4 Book Club meeting.

Recommended Reading:  For this Book Club meeting, we may also discuss the differences and similarities between Ah, Wilderness and Long Day’s Journey into Night. Consider reading Long Day’s Journey into Night – or both plays – if you’d like.