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 or films to complement and add perspective to each production. The Artistic Department includes Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson, Artistic Associate Rachel Alderman and Artistic Apprentice Yan Chen. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to join The Book Club, please contact Kati Liss-Hensel at

The Book Club takes place in The Geo & Laura Estes (Lower) Lobby.

6 pm Light Appetizers & Cash Bar
6:15-7:30 pm Discussion

Make Believe

September 26

Book: Small Mouth Sounds, by Bess Wohl. Hosted by Rachel Alderman and Yan Chen. (A copy of the play is available here:

Henry V

October 24

Book: 1599, by James Shapiro. Hosted by Elizabeth Williamson and Yan Chen.

The Engagement Party

January 23

Watch the pilot episode of Lie To Me, by Samuel Baum, available streaming on Amazon and Hulu (among others). As we get closer to the date, we will also send out some short readings by  Dr. Paul Ekman, the man behind the science of micro facial expressions. Hosted by Rachel Alderman and Yan Chen.

Detroit ‘67

Date TBD between November 21 – December 16, 2018

Field Trip to see Paradise Blue at Long Wharf Theater. Hosted by Antay Bilgutay and Pete Carey.

Jeeves & Wooster in “Perfect Nonsense”

April 10

Book: The Code of the Woosters, by P.G. Wodehouse. Hosted by Elizabeth Williamson.

The Flamingo Kid

May 22

Book: Goodbye, Columbus, by Philip Roth. Hosted by Yan Chen.