February 23 - March 19
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Elizabeth Williamson
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes, plus intermission
Recommended for ages 17+
$25 | $42 | $58 | $74 | $90
All Regular Season Student Seats $20.
Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Please call for Student Matinee Rates.
Unexpected trysts. Gender swaps. Role reversals. Power plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Caryl Churchill’s provocative comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own Cloud 9.
Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill’s first international hit. Some of the British playwright’s other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill “now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain’s most significant living dramatist.”
Assistant Lighting Designer
Associate Music Director
Jack Bowdan, CSA
Assistant Stage Manager
William John Austin
Mark H. Dold
Emily Gunyou Halaas
Real Art Ways
Free Discussion with Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm
Join Hartford Stage at Real Art Ways on Tuesday, February 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm for an interactive presentation and discussion with Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan.
This free program will feature a series of seven extended toasts and a moderated discussion with Fiona Kyle, Hartford Stage Dramaturg for Cloud 9. Vaughan will talk about the ongoing art installations, 50 States, created with his husband, Jake Margolin, in response to pre-stonewall LGBTQ histories from each state. Learn more about Vaughan and Margolin’s work: http://www.nickandjakestudio.com/. Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor Street in Hartford. For more information, call 860-232-1006.
Going Beyond the Nuclear:
Raising Non-Traditional Families in Connecticut
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Hartford Stage
In the final scenes of Cloud 9, a contemporary masterpiece by Caryl Churchill, our protagonist Betty finds herself at a crossroads. The world of Victorian Britain that structured her former life with clearly defined societal roles has crumbled; the world that her children and grandchildren live in seems to lack clear, formal rules. In the intervening nearly four decades since this play was written, how has the definition of the word “family” shifted? Has it shifted at all? Has it shifted enough?
Panel Moderator: Rachel Alderman, Artistic Associate, Hartford Stage
- Julia Rosenblatt, Artistic Director, Hartbeat Ensemble
- Cedric Wesley, Connecticut Public School Teacher
- Donna Warren, RN, STD Program Coordinator (Retired), Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
The panel discussion is free and open to the public. It will be paired with a community vendor fair. Come early and learn how these organizations are assisting local families.
RSVP Required: RSVP online
March 7, 8 and 14
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
March 1, 6:00pm
Co-hosted by: Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan, and his husband, Jake Margolin will discuss Cut Maps - an ongoing series of hand-cut maps with scaffold graphic information over arterial networks of roads, highways and waterways to compose ‘geographic portraits.’ Several pieces from Cut Maps’ Surburbia collection will be on display.
Learn more about Vaughan and Margolin’s work: http://www.nickandjakestudio.com/.
Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE
Sunday Afternoon Discussion
Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE
Open Captioned Performances
March 12, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.
Audio Described Performances
March 18, 2:00pm
For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.