Cloud 9

February 23 - March 19

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Elizabeth Williamson

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes, plus intermission
Recommended for ages 17+

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All Regular Season Student Seats $20.

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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.”

Artistic

Director
Elizabeth Williamson

Dramaturg
Fiona Kyle

Set Designer
Nick Vaughan

Costume Designer
Ilona Somogyi

Lighting Designer
York Kennedy

Sound Designer
Andre Pluess

Assistant Lighting Designer
Sean Forsythe

Fight Choreographer
Greg Webster

Vocal Coach
Ben Furey

Associate Music Director
Alexander Sovronsky

Casting
Binder Casting
Jack Bowdan, CSA

Stage Manager
Denise Cardarelli

Assistant Stage Manager
Ellen Goldberg


Cast

Joshua/Gerry
William John Austin

Edward/Betty
Mia Dillon

Clive/Cathy
Mark H. Dold

Maud/Victoria
Emily Gunyou Halaas

Ellen/Mrs. Saunders/Lin
Sarah Lemp

Betty/Edward
Tom Pecinka

Harry/Martin
Chandler Williams

Real Art Ways
Free Discussion with Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm

50 States: Wyoming. Photo by Janice Rubin

50 States: Wyoming. Photo by Janice Rubin

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.


Panel Discussion
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 

Panelists:

  • 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


AfterWords Discussion

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

March 5

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.

Photos

Tom PecinkaMark H. Dold (front) and Sarah Lemp (back)Sarah Lemp and Mark H. DoldMark H. Dold, Chandler Williams and William John AustinWilliam John AustinEmily Gunyou HalaasSarah Lemp and Tom PecinkaChandler WilliamsSarah Lemp and Mark H. DoldThe cast of Cloud 9Mia DillonThe cast of Cloud 9Emily Gunyou HalaasSarah Lemp and Emily Gunyou HalaasTom Pecinka and William John AustinSarah Lemp, Emily Gunyou Halaas and Tom PecinkaMark H. DoldChandler WilliamsTom PecinkaWilliam John Austin

Photos by T. Charles Erickson.

Videos

How Do You Reach Cloud 9?

Cloud 9 Trailer

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