Short Takes Short Takes News from Hartford Stage A Look at Our Lobby: 4th Trimester: The Raw and the Ridiculous (Real Moments from the First Three Months of New Parenthood) The 4th Trimester starts on the day of birth and lasts until a baby is three-months-old. A term popularized by Dr. Harvey Karp of the books, website and blog titled The Happiest Baby on the Block, it primarily refers to the tremendous and rapid growth that happens to a baby once outside of the womb. But what about the parents? Hartford Stage celebrates the raw, ridiculous, magical and messy with a photography exhibition depicting the real moments of new parenthood during the 4th Trimester. The Parent Artist Advocacy League: Supporting Parents, Onstage and Off Rachel Spencer Hewitt, who plays Jessie in Cry it Out, is the founder of the Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL), a major organization dedicated to supporting parent artists in the theatre community. PAAL offers resources, including a best practices handbook for artists and employers, grants (such as the first-of-their-kind National Childcare Grants), chapter city communities, and a national list of family-friendly theatres across the country. You can learn more about PAAL’s work and access resources by visiting www.paaltheatre.com. Second Annual Hartford Stage Open Despite the rainy weather, 80 golf enthusiasts participated in the Second Annual Hartford Stage Open at Keney Park Golf Course on Thursday, September 12. More than $38,000 was raised in support of Hartford Stage’s artistic and educational programs. Mark your calendar for next year’s tournament: September 17, 2020. Latinx Artist Exhibition Hartford Stage hosted an art exhibition featuring six Greater Hartford Area Latinx artists during the run of Quixote Nuevo. Como Veo Lo Que Veo: How I See What I See showcased the work of Joel Agosto, Lindaluz Carrillo, Andres Chaparro, Carlos Hernández Chávez, Constanza Segovia, and Zulynette. The art exhibition was curated for Hartford Stage by Jasmin Agosto of SageSeeker Productions. Quixote Nuevo playwright Octavio Solis and director KJ Sanchez joined us in a champagne toast to celebrate the artists and their work. The Inheritance on Broadway Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, dramaturged by Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson, began previews on Broadway on September 27. The two-part, Olivier Award winning play, which was originally commissioned by Hartford Stage, will have its official opening on November 17. Inspired by E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End, The Inheritance tells a generation-spanning story of love, isolation, and resilience in the face of the AIDS crisis and its aftereffects. To learn more about The Inheritance, visit https://theinheritanceplay.com. Education @ Hartford Stage Vacation Week Education @ Hartford Stage will hold an exciting April Vacation Week studio for young artists ages 5 to 16. The theme will be Musical Theatre Jam: Bright Lights, Big City! Students will spend the week of April 13 to 17 creating a performance focused on the fabulous New York City! They will explore material from shows such as Newsies, Annie, On the Town and more. Classes will be held from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Hartford Stage Rehearsal Studios at 942 Main Street in Downtown Hartford. Click here for more information. Tiny Tim’s Holiday Food Drive Help Hartford Stage feed members of the local community this holiday season. Our annual Tiny Tim’s Holiday Food Drive, held on behalf of Hands On Hartford, will begin on Friday, November 29, and run through Saturday, December 28. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at Guest Services on performance dates of A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas. Suggested items include canned soups, boxed cereal and oatmeal, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, and boxed pasta. Coming Next: A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas (November 29 – December 28) The magic of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming classic will return for its 22nd year. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. The sixth annual Sensory Friendly performance of A Christmas Carol will be held on Saturday, December 7, at 2 pm. For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org/sensory-friendly.