Student Performance Series
Bring your students to see a play at Hartford Stage! Each Student Performance Series ticket includes access to our online study guides and the opportunity to stay for a talkback hosted by an Education Staff member.
By Octavio Solis
Directed by KJ Sanchez
A reimagining of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Recommended for 10th grade and up
Quixote Nuevo is set in the fictional modern-day border town of La Plancha, Texas, where Don Quixote loses himself in stories of chivalrous escapades and embarks upon a quest of imagination, adventure, and Tejano music. Along the way he recruits a hapless but trusty sidekick in his search for lost love. As the community wrestles with containing Quixote’s fantasies, he, his family and friends discover the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story.
Themes & Topics for discussion: Immigration, the aging process, hope, love, belief in something greater than ourselves, the resilience of purpose, adaptation of literature.
Please note: Contains disturbing fantastical images and mature themes (including a scene depicting child abuse).
Performance Date, 10:30 am
- Thursday, October 3, 2019
A Christmas Carol:
A Ghost Story of Christmas
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson
Directed by Rachel Alderman
Recommended for 4th grade and up
The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 19th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!
Themes & Topics for discussion: Dickens, adaptation of literature, Industrial Revolution, greed and generosity, responsibility to others.
Please note: Contains spooky characters and images that may be frightening for some audience members.
Performance Dates (all performances 10:30 am)
- Tuesday, December 3, 2019
- Wednesday, December 4, 2019
- Friday, December 6, 2019
- Tuesday, December 10, 2019
- Wednesday, December 11, 2019
- Thursday, December 12, 2019
- Friday, December 13, 2019
- Tuesday, December 17, 2019
- Wednesday, December 18, 2019
- Thursday, December 19, 2019
By Charlotte Brontë
Adapted and Directed by Elizabeth Williamson
Recommended for 9th grade and up
Brontë’s beloved tale of courage, sacrifice and self-respect features one of literature’s greatest heroines. Orphaned as a child, Jane takes a position working as governess at Thornfield Hall for the brooding Edward Rochester. The strong-willed Jane falls in love with her mysterious employer, but the discovery of a dark secret and its devastating aftermath forces the young governess to make a heart-wrenching decision that changes their lives forever. Williamson’s adaptation will be intimate and intense, focusing on Jane’s integrity and inner strength.
Themes & Topics for discussion: Search for belonging, autonomy and self-reliance, gender equality, integrity, adaptation of literature, Feminist studies, 19th century studies.
Performance Dates, 10:30 am
- Wednesday, March 4, 2020
- Thursday, March 12, 2020