Feeding the Dragon
January 11 – February 4
Written and Performed by Sharon Washington
Directed by Maria Mileaf
A Co-Production with Primary Stages
Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Recommended Ages: 14+
The Little Girl Who Lived in the Library
Sharon Washington plays nearly 20 characters in her own true story of growing up in the custodial apartment of a Manhattan library, where her father toils night and day to load the fiery furnace with coal, or in the eyes of a fanciful little bookworm, to feed the dragon. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
Ann G. Wrightson
Production Stage Manager
Lloyd Davis, Jr.
Assistant Stage Manager
HPL @ Hartford Stage
Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage invite you to dig deeper into the world of the plays onstage. Take out a book today! Select books available at the theatre and at each Hartford branch library.
January 23, 24 & 30
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
Pride & Plays
January 17, 6:00pm
FREE pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies.
For tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show, use Promo Code LGBT25 and save 25% off seats for this special performance.
Sunday Afternoon Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with Sharon Washington immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE.
Monday, January 22, at 7:30 pm
The Evolution of the Public Library: Growing and Thriving as Vital Community Hubs
Moderator: Kendall Wiggin, Connecticut State Librarian
Sharon Washington, Writer and Performer, Feeding the Dragon
Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Executive Officer, Hartford Public Library
Gabrielle Barnes, Teen Services Librarian, Hartford Public Library
When Sharon Washington, writer and actress of Feeding the Dragon, says that she grew up in the New York Public Library, she means it quite literally. Her father worked at a branch of the library in upper Manhattan and the family lived in an apartment within its very walls. Public libraries have long served as a home for information, reading, and learning but in current times they have also become vital community centers. Join us for a discussion exploring how the Hartford Public Library system continues to evolve, providing the city with innovative public spaces to call home.
Open Captioned Performances
January 28, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.
Audio Described Performances
February 3, 2:00pm
For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.
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