Heartbreak House

May 11 - June 11

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with one intermission
Recommended for ages 14+

Subscribers and single tickets holders!
Use your Saint Joan tickets originally issued at the beginning of the season.

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All Regular Season Student Seats $20.

Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Please call for Student Matinee Rates.

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“This house is full of surprises for them
that don’t know our ways.”

Heartbreak House is Shaw’s comic and caustic masterpiece about the venerable Captain Shotover, his daughters, one liberal, the other conservative, and a household full of bickering guests in a home that's like a ship - or a country - charting uncertain waters. When the beautiful but impoverished Ellie Dunn arrives, she gets a lesson in romance, politics, and the art of navigation.

Shaw’s most ambitious and prophetic achievement, Heartbreak House is set in England in 1914, but its themes and concerns reach across the twentieth century well into our own age. Other works by Shaw include Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Saint Joan, Major Barbara and Arms and the Man.

Artistic

Director
Darko Tresnjak

Dramaturg
Elizabeth Williamson

Set Designer
Colin McGurk

Costume Design
Ilona Somogyi

Lighting Design
Matthew Richards

Sound Design
Jane Shaw

Vocal Coach
Ben Furey

Casting
Binder Casting
Jack Bowdan, CSA

Stage Manager
Robyn M. Zalewski

Assistant Stage Manager
Stephanie Holmes


Cast

Miles Anderson
Captain Shotover

Tessa Auberjonois
Lady Utterword

Dani De Waal
Ellie Dunn

Grant Goodman
Randall Utterword

Andrew Long
Boss Mangan

Charlotte Parry
Hesione Hushabye

Keith Reddin
Mazzini Dunn

Stephen Barker Turner
Hector Hushabye

Mary VanArsdel
Nurse Guinness

From Avarice to Apathy–An Exploration of the Political Satire of George Bernard Shaw and Mark Twain

A moderated discussion with Dr. James Golden and David Staller
Monday, May 15, 7:30pm
At Hartford Stage | Co-Hosted by the Mark Twain House & Museum

Join us for an in-depth look at George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House and Mark Twain’s The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. Dr. James Golden, Director of Education for The Mark Twain House & Museum, and David Staller, Founding Artistic Director of the Gingold Theatrical Group in New York, will discuss Twain’s themes of greed and corruption in the years following the American Civil War and Shaw’s contemplation of apathy in the moment preceding the First World War in England. The themes that appear in both are more relevant than ever in today’s ever-changing political landscape.

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AfterWords Discussion

May 23, 24 and 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


LGBT Night Out

May 17, 6:00pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

May 21

Enjoy a lecture with Heartbreak House Director Darko Tresnjak immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

May 28, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

June 3, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.

Photos

Dani De WaalDani De Waal, Miles Anderson, Mary VanArsdelKeith Reddin, Dani De WaalCharlotte ParryCharlotte Parry, Dani De WaalThe cast of Heartbreak HouseTessa Auberjonois, Andrew Long (background)Charlotte Parry, Stephen Barker TurnerCharlotte ParryMiles AndersonTessa Auberjonois, Grant Goodman, Stephen Barker TurnerGrant Goodman (Top), Dani De Waal, Miles AndersonThe cast of Heartbreak HouseMiles AndersonThe cast of Heartbreak House

All photos by T. Charles Erickson.

Videos

Preview Montage

Why should you see Heartbreak House?

Captain Shotover Meets Ellie Dunn

Darko Tresnjak on Heartbreak House

The Shotover Sisters

Heartbreak House Set Construction Time Lapse

Sponsors

Principal Sponsors

The John & Kelly Hartman Foundation

The Radisson

Producer

Sue Ann Collins

Assisting Production Sponsor

The Katharine K. McLane & Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust

Restaurant Partner

V's Trattoria