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+
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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.
Jack Bowdan, CSA
Robyn M. Zalewski
Assistant Stage Manager
Dani De Waal
Stephen Barker Turner
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.
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
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.
- Hartford Courant: Hartford Stage Takes on Challenge of Steering Shaw's Heartbreak House
- CT Post: An Interview with Director Darko Tresnjak
- Miles Anderson interview on State of the Arts (audio)
The John & Kelly Hartman Foundation
Sue Ann Collins
Assisting Production Sponsor
The Katharine K. McLane & Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust