Make Believe

Make Believe

September 6 – 30, 2018

By Bess Wohl

Directed by Jackson Gay

Approximate Running Time: 85 minutes, with no intermission.

Recommended Ages: 18+

Ticket Prices

$100 | $75 | $50 | $30

Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice.
All Regular Season Student Seats $20.

Bess Wohl’s uncanny, gently funny and touching play, set in the 1980’s, follows four young siblings as their childhood is upended by the mysterious problems of the adults in their lives and tracks how moments from our childhood resonate with us forever.

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.

AfterWords Discussion

September 18, 25 & 26

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

Sunday Afternoon Discussion

September 16

Steven Marans

Steven Marans, Ph.D. is Director of the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center and is the Harris Professor of Child Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and is trained both as a child and adult psychoanalyst. Dr. Marans has over 25 years of experience developing, evaluating and disseminating intervention approaches for children exposed to violence, in addition to treating children, adolescents, adults and families. He is founder and director of the Child Development-Community Policing (CD-CP) Program, a model for police-mental health collaborative responses to violence and catastrophic events, that has been replicated and served as a model for similar programs in in communities around the US and abroad. Dr. Marans is also co-developer of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), the only evidence-based early, trauma-focused intervention for children and families that interrupts and prevents the development of PTSD and related disorders. He has responded to mass-casualty shootings and other mass casualty disasters around the country, including the attacks on 9/11 and the Sandy Hook shooting. Over the years, Dr. Marans has provided consultation to the White House, Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies and other colleagues on issues related to children’s exposure to violence and interventions to reduce the traumatic impact of violence and other catastrophic circumstances. He is an internationally recognized expert on collaborative interventions and acute/early treatments for traumatized children and families and has published widely on this topic.

Immediately following the 2 p.m. Matinee. FREE.

Open Captioned Performances

September 23, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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

Audio Described Performances

Setpember 29, 2:00pm

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

L-R: Sloane Wolfe, Roman Malenda (background), RJ Vercellone, Alexa Skye SwintonRJ VercelloneRoman MalendaAlexa Skye SwintonSloane WolfeRJ VercelloneL-R: RJ Vercellone, Sloane Wolfe, Alexa Skye Swinton, Roman MalendaMegan ByrneChris GhaffariMolly WardBrad HeberleeL-R: Molly Ward, Megan Byrne, Brad Heberlee

All photos by T. Charles Erickson.


Bess Wohl

Jackson Gay

Scenic Designer
Antje Ellermann

Costume Designer
Jonghyun Georgia Lee

Lighting Designer
Paul Whitaker

 Sound Designer
Broken Chord Collective

Elizabeth Williamson

Casting Director
Laura Stanczyk Casting 

Production Stage Manager
Rob Chikar

Assistant Stage Manager
Kelly Hardy

Production Assistant
Nicki Berger    

 Supporting Production Assistant
Rachel Canowitz


Adult Kate
Megan Byrne

Adult Chris
Chris Ghaffari

Adult Carl
Brad Heberlee

Roman Malenda

Alexa Skye Swinton

RJ Vercellone

Adult Addie
Molly Ward

Sloane Wolfe


Lead Sponsor

Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

Assistant Producing Sponsor

National Endowment for the arts