October 19 – November 12

By Sarah Gancher

Directed by Elizabeth Williamson

Approximate Running Time: 95 minutes
with no intermission.

Recommended Ages: 18+

Why is tonight different from all other nights?

Inspired by a true story, Seder is a visceral family drama that weaves together a mother's mysterious past working for the Hungarian KGB with a daughter's outrage over the past atrocities. As the family attempts to celebrate its first Passover Seder, a lifetime of dark secrets is unraveled.

Seder: A Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner for the first night or first two nights of Passover.


Sarah Gancher

Elizabeth Williamson

Scenic Design
Nick Vaughan 

Costume Design
Ilona Somogyi

Lighting Design
Marcus Dilliard

Sound Design
Jane Shaw

Wig Design
Jodi Stone

Script Consultant
Jocelyn Clarke

Fight Choreographer
Greg Webster

Assistant Dramaturgs
Skye Robinson Hillis, William Steinberger

Casting Director
Laura Stanczyk Casting, CSA

Production Stage Manager
Lori Ann Zepp

Assistant Stage Manager
Merrick A.B. Williams


Liam Craig

Mia Dillon

Birgit Huppuch

Dustin Ingram

Steven Rattazzi

Julia Sirna-Frest

Jeremy Webb

AfterWords Discussion

October 31, November 1 & 7

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

An Evening with Darko Tresnjak and Alexandra Silber

October 23, 7:30pm

After AnatevkaActress Alexandra Silber will discuss her first novel, After Anatevka, in conversation with Darko Tresnjak on Monday, October 23, at 7:30 pm, at Hartford Stage. The event will be in collaboration with the Mandell Jewish Community Center’s 25th Annual Jewish Book Festival. After Anatevka chronicles the love story of Hodel and Perchik, the characters made famous in the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof. Silber played Tzeitel in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and previously played Hodel in London’s West End. Silber will sign copies of After Anatevka, which will be available for sale, immediately following the discussion. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online or by calling the Mandell Jewish Community Center at 860-231-6316.

Pride & Plays

October 25, 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

October 29
Immediately following the 2 p.m. Matinee

Ilona SomogyiIlona Somogyi
Seder Costume Designer

Somogyi has designed costumes for numerous Harford Stage productions, including Heartbreak House, Cloud 9, Romeo & Juliet, The Body of An American, An Opening in Time, The Crucible, Gem of the Ocean, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Noises Off!, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Somogyi graduated from Yale School of Drama, where she now lectures in design. She is also a Costume Design Advisor for Yale Repertory Theatre. In addition to her body of work at Hartford Stage, Somogyi has designed costumes for productions across the country and internationally during her career.

Open Captioned Performances

November 5, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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

Audio Described Performances

November 11, 2:00pm

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

Dig Deeper … Suggested Reading to Enhance Your Experience!

Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America by Kati Marton

In this true-life thriller, Marton exposes the cruel mechanics of the Communist Terror State using the secret police files on her parents, as well as dozens of interviews that reveal how her family was spied on and betrayed by friends, colleagues, and even their children’s babysitter. In this moving and brave memoir, Marton searches for and finds her parents and love. Purchase on


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Photos by T. Charles Erickson.


SEDER-Show Clips

The Buzz about SEDER

SEDER: Show Themes

SEDER- About the Show

SEDER-What is a Seder?

SEDER- What Will the Audience Gain?

SEDER-Margit & David: Are They Dating?

SEDER-Judit & Erzsike: A Mother and Daughter


Executive Sponsor:

Edgerton Foundation

Community Partnership Sponsor:

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

Production Support Provided by:

federman, lally & remis