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Women in the Combat Zone:
What it Means to be a Woman in the Military

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Hartford Stage

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Join us for an engaging moderated discussion surrounding the issues raised in T.D. Mitchell’s Queens for a Year and what it means to be a woman serving in the military. Mitchell wrote Queens for a Year when she realized that the stories of women who have served in the military were missing from public understanding. From World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mitchell’s play lifts the veil on the struggles women face in the armed forces, both during and post-deployment – including the response to veterans returning from Vietnam, PTSD, the repercussions of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military sexual assault, and servicewomen on their tours of duty in Iraq.

MODERATOR: Lynette Adams, Ph.D., Manager – Women Veterans Program at VA Connecticut Healthcare System. PANELISTS: T.D. Mitchell, Playwright – Queens for a Year; Marine Corps Veteran Jamie DePaola, Area 1 Director of Women Marines Association; Connecticut Army National Guard Veteran Jill Klepacki O’Connor,  Co-Chair of Military and Veteran’s Support Coalition/Co-Chair for the MyVA CT Community Engagement Board; Army Veteran Bridgitte Prince, Professional Videographer.


AfterWords Discussion

September 20, 21 and 27

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

September 14, 6:00pm
Co-hosted by Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with support from Travelers

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.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Gay & Lesbian Health Collective

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

TD MitchellSeptember 18
Immediately following the 2 p.m. Matinee

Sunday Speaker
T.D. Mitchell, Playwright, Queens for a Year

Best known as a writer and story editor for the acclaimed TV series "Army Wives," Mitchell's award-winning play scripts include A Gray Matter, In Dog Years, and Beyond the 17th Parallel (being adapted as a feature film). A prominent speech writer for non-profit and philanthropic organizations (US Fund for UNICEF, Feminist Majority, the Rolex Institute, ex.), her travelogue essays for Verbal Supply Company and, next year, a nonfiction book, exemplify her multi-format, cross-genre passion for storytelling.


Open Captioned Performances

September 25, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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


Audio Described Performances

October 1, 2:00pm

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

Free Discussion with Jade King Carroll and Roscoe Orman at West Hartford Public Library

September 29, 7:00pm

Join Hartford Stage at the West Hartford Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:00PM, for an insightful discussion with Jade King Carroll, Director of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, and actor Roscoe Orman, who portrays Doaker.

In this powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind. A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family's struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future.

The discussion, facilitated by Fiona Kyle, Artistic Assistant at Hartford Stage,  will take place in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Parking is available in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bring parking ticket to the discussion for validation.

NOTE: Seating is general admission and space is limited. Please arrive early to acquire a seat. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

RSVP’s are recommended: http://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=wnp&lmx=866148&v=3


AfterWords Discussion

November 1 and 9

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

October 23

Enjoy a lecture from Director Jade King Carroll immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

October 30, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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


Audio Described Performances

November 5, 2:00pm

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

AfterWords Discussion

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following these select performances.  FREE!

Sensory Friendly Performance

December 3, 2:00pm

Hartford Stage will host a sensory-friendly performance of its annual holiday classic, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming to all families of children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.


Market Days

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Come and join Hartford Stage for some shopping and a show! Local vendors will showcase unique items for purchase in our lobby. Doors will open before the show at 12:30 PM and booths will be open during intermission and after the show.


AfterWords Discussion

January 24, 25 and February 1

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

Alexander SovronskyJanuary 22

Music Director/Composer/Arranger Alexander Sovronsky

With numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, and international credits to his name, Alexander Sovronsky has made a career of playing and creating music in classical plays, focusing mainly on Shakespeare. In addition to being a composer/actor/musician, Mr. Sovronsky is also a Shakespeare academic and teacher. Since getting his MFA in Shakespeare, he has spent years creating and developing workshops on the dramatic function of music and sound in Shakespeare's plays. He has taught lectures and workshops on the subject at the Shakespeare Theater Company's graduate acting program, the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, Shakespeare & Company, UConn, the American Shakespeare Center, and Mary Baldwin University. In the fall of 2017, he will be presenting a lecture on the topic at the Blackfriars Conference, an international Shakespeare conference in Staunton, VA at the American Shakespeare Center.

Immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

January 29, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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


Audio Described Performances

February 4, 2:00pm

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

Real Art Ways
Free Discussion with Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm

50 States: Wyoming. Photo by Janice Rubin

50 States: Wyoming. Photo by Janice Rubin

Join Hartford Stage at Real Art Ways on Tuesday, February 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm for an interactive presentation and discussion with Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan.

This free program will feature a series of seven extended toasts and a moderated discussion with Fiona Kyle, Hartford Stage Dramaturg for Cloud 9. Vaughan will talk about the ongoing art installations, 50 States, created with his husband, Jake Margolin, in response to pre-stonewall LGBTQ histories from each state. Learn more about Vaughan and Margolin’s work: http://www.nickandjakestudio.com/. Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor Street in Hartford. For more information, call 860-232-1006.


Panel Discussion
Going Beyond the Nuclear:
Raising Non-Traditional Families in Connecticut

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Hartford Stage

In the final scenes of Cloud 9, a contemporary masterpiece by Caryl Churchill, our protagonist Betty finds herself at a crossroads. The world of Victorian Britain that structured her former life with clearly defined societal roles has crumbled; the world that her children and grandchildren live in seems to lack clear, formal rules. In the intervening nearly four decades since this play was written, how has the definition of the word “family” shifted? Has it shifted at all? Has it shifted enough?  

Panel Moderator: Rachel Alderman, Artistic Associate, Hartford Stage 

Panelists:

  • Julia Rosenblatt, Artistic Director, Hartbeat Ensemble
  • Cedric Wesley, Connecticut Public School Teacher
  • Donna Warren, RN, STD Program Coordinator (Retired), Gay & Lesbian Health Collective

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. It will be paired with a community vendor fair. Come early and learn how these organizations are assisting local families.

RSVP Required: RSVP online


AfterWords Discussion

March 7, 8 and 14

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

March 1, 6:00pm

Co-hosted by: Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan, and his husband, Jake Margolin will discuss Cut Maps - an ongoing series of hand-cut maps with scaffold graphic information over arterial networks of roads, highways and waterways to compose ‘geographic portraits.’ Several pieces from Cut Maps’ Surburbia collection will be on display.

Learn more about Vaughan and Margolin’s work: http://www.nickandjakestudio.com/.

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


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

March 5

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

March 12, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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


Audio Described Performances

March 18, 2:00pm

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

Absolute Brightness Raffle!

RaffleWin this fun pair of rainbow platform sneakers AND a copy of James Lecesne’s  Absolute Brightness – the novel that inspired the play! Stop by Guest Services to learn more and purchase a ticket. All proceeds benefit The Trevor Project and Education programs at Hartford Stage.


Post-Show Book Signings with James Lecesne

James Lecesne will personally sign copies of his young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, following the Sunday, April 2, 2:00 pm matinee; the Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm evening performance; and on Sunday, April 9, following the2:00 pm matinee’s post-show discussion. The novel inspired The Absolute Brightness of Leonard  Pelkey.


AfterWords Discussion

April 11, 12 and 18

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

April 5, 6:00 pm
Co-hosted by Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with support from Travelers

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.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Gay & Lesbian Health Collective

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

April 9

Enjoy a lecture with playwright and actor James Lecesne following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Free Community Event
Finding Absolute Brightness: How Today’s Youth Can Battle Bullying and Depression

Tuesday, April 11

Moderated by Laura M. I. Saunders, Psy.D. ABPP, staff psychologist for Young Adult Services at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital

Performance:  7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: 9 p.m.

This panel discussion will highlight signs of depression, isolation, and bullying in adolescents and how family, friends and the community might spot risk factors before the teen makes negative, and sometimes irreversible, choices.

Buy Tickets to the April 11 7:30 pm Performance


Open Captioned Performances

April 16, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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


The Trevor ProjectThe Trevor Project Fundraiser

April 22, following the 2:00 pm Matinee

Join actor/writer James Lecesne for a screening of his Academy Award-winning short film, Trevor. We will follow the film with a raffle, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. All proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, founded by Mr. Lecesne. The event is free with admission to the performance.

Buy Tickets to the April 22, 2:00 pm Performance


Audio Described Performances

April 22, 2:00 pm

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

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.