Short Takes

StageNotes: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Short Takes

A Look at Our Lobby

Ever wonder what inspires a director when visualizing a production? Be sure to visit our current exhibit on display in The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation Lobby upstairs and learn some of the secrets behind director Darko Tresnjak’s inspiration for A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Meet Our Restaurant Partner – V’s Trattoria!

V's TrattoriaDowntown Hartford’s newest dining hotspot, V’s Trattoria, will be our restaurant partner for the 2017/18 season. Conveniently located at the corner of Church and Trumbull Streets, V’s Trattoria is the latest addition to the Vito’s Restaurant Group, under the leadership of Chef/Owner Rob Maffucci and his team. Show your Hartford Stage ticket on the day of your performance to receive 15% off your bill or, after the show, a half-price pizza or appetizer. Buon appetito!

Pride & Plays!

Hartford Stage is pleased to unveil its newly-revamped LGBT night. Pride & Plays! will be held on the first Wednesday performance of each mainstage show this season, kicking off on Wednesday, September 13, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our LGBT patrons and allies will enjoy a free pre-show reception with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres, wine, soda, and coffee and can take advantage of a 25% discount for that evening’s performance. Each Pride & Plays! event will be co-hosted by a local LGBT organization. We are delighted to have the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective as our first co-host of the season!

The Beat Goes On!

The cast of Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It. Photo by Defining Studios.
The cast of Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It. Photo by Defining Studios.

Breakdancing Shakespeare, Hartford Stage’s popular summer program for teens, returned for its 11th year with an ebullient, crowd-pleasing performance of the comedy As You Like It for three public performances, as well as a special benefit performance which raised nearly $10,000 to help fund next year’s production.

Next on Stage…Seder

In 2006, Bay Area-born playwright Sarah Gancher moved to Budapest and quickly became fascinated by the city’s rich Jewish history. Though home to a once thriving Jewish community, World War II and the post-war Communist era had effectively erased Jewish culture from the city. During her time there, Gancher met a neighbor with a complicated past and a story to tell – a story of survival and a struggle for freedom. This ultimately became the inspiration for Seder, premiering at Hartford Stage October 19-November 12, 2017, and directed by Hartford Stage’s Associate Artistic Director, Elizabeth Williamson. A recipient of a 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, Seder is a visceral family drama that weaves together a mother’s mysterious past working for the Hungarian KGB with a daughter’s unexpected homecoming. As the family attempts to celebrate its first Seder, a lifetime of dark secrets is revealed.