Short Takes

Short Takes: News from Hartford Stage

RaffleAbsolute Brightness Raffle

Stop by Guest Services to enter our raffle to win this fun pair of rainbow platform sneakers (women’s size 8.5) AND a copy of James Lecesne’s  Absolute Brightness – the novel that inspired the play!  Both items will be personalized by James Lecesne! Raffle tickets are $5 each – all proceeds to benefit The Trevor Project and  Education Programs at Hartford Stage!  The winner’s name will be drawn on April 23 at 5 pm.

AnastasiaAnastasia Opens on Broadway

Directed by Darko Tresnjak, our production of Anastasia will open on Broadway on April 24 and feature Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton, Caroline O’Connor and Mary Beth Peil from the original production here. For information, visit

Trevor ProjectFind Absolute Courage: The Trevor Project Fundraiser

After the April 22 matinee of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, join actor/writer James Lecesne for a screening of his Academy Award-winning short film Trevor. We will follow the film with a raffle, light appetizers and drinks. All proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, founded by Mr. Lecesne. The event is free with admission to the performance. Join us as we celebrate having the courage to be yourself! For more information, visit the Absolute Brightness Events & Talks page at

Unitarian Society Talks About Absolute Brightness

Unitarian Society of Hartford is a justice-seeking, inclusive community and a longtime friend of the arts in Hartford. The themes of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne resonated with the congregation’s co-ministers, and they initiated a partnership with Hartford Stage. On April 2, Rev. Heather Rion Starr focuses her sermon on issues of identity, expression, and safety, and James will be a guest speaker during the service.

Project Transform

High school students from the greater Hartford area have been working with guest artist Kaneza Schaal to create an original theatre piece about the changes they would like to see in their neighborhood, community and world.  The public performances will be Saturday, May 20-21. For more information, call 860-520-7264 or email