Short Takes

Short Takes

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The World of Edith WhartonStep into the world of author Edith Wharton and her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Age of Innocence. Born into a time when women achieved success by marrying well, Wharton emerged as one of America’s finest writers – becoming the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She wrote over 40 books, including The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth and works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel.

2018-19 Subscriptions

2018/19 SeasonThe exciting 2018-19 season has been announced! The upcoming season, Darko Tresnjak’s last as artistic director, features a line-up of classic, contemporary, thought-provoking and entertaining new work – theatre that is Positively Hartford Stage. Learn more about the plays here: Current Subscribers: Your seat is already reserved, and renewal packets are in the mail.  Interested in becoming a subscriber? Visit the link to find out more about the season and how you can guarantee your seat for all six plays!

Hartford Stage Gala Preview

Somewhere just inside the gatehouse, a string quartet plays. Exquisitely dressed guests sip champagne and play croquet, escaping the bustle of Manhattan in the seaside playground of empire builders and the Bohemian elite. Inside, candelabras flicker as servants put the final touches on an elaborate state dinner…Welcome to The Gilded Age: New York to Newport! Inspired by Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, Hartford Stage’s annual fundraising gala will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the theatre’s Scene & Paint Shop. For tickets and information, please visit

Hartford Stage Library Pass Program

LibraryHartford residents can use their teen or adult library card to check out passes to all Hartford Stage productions. Visit to view available Hartford Stage performances. All seven Hartford Public Library branches have Hartford Stage passes, which are valid for two tickets to over 100 performances. To reserve passes, residents should visit their library branch. After passes have been reserved at the branch, residents will be instructed to contact the Hartford Stage box office for additional instructions on completing the ticket reservation. 

Junior Troupe: Summer Studio’s New Program!

Junior TroupeHartford Stage’s Summer Studio Classes will include a brand-new, three-week offering for young actors ages 8 to 12. Junior Troupe will include a production of A Year with Frog and Toad Kids. After being cast in the production, students will split their time between the rehearsal process and participating in theatre skills classes such as movement and acting. The Junior Troupe will also embark on a weekly field trip. The program runs from 9 am to 5 pm, July 9 to 27 (with additional performances on July 28). For more information, or to register your child for Junior Troupe, visit or call Emely Larson at 860-520-7277.

Feeding the Dragon Transfers to Off-Broadway!

Sharon WashingtonSharon Washington’s Feeding the Dragon, which finished its Hartford run last month, has transferred to Off-Broadway! Director Maria Mileaf and her Hartford design team reunite to bring Sharon’s story of growing up in a New York Public Library branch home to Manhattan. The one-woman show, a co-production between Hartford Stage and Primary Stages, runs through April 27 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Coming Next…A Lesson from Aloes

A Lesson from AloesThe past informs the present. Athol Fugard’s compelling portrait of three individuals caught in the midst of a nation’s racial divide and the choices each one is forced to make will be directed by Darko Tresnjak. A Lesson from Aloes will be in performance May 17 through June 10. Learn more here: