Short Takes

Stagenotes: Seder

 Short Takes

A Look at Our Lobby

60 AndrassyTake a look at the compelling history behind The House of Terror, a museum located at 60 Andrássy in Budapest, Hungary, which is featured in Seder. The museum houses exhibits related to the fascist and communist regimes in 20th-century Hungary and also serves as a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.

Seder receives the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

Edgerton FoundationHartford Stage has received the prestigious New Play Award from the Edgerton Foundation to support the world premiere of Sarah Gancher’s Seder. Established by Dr. Bradford Edgerton, a reconstructive plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills, California, these highly-competitive awards support an extended rehearsal process. When asked why Seder was chosen for funding, Dr. Edgerton said, “Our readers thought the script was well-written and would be appealing to audiences at Hartford Stage and beyond. Great drama entertains us and teaches us about the human condition.”

An Evening with Darko Tresnjak and Alexandra Silber

After AnatevkaActress Alexandra Silber will discuss her first novel, After Anatevka, with Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak on Monday, October 23, at 7:30 pm. 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 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. She will sign copies of After Anatevka, which will be available for sale immediately following the discussion. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from the Mandell Jewish Community Center online or by calling 860-231-6316.

Become our “Partner in Crime”

Murder on the Orient ExpressIn February, Hartford Stage will present the thrilling stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. This lavish and highly entertaining production debuted at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center last spring, where it became the best-selling show in their 57-year history.

Hartford Stage has created an opportunity for mystery lovers and theatre aficionados to become our “Partners in Crime” with this production. For contributions of $1,500 to $6,000, donors will garner special recognition, as well as access to the award-winning artists involved in this extraordinary production. At the top level, you can host a pre-show dinner in our exclusive intermission lounge, which will be transformed into the dining car of the Orient Express for the run of the show, with first-class food and service.  For more information about becoming a Partner in Crime, please call Antay Bilgutay at 860-520-7249. 

Next on Stage…The 20th Anniversary Season of A Christmas Carol!

A Christmas CarolThis year marks the 20th anniversary of a Hartford holiday favorite! Thousands of Connecticut families have laughed, cried and “bah-humbugged” with Ebenezer Scrooge, Mrs. Dilber, and the whole Cratchit Family since 1996. When did you first see Hartford Stage’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas? Did you come to see a student matinee performance? Has it become an annual tradition? Send your favorite Christmas Carol memories to or post them on Facebook or Instagram using #myhartfordcarol.