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2021/2022 Season Selections

Ah, Wilderness!

By Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Melia Bensussen

October 14 – November 7, 2021

Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy, Ah, Wilderness!, is a play full of heart and wit that celebrates family and community. In 1906 Connecticut, a young man falls in love with poetry and a girl, and ends up with his heart broken. But with the help of others, he may yet find happiness. This play, which will feature live music, transforms a classic to reflect our contemporary moment and expand our vision of what family and community can mean.

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Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous

By Pearl Cleage

Directed by Susan V. Booth

January 13 – February 6, 2022

Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous, from celebrated playwright and author Pearl Cleage, tells the fictional story of actress Anna Campbell and director Betty Samson, who, 25 years ago, ignited a major controversy with a performance of scenes from August Wilson’s Fences that came to be known forever after as Naked Wilson (a fictional creation by Cleage). Now, invited to restage their legendary work, they’re challenged by a young actress who has a very different perspective on feminism, art and activism. A joyous ride through how we represent ourselves and how we are seen, this play – and the four African American women at its center – shows us how to tell our stories and live our lives more honestly.

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Dishwasher Dreams

By Alaudin Ullah

Directed by Chay Yew

February 24 – March 20, 2022

Alaudin, a stand-up comedian whose family hails from Bangladesh, is in LA on the verge of success when a family crisis forces him back to New York. Deferring his dreams while confronting his family history, he takes us on a moving and hilarious journey from colonial India in the 1930s to Spanish Harlem in the 1970s, and all the way to present-day Hollywood for his once-in-a-lifetime audition for a major film. Irreverently performed by Alaudin and accompanied by a tabla percussionist, this tour-de-force is an exploration of immigration, the Yankees, and the complex nature of the American Dream.

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Lost in Yonkers

By Neil Simon

Co-directed by Marsha Mason and Rachel Alderman

April 7 – May 1, 2022

Neil Simon’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the tale of a family in crisis with great humor and warmth. After the death of their mother, teenagers Arty and Jay must live with their intolerant grandmother, played by Academy Award-nominee Marsha Mason, while their bereaved father goes on the road. The boys must stay strong as they navigate the family’s hopes and heartbreaks in the apartment above the Grandmother’s candy store. Abounding with Jewish-American humor, this classic comedy by Neil Simon highlights the power of resilience.

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Plus one more Mainstage subscription show to be announced!


It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Adapted by Joe Landry

It’s a Wonderful Life is based on the story, The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling

Co-directed by Melia Bensussen and Rachel Alderman

November 26 – December 26, 2021

It’s a wonderful time to be back at Hartford Stage! Watch as an ensemble brings dozens of characters to the stage alongside a live sound effects “foley” artist in the style of a 1940s radio show, broadcast straight from our theatre. This festive American holiday classic tells the story of the idealistic George Bailey in conflict with the Scrooge-like Mr. Potter, and of the greater community coming together to show George how much his life truly matters on a fateful Christmas Eve.

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2019/2020 season — which included select performances of Jane Eyre, The King’s Speech, Ah Wilderness!, and The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) — through email, phone calls and mail. All tickets were resolved through ticket donation with exclusive access to online events in September and October, gift certificate or refund. If you have any questions about your tickets, please email the box office at with the subject CANCELED TICKETS.

Ah Wilderness!, directed by artistic director Melia Bensussen, will be the first show of the 2021/2022 season, and included with the purchase of a subscription. Please note that this is a new production and any tickets purchased for the canceled performance in the  2019/2020 season are not valid. (See “What happened  to my canceled show tickets?”). At this time, we don’t have plans to present any of the other canceled productions.

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