Hartford Stage will host a free open house for the next season

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On Saturday, September 17 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Hartford Stage will open its doors to new and returning audiences to learn more about the inner workings of the theater and what it has in store for this season. Activities will include a behind-the-scenes look (including behind-the-scenes tours with stops at lighting, costumes, props, sets and sound), a look at artistic productions, educational mini-workshops for young people, free games and prizes, free food and drink, and more. The event is free for anyone who wants to stop by; RSVP in advance at www.HartfordStage.org is encouraged. A performance of Breakdancing Shakespeare at 2:30 p.m. will kick off a common moment of connection with remarks from management.

Artistic Director Melia Bensussen will preview the upcoming season and explain why she’s excited about this terrific selection of pieces. “Our theater – your theater – is a civic home for deep conversation and shared laughter; a place to stretch our imaginations and see our stories reflected on stage. Open House is a great opportunity for us to get to know our community and to our community to get to know us. Nuestro teatro es su teatro,” she said in a welcoming letter to the audience.

The highly anticipated 2022/2023 season at Hartford Stage kicks off October 13 with Agatha Christie’s iconic The Mousetrap, followed by an encore of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, the all-bilingual Espejos: Clean, the world premiere of The Art of Burning, William Shakespeare’s classic The Winter’s Tale, and concludes with a timely revival of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind.

Tickets for all shows are available now and can be purchased online at www.HartfordStage.org, by calling (860) 527-5151, or in person at the theater at 50 Church Street. Audiences interested in seeing three or more shows can unlock savings and perks by becoming a subscriber or joining the Stage Pass program (for ages 21-35).

About the productions:

October 13 – November 6, 2022

THE MOUSE TRAP by Agatha Christie

Directed by Jackson Gay

Check in for a most memorable stay at Monkswell Manor…

It’s a freezing night in 1947 and a ragtag group of strangers suddenly find themselves trapped in an inn. As the snow falls, the body count increases – and the list of suspects only seems to grow, as clues and possible motives are revealed at every turn. With intrigue, mystery, murder and a dash of humor, this snowy getaway turns into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Main production sponsor: Bank of America. Producers: Don & Marilyn Allan, Sally Speer.

November 25 – December 24, 2022

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO SHOW

Adapted by Joe Landry

Originally co-directed by Melia Bensussen and Rachel Alderman

Directed by Zoë Golub-Sass

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

Bring the whole family to this comforting holiday classic!

Five actors and a sound effects artist came together on Christmas Eve to guide audiences through the world of George Bailey and Bedford Falls, live from the WBFR studio. The spirit of imagination takes hold as we embark on a transformational journey on stage. Join us this winter for a magical adaptation of a beloved story.

Exclusive Sponsor: Raytheon Technologies. Sponsor of student matinees: Talcott Resolution.

January 12 – February 5, 2023

ESPEJOS: CLEAN by/written by Christine Quintana

Spanish translation and adaptation by/traducción y adaptación by Paula Zelaya Cervantes

Directed by/Directed by Melissa Crespo

In association with /In association with Syracuse Internship

A revolutionary bilingual tour de force.

Two worlds collide one night at an upscale resort in Mexico, triggering a series of misunderstandings, miscalculations, and internal calculations. Told entirely in English and Spanish – with respective supertitles – Espejos: Clean offers a telling story of unlikely and meaningful connection.

March 2 – 26, 2023

THE ART OF BURN by Kate Snodgrass

Directed by Mélia Bensussen

In association with the Huntington Theater Company

An inspired new comedy exploring the love, rage and responsibility that come with marriage and parenthood in America.

Mid-negotiation, modernist painter Patricia changes the terms of her “conscious decoupling” with Jason. She wants full custody of their 15-year-old daughter, Beth. Jason demands that their daughter decide, but mysteriously Beth hasn’t shown up to school. Did Patricia hide her to protect her, or is there something more sinister going on?

April 13 – May 7, 2023

WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare

Directed by Mélia Bensussen

Shakespeare is back at Hartford Stage!

An impressive fable of fury and forgiveness.

King Leontes, his pregnant wife Hermione and their young son seem like the perfect royal family – until he is consumed with fear that his wife has been unfaithful. In a fit of tyrannical rage, he makes terrible accusations that destroy everything he holds dear. Sixteen years later, a new generation has emerged, and in this time-jumping romance, the idealism of the young and the regrets of the old collide. Shakespeare’s mastery of storytelling is on full display, reminding us that even after a harsh winter, spring will return, if we trust each other and ourselves.

Producer: Wes & Chloe Horton. The Shakespeare Fund: Jack and Donna Sennott, The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, Rick and Beth Costello.

May 25 – June 18, 2023

TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress

Directed by Christopher D. Betts, Joyce C. Willis Fellow

A landmark piece from the 1950s that still rings true today.

This dramatic satire follows the nuanced and simmering tension between artists in a biracial company working on a Broadway-bound premiere. As they rehearse, questions about the play emerge, sparking a heated debate about race, power, the roles we play on stage, and the roles we play in life. In this timely renewal, theater becomes an arena in which we explore how – and why – we use our voices.

To learn more about Hartford Stage or to purchase tickets, visit www.HartfordStage.org, call (860) 527-5151 or meet in person at 50 Church Street, Hartford CT 06103.

About the Hartford Stage

Led by Artistic Director Melia Bensussen and General Manager Cynthia Rider, Hartford Stage’s mission is to enlighten, entertain and educate by creating theatrical works of the highest caliber that have a transformative impact on audiences, community and its domain. Hartford Stage featured the world premieres of the musical Anastasia; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards; and Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Under Bensussen’s artistic vision, theater has reimagined classics like Ah! by Eugene O’Neil! Wilderness, which reopened the theater with great success after the pandemic and brought bilingual theater to the fore with Quixote Nuevo, the American Voices New Play virtual festival, Kiss My Aztec!, and the upcoming Espejos: Clean. Hartford Stage’s education programs have attracted more than 20,000 students each year, including student matinees, school theater residencies, teen performance opportunities, and youth and adult theater classes. www.HartfordStage.org


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