Hartford Stage- Tony Award
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Dressed in the bright orange t-shirts of A Gentleman’s 

 Guide to Love and Murder, the full staff of Hartford Stage, 
  including Tony Award-winning
 director Darko Tresnjak, gather in Bushnell Park, on 
 Tuesday, July 1st, for a photograph – a celebration of 
  the homegrown musical-comedy’s recent win of four 
  Tony Awards and the theatre's first
  breakeven season in several years!

Hartford Stage ended its 50th Anniversary Season a week ago.

Having had its world premiere at Hartford Stage in 2012, 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won the 2014 

Tony Award for Best Musical on June 8th. Darko Tresnjak,

 the theatre’s Artistic Director since 2012, won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical.  Writer Robert L. Freedman won the Tony Award

 for Best Book of a Musical, and Linda Cho, a collaborator of Darko Tresnjak’s on more than 30 productions, earned the Tony Award for Best

 Costume Design of a Musical. Hartford Stage previously won the Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theatre in 1988. A Gentleman’s 

Guide to Love and Murder opened on Broadway last October.

Now its 50th Anniversary season, Hartford Stage is one of the nation’s leading resident theatres, known internationally for producing classics, provocative new plays and musicals, and neglected works from the past, as well as a distinguished education program that reaches 21,000 students annually.  Currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most distinguished awards, including a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award for Development of New Works, OBIE awards, two New York Critics Circle Awards, a Dramatists Guild/CBS Award and an Elliot Norton Award, and has produced nationally renowned titles, including the Broadway productions of Enchanted April and Our Country's Good and the Off-Broadway productions of The Orphans' Home Cycle and The Carpetbaggers Children.

The 2012 Hartford Stage production of A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder is now playing to rave reviews on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre (, and the 2013 production of Man in a Case is currently on national tour.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage’s offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses. 

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Somewhere by Matthew Lopez
Springs to Life with East Coast Premiere at Hartford Stage

Creative Team includes Three Tony Award Winners:

Actress Priscilla Lopez (A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine), Composer Bill Sherman (In the Heights),

 and Designer Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher)


Hartford, CT – February 18, 2014 – Matthew Lopez’s Somewhere, the captivating, dance-filled saga of a Puerto Rican family in 1959 New York City, springs to life April 3 to May 4 in its East Coast Premiere at Hartford Stage. By the author of the critically-acclaimed The Whipping Man, which garnered rave reviews at Hartford Stage in 2012, Somewhere will feature Priscilla Lopez (Morales in the original cast of A Chorus Line) and will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli, with original music by Tony Award winner Bill Sherman and choreography by Greg Graham.

In 1959, West Side Story is storming Broadway, and a movie version is on the way. It fuels the show-business dreams of Inez Candelaria (Lopez), who works as an usher but hopes that her children will succeed on the other side of the footlights. The play’s journey over the past two years included well-received productions at The Old Globe in San Diego and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, and then a workshop as part of Hartford Stage’s Brand:NEW series four months ago. Matthew Lopez also served as the 2013-2014 Aetna New Voices Fellow here.

The Los Angeles Times called Somewhere, “Ebullient, charming — a sprawling family drama and a coming-of-age story,” and the San Diego Union-Tribune commented, “Lopez’s imaginative and beautifully acted Somewhere bursts with ideas and feeling and a boisterous (if bittersweet) sense of romance.” San Jose Mercury News said, “Priscilla Lopez has this part in her bones. She grounds the play with her deeply felt and compelling performance.”

The cast of Somewhere includes Zachary Infante (Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theatre for a New Audience; Peter Pan, Paper Mill Playhouse); Priscilla Lopez (Broadway’s A Chorus Line, Tony Award nomination; A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical; In the Heights; and Anna in the Tropics); Jessica Ann Naimy (South Pacific, National Tour; A Chorus Line, San Diego Musical Theatre); Michael Rosen (Broadway’s West Side Story; Nikolai and the Others, Lincoln Center Theater); and Cary Tedder (Broadway’s Big Fish and Memphis: A New Musical). Priscilla Lopez, who is the playwright’s aunt, as well as director Giovanna Sardelli and choreographer Greg Graham, have been a part of all previous productions of Somewhere.

Director Giovanna Sardelli’s previous works include Off-Broadway’s Earth Girls Are Easy and The North Pool, at such theatres as Cherry Lane Theatre, Second Stage, The Vineyard, and The Woman’s Project. Choreographer Greg Graham’s credits include the TV series “SMASH” and “Ugly Betty.” Broadway dance credits include Fosse, Hairspray, Chicago, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Billy Elliot.

Composer Bill Sherman is the Tony Award winner for Best Orchestrations and Grammy Award winner for Best Cast Album, Co-producer, for In the Heights. He is the composer of the New York-bound musical FLY. Sherman is also the longtime music director for “The Electric Company” and “Sesame Street,” where his credits include the recurring Elmo: The Musical montages and an Emmy Award for Original Song for “What I Am.”

Somewhere features scenic design by Donyale Werle (Tony Award-winner for Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher and Tony Award-nominee for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson); costume design by Amy Clark (Broadway’s A Night with Janis Joplin and Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus); lighting design by Philip Rosenberg (Hartford Stage and Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, also Mary Stuart and Shrek: The Musical on Broadway); and sound design by Jason Crystal (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess on Broadway). Lori Lundquist will serve as production stage manager.

The Presenting Sponsor for Somewhere is The Hartford. Production sponsorship provided by Bank of America and Robinson & Cole LLP. Somewhere is supported by the 50th Anniversary NCTF/Ford Foundation Fund for New Work.

Additional production support provided by Jill Adams & Bill Knight and The Seedlings Foundation. Somewhere is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks program.

The 50th Anniversary Season is made possible, in part, by Legacy Sponsors Travelers, United Technologies and The Hartford. The anniversary season is also sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

The production runs April 3 through May 4, 2014. Evening performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.; and select Wednesday and Saturday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets for all shows start at $25. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more and for students (recommended for ages 14 and up).

For a more specific schedule of performances or to buy tickets for Somewhere, please call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit

Mrs, Mannerly- TheaterWorks
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From the author of Ella: Off the Record

Mrs. Mannerly

by Jeffrey Hatcher
At TheaterWorks in Downtown Hartford
Irreverent and clever comedy runs October 11 through November 17, 2013

In the cutthroat world of folded napkins, ballroom dancing, poise, grace, and the proper placement of forks

 and spoons - Mrs. Mannerly has been the despotic ruler of her etiquette class for decades, where no student

 has ever achieved a perfect score. But when young Jeffrey discovers her secret past, he becomes determined 

to be the first.  Inspired by hilarious memories of his childhood, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher perfectly conjures up 

the uniquely candid world of a ten year old!!

Mrs.Manerly TheaterWorks

This irreverent comic tale reveals truths about the face
we present and our truer selves. Adding to the fun - Jeffrey
is played by a grown man! Producing Artistic Director, Rob Ruggiero

is thrilled to invite acclaimed  Director, Ed Stern to Hartford to direct this delightful,
insightful comedic romp. Stage veterans Dale Hodges and  Ray McAnally reprise their

roles as Mrs. Mannerly and Jeffrey in award winning performances called impeccable,
hysterical and ingenious.

Mrs. Mannerly runs October 11 through November 17, 2013.
The production design team includes Brian Mehring (Sets),
Rebecca Senske (Costumes), 
John Lasiter (Lights), Matthew Callahan (Sound), 
and Kelly Yurko (Wig). 
Production Manager is Michael Lenaghan.


All Seats – General Admission

$50 / $40

Senior Discount – Saturday matinees


Center Reserved Service Charge


College-age Student Rush w/ ID

$15 (subject to availability)


October 16


October 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 12

ALL FREE Student Matinee

Saturday November 2 @2:30


For seats call (860) 527-7838.

Mrs. Mannerly  is the first play of TheaterWorks’ 2013 - 2014 Season.

Where: TheaterWorks City Arts on Pearl - 233 Pearl Street in Downtown Hartford

Parking: Discounted parking is available to 

TheaterWorks' patrons for $5 at CityPlace Garage

(diagonally up Pearl Street from TheaterWorks).

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Reviews: Howard Steven Frydman 

  • TriStar
  • Action
  • In Theaters August 09, 2013
  • This film is not yet rated by the MPAA.


  • In the year 2154, TWO Classes of people exist: the very very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called: ELYSIUM, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is MAX (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to ELYSIUM. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission - one that pits him against ELYSIUM'S Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces- but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. 

    Written and Directed by : Neill Blomkamp
    Produced by : Bill Block

    Neill Blomkamp

    Simon Kinberg
    Executive Producer : Sue Baden-Powell
    Cast : Matt Damon

    Jodie Foster

    Sharlto Copley

    Alice Braga

    Diego Luna

    William Fichtner

    Wagner Moura

Man In A Case
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Hartford Stage Presents World Premiere of

Man in a Case

Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov

Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov

Hartford, CT, January 30, 2013
- Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, today announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Man in a Case, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, on stage February 21 through March 24.

In a tale both witty and haunting, a reclusive man's courtship of a carefree young woman forces him to stare down his own rigid nature. Another man looks back at the love of his life, and wonders if he should have pursued her despite her marriage to another. Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the team behind the internationally acclaimed Big Dance Theater, bring their signature style - fusing theater, movement, music, and video - to their world premiere adaptation of two Anton Chekhov short stories, "Man in a Case" and "About Love."ManInACase

The cast features Mikhail Baryshnikov with Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, and Aaron Mattocks. Man in a Case, Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov, is directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater and choreographed by Annie-B Parson.

Man in a Case, will feature Mikhail Baryshnikov, who appeared on Broadway in Metamorphosis (Tony Award-nomination and a Drama Critics Award). Off-Broadway credits include In Paris (Ely and Edyth Broad Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Lincoln Center Festival and 2011-12 International Tour), Beckett Shorts (New York Theatre Workshop) and Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient (Lincoln Center Festival). He has appeared in the films White Nights, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, Company Business and The Turning Point (Oscar nomination, Best Supporting Actor). Awards include: Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award and rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor. He is the Artistic Director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. 
The cast will also include Jess Barbagallo (Big Dance Theater, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf and The Builders Association) who will portray Hunter and Burkin; Tymberly Canale (Big Dance Theater's Supernatural Wife) as Barbara; Chris Giarmo (Big Dance Theater's Supernatural Wife) as Hunter and Ivan; and Aaron Mattocks (Big Dance Theater, Phantom Limb Company and OtherShore) as Kovalenko.

The creative team features costume design by Oana Botez (PS122, The Kitchen); sound design by artist and musician Tei Blow; set design by Peter Ksander (Brooklyn Academy of Music, PS122); video design by Jeff Larson (Comme Toujours Here I Stand, Big Dance Theatre); lighting design by Jennifer Tipton (Tony awards for The Cherry Orchard and Jerome Robbins' Broadway); and the production stage manager is Jenni Bowman.

Principal production support forMan in a Case, by United Technologies, with additional support from Bank of America.

Key Dates and Information

Press Night: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

Opening Night: 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

The production runs February 21 through March 24. Evening performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; and a special Stay/Play performance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Matinee performances are Sundays and select Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For a more specific schedule of performances or to buy tickets for Man in a Case, please call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit

Library Talks take place at 7:30 p.m. February 7 at the West Hartford Public Library, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford, and at 7 p.m. on February 12 at Prosser Library, One Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield. Senior Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson gives community talks on each show in the season, at the West Hartford and Bloomfield Public Libraries.

The Producer's Table takes place at 5:45 p.m. March 7. Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play; tour at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $21 (performance not included) and can be purchased at

Dinner + Design takes place at 6 p.m. February 27. Members of our production team discuss what it takes to create the theatrical worlds of our season. Learn more about the magic that happens backstage while enjoying a pre-show dinner. (Dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.) Tickets are $21 (performance not included) and can be purchased at

LGBT Night Out takes place at 6:15 p.m. February 28. Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at the bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons.In collaboration with the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. FREE.

Hartford Stage Company

Hartford Stage, since its founding in 1963, has been known for innovative revivals of classics and the development of important new works, including 65 World or American premieres. Recent work includes Quiara Alegria Hudes' Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle which had a celebrated run at the Signature Theatre in New York during the 2009-2010 season; a landmark production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird; the premieres of Michael Kramer's Divine Rivalry; and Daniel Beaty's Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night, which had a successful run off-Broadway during the 2010-11 season). In 1998 the theatre launched an unprecedented ten-year retrospective of Tennessee Williams, which included the premiere of three plays. Other new work includes the premieres of Eve Ensler's Necessary Targets, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, Matthew Barber's Enchanted April (which transferred to Broadway), Matthew Lombardo's Tea at Five, and many others. The theatre has earned numerous distinguished honors, including a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award, OBIE awards, New York Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. In 2005 Hartford Stage was awarded The Hartford Courant's Tapestry Award recognizing its outstanding work in diversity, and in 2008 it was awarded the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award recognizing its excellence in building community in Greater Hartford. Hartford Stage is currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts.

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