Sep 4, 2013
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Hartford Stage's Visual Brilliance Celebrated in Hartford Public Library Show

Hartford Stage's Visual Brilliance Celebrated in Hartford Public Library Show

Hartford Stage Company has been so good over so many years that devoted audience members and others who have attended plays can't count their own personal highlights on one hand, or two. It's also safe to think that those treasured cultural memories, some surely epiphany moments, likely focus on the tense, dramatic, world-view changing interactions of the characters on stage, rather than on all of the other elements that help turn a playwright's words into production magic on stage.

Now, all of those "supporting actors" are getting their moment in the spotlight in a special exhibit at fellow capital city cultural treasure, the Hartford Public Library. Without further ado, here's the plot line, courtesy of the library's press release:

Hartford Public Library is pleased to announce their upcoming ArtWalk exhibit presented in partnership with Hartford Stage. STAGECRAFT: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage will open with a reception on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Library (500 Main Street). The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through Friday, Sept. 27 and is available for viewing during the hours the library is open.

In celebration of Hartford Stage’s 50th Anniversary Season, the STAGECRAFT exhibit consists of a selection of costumes, props and scenic elements from the company’s extensive collection. A hallmark of the theater’s work is the quality of the work that appears on stage, all of which is built here in Hartford.  Scores of locally-based artists, craftspeople, and technicians created these pieces to animate the visions of some of the world’s most prominent theatrical designers.

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, and two New York Critics Circle Awards, and has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April, The Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm, The Carpetbagger’s Children, The Orphans' Home Cycle, Tea at Five and Resurrection (Through the Night).

Michael Stotts, Managing Director at Hartford Stage, said, “Hartford Stage designs, and the execution of those designs, have been highlighted and featured in national trade publications for decades.  We have 50 years of history that have been in storage, that we are now bringing out to show to the world.  It is especially important that our local audiences and constituencies know and recognize the unique contributions Hartford Stage has made to the American Theatre.”

“Our 50th anniversary season should be a time during which everyone in our community takes pride in the rich cultural assets we have in our community.  Our set, costume, lighting and sound designs are world class. We owe a debt of gratitude to our supporters and donors for helping us to realize our dreams, and in doing so, keeping this regional theater at the forefront of the American theater,” he said.

The celebration continues throughout the fall and winter and into next spring with a series of library talks featuring Hartford Stage’s Senior Dramaturg and Director of New Play Development Elizabeth Williamson and guests. Three lunchtime talks in the Atrium at the Downtown Library will explore themes of select productions for the upcoming season. Classical Repertory for a New Generation, La Dispute in repertory with Macbeth, will open the series on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 12 p.m. Next is A Song at Twilight on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at 12 p.m. The final talk will be about Somewhere on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12 p.m.

Hartford Public Library cardholders will receive a special discount on tickets during Hartford Stage’s 50th anniversary season. Cardholders can use the promo code LIBRARY10 for $10 off any Hartford Stage 2013-14 production (not valid on Super Saver rates). Mention code when booking or simply use code online at, and show your HPL card when picking up your tickets to receive the discount.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hartford Stage to celebrate 50 years of great theater and community service,” said Matthew K. Poland, the Library’s chief executive officer. “And to offer this treasure for free to the public makes this project a stunning example of a collaborative effort between two of Hartford’s anchor institutions.”

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in greater Hartford and the opportunity for visitors to view art in a magnificent setting in their own community. The state-of-the art gallery rises above Main Street along a glass wall that floods the space with ambient light during the day and appears to glow as a jewel box at night. Exhibitions offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, providing diverse viewing experiences, and allowing for many tastes.  Because of the unusual cable system in place, one of the most unique aspects of the ArtWalk is that any wall and lighting configuration or arrangement can change with the nature of every new exhibition.  The ArtWalk is made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.


Hartford Stage's Visual Brilliance Celebrated in Hartford Public Library Show

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