Zach Appelman Leads Distinguished Cast
HARTFORD, CT — August 22, 2014 — For his first directing project since winning the 2014 Tony Award, Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak will helm Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, playing only four weeks, from October 16 to November 16, at Hartford Stage. Hamlet follows three popular Shakespearean productions in the last two years by Tresnjak: The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and last season’s Macbeth.
Zach Appelman (Broadway’s War Horse, Julie Taymor’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the title role in Henry V at the Folger Theatre) will tackle the title role. Appelman is a graduate of Yale School of Drama. His recent TV and film appearances include “Sleepy Hollow,” “Homeland,” “Black Box,” and the film version of Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Tresnjak said, “Shakespeare’s most famous play is both a bold theatrical thriller and a literary masterpiece. It has captured the imagination of the world, on the page and on the stage, for over four centuries. I look forward to exploring Hamlet with this wonderful acting ensemble headed by Zach Appelman.”
In Hamlet, a Danish prince returns home to find his father killed, and his mother marrying the murderer. When his father’s ghost rises to demand retribution, Hamlet is put in an impossible situation. In this opulent, Elizabethan staging, Hamlet’s tragic tale of revenge will get the full-on, terrifying — and bloody — treatment.
Last spring Tresnjak earned the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Direction of a Musical for the Broadway production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which he debuted at Hartford Stage in 2012. “Inspired and hilarious,” according to The New York Times, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won a total of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Robert L. Freedman); and Best Costume Design for a Musical (Linda Cho).
In addition to Appelman, the cast includes Curtis Billings (The Crucible and A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas at Hartford Stage) as Rosencrantz; Kate Forbes (Macbeth at Hartford Stage and The School for Scandal on Broadway) as Gertrude; Edward James Hyland (Arcadia, The Price, and many more on Broadway) as Polonius; Floyd King (30-year regular at Washington, DC, theatres—recipient of five Helen Hayes Awards, plus 16 nominations) as Bernardo/Leading Player; Andrew Long (Shakespeare Theatre Company member, national tour of War Horse) as Claudius; Cliff Miller (The Tempest and Henry IV at Dallas Theatre Center) as Guildenstern; Anthony Roach (The Importance of Being Earnest and All’s Well That Ends Well at Shakespeare Theatre Company) as Laertes; James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way on Broadway, King Lear at Shakespeare Theatre Company) as Horatio; and Brittany Vicars, a recent graduate of The Julliard School, as Ophelia.
Hamlet’s creative team includes Tresnjak, Set Designer (set design for Macbeth last season at Harford Stage); Fabio Toblini, Costume Designer (The Tempest and Bell, Book and Candle at Hartford Stage); Matthew Richards, Lighting Designer (Twelfth Night and Macbeth at Hartford Stage); and Jane Shaw, Sound Designer (La Dispute and Macbeth at Hartford Stage last season).
Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16
Press Opening: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 22
The Production Sponsor for Hamlet is Travelers, and the Assisting Production Sponsor is Federman, Lally & Remis LLC. Hartford Stage’s production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
The 2014-15 Season is also sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.
Sunday Afternoon Discussion
Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 21. Free.
LGBT Night Out
On Thursday, October 23, please join us for a pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at the bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. Event begins at 6:15 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain. The reception is free with purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance. Special guests will be the organizers of GLSEN CT (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network).
Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday, October 28 and November 4, or the 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday, October 29. Free.
The Producer’s Table
On Thursday, October 30, Managing Director Mike Stotts will host a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play. The backstage tour will begin at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain. Reservations required. Event tickets are $25. Please note this is an UPPER LOBBY event, accessible only by stairs.
Tickets & Performances
Performances October 16 to November 16
Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun at 7:30 p.m.—Fri, Sat at 8 p.m.—Sat, Sun at 2 p.m.
Wed matinee at 2 p.m. on October 29 only
Weekly schedules vary. For details, visit www.hartfordstage.org.
Season subscriptions begin at $125 and include six shows: Ether Dome by Elizabeth Egloff; Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Darko Tresnjak; Private Lives by Noël Coward, directed by Darko Tresnjak; Reverberation by Matthew Lopez, directed by Maxwell Williams; Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder; and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Darko Tresnjak.
Tickets for all shows start at $25. For group discounts (10 or more) of up to 40% off regular ticket prices, contact Theresa MacNaughton at 860-520-7114.
For tickets, please call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit www.hartfordstage.org.
They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time, and now on their fifth national tour, THE MIDTOWN MEN perform their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Four Seasons and more at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, on Friday, September 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the one-of-a-kind concert experience, sponsored by Ion Bank, are$65, $55, $45 and $35 and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online atwww.palacetheaterct.org, or in person at the box office, 100 East Main Street.
Before the performance,Riverhouse Catering will prepare a 6 p.m. three-course dinner in the Palace’s Poli Club, located on the mezzanine level of the theater. Dinner is $40 per member/ $50 per non-member, which includes tax, service fees, coffee, and tea. A cash bar is also available. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made when purchasing tickets through the Box Office.
Formed in 2007, THE MIDTOWN MEN reunites four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Following their storied run on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer have been selling out venues coast to coast bycelebrating the music that defined the ’60s with top-shelf choreography, incredible vocal performances and legendary onstage chemistry.
These talented entertainers shared the Broadway stage for over a thousand performances, and now, as THE MIDTOWN MEN, they have thrilled crowds on concert stages and symphony halls across the continent and have delighted television audiences with performances on “Good Morning America,” “Access Hollywood,” “Katie,” and “The Chew.” The Men recently released their first radio single, “All Alone On Christmas,” written and produced by rock icon and Sopranos and Lilyhammer star Steven Van Zandt and backed by Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. They were honored to perform the song at the White House for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington DC.
The past few years have been a whirlwind for critically-acclaimed quartet. Not only have they continued to win over audiences of all ages at their performances, but their self-titled debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN: Sixties Hits, was met with critical acclaim and garnered five-star album reviews across iTunes. The album was recorded in New York City and features the group performing such iconic ‘60s hits as, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up On The Roof,” “Time Of The Season,” “Candy Girl” and more. It is once again a testament to what THE MIDTOWN MEN do best; helping keep iconic music alive from the ‘60s in the 21st century while giving it a new “twist.”
The Elm Shakespeare 2014 Gala & Auction opens for bidding on August 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT Time.
Our auction supports Free Shakespeare in the Park and Elm Shakespeare’s educational programs. This is an exciting and fun way to help Elm, and to win cool items!
We’ll be adding new items to our auction for you to preview as the auction date approaches. Check back often to see what’s new. Feel free to place a Watch on your favorites, so that you’ll know as soon as bidding begins!
August 14-17, 19-24 and August 26-31
Gala and Auction
August 28, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
For tickets and information visit www.elmshakespeare.org
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Hollywood Museum unveils its new exhibit, “100 Years of Hal Roach Studios: Laurel & Hardy, ‘Our Gang’ and Harold Lloyd“ in honor of the Hollywood icon’s centennial, opening to the public July 5 to August 31. The exhibit contains authentic photos, costumes and props from the rich history of Hal Roach Studios and the legendary talents that emanated from there in the early 1900s. Sons of the Desert, the International Laurel & Hardy Society, is co-sponsoring the exhibition in conjunction with their national convention, held July 2-6 in the heart of Hollywood. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is located at 1660 N. Highland Ave. at Hollywood and Highland.
“We are so pleased to honor the 100th anniversary of the Hal Roach Studios with this special exhibit,” states Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of the Museum. “Everyone remembers the celebrated comedy team Laurel & Hardy who made famous the phrase ‘Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into,’ the legendary appeal of ‘Our Gang’ and their famous dog Petey, and actor Harold Lloyd, one of the most famous and influential comedians of the great silent film era.”
Highlighting the exhibit are Laurel and Hardy costumes including suits worn in the 1945 film The Bull Fighters, coats worn in Jitterbugs (1943), the iconic Fez’s worn in Sons of the Desert (1933), Stan Laurel’s personal favorite Fedora, as well as props from Sons of the Desert and a flask from The Fighting Kentuckian (1949). There’s a plaque from Lake Laurel and Hardy (in Marietta, S.C.), including its mysterious history offered by the City of Los Angeles archives. Additional Laurel & Hardy ephemeras consist of film posters, rare photographs, scripts, sheet music, scrapbooks, personal photos and letters and Al Hirschfeld-designed window cards.
In addition to Laurel and Hardy, Hal Roach Studios brought to fame such actors as Harold Lloyd, the Our Gang kids (later known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach’s Rascals), bombshell actress Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts and Charley Chase. Other performers who graduated from Roach comedies on their path to stardom were such actors as Jean Harlow, Janet Gaynor, Jean Arthur, Fay Wray, Paulette Goddard and Boris Karloff.
“Sons of the Desert International Society is named after the 1933 feature film,” said Bob Saterfield, President of Sons of the Desert Society, and “is devoted to keeping the lives and works of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy before the public, with the strong desire to perpetuate their spirit and genius.”
Contributors to this exhibit include Dan Bacher, Richard Bann, Maria Carpenter, William Cassara, Amy Condit, Brad Farrell, Rick Greene, Richard Johnson, Chuck McCann, Mike and Carol Nemeth, Dave and Diane Reidy, Tyler St. Mark, Bob Satterfield, Cliff Sawyer and Randy Skretvedt.