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Theater Women Launch State Group

Women working in theater throughout the state will join together to launch an official chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women with events in northern and southern Connecticut.

Launch events will be held Monday, Aug. 15 in Hartford and Monday, Sept. 12 in Westport and will feature a mingle and reception starting at 6 pm followed by a panel featuring women from various theater disciplines speaking on the theme “Lean In and Branch Out: Claiming our Voice as Women in Connecticut Theater.”  The chapter also will present its first “Seal of Approval” awards for Connecticut theaters with policies that hire women on and behind the stage.

Panelists for the Hartford Event include director Lucie Tiberghien, playwright T.D. Mitchell, NY press agent Susan L. Schulman and Hartford Stage’s Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson. The moderator is Tracey Moore, an associate professor at University of Hartford’s Hartt’s Theatre Division.

(Photo: Elizabeth Williamson)


Latina Actress Return home

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CT Free Shakespeare Offers "Taming of the Shrew"

taming of the shrew

Katrina Foy and Ian Eaton

CT Free Shakespeare (CFS) and Festival! Stratford are moving heaven and earth this year to bring a professional production of Shakespeare’s most boisterous comedy to the public for free. A skillful, hilarious adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew will be performed on the grounds of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford from Wednesday, August 17 through Sunday, August 21 from 8 to 10 pm. The play is appropriate for all ages, including the very, very young. Actors are courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). It is traditional for attendees to picnic ahead of time to get seating nearest the stage. There will be music by Jazz for the Spirit on the lawn from 6 to 8 pm courtesy of Festival! Stratford. The grounds of the theatre are on the banks of the Housatonic River. The moon will be full on the 18th.

Daunted but not immobilized by cuts in funding and seemingly unending personal tragedies this year the hugely popular, 17-year-old CFS found an ally and an enabler in Matt Catalano of Stratford, a theater professional who believes down to his core that a town named Stratford has a duty to honor the brilliancy of the greatest playwright of all time. “Particularly on the occasion of the 400th year anniversary of his death.” Catalano called on Festival! Stratford and his professional connections to work with what is arguably Connecticut’s most beloved and popular outdoor theatre company. They were delighted to oblige. Mr. Catalano found himself as Executive Producer of Festival! Stratford 2016 and Associate Producer of Taming of the Shrew. The collaboration has resulted in a crowd pleasing show.


Articles of Interest:

An interview with Michael Urie -- star of "Buyer and "Cellar"


Blogs and Websites of Interest

Blogs about Connecticut theater, movie reviews, and the arts.

OnStage - Theater Opinion & Discussion

Pillow Talking Blog

Zander Opper

Joe's Views -- Joe Meyers' Blog

Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater

Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists -- movie reviews

CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review) (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews) (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews

Howard's Blog



Midsummer Night's Dream

Elm Shakespeare Company brings magic to Edgerton Park for it’s 21st summer season with Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, presenting 16 free outdoor performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tina Packer of Shakespeare & Company, Lennox, MA.

 Performances begin Thursday, August 18th and run through Sunday, September 4th. Tuesday-Sunday at 8:00pm in Edgerton Park, New Haven.

As the first production under Elm Shakespeare’s new Producing Director, Rebecca Goodheart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the ideal choice for Edgerton Park’s romantically lush backdrop. Brimming with playful mischief, feuding lovers, and the most uproarious band of awkward would-be performers ever to grace the stage, hilarity ensues while enchantment and wonder delight the senses as only it can on a midsummer’s eve. Goodheart has assembled a team from throughout the eastern seaboard and abroad to bring the play to life, including celebrated director, Tina Packer.

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