Hartford Stage will join hands with more than 300 theatres nationwide for the launch of The Ghostlight Project, a national expression of unity among artists and audiences, at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, in the Geo and Laura Estes Lobby.
Hartford Stage is one of 12 participating theatres in Connecticut. From Times Square to San Diego, theatres in 42 states will shine their lights at the same time next Thursday.
Stotts said, “Since the ancient Greeks, theatres have existed as safe gathering spaces for people to share stories, to support each other and to learn from each other. Hartford Stage joins our colleagues across the country in making a pledge to uphold and protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion for everyone in our community.”
Hartford Stage invites the whole community to join in reaffirming the importance of these values. Theatre leaders and select cast members of The Comedy of Errors will play music and read inspirational quotes from dramatic works. All attendees are invited to bring a light with them to the theatre. (Flashlights, including cell phone lights, are ideal.) Hot cider will be provided during the brief ceremony.
A theatre’s ghost light is generally a single bulb on a metal light stand, which is left to illuminate the stage throughout the night. By participating in this national day of light, Hartford Stage’s own ghost light will shine brightly in the lobby of the theater as a beacon of hope, creativity and inclusivity.
About the Hartford Stage
Now in our 53rd year, Hartford Stage is under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts. One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 73 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches close to 20,000 students annually.
Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, opening on Broadway in April 2017; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.
Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans’ Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger’s Children; and Tea at Five.
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.