TheatreWorks Hartford a has announced details of its upcoming 2021-2022 season which marks a return to in-person events alongside a commitment to online streaming. In fact, all four productions in its 36th season, along with original digital works, will be available to the public online. Flexible subscription and membership packages that blend in-person and digital experiences are currently on sale at www.twhartford.org.
TheaterWorks Hartford’s 2021-2022 season begins with Someone Else’s House, by award-winning writer and performer Obie Jared Mezzocchi and director Margot Bordelon. Running online October 21-31, this live virtual experience focuses on Mezzocchi’s spooky and real-life haunting inside his family’s 200-year-old New England home.
A deep love is challenged by conflicting political realities in playwright Harrison David Rivers’ This Bitter Earth (Relentless Prize 2018). Realized by David Mendizábal and from February 15 to March 20, this new piece centers on a multiracial gay couple forced to consider issues of race, class, and the bravery it takes to love aloud.
Tony 2021 winner Matthew López, the first Latino to win the Tony Award for Best Play, returns to TheaterWorks Hartford with the east coast premiere of Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. From May 3 to June 5 and produced by Artistic director Rob Ruggiero, this wild and funny piece about love, relationships and expectations celebrates the courage it takes to find what makes us truly happy.
The unconventional comedy Hurricane Diane by Madeleine George, Pulitzer Prize finalist July 19 – August 21 and close the season. The game sees the Greek god Dionysus return to the modern world disguised as the gardener Diana, whose secret mission is to seduce the mortal devotees and restore the earth to its natural state.
In addition, TheatreWorks Hartford’s twisted holiday tradition, Christmas On The Rocks, returns December 2-23 for its 9th annual presentation. This show features your favorite kids Christmas stories – all grown up, shaken, restless and served with a twist.
Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero commented, “As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, I am delighted to share these pieces that speak so specifically about the human condition – stories of self-reflection, deep love, relationships, happiness and change. also a lot of joy and laughs in this season, something that I think we all need right now. As TheaterWorks Hartford returns to in-person events, it was equally important to include virtual work in our upcoming season. This keeps us going and Additionally, by making our entire season available online, TheaterWorks Hartford can connect with audiences around the world, while also providing local audiences with options on how they would like to connect as we let’s move on.
Seasonal in-person subscriptions start at $ 190 and provide the public with the ability to stream all productions to their homes. Virtual subscriptions cost $ 95 and include digital access to all in-person events plus exclusive online-only content, including digital WORKshop productions and talks. In-person performances take place at TheaterWorks Hartford’s beloved home located downtown at 233 Pearl Street. Subscription and membership packages can be purchased online at www.twhartford.org or by calling 860.527.7838.
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About TheaterWorks Hartford Season 2021
Someone else’s house
Written and performed by Jared Mezzocchi
Directed by Margot Bordelon
October 21-31; Opening October 21, 2021
Obie Award-winning multimedia artist Jared Mezzocchi has a poignant story to tell: the spooky and true life of his haunted family inside a 200-year-old New England home. Flip the switch, light a candle and get ready – the best you can – for this LIVE virtual haunt. October is a great time for a ghost story! Conjuring Package Included!
Someone Else’s House was first produced in April 2021 by Geffen Playhouse, in association with Virtual Design Collective, as part of the groundbreaking Geffen Stayhouse live, virtual and interactive Los Angeles Theater series.
Christmas on the rocks
Designed and produced by Rob Ruggiero
Written by John Cariani, Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jacques Lamarre, Theresa Rebeck and Edwin Sanchez
December 2 – December 23, 2021
Connecticut’s twisted holiday tradition is back! Your favorite kids from Christmas stories – all grown up, shaken, restless and served with a twist. It’s Christmas Eve in a run down local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself brewing drinks for a parade of surprising guests – kids from your favorite Christmas specials and movies – now all grown up. Join them as they recount their Christmas woes in this delightful parody.
This bitter land
Written by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by David Mendizábal
February 15 – March 20, 2022; Opening February 26, 2022
A deep love is called into question by political realities that divide. Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices questioned when her boyfriend, Neil, a white activist from Black Lives Matter, calls out to him for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to consider issues of race, class, and the bravery it takes to love aloud.
Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (East Coast Premiere)
Written by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Rob Ruggiero
May 3 – June 5, 2022; Opening on May 7, 2022
Saying “yes” was the easy part. From playwright Tony-Winning 2021 of The Inheritance, this hilarious commentary on engagement is every bride’s worst nightmare. Disaster after disaster, following her down the aisle, brutally honest boozy speeches to a totally incompetent wedding planner and friends too concerned to help with the wreckage around them. A wildly funny play about love, relationships, expectations and the courage it takes to find what makes us truly happy.
Written by Madeleine George
July 19 – August 21, 2022; Opening July 30, 2022
This unconventional comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George sees the Greek god Dionysus return to the modern world disguised as the gardener Diane, whose secret mission is to woo the faithful mortals and restore the earth to its natural state. What better place to start than with four real housewives from New Jersey?