Hartford Stage Announces New Season

News   Hartford Stage Announces New Season The 2016-17 slate will feature a world premiere, an August Wilson revival and James Lecesne’s acclaimed solo show.
James Lecesne in his acclaimed solo show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
James Lecesne in his acclaimed solo show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

Connecticut’s Hartford Stage has announced its 2016-17 season. The new slate will feature the world premiere of Queens For a Year, by Army Wives writer T.D. Mitchell; productions of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors; and James Lecesne’s acclaimed solo show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.

The season will kick off in September with Queens For a Year, about four generations of women who have served in the Marine Corps. What looks to be a post-deployment vacation for one of them turns out to be much more. “This is one of the most exciting new plays I've read in a long time. It's entertaining, gripping, and all too timely,” said Elizabeth Williamson, associate artistic director, in a press statement.

The production will be followed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson, directed by Jade King Carroll; and in the new year, The Comedy of Errors, helmed by artistic director Darko Tresnjak.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, which played an acclaimed run Off-Broadway, is currently set to conclude the season. The monologue play is about the disappearance of a teenage boy in a small New Jersey town.

Two additional plays will be announced at a later date. Subscription packages are available by calling (860) 527-5151 or visiting hartfordstage.org/.

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