New Plays by Beth Henley and Patricia Wettig Read at "Brand:NEW Fest" at Harftord | Playbill

News New Plays by Beth Henley and Patricia Wettig Read at "Brand:NEW Fest" at Harftord
Hartford Stage presents new plays by Crimes of the Heart scribe Beth Henley, American Voices Playwright in Residence Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, actress Patricia Wettig and more for its "Brand:NEW Fall Festival of New Works," Sept. 15-26.

The annual event will take place during the run of Connecticut company's mainstage production of The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue (which plays Sept. 1-Oct. 2).

The schedule of "Brand:NEW 2005" is as follows:

  • Seeing the Elephant - a comedy by JT Rogers (Madagascar)
  • Jesus Hates Me - a dark comedy by Wayne Lemon (head writer for "Grace Under Fire")
  • Four Spirits - a Civil Rights drama by Sena Jeter Naslund and Elaine Hughes, directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
  • My Andy - a biographical drama about Andy Warhol and his mother by Patricia Wettig ("thirtysomething" actress)
  • TO DiE FOR - a dark comedy by Joyce Maynard (based on the her novel which inspired the film), with stage concept by Brian Swibel
  • 100 Saints You Should Know - a drama by Kate Fodor (Hannah and Martin)
  • Exposed  - a Hollywood-set drama by Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart, The Miss Firecracker Contest)
  • Lullaby - a dark comedy with songs by Michael Elyanow (The Idiot Box)
  • Cradle of Man - a dark comedy by Melanie Marnich (The Sparrow Project), directed by Michael John Garces
  • Bird in the Hand by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas (Savage Acts) Casting and additional "Brand:NEW Fall Festival" readings and events will be announced in the coming weeks.


    Festival Passes are on sale now for the "Brand:NEW" readings ($30 for Hartford Stage Subscribers and $40 for Non-subscribers) by calling (860) 527-5151. For more information, visit
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