Hartford Stage Celebrates A Golden Opening Night

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 What’s an opening night without a party?

A party it was for Hartford Stage Friday at the opening night of its 50th anniversary season.

Besides a nearly full house audience that enjoyed the opening night project of La Dispute, there was also a post-production, opening night party that attracted a full house to Hartford’s The Society Room.

And the special guest was one who had much to celebrate when it comes to the theater’s golden anniversary.


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Jacques Cartier, who founded the award-winning theater, was a place more than happy to come down from Boston to celebrate the theater and its half-century of success.

“I finished school and I wanted a place to direct,” he said. “I decided I wanted to work for myself so I opened a theater,” he said about Hartford Stage that originally opened on Kinsey Street in 1963.

His first production at his new theater?

“It was Othello,” Cartier recalled. But it looks like his time at the stage isn’t quite done yet.


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He and current artistic director Darko Tresnjak have apparently been doing a little scheming.

“We are talking about Cartier directing something here,” probably next year said Tresnjak, who came in from New York and his production of “Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder” to attend the opening night in Hartford. “We are looking forward to it.”


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