Hartford Stage Parties On Opening Night

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hst1Hartford Stage’s elite Director’s Society threw a little pre-show party Friday night to celebrate the opening of “Breath & Imagination.” But the party turned into a discussion about parties.

Artistic director Darko Tresnjak, small-talking it up with show playwright Daniel Beaty, couldn’t help but share some of the details of the stage’s annual springtime “Party At The Paint Shop” and more.

“I’m working on it. Let’s just say it has to do with angels and devils,” said Tresnjak, who since taking over at the stage has not only proven his artistic acumen but his expertise at throwing the perfect party as well.

“Think horns and halos” he teased, refusing to reveal more.

hst3And as Hartford Stage looks forward to its 2013-2014 50th anniversary, Tresnjak is way ahead of the pack when it comes to planning a proper celebration.

“Oh, I’ll be here for that party too,” he asserted. “I am already thinking about ways to celebrate our anniversary season.”

And as the VIP’ers noshed on appetizers there were others who were in party-planning mode.

CPTV president and CEO Jerry Franklin is in the midst of big plans for the network party in June and while he refused to name names on the record, let’s just say that the tentative guest list is shaping up to be sMASHing and as satisfying as BACON and eggs in the morning.

Parties aside, Beaty was the center of attention for his musical, the story of the first male African-American, world-renowned classical vocalist, Roland Hayes.

The fact it was a world premiere made it all that more exciting for Beaty who said he “loved” Hartford.

“I consider Hartford Stage one of my artistic homes,” the charming Beaty said. “I feel its soul.”

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