But before the show began Friday, there was the celebration of another “other place,” the dazzling new administrative digs at the Pearl Street theater.
A select group of the well-known got the first peek of the new second floor office space that includes a box office, meeting room and some impressive new territory for TheaterWorks producing artistic director Rob Ruggiero.
“It’s just nice to have us all in the same place,” enthused Ruggiero, whose opening night guest list including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and, his wife, Greater Hartford Arts Council Cathy Malloy. “It is just so much nicer than being spread out all over the place.”
And if the old adage that your workspace determines how you work, then watch out. The seemingly unstoppable Ruggiero will undoubtedly be bringing even more to the creative table.
“I love my sand box,” said Ruggiero whose minimalist but sophisticated office includes a small desktop sand box where he can dig for new ideas, a chalkboard wall already filled with inspirational sayings and notes to himself and assorted art and posters, all aimed at artistic success.
Among the VIP’ers at the pre-show reception was Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. He could not stay however; he had some cooking to do back at his Prospect Avenue home.
“Charlie is at home and I have to get back to help him,” explained Segarra. Seems the power couple was hosting and cooking for a Hartford Stage party.
And on the menu?
“We are serving Cornish game hen with a guava glaze and roasted pork loin with pigeon peas,” Segarra reported.
But what about the TheaterWorks show?
“I’m going to catch it on another night,” Segarra said as he headed out the door. “I have to go cook!”