Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights the Hartford Stage

Release Date: 02/25/2013

 HARTFORD, Conn. (February 25, 2013) Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks, nationally significant cultural resources and wonderful stories to tell. From historic buildings and museums to parks and performing arts venues, the Constitution State is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.

Premiering on Thursday, February 28 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures highlights one of the state’s theatrical landmarks, the Hartford Stage.  

Hartford Stage, located in downtown Hartford, is one of the leading resident theatres in the United States, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of drama productions, from classics to provocative new plays and musicals and neglected works from the past. Currently led by Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, the theatre has won many of the nation’s most distinguished awards, including the Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Margo Jones Award for Development of New Works, the OBIE and the New York Critics Circle Award.

Founded in 1963 by Jacques Cartier, Hartford Stage began in a former grocery store warehouse. On April 1, 1964, Othello, directed by Cartier, opened the theatre, which quickly established itself as a major cultural resource for the region, producing seasons offering a range of works from Molière to Beckett to Genet. In 1975, Hartford Stage’s production of Edward Albee’s All Over was aired nationally on the PBS series Theater in America, the first time one of the author’s works was filmed for television. In recent decades, the theatre has been known for its series of Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams productions, as well as sending Enchanted April and The Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm to Broadway.

Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. CPBN and DECD strive for these vignettes to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy. 

The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions—as important as those are. In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River.

Funding for the Hartford Stage edition of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, the State of Connecticut, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, Hartford Stage and People’s United Bank.

 

About the Department of Economic and Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the lead state agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy.  It does so by developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, preserving and promoting cultural and tourism assets, ensuring quality housing, and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.

 

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. CPBN also  includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit cpbn.org.

 

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