A Peek at Hartford Stage's Upcoming Season

Quick takeaways: Stage adaptations to two classic novels heads most inytiguing

Shows that pop: McCarter Theatre Center’s production of “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express,” adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor) and directed by Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre artistic director and two-time Tony Award nominee; two world premieres -- Douglas McGrath’s stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence,” directed by Doug Hughes and Sarah Gancher’s “Seder.”

What’s “Seder” about?: Inspired by a true story, “a retired typist for the Hungarian KGB visits her former workplace, now a museum devoted to Communist atrocities and finss her picture on the museum’s Wall of Murderers. Elizabeth Williamson, associate artstic director, stages the show.

What’s Darko directing?:  Artistic director Tresnjak’s next Shakespearean play that he  directs is the Bard’s most produced title: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the season opener. Tresnjak will also direct the season closer, Athol Fugard’s “After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act,” written in 1972, and set against the background of apartheid.

What else? “Feeding the Dragon,” written and performed by actress Sharon Washington (“The Scottsboro Boys” on Broadway and Lady Anne to Denzel Washington’s “Richard III” for Shakespeare in the Park) who plays nearly 20 characters in her own true story of growing up in the custodial apartment of a Manhattan library. Show is directed by Maria Mileaf and is a co-production with Primary Stages in New York City.

And what about “A Christmas Carol?”: Tickets to “A Christmas Carol,” with a new Scrooge after Bill Raymond’s long run in the role, are on sale but to subscribers only. “A Christmas Carol” is not part of a subscription series.

Info: The six-play MainStage Season is on sale now and subscriptions start at $129, a substantial savings over the cost of individual tickets. Single tickets for all shows will go on sale to the general public in July. Group seats are available now for all shows.

The basics: www.hartfordstage.org/subscribe or call box office at 860-527-5151.