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HPL at Hartford Stage

Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage have a partnership that makes free theater tickets available to Hartford residents who are Library cardholders, allows Neighborhood Ambassadors from Hartford neighborhoods to see live theater and bring others with them to shows, and creates a mini-library at the theater of show-related books that can be checked out with an HPL library card.

Theater tickets. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. You must be a Hartford resident with an HPL adult or teen card to get a pass. Are you a resident but don't have a card? No problem! Come into any HPL location with an ID showing your Hartford address and we can get you one right away. Patrons can check on line to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven HPL locations.  Patrons must confirm the seats by calling Hartford Stage at 860-527-5151. Please wait at least one hour after reserving to call the box office.


Pike St.

January 9 – February 2, 2020

Tickets available at HPL starting January 3.

All dates are available:

January 9  @ 7:30 pm

January 10  @ 8:00 pm

January 11 @ 8:00 pm

January 12  @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm

January 14 @ 7:30 pm

January 15 @ 7:30 pm

January 16 @ 7:30 pm

January 17 @ 8:00 pm

January 18 @ 2 pm and 8:00 pm

January 19 @ 2 pm

January 21 @ 7:30 pm

January 22 @ 2 pm

January 23 @ 7:30 pm

January 24 @ 8:00 pm

January 25 @ 8:00 pm

January 26 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm

January 28 @ 7:30 pm

January 29 @ 7:30 pm

January 30 @ 7:30 pm

January 31 @ 8 pm

February 1 @ 2 pm and 8 pm

February 2 @ 2 pm

Recommended for ages 16 and older

If you liked Feeding the Dragon, you’ll enjoy Pike St.!

Written and Performed by Nilaja Sun

Directed by Ron Russell

In Pike St., writer and performer Nilaja Sun vividly brings to life three generations of a Puerto Rican family on New York’s Lower East Side. Evelyn, a mother struggling to hold her life together with both grace and humor as she cares for her immobilized daughter and supports her womanizing father, relies on money from her brother who is serving abroad in Afghanistan. When he comes home, suffering from PTSD, Evelyn fights for her family’s healing, redemption and survival in the face of a threatening storm – both natural and man-made.


2019-2020 Season Line-up Announced

Hartford Stage will be presenting seven plays for the 2019-2020 season. Hartford Public Library will have free tickets available at all branches. 

Quixote Nuevo: Sept. 19 – Oct. 13 (Tickets available starting September 13)

Cry It Out: Oct. 24 – Nov. 17 (Tickets available starting October 18)

A Christmas Carol: Nov. 29 – Dec. 28  (Tickets available starting November 15)

Pike St.: Jan. 9 – Feb. 2  (Tickets available starting January 3)

Jane Eyre: Feb. 13 – March 15 (Tickets available starting February 7)

The King’s Speech: March 19 – April 19  (Tickets available starting March 13)

Ah, Wilderness: May 7 – May 31  (Tickets available starting May 1)


Neighborhood Ambassadors Program

The Hartford Stage Neighborhood Ambassador Program is full for the 2019/2020 season, but we encourage you to complete an application in consideration for next season. Go to

Neighborhood Ambassadors join members of the Hartford community in conversation about the shows at Hartford Stage and how those themes directly intersect with life in our city. Ambassadors must be inquisitive and enthusiastic about Hartford. They do not have to be avid theatre-goers or even have ever gone to the theatre. Ambassadors will join together to have a casual dinner and conversation at Hartford Stage prior to attend a minimum of four shows during the season. In addition to attending the shows, Ambassadors will be invited to special backstage tours and production-related events to learn more about how theatre is made.