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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.



SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 13, 2019 (Tickets available at HPL starting Friday, September 13)

By Octavio Solis. Directed by KJ Sanchez
A reimagining of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Quixote Nuevo is set in the fictional modern-day border town of La Plancha, Texas. Here, Don Quixote loses himself in stories of chivalrous escapades and embarks upon a quest of imagination, adventure, and Tejano music. Along the way he recruits a hapless but trusty sidekick in his search for lost love. As the community wrestles with containing Quixote’s fantasies, he, his family and friends discover the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. Recommended Age: 16+. Quixote Nuevo is produced in association with Huntington Theatre Company and Alley Theatre.

Show Dates & Times:

September 19 at 7:30 pm

September 20 at 8:00 pm

September 21 at 8:00 pm

September 22 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

September 24 at 7:30 pm

September 25 at 7:30 pm

September 26 at 7:30 pm

September 28 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

September 29 at 2:00 pm

October 1 at 7:30 pm

October 2 at 2:00 pm

October 3 at 7:30 pm

October 4 at 8:00 pm

October 5 at 8:00 pm

October 6 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

October 8 at 7:30 pm

October 9 at 7:30 pm

October 10 at 7:30 pm

October 11 at 8:00 pm

October 12 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

October 13 at 2:00 pm


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.