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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.


Hartford Stage Presents The Engagement Party

Samuel Baum’s suspenseful contemporary drama, The Engagement Party, will have its world premier at Hartford Stage on Thursday, January 10. The show will run through Sunday, February 3, 2019. Directed by Hartford Stage’s Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, The Engagement Party centers on a young couple’s intimate gathering with family and friends to celebrate their engagement – an evening that leads to a spiraling sequence of events and revelations that will irrevocably change their lives. The Engagement Party is one of two world premieres that Tresnjak will direct during his final season as Artistic Director of Hartford Stage.
Free Passes for The Engagement Party will be available at Hartford Public Library Starting Thurs., January 3

Show Dates & Times

January 10: 7:30 pm
January 11: 8:00 pm
January 12: 8:00 pm
January 13: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
January 15: 7:30 pm
January 16: 7:30 pm
January 17: 7:30 pm
January 18: 8:00 pm
January 19: 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
January 20: 2:00 pm
January 22: 7:30 pm
January 23: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
January 24: 7:30 pm
January 25: 8:00 pm
January 26: 8:00 pm
January 27: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
January 29: 7:30 pm
January 31: 7:30 pm
February 1: 8:00 pm
February 2: 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
February 3: 2:00 pm
If you are unable to use your reserved tickets, please contact the Hartford Stage Box Office at your earliest convenience (860-527-5151 or to have them released to another Hartford Library Pass User. For more information:

PARKING NOTICE: The Church Street MAT garage has implemented a new parking pass system. You will no longer be able to present your ticket stub for $6.50 parking. Please purchase a parking voucher at the Hartford Stage Box Office.


Neighborhood Ambassadors

The ambassadors will meet for a casual dinner and conversation at Hartford Stage prior to attending a complimentary preview at each of the upcoming four shows this season. 

After seeing preview performances, Ambassadors can return with up to three other guests, Hartford residents ages 18 and older, and see the play again at no charge.  The goal is to invite new people from the community to join the Ambassador Program throughout the season. (Hartford Stage will select the performances for the return visits.)

Ambassadors and their guests will complete post show surveys about their play-going experience and give feedback on how the program could be improved.