One Play is an exciting partnership between the Hartford Stage Co. and Capital Community College. Each semester, the entire college focuses on one play staged by this world-class theatre, offering students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to enjoy performances at a discounted price and to engage in discussion.

Faculty are encouraged to attend a Critical Eye workshop at the Hartford Stage to discover ways to incorporate each play into their syllabus. The college also hosts a pre-play lecture or panel discussion with the director or other members of the production team. The Meet the Actors session held on campus the week after the One Play performances is a popular event, as is the pre-play reception with free food and live music, usually performed by Capital's Jazz Ensemble.

Each semester, between 400 and 500 students and 30-50 Capital employees cross the street to attend the performance. That is approximately 10% of the college's student population! Many students have shared in surveys that this was their first experience with live theatre.

One Play was spawned by a Hartford Heritage faculty workshop held at the Hartford Stage in the spring of 2011.

The One Play program is subsidized by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, as recommended by Beatrice Koopman.

Spring 2018 Semester Play

By Edith Wharton

April 5 – May 6, 2018

Adapted for the Stage by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Doug Hughes

Age of Innocence Artwork

The Gilded Age of the 1870s.

New York City society at its most cultivated, wealthy and rigid—an elite class of people who dreaded scandal more than disease. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Edith Wharton introduces us to the courtly young gentleman lawyer Newland Archer; his traditional and demure fiancée May; and the free-spirited Countess Olenska, who has come home from Europe, tainted by scandal. From the moment Newland meets the Countess, he is torn between virtue and desire, and all three are forced to make the agonizing choice, ever old and ever new, between love and honor.

One Play Tickets

Tickets for the designated One Play performance dates are $5 for students, faculty and staff. Two tickets can be purchased at the discounted price.

Discounted One Play tickets for each performance are limited and subject to availability, so buy your tickets early!

Purchase Tickets from Hartford Stage Box Office at 50 Church Street, or Call 860-527-5151

What are students saying about One Play?

“It just opened my eyes on possibilities I knew existed, but I never was exposed to it”

“It was a great experience”

“I really liked the experience; it opened my eyes to issues that I have not experienced”

“It was a great experience, I had never been to the Hartford Stage”

“It was a great experience and it sparked an interest in me to continue in my writing”

“I definitely like it more than a movie theater”

“It was amazing because I never in my life have seen a live play. It was so interesting how energetic it was [compared to] watching a movie”

One Play Events

ThursdayApril 5 @ 7:30 pm
SundayApril 8 @ 7:30 pm
TuesdayApril 10 @ 7:30 pm
WednesdayApril 11 @ 7:30 pm
ThursdayApril 12 @ 7:30 pm
SaturdayApril 14 @ 2:00 pm
TuesdayApril 17 @ 7:30 pm
WednesdayApril 18 @ 2:00 pm
WednesdayApril 18 @ 7:30 pm

Meet the Actors

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 12-1pm in the Community Room

Faculty can book a Hartford Stage Teaching Artist to conduct an in-class workshop. More information here. Apply with this form.

One Play Photos

  • HHP Director Dr. Jeffrey Partridge with Aurelia Clunie of the Hartford Stage and actors Zachary Infante, Cary Tedder, and Jessica Naimy from Matthew Lopez’s Somewhere. Spring 2014

    Photo by Art Kureczka
  • Jessica Naimy of Somewhere talks about striving to be an actor and the need to persevere. Spring 2014

    Photo by Art Kureczka
  • Zachary Infante of Somewhere sharing a laugh with the CCC audience. Spring 2014

    Photo by Art Kureczka
  • One Play gives students and faculty opportunities to get to know one another. Here, Professor Kevin Lamkins enjoys conversation with his students at the Hartford Stage. Fall 2012

  • Classmates enjoy some social time at the One Play Pre-Play Reception at Capital, a time for students, faculty, and staff to interact over dinner and live music before crossing the street to see the play. Fall 2012

  • A World-Class Theatre at our Doorstep! The Hartford Stage Co., as viewed from the front entrance of Capital Community College.

  • Pulitzer-Winning Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes with Capital Professor Minati Roychoudhuri. Fall 2011, photo J. Partridge.

  • Students and faculty attend "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," a world-premiere musical destined for Broadway. Capital welcomed the cast the following week for a Meet the Actors discussion. Fall 2012