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.

Fall 2017 Semester Play

A Midsummer Night's Dream

September 7 – October 8, 2017

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy captivates with its intertwined stories of four impulsive, lovestruck teenagers; a Duke and his wedding plans; a hysterically incompetent troupe of actors; and the breathtaking, supernatural dreamland of the fairies. Lust, folly, madness—and even true love—hide in the shimmering lights of the enchanted forest in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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

TuesdaySeptember 12 @ 7:30 pm
WednesdaySeptember 13 @ 7:30 pm
ThursdaySeptember 14 @ 7:30 pm
TuesdaySeptember 19 @ 7:30 pm
WednesdaySeptember 20 @ 2:00 pm
ThursdaySeptember 21 @ 7:30 pm
SundaySeptember 24 @ 7:30 pm
TuesdaySeptember 26 @ 7:30 pm
ThursdaySeptember 28 @ 7:30 pm
SaturdaySeptember 30 @ 2:00 pm

Meet the Actors

Meet the Actors. Tuesday, Sept 26 at noon, 2nd Floor Community Room.

Faculty can book a Hartford Stage Teaching Artist to conduct a workshop. More information here.

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