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 2019 Semester Play

Cry It Out

By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Rachel Alderman

October 24 – November 17, 2019

Cry It Out. By Molly Smith Metzler. Directed by Rachel Alderman. October 24 – November 17, 2019. An ode to modern-day motherhood.

An ode to modern-day motherhood, Cry it Out peers into the lives of four new parents with nothing in common except sleep deprivation, unreliable childcare and the notion of “having it all.” The darkly funny comedy takes a smart and honest look at the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work after being home with a newborn, and the effect social class has on parenthood in America.

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Brontë
Adapted and Directed by Elizabeth Williamson

February 13 – March 15, 2020

Jane Eyre. By Charlotte Brontë. Adapted and Directed by Elizabeth Williamson. February 13 – March 15, 2020. Brontë’s beloved tale of courage, sacrifice and self-respect features one of literature’s greatest heroines.

Brontë’s beloved tale of courage, sacrifice and self-respect features one of literature’s greatest heroines. Orphaned as a child, Jane takes a position working as governess at Thornfield Hall for the brooding Edward Rochester. The strong-willed Jane falls in love with her mysterious employer, but the discovery of a dark secret and its devastating aftermath forces the young governess to make a heart-wrenching decision that changes their lives forever. Williamson’s adaptation will be intimate and intense, focusing on Jane’s integrity and inner strength.

  • Feb 13th 7:30pm
  • Feb 16th 7:30pm only
  • Feb 18th 7:30pm
  • Feb 19th 7:30pm
  • Feb 20th 7:30pm
  • Feb 22nd 2pm only
  • Feb 25th 7:30pm
  • Feb 26th 2:00pm only
  • Feb 26th 7:30pm only
  • Feb 27th 7:30pm
  • March 1st 7:30pm only
  • March 3rd 7:30pm

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

Cry It Out Schedule

October 24th7:30pm
October 27th7:30pm
October 29th7:30pm
October 30th7:30pm
October 31st7:30pm
November 2nd2pm
November 5th7:30pm
November 6th2pm and 7:30pm
November 7th7:30pm
November 10th7:30pm only
November 12th7:30pm

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!

Meet the Actors

Date: November 7

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Location: 2nd Floor Community Room

Faculty, book a workshop for your class with this APPLICATION 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