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Hartford Stage Launches Community Survey; Win Tickets to Broadway's BOOK OF MORMON

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Through November 21, Hartford Stage is conducting an on-line survey inviting Connecticut and metropolitan area residents to share their opinions about the performing arts in the Greater Hartford region and future planning options for Hartford Stage.

Those who complete the survey before November 21, 2012, will have a chance to win a pair of house seats to the smash Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Everyone who responds will also receive a special discount offer to upcoming Hartford Stage productions: the 15th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol; Breath & Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes, featuring classical music star Jubilant Sykes; and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Darko Tresnjak. No purchase is necessary.

The survey seeks to gain insights into performing arts interests and attitudes from those who live, work or attend school in the Greater Hartford areA. Hartford Stage convened its Strategic Planning Committee and its Community Advisory Committee to help plan the survey, which is aimed at learning how Hartford Stage can better serve the region.

The survey can be reached on the Hartford Stage website at www.hartfordstage.org/survey.

The confidential survey is being conducted independently by Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG), a national arts management consulting firm, which has been engaged to assist Hartford Stage with a comprehensive strategic planning initiative.

The survey is open to all Connecticut-area residents, visitors, students, and workers until November 21, 2012.

Hartford Stage, since its founding in 1963, has been known for innovative revivals of classics and the development of important new works, including 65 World or American premieres. Recent work includes Quiara Alegria Hudes'Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Horton Foote'sThe Orphans' Home Cyclewhich had a celebrated run at the Signature Theatre in New York during the 2009-2010 season; a landmark production of Harper Lee'sTo Kill a Mockingbird;the premieres of Michael Kramer'sDivine Rivalry;and Daniel Beaty'sResurrection (later retitledThrough the Night,which had a successful run off-Broadway during the 2010-11 season). In 1998 the theatre launched an unprecedented ten-year retrospective of Tennessee Williams, which included the premiere of three plays. Other new work includes the premieres of Eve Ensler'sNecessary Targets, Edward Albee'sAt Home at the Zoo,Matthew Barber'sEnchanted April(which transferred to Broadway), Matthew Lombardo'sTea at Five, and many others. The theatre has earned numerous distinguished honors, including a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award, OBIE awards, New York Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. In 2005 Hartford Stage was awarded The Hartford Courant's Tapestry Award recognizing its outstanding work in diversity, and in 2008 it was awarded the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award recognizing its excellence in building community in Greater Hartford. Hartford Stage is currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts.

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