Photo Flash: THE LEARNED LADIES OF PARK AVENUE And THE IDIOT BOX At The Hartt School
The Hartt School presents David Grimm’s The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue and Michael Elyanow’s The Idiot Box, in repertory, from Wednesday, April 8 through Sunday, April 12, in the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theater at the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, in Hartford. Admission is $20 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit www.hartford.edu/hartt for tickets and more information.
Directed by Robert Davis, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue is a jazz-age screwball comedy riff on Molière's biting satire of pretense and learning (Les Femmes Savantes). Betty wants to marry Dicky. Her mother Phyllis, a self-proclaimed intellectual and political activist, has another man in mind—namely, the hack poet and scheming opportunist Upton Gabbitt. Set in 1936 Manhattan against the backdrop of the Great Depression and impending war, this romantic comedy skewers those who wear their social consciences on their sleeves and affirms that love conquers all. Hartt senior Rebecca Hyman (pictured) of Great Barrington, MA, plays Phyllis Crystal, and senior Sarah Goosmann (pictured) of Woodbury, CT, plays Ramona. Performances are Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday at 2 PM.
Directed by Diana Moller-Marino, The Idiot Box tells the story of six sitcom characters whose lives are shaken when reality crashes into their perfect world. As the artifice of their lives unravels, each character discovers powerful truths about race, love, sexuality, and the America outside they never knew existed – resulting in a theatrical experience that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “is a glittering absurdist farce...with a sinister undertow that takes hold early and never lets go." Hartt senior Kurt Peterson of Shelton, CT, is featured as Billy and senior Sarah Goosmann of Woodbury, CT, is Fiona. Performances are Thursday & Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford that offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. With more than 400 concerts, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year, performance is central to Hartt’s curriculum. For more information on The Hartt School, visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.
Sarah Goosmann, James DiMatteo, and Rebecca Hyman
Michael Millan, Paul Frazee, and Erika Klics