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Hartford Stage’s World Premiere of The Age of Innocence named Outstanding Play at Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

Linda Cho awarded Outstanding Costume Design for her work on the production

Hartford, CT, June 13, 2018 – The world premiere of The Age of Innocence was named Outstanding Play at the 28th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards on Monday, June 11, at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Tony Award-winning Costume Designer Linda Cho (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Anastasia, Rear Window) also received recognition from the Connecticut Critics Circle for her outstanding work on The Age of Innocence.

The Age of Innocence, presented in association with the McCarter Theatre Center, was adapted for the stage by Oscar, Tony and Emmy nominee Douglas McGrath (Emma, Nicholas Nickleby) from Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The production was directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Junk, The Father on Broadway).

Broadway World called The Age of Innocence “a beautiful yet heartbreaking story of time and circumstance.” On Stage praised the play as “a worthy reworking of Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, with standout performances and stunning staging.”

The Age of Innocence will perform at the McCarter Theatre Center in September. 

(L-R) Andrew Veenstra, Helen Cespedes, Darrie Lawrence, Deirdre Madigan in The Age of Innocence. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

(L-R) Andrew Veenstra, Helen Cespedes, Darrie Lawrence, Deirdre Madigan in "The Age of Innocence". Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Costume Designer Linda Cho

Costume Designer Linda Cho


Now in our 54th season, Hartford Stage is under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts. One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 73 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches close to 21,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger's Children; and Tea at Five.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage’s offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses.    

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