For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa M. MacNaughton,
Office: 860-520-7114

Hartford Stage to host inaugural fundraising golf tournament on September 24

HARTFORD, CT — August 29, 2018 — Hartford Stage will host its first fundraising golf tournament, The Hartford Stage Open, on Monday, September 24, at the Keney Park Golf Club in Hartford. Proceeds from the tournament will support the Tony Award-winning regional theatre’s artistic and education programs.

“Creating a golf tournament to support the exceptional work of Hartford Stage is an exciting venture,” said Hartford Stage Board President David R. Jimenez. “We are engaging new individuals and corporate partners in our mission to enlighten, entertain, and educate while enjoying a day at beautiful Keney Park.”

The public 18-hole Keney Park Golf Club course, which recently underwent an extensive restoration, was named the top classic golf course in Connecticut by Golfweek Magazine this year. It was originally designed by Devereux Emmet, the pioneering American golf course architect who designed more than 150 courses worldwide.

The Hartford Stage Open will tee-off at 10:30 a.m. with an 18-hole team scramble. Participating golfers will enjoy food and drink from local businesses including Hog River Brewing Co. and Bakery on Main and can enter to win one of several raffle prizes.

Hoffman Audi of East Hartford will award a two-year car lease as a prize for a player who sinks a hole-in-one on the contest hole.

Following the tournament, a dinner reception will be held at The Tavern at Keney Park, a member of the Dish Restaurant Group. The winning team will receive a trophy handcrafted by Hartford Stage Scene Shop staff at the reception, where raffle winners will also be announced.

Sponsors for The Hartford Stage Open include the Hartford Courant, Locke Lord LLP, Cyient, People’s United Bank, The Simon Konover Company, BlumShapiro, Conning & Company, the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, and Coppermine Advisors.

For more information about The Hartford Stage Open, including participant, vendor and sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Levine, Hartford Stage Donor Events Manager, at 860-520-7241 or


Now in our 55th 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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