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Tresnjak Nixes 'St. Joan' For 'Heartbreak House,' Foxwoods Books Broadway Shows

Darko Tresnjak won't be directing George Bernard Shaw's "St. Joan" as the final show of Hartford Stage's 2016-17 season. But he will direct Shaw's "Heartbreak House" instead, May 11 through June 11.

Tresnjak says he was sidelined by an illness this winter that kept him from doing the preparatory work he felt he needed to do to tackle the seldom-done, famously difficult "St. Joan."

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Two Shakespeare Comedies For 2017; Bill Raymond's Last 'Bah Humbug'

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center marked the 25th anniversary of its National Theater Institute's Moscow Art Theater Semester program with a series of special events in Russia, including a Dec. 13 performance hosted by U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft. Thirty-one students are currently involved in the program, and noted alums include Elizabeth Olsen and Van Hansis.

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Tresnjak Extends At Hartford Stage; 'Moonlight' Playwright Hired At Yale

Darko Tresnjak will be the artistic director of Hartford Stage at least through the 2018-19 season. The three-year extension of his initial five-year contract was announced Dec. 5 by Sue Ann Collins, president of the theater's Board of Directors.

Tresnjak has been Hartford Stage's artistic director since July 2011.

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Hartford Stage Schedules Cast Talkbacks For Bill Raymond

The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta recently challenged Hartford Stage to a "mannequin challenge." That's the new online sensation in which participants remain frozen in place while a camera pans around their environments.

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"Endgame" Cast Finalized For Long Wharf; "Buyer and Cellar" and "Hairspray" on TV

Long Wharf Theatre has announced the rest of the cast for the eagerly awaited production of Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," which plays the theater's Stage II space Jan. 5 through Feb. 5. Besides the already announced Brian Dennehy as Hamm and Reg E. Cathey as Clov, the show features Joe Grifasi as Nagg and Lynn Cohen as Nell.

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Goodspeed's Announces Shows In Festival Of New Musicals; Sinatra At Ivoryton Playhouse

Goodspeed Musicals has released details of its 12th annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, held Jan. 13-15 at the Goodspeed Opera House and the next-door Gelston House in East Haddam. The fest, which presents staged readings of musicals-in-progress, also serves as a wintertime gathering place for the musical theater community.

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