One Play is an exciting partnership between the Hartford Stage Co. and Capital Community College. Each semester, the entire college focuses on one play staged by this world-class theatre, offering students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to enjoy performances at a discounted price and to engage in discussion.

Faculty are encouraged to attend a Critical Eye workshop at the Hartford Stage to discover ways to incorporate each play into their syllabus. The college also hosts a pre-play lecture or panel discussion with the director or other members of the production team. The Meet the Actors session held on campus the week after the One Play performances is a popular event, as is the pre-play reception with free food and live music, usually performed by Capital's Jazz Ensemble.

Each semester, between 400 and 500 students and 30-50 Capital employees cross the street to attend the performance. That is approximately 10% of the college's student population! Many students have shared in surveys that this was their first experience with live theatre.

One Play was spawned by a Hartford Heritage faculty workshop held at the Hartford Stage in the spring of 2011.

The One Play program is subsidized by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, as recommended by Beatrice Koopman.

Fall 2015 Semester Play

Get Ready for this Hartford Stage World Premiere

Did you know Hartford Stage’s world premiere production of Rear Window is not based on Hitchcock’s classic film but on the story that inspired the film, "It Had to be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich? Listen here to the BBC Radio reading of Woolrich’s story.


What are students saying about One Play?

“It just opened my eyes on possibilities I knew existed, but I never was exposed to it”

“It was a great experience”

“I really liked the experience; it opened my eyes to issues that I have not experienced”

“It was a great experience, I had never been to the Hartford Stage”

“It was a great experience and it sparked an interest in me to continue in my writing”

“I definitely like it more than a movie theater”

“It was amazing because I never in my life have seen a live play. It was so interesting how energetic it was [compared to] watching a movie”

Faculty Corner

Faculty who teach the Hartford Stage’s Rear Window will find rich material in an exploration of the original story, the Hitchcock film, and this new play. How do these adaptations differ? What do the differences say about interpretation and reinterpretation? What advantages and limitations are offered in each medium—print story, narrated story, film, drama?

One Play Events

Thu Oct 22 7:30pm One Play
Fri Oct 23 8:00pm One Play
Tue Oct 27 7:30pm One Play
Thu Oct 29 7:30pm One Play
Sat Oct 31 2:00pm One Play
Mon Nov 2 2:00pm Screening of Hitchcock Film with talk by Hitchcock Scholar Dr. Sidney Gottlieb
Thu Nov 12 12:00pm Meet the Actors
Community Room, 2nd floor
Coming Spring 2016
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

One Play Photos

  • HHP Director Dr. Jeffrey Partridge with Aurelia Clunie of the Hartford Stage and actors Zachary Infante, Cary Tedder, and Jessica Naimy from Matthew Lopez’s Somewhere. Spring 2014

    Photo by Art Kureczka
  • Jessica Naimy of Somewhere talks about striving to be an actor and the need to persevere. Spring 2014

    Photo by Art Kureczka
  • Zachary Infante of Somewhere sharing a laugh with the CCC audience. Spring 2014

    Photo by Art Kureczka
  • One Play gives students and faculty opportunities to get to know one another. Here, Professor Kevin Lamkins enjoys conversation with his students at the Hartford Stage. Fall 2012

  • Classmates enjoy some social time at the One Play Pre-Play Reception at Capital, a time for students, faculty, and staff to interact over dinner and live music before crossing the street to see the play. Fall 2012

  • A World-Class Theatre at our Doorstep! The Hartford Stage Co., as viewed from the front entrance of Capital Community College.

  • Pulitzer-Winning Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes with Capital Professor Minati Roychoudhuri. Fall 2011, photo J. Partridge.

  • Students and faculty attend "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," a world-premiere musical destined for Broadway. Capital welcomed the cast the following week for a Meet the Actors discussion. Fall 2012