It is my great pleasure, dear readers, dear cineastes, dear lovers of theatre to introduce you to the very exciting and dynamic Elizabeth Williamson, the newly appointed associate artistic director of the Hartford Stage. Elizabeth has studied in London under Mark Wing-Davey, who is now the Head of NYU’s great Grad Acting program, and also at L’Ecole Jacques le Coq theatre in Paris, as well as being the Dramaturg at the Hartford Stage under the direction of Darko Tresnjak.
Elizabeth was the dramaturg and very involved with the development of Matthew Lopez’ new play “Reverberation” which I liked so much when I saw it in Hartford earlier this year. Her parents were both poets and she has a very bright future in the American Theater in front of her.
Just back from a wonderful trip to Hartford, Conn. and the great Hartford Stage Company. Under the Artistic Direction of Tony-Award-Winner Darko Tresnjak, the Hartford Stage has had a dazzling year.
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” won the Tony for Best Musical and started there. They did a stunning production of “Hamlet” starring the youngest “Hamlet” I’ve ever seen Zach Appelman. And their world premiere of Matthew Lopez’ “Reverberation” about queer bashing just knocked my theater-going socks off.
Darko is currently in rehearsal for his revival of “Kiss Me Kate” which opens in Hartford on May 14 and plays til June 14. After which it goes to San Diego to the scenic Old Globe theater there. The same journey that “Gentleman’s Guide” took on its’ way to Broadway. Will “Kiss Me Kate” follow the same path?
This is part one of a two part interview with the trail-blazing Darko. Enjoy!