Offsite Events @ Hill-Stead

Playhouse on Park joins "From the Porch - A Summer Series” at the Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032


Featuring Playhouse On Park singers


Wednesday, August 26th(rain date Thursday, August 27th)
6:30pm (gates open at 6pm)
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Join singers from past Playhouse on Park productions for a 90-minute cabaret filled with show tunes, jazz standards and more. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets & masks. Masks must be worn unless you are in your pod. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.

originally from West Hartford, lives in Northern Virginia where she's been working as an actor/choreographer since 2014. Playhouse on Park: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, CHICAGO, DREAMHOUSE (World Premiere), STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER. DC Area: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, CITY OF ANGELS, SHREK, THE WEDDING SINGER. Ivoryton Playhouse, CT: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. Connecticut Repertory Theater: HAIR, THREEPENNY OPERA, CABARET. Philipstown Depot Theatre, NY: HEARTBREAK LIKE HEMINGWAY (World Premiere). Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY, University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. @CarolynBurke21

HILLARY EKWALL is a West Hartford native happy to be performing at the Hill-Stead. Select credits include: National Tours: ROUNDABOUT'S CABARET (Rosie/cello/violin), HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Regional: GREASE (Patty Simcox), WEST SIDE STORY (Anybodys), CABARET (Kost), and is a regular at Playhouse on Park having performed in over 20 productions there including favorites SPELLING BEE (Schwarzy) and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Sally). She also has worked on the production side as assistant choreographer for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and IN THE HEIGHTS and directed and choreographed CURIOUS GEORGE. She is ecstatic to reunite with the Falcetti Four for tonight's performance!

AMANDA FORKER is a professional singer and actress from Wethersfield, CT. She majored in Vocal Performance and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Connecticut State University. Amanda has been performing at Playhouse on Park since they opened in 2009; some of her favorite credits include: NUNSENSE, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A LOVING TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETTE, [title of show], MAMA D'S OUTRAGEOUS ROMPS, SWINGING ON A STAR & MISS NELSON IS MISSING. She has also performed with POP's resident dance company, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, under the direction of Darlene Zoller. Instagram: @yoursfaithfullyamanda

RICK FOUNTAIN is a long-time resident of West Hartford. Playhouse On Park: IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE (Mouse), CHICAGO (Amos), MAMA D’s OUTRAGEOUS ROMP, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETT. Other CT productions: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Panch), CITY OF ANGELS (Stine), DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS (Bert), SOMETHING ROTTEN (Lord Clapham), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Mrs. Bumbrake), A FUNNY THING...FORUM (Hysterium), SPAMALOT (Bedevere), 42nd STREET (Billy), A CHORUS LINE (Bobby). Rick is thrilled to be reunited with his Falcetti Four cabaret buddies for this evening’s performance in this beautiful setting.


With Mama D herself, Darlene Zoller


Wednesday, September 16th
6:15pm (gates open at 5:45pm)
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Tickets are NOT available at the door.
“Doors” open at 6:00pm and casual dancing/warm-ups will begin at 6:30pm followed by dancer/non dancer choreography taught to the song "Before I Let Go". It is guaranteed fun for dancers of any skill level and suggested for ages tweens and up.

DARLENE ZOLLER is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Playhouse on Park where she has directed NUNSENSE, CHICAGO (Best Director of a Musical/Broadway World,) PINKALICIOUS, ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE, SWINGING ON A STAR, THAT HOLIDAY FEELING, SAY THINGS FUNNY, and choreographed; THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, IN THE HEIGHTS, A CHORUS LINE, HAIR, CABARET, PASSING STRANGE among others. She is the founder, director and choreographer of stop/time dance theater, the resident dance company of Playhouse on Park, now in its seventeenth year. She was voted Best Director of a Musical/Broadway World for I'D RATHER BE DANCING. CT Critics Circle nominee for Best Choreographer for HAIR, ROCKIN' THE FOREST and IN THE HEIGHTS. She IS Mama D of MAMA D'S OUTRAGEOUS ROMP; a grown ups only music, dance and comedy event-exclusive to the Playhouse. Darlene is an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford's Hartt School where she directed and choreographed CHICAGO and did the choreography for ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, SMILE, CURTAINS and NUNSENSE. She also teaches dance classes for adults at The 224 ECOSpace and is an instructor at Big Sky Fitness in Vernon.


Come hear a new play

by Nick Malakhow

Wednesday, September 23rd
(rain date Thursday, September 24th)
6:00pm (gates open at 5:30pm)
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Join us for a Play Reading of this new work.  Includes a post show talk back with the playwright, director and the cast. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets & masks. Masks must be worn unless you are in your pod. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.


GRIT At Dunston-Hall Academy, Raymond Castillo, a returning junior, and Sasha Gomez, a new sophomore, meet and bond over being two of the "scholarship kids" at a mostly white boarding school, the stupid stuff their white hallmates say, feeling like fish out of water both at home and at DHA, and their passions for music and art. Their growing friendship is tested, however, when they must navigate a series of personal tragedies, uncomfortable revelations, and betrayals as the fall semester unfolds.

NOTE: Strong language.

Featuring Maya Cuevas and Willie Marte from our production of IN THE HEIGHTS.


NICK MALAKHOW (he/him/his) is a Dominican and Ukrainian writer and theater educator based in Boston. His full-length play, SEEING EYE, was developed with Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and Fresh Ink in Boston, and was a finalist for the 2019 O'Neill NPC, the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval, and the 2020 In-Progress Reading Series at the Unicorn Theatre. His other work has been developed or produced by the Quarantine Series, Theatre@First, the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, and as part of the 2018 Boston Theater Marathon. Nick was a Company One Playlab Unit member for C1's 2019 season. He has also taught theater, English, and creative writing at the secondary level for over ten years in the greater Philly and Boston areas. He grew up in the diverse town of Teaneck, New Jersey. BA: Swarthmore College, MA: Emerson College


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