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Music by Aaron Copland • Libretto by Horace Everett

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017 at 3 PM




Joseph A. Hodge, Conductor

Kristy Chambrelli, Stage Director

Elena Blue, American Sign Language Director


Aetna Theatre at the 

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

29 Atheneum Square North, Hartford, CT

"The Tender Land", premiered in 1954 and tells the story of Laurie, a young girl, who finds herself on the cusp of adulthood as she anticipates her high school graduation. She struggles with the decision of whether to remain in her small town or leave to strike out on her own and discover what the world has to offer.The Tender Land also deals with the concept of the "outsider" as drifters, Martin and Top are falsely accused of a rape by the community.


Fear of individuals who are classified as "others" is a timeless story that still resonates in our current cultural climate. The concept for this production explores the idea of communication and how the struggle to be heard can affect a family. The production will include American Sign Language and a deaf actress in the role of Beth Moss. 


Friday, June 2 will feature ASL interpretation for members of the deaf community. 


Sunday, June 4 there will be a touch tour 1 hour prior to curtain for patrons who are blind or visually impaired. There will also be audio describe available at this performance courtesy of the Yale School of Drama.





Parking for the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum is located in the Front Street South Garage -- 62 Front Street Crossing, Hartford, CT. Street parking is also available. 

The Tender Land has been supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation and the Ensworth Charitable Foundation.

Deaf services provided through generous sponsorship by Relay Connecticut.

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