Our Current Season

Our Current Season

Buy tickets today for our exciting current season.

Contact us to learn more about our Bruyette Athenaeum Performing Arts Series, or purchase your tickets now.

Box Office hours: Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Friday, 2 - 5 p.m.

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Capital Classics: Love's Labour's Lost

loves-labours-lost-100x116.jpgDirected by David Watson

This summer, Capital Classics presents Love's Labour's Lost, as part of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival. Capital Classics will bring its spirited, raucous performance style to this rambunctious comedy of love, as a cast of characters stumbles and bumbles its way in pursuit of love with true Shakespearean silliness and joy.

The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival attracts more than 2,000 fans, who turn out over three weekends with family and friends (and picnic baskets) on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph to enjoy "Shakespeare under the stars." If it rains, the performance moves inside to the adjacent Autorino Center for the Arts.

Arrive at least 30 minutes early to enjoy pre-show entertainment, such as Youth in Community Arts performances on Thursdays; the Ben & Jerry's scooping and the Elizabethan Consort singing on Fridays; local music groups for Prize Night on Saturdays; and lectures by local experts for the "Professor Series" on Sundays. Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets. You can bring your own picnic, but food and beverages are also available for purchase before and during the show.

Thursdays, July 13, 20, 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Fridays, July 14, 21, 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays July 15, 22, 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays July 16, 23, 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Adults: $15, Seniors & Students: $10

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Learn more about Capital Classics Theatre Company.

Past Events 2016-2017



Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

Tickets $35-$65 (Reserved Seating)

This award-winning show features music tied together by the bloodlines of legends including: Michael Allman (son of Greg Allman), Jeff Pitchell (voted Best Blues Band in New England and had a #7 CD on national Billboard charts), Claudette King (daughter of BB King) and Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles, voted as 2nd best singer of all-time).

Join these phenomenal, multi-talented artists for a wonderful evening of music!

Presented by: The Autorino Center for the Arts and Black Eyed Sally's


Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

An evening showcasing work choreographed and performed by students and guest artists. Directed by Susan Murphy, USJ Dance Ensemble Adviser.

Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, and Students/Children: $5


Healing Blues Band


American Roots Festival 

Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

A collection of songwriters and musicians who teamed up with homeless citizens to write songs about their lives ranging from Gritty Blues and Acoustic Introspection, but all the while reminding us where the Blues really comes from.




Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 p.m.

Healing Blues Documentary and Panel Discussion with artists Dave Fox and Ted Efremoff.

This film documents the Healing Blues project in which homeless storytellers and musicians in Greensboro, NC collaborated to create the Healing Blues album.

Location: Bruyette Athenaeum, AV Room, 2nd Floor

Let us know you will joining by clicking here!




American Roots Festival 

Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and re-imagine traditional music. 

The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners, and homemakers. Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O'Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage and more.  

OPENING FOR JAYME STONE! Mama’s Marmalade, a Western MA-based string band that plays across multiple genres incorporating bluegrass, funk, blues, and folk into unique covers and original tunes. LEARN MORE HERE

For more about the Lomax Project go here.



American Roots Festival


Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

For more about RUNA go here.

Martha Redbone and the Bone Hill BandMARTHA REDBONE'S BONE HILL BAND

American Roots Festival 

Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 8 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone's family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman's return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries.

For more about Martha Redbone's Bone Hill Band go here.


American Roots Festival

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

American roots music performed by Jenny Scheinman, Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe. Music by Jenny Scheinman, film by Finn Taylor and all footage shot by H. Lee Waters.

In this new project commissioned by Duke Performances, acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker, H. Lee Waters.

From 1936-1942 Waters documented over 118 towns in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee in a collection he called "Movies of Local People." Waters traveled from town to town, filming people going about their lives in the small town South, then worked with local movie theaters to screen his silent shorts inviting his subjects for a wholly novel experience--to see themselves on the silver screen alongside Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock, and the Hollywood stars of the time.

For more about Kannapolis go here.

Support received from the New England Foundation for the Arts.


American Roots Festival 

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Guggenheim Fellow and USA artist, Raphael Xavier, ventures further into a mature space for hip hop dance in Point of Interest.

The piece follows a standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics and pushes the boundaries of this young culture and form. Xavier's goal is to open doors of possibility for hip hop dance and dancers, and to ambitiously continue to sustain his movement practice in the form.

For more about Raphael Xavier go here.

Support received from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

HartBeat Ensemble presents Jimmy & LorraineHartBeat Ensemble: Jimmy & Lorraine 

American Roots Festival 

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, 2 p.m

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & USJ Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Jimmy & Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50's and 60's through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry.

Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members including director Brian Jennings, has developed this new work and explored the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy & Lorraine, this new play holds up a mirror to America's history and sheds light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever changing multicultural society.  

For more about HartBeat Ensemble go here.


Queenes Companye: Doubt: A Parable

Queenes Companye presents a production of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable in the Bruyette Athenaeum's Hoffman Auditorium. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this thought-provoking drama focuses on the Bronx school principal Sister Aloysius. The sister takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. The performances are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 7:30 p.m
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium



Women of the World: 2nd Annual Chapel Series

Singing for wisdom, respect, joy and peace.

Thursday, No. 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
The Connor Chapel of Our Lady

ADVANCE TICKET SALES: General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Women of the World perform original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist, in 29 languages! The four singers are Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Annette Philip (India), Debora Pierre ( Haiti/United States), Giorgia Renosto (Italy).

Despite differences in their upbringing, language, religion, ethnicity, food and music, they are bound by one unique desire: to explore sounds, rhythms and musical vocabulary from all over the world. The popular and versatile Women of the World have dedicated their careers to performing the music of diverse cultures, integrating their own unique heritages and musical styles in beautiful harmony.

For more about Women of the World go here.

5x5-logo-100x116.jpg5x5 Dance Festival

Connecticut's Premier Contemporary Dance Festival

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $20, Senior & Alumni: $15, Students: $10

USJ Students with ID: FREE

The 5x5 Dance Festival brings together choreographers, performers, educators and students to study and perform. Artists, students and audiences share their experience, talent and inspiration through master classes, workshops, discussions and performance. Click here for more information.

rick-reyes-noche-latina-100x116.jpgNoche Latina: Rick Reyes & The Pasofino Social Club

A night of celebration! Latin and Caribbean rhythms for a sound that's cross-cultural and highly danceable.

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 6 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $5

The Pasofino Social Club is your passport to travel across all the borders of the Latin music genres. With singer songwriter Rick Reyes as your tour guide, embark on a musical journey across the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Just as with a social club, the band brings you great diversity and plays with the complicity that friends and musicians only develop over many nights spent well after dark.

For more about Rick Reyes and The Pasofino Social Club go here.

okee-dokee-bros-100x116.jpgOkee Dokee Brothers

GRAMMY Award-winning Americana Folk music, fun for the whole family!

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $15 Call our Box Office to receive: Family Price $40 for 4

Jo and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY award winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative.

"Children enjoy the Okee Dokee brothers. You will too. It's not only for the kids. It's for weary moms and stressed-out dads, silly uncles, eccentric aunts, weird cousins, and all your wild friends who think themselves to be hipsters, but who also love great music." - Journal of Roots Music

For more about Okee Dokee Brothers go here.

D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks - Sandglass Theater

This touching puppet-theater performance explores the rich creative potential of people living with dementia.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, 2 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

D-Generation explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their world, their images and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters, and creates a piece that reflects the stigma and the acceptance, the despair and the joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers and family members.

Stories created by: The Residents of Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation using Timeslips, (a collective creative story telling model developed by Anne Basing).

For more about Sandglass Theater go here.

spiritrials-100x116.jpgSpiritrials - Dahlak Brathwaite

Blurring the lines between hip-hop and theater, addiction, religion and the law in a timely exploration of the criminal justice system

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 8 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

This multi-dimensional play takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from one of Dahlak's most recent hip-hop albums, layering characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of the songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop dramatic performance. A timely exploration of the criminal justice system, Spiritrials chronicles the journey of Dahlak's own criminalization along with his struggle to be vindicated and decriminalized in the eyes of the law and society. The piece works through the personal shame of criminal stigmatization to examine the factors - both internal and external - that have misplaced him in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage.

Written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite
Musical accompaniment by Dion Decibles
Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Sean San Jose

To learn more about Dahlak Brathwaite go here.

PEP-Talk-100x116.jpgPEP TALK- Hand2Mouth Theater

A theatrical celebration of coaches, teams and everyday heroes

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

"Like any good spirit squad, they had me roped in from the get go for their joyous descent into that pillar of American culture: the motivational pep talk." -Portland Mercury

PEP TALK celebrates coaches, teams, and everyday heroes. Combining the bravado of Muhammad Ali and the gravitas of Vince Lombardi with the unique skills of Hand2Mouth's veteran performers, PEP TALK creates an art/sport atmosphere that inspires audiences to reflect on the past, cheer on the present, and step from passive observers to activate participants. Learn more about Hand2Mouth.

istijmam-100x116.jpgTheater in Times of Crisis

Panel Discussion with Istjimam and HartBeat Ensemble about theater and social change from Algeria to Hartford

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, 7 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, 2nd floor Reception Room


Istijmam, a collaborative of theater makers, moves outward from the manifestos of Brecht and Grotowski to repopulate the halga, Algeria's town square, and renew populist traditions. - More about Istjimam here.

HartBeat Ensemble creates provocative theater that connects our community beyond the traditional barriers of class, race, geography and gender. More about HartBeat Ensemble here.