Hartford, Or: A Hellish Haven for Exceptionally Strong Quirky Lesbian Sexual Trauma Survivors

It's a way too-early morning on a train platform at Hartford Union Station. We meet Babyface, a young woman who defines herself as "pedophile-bait." This is her story. She is alone until she isn't.
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Hartford, Or: A Hellish Haven for Exceptionally Strong Quirky Lesbian Sexual Trauma Survivors

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  • Toby Malone:
    5 May. 2021
    Oh, wow. Wow wow wow. This is a double-fisted punch to the gut of a play, one that tells us exactly what it is going to be in its first LINE and then refuses to allow us to look away. Because why should we? Mollie Gordon plays with time, form, and structure to play and then replay and then reformat and then relayer a trauma that we feel the need to scream out to stop happening, but of course that's not the way the world works. It's heartbreaking and visceral and raw and necessary. Stunning work.
  • Cole Friedman:
    3 Dec. 2020
    Alternating between hilarity and heartbreak, Hartford by Mollie Gordon is a beautiful one-act that doesn't shy away from Babyface's trauma, but ultimately celebrates her journey to finding peace after it.
  • Ramona Rose King:
    23 Nov. 2020
    Despite its relatively quick runtime, this play makes a real impact. Babyface quickly brings us into her mind and her world, where dark, knowing humor covers trauma—at least at first. A searing, engaging look at life in our patriarchal society, HARTFORD sparks rich conversations and is a strong programming choice for anyone serving a teen, college-aged, or adult audience.

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    The Bechdel Group
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    2020