Press Clips

Queens for a Year

T.D. Mitchell, writer
Lucie Tiberghien, director
Hartford Stage, 2016

“Vanessa R. Butler gives a strong and brave performance and leads the cast extremely well.”—Zander Opper, Sepember 20, 2016

“[Butler’s] performance as Molly is strong, determined, committed. Her performance is intense and gripping and her relationships with each of the characters are genuine and beautifully nuanced.”—Pillow Talking Review, Someday Productions

  • Marine Drama ‘Queens For A Year’ Opens Season For Hartford Stage. September 5, 2016. Hartford Courant
  • Review: “Queens For A Year” World Premiere at Hartford Stage. September 17, 2016. The Westfield News
  • ‘Queens For a Year’ sheds light on women in the military, at Hartford Stage. September 7, 2016. Connecticut Post
  • Hartford Stage Sets Cast, Creative Team for QUEENS FOR A YEAR. August 24, 2016. Broadway World
  • Stage review: ‘Queens for a Year’ is a boot camp for the mind. September 23, 2016. Journal Inquirer
  • Meet the Artist—Vanessa R. Butler. Hartford Stage, Stagenotes
  • Rotten to the Corps. New Haven Review. September 22, 2016.
  • Review: “Queens For A Year” Premiere @ Hartford Stage. September 22, 2016. Take Magazine
  • WKPN Community Radio, State of the Arts, interview, September 16, 2016
  • Pillow Talking’s Review of QUEENS FOR A YEAR. January 10, 2016. SomedayProds.com

Jimmy & LorraineJimmy & Lorraine

Talvin Wilks, writer
Brian Jennings, director
HartBeat Ensemble, 2015, 2017

“Butler is a revelation as Hansberry. (She also does a killer Lena Horne.) She’s a beguiling presence, conveying a razor-sharp intellect, cool charm and deeply felt optimism that in the end is heartbreaking.”—Frank Rizzo, Hartford Courant

Gross Domestic Product

Julia Rosenblatt, writer
Rachel Alderman, director
HartBeat Ensemble, 2016

” ‘Gross Domestic Product’ ” is about women in the workplace and centers on the struggles of ‘a trailblazing senator’ and ‘her new economic agenda for mothers in America.’ “—Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant

  • HartBeat’s ‘Gross Domestic Product’ A Worthwhile Political Drama. April 12, 2016. Hartford Courant
  • ‘Gross Domestic Product’ At Hartbeat Ensemble. April 1, 2016. Hartford Courant