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March 14, 2022 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein comes to Hartford, sharing never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career. Beloved journalist Duby McDowell joins the Broadway legend live and in-person at Immanuel Congregational Church (10 Woodland Street, Hartford) to discuss his exciting new memoir, I Was Better Last Night. Harvey Fierstein’s legendary career has transported him from community theater in Brooklyn, to the lights of Broadway, to the absurd excesses of Hollywood and back. He’s received accolades and awards for acting in and/or writing an incredible string of hit plays, films, and TV shows: Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, Cheers, La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies, and Kinky Boots.

I Was Better Last Night bares the inner life of this eccentric nonconforming child from his roots in 1952 Brooklyn, to the experimental worlds of Andy Warhol and the Theatre of the Ridiculous, to the gay rights movements of the seventies and the tumultuous AIDS crisis of the eighties, through decades of addiction, despair, and ultimate triumph. Mr. Fierstein’s candid recollections provide a rich window into downtown New York City life, gay culture, and the evolution of theater (of which he has been a defining figure), as well as a moving account of his family’s journey of acceptance. I Was Better Last Night is filled with wisdom gained, mistakes made, and stories that come together to describe an astonishingly colorful and meaningful life. Lucky for us all, his unique and recognizable voice is as engaging, outrageously funny, and vulnerable on the page.


Immanuel Congregational Church is located at 10 Woodland Street, directly across Farmington Avenue from The Mark Twain House & Museum. Free parking is available at The Mark Twain House & Museum or in the medical lot across the street from Immanuel.

Tickets: $35 includes a signed copy of I Was Better Last Night / $30 for MTH&M Members.

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COVID Safety Policy: Proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative PCR or rapid COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event is required at the door for admission. For the safety of our speakers, guests and staff, masks must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times once inside the church.


March 14, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Mark Twain House & Museum
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Immanuel Congregational Church
10 Woodland Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105 United States
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