"SHARP-EYED & BIG-HEARTED! A SHREWD, INCISIVE, THOROUGHLY WINNING COMEDY!"The Boston Globe
"HILARIOUS! A MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION capping a stunning Huntington season."WGBH
"A VERY SMART COMEDY! FUNNY & SHARP!"— WBUR
"DuBois's direction is just about note-perfect, and Gionfriddo...finds laughs in surprising places."The Boston Globe

After grad school, Catherine pursued a career as a rockstar feminist academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, each friend covets the other's life. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy takes a deep look at family, career, romance, and the decisions that define a life.  A 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

"Gina is a dear friend and has been an artistic partner since we were in graduate school. This sharp, smart comedy, set in a small New England college town will connect deeply with our audiences here in Boston. What the play has to say about marriage, feminism and parenthood – from the 20-something, 40-something and 70-something perspective - is savagely funny and deeply human."- Artistic Director Peter DuBois

Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

Video

  • What Audiences Are Saying About Rapture, Blister, Burn

    Hear what audiences are saying about Gina Gionfriddo's biting new comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Huntington, and get a sneak peek at scenes from the the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. 

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    Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn First Rehearsal: the Meet & Greet

    Come behind the scenes of the first rehearsal of Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Huntington, and hear opening remarks from Artistic Director Peter DuBois as he addresses the cast & creative team of the production, and congratulates the rest of the Huntington staff on their recent Tony Award recognition.

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    Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

  • Peter DuBois on Rapture, Blister, Burn

    Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses his upcoming production of Rapture, Blister, Burn and his relationship with playwright Gina Gionfriddo.

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    Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

  • Behind the Scenes of Rapture, Blister, Burn

    Rapture, Blister, Burn is more than "just" a play about a feminism and porn. Come behind the scenes of this biting new comedy with playwright Gina Gionfriddo and cast members Kate Shindle, Timothy John Smith, Shannon Esper, Annie McNamara, Nancy E. Carroll. 

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    Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn

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Press Reviews

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"SHARP-EYED & BIG-HEARTED! A shrewd, incisive, THOROUGHLY WINNING comedy. DuBois's direction is just about note-perfect, and Gionfriddo...finds laughs in suprising places." — The Boston Globe
"HILARIOUS! A MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION capping a stunning Huntington season." — WGBH
"A very smart comedy! Funny and sharp!" —  WBUR
"RAPTUROUS WORDPLAY & BLISTERING HUMOR! The most enjoyable seminar on living and loving that you'll experience anywhere this season. A worthy closer to a very distinguished year." — South Shore Critic
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Audience Buzz

"This is a wonderful production, hilarious and thought provoking!!"Jeff Zilberfarb, via Facebook
"I haven't laughed that hard in a long time - the funniest play! So well written, intelligent dialogue - so great."Sandra Casagrand, via Facebook
"A great night out...emotionally charged play... great friends J & K, invited by our good friend Carolyn Morrell from The River 92.5. A must see!"Kathy Powell, via Facebook
"Loved seeing #RaptureBlisterBurn at the @huntington last night!"@amyemchugh
"Heavy and still hilarious! Loved the post show discussion, always feels like I see the play first, fully understand it later."@SeanHorgan
"@kateshindle Good show tonight @huntington theatre! Have to agree that #RaptureBlisterBur sparkles."@sepstein
"Enjoyed much about Gionfriddo's Rapture Blister Burn. Definitely adding it to the mix next time I teach Contemporary American Theatre"@noemontez

Features

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn...and Laughter

    From BU Today, May 29, 2013: "The quartet of women in Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn offers a provocative and humorous tableau of the graying of second-wave feminism and the ambivalence of its beneficiaries. Women of all ages are likely to see at least some of themselves in the critically acclaimed play, a 2012 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, which concludes the Huntington Theatre Company’s 31st season. . . . "
  • Career Versus Family in Rapture, Blister, Burn

    From The Boston Globe, May 25, 2013: "When Peter DuBois was directing Gina Gionfriddo’s play Rapture, Blister, Burn off-Broadway last year, a pivotal question arose. Are the characters 40 or 42? Two years might not seem like that big a deal, but in the context of the play, age matters. . . . "
  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Explores Gender Issues Of Career, Family, and Sexuality

    From MetroWest Daily News / Wicked Local, May 24, 2013: "'I’m not a sociologist. I’m just a playwright,' Gina Gionfriddo says. She’s contemplating the issues brought up in her Rapture, Blister, Burn, her latest play, a Huntington Theatre Company production that opens May 24 at the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts. . . ."
  • Q+A: The Duo Behind Rapture, Blister, Burn

    From Boston Common Magazine: "The Huntington Theatre Company offers a comedic dessert to end its 31st season—, only it’s kind of a tart one. Rapture, Blister, Burn, by Gina Gionfriddo, takes a fiery look at modernday feminism over afternoon martinis. . . "
  • All Hail Heidi: Beyond Feminism but Still a Dream

    By Gina Gionfriddo for The New York Times, June 7, 2012: "Is there such a thing as inadvertent homage? I accept that my play is a homage to The Heidi Chronicles, but I swear I didn’t mean it to be . . . . "

Artists

  • Nancy E. CarrollAlice Croll
  • Shannon EsperAvery Willard
  • Annie McNamaraGwen Harper
  • Kate ShindleCatherine Croll
  • Timothy John SmithDon Harper
  • Peter DuBoisDirector
  • Gina GionfriddoPlaywright
  • Alexander DodgeScenic Design
  • Mimi O’DonnellCostume Design
  • Jeff CroiterLighting Design
  • M.L. DoggSound Design
  • Jake DeGrootAssociate Lighting Design
  • Marti McIntoshProduction Stage Manager
  • Kathryn MostStage Manager

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