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“A FUNNY NEW SPIN on sex, money - and love. A satirical social comedy!” – WBUR
“Gionfriddo is a sharp-eyed social observer and a playwright of wit.” – The Boston Globe
“IT'S A DAZZLER! All the ingredients for another typically witty and timely treatment by Gionfriddo.” – South Shore Critic
It’s Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She’s up to her neck in debt, she might be falling for the man who pays her bills, and now her date has threatened to kill her. A charismatic stranger offers shelter and a drink; where will the night take them? With her trademark dark humor, two-time Pulitzer finalist Gina Gionfriddo presents complicated characters wrestling with love, money, and their past in this sharp contemporary comedy.
Approximate run time: 1 hours and 40 minutes without intermission.Please note, herbal cigarettes are used in this production.
Who would have thought that overwhelming debt could be so funny? Can You Forgive Her? has won over Boston audiences!
Gina Gionfriddo's newest comedy Can You Forgive Her? is about to take the stage, but they have to rehearse it first. Go behind the scenes of this exciting production of a world premiere.
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"Ms. Gionfriddo considers herself “an absolute encyclopedia of true crime” — a handy characteristic for someone who writes for television’s “Law & Order” — and in her experienced eye, crimes motivated by money, power and status are the most compelling and transgressive."
Tim Sanford interviews Playwright Gina Gionfriddo about writing, writing about sex, and working with Peter DuBois.
From our Spotlight Magazine, Charles Haugland, Artistic Programs & Dramaturgy, dives into Gina Gionfriddo's lastest gripping story.
From our Spotlight magazine, literary apprentice Phaedra Scott gives insight into the financial gurus, real and fictional, that influence Can You Forgive Her?.
From the program, Literary Apprentice Phaedra Scott interviews Can You Forgive Her? scenic designern Lauren Helpern.
From the program, Charles Haugland, Artistic Programs & Dramaturgy, interviews Gina Gionfriddo about her biting new comedy Can You Forgive Her?
“Gionfriddo is a witty observer of the social zeitgeist whose characters lead lives of comic desperation.” – WBUR
Gina Gionfriddo was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Rapture, Blister, Burn (commissioned by and premiered at Playwrights Horizons and produced at the Huntington in 2013) and a 2009 finalist for Becky Shaw, which the Huntington produced in 2010. Becky Shaw had its world premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays and its New York premiere Off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre. Ms. Gionfriddo’s other plays include Can You Forgive Her? (Huntington Theatre Company), After Ashley (Humana Festival and Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre) and US Drag (Off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb and the stageFRAM).
Peter DuBois is in his ninth season as Artistic Director at the Huntington where his directing credits include Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music, the world premieres of Gina Gionfriddo’s Can You Forgive Her?, Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, Evan M. Wiener’s Captors, Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer finalist), Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s, and David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples; the regional premieres of A. Rey Pamatmat’s after all the terrible things I do, Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff , Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw and Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss.
Allyn Burrows has performed in the Huntington's production of Can You Forgive Her? He has Off Broadway credits that include Bug, Killer Joe, Louis Slotin Sonata, Closetland, and The Windowing of Mrs. Holroyd. Regionally he’s worked with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Walnut Street Theatre.
Chris Henry Coffey previously appeared at the Huntington in Can You Forgive Her? and How Shakespeare Won the West by Richard Nelson. His theatrical credits include Bronx Bombers on Broadway after its successful run at Primary Stages, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage Theatre (Davis McCallum, dir.), Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home(Playwrights Horizons and Goodman Theatre, Robert Falls, dir.), and A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room at the Westport Country Playhouse (Mark Lamos, dir., Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Best Ensemble).
Tanya Fischer previously appeared at the Huntington in Can You Forgive Her? She has Off Broadway credits that include US Drag (Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row), Los Angeles and A Christmas Song (The Flea Theater), and The Dream Express (The Chocolate Factory Theater). Ms. Fischer’s film and television credits include Assassination of a High School President, “Copper,” “CSI,” “The Defenders,” “Law & Order,” and “Life on Mars.”
Meredith Forlenza previously appeared at the Huntington in Can You Forgive Her? and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Her Broadway credits include Noises Off, The Winslow Boy, A Behanding in Spokane, and Pal Joey. Her Off Broadway credits include Empathitrax (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Completeness (Playwrights Horizons), All-American (Lincoln Center Theater), The Second Time (La MaMa), The Notebook of Trigorin (The Flea Theater), and A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (SoHo Playhouse).
Theo Iyer previously appeared at the Huntington in Can You Forgive Her? He has New York credits that include Animals out of Paper, Sex and Charitable Giving, and Brothers. His recent work in the feature film The Grief of Others was featured at the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival, and he will be making his television debut this March in "Limitless." Mr. Iyer is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, earning a BFA in acting. theoiyer.com.
Lauren Helpern designed Can You Forgive Her? at the Huntington, as well as designing scenery for Voices in the Dark on Broadway. Her other New York credits include 4000 Miles (Lucille Lortel Award) and Disgraced (Lincoln Center Theater), Bad Jews (Roundabout Theatre Company), Pocatello (Playwrights Horizons), Bethany(Women’s Project Theater), David Mamet’s Ghost Stories (Atlantic Theater Company),BUG (Obie Award, Barrow Street Theatre), as well as shows at Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, and TheatreworksUSA.
Mary Lauve designed the costumes for the Huntington’s production of Can You Forgive Her? and has collaborated with other designers in over seventy productions as the company’s resident assistant. Recent regional designs include The Winter’s Tale and Phedre (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Tribes and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company), and Intimate Apparel (Brandeis University). Ms. Lauve studied theatre at Boston College and Emerson College, and design at The Art Institute of Boston.
Philip S. Rosenberg has previous Huntington credits that include Can You Forgive Her?, Betrayal, Private Lives,Bus Stop, and She Loves Me. His Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, It’s Only A Play, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. In years past, Mr. Rosenberg has also served as associate lighting designer on over 35 Broadway plays and musicals.
Daniel Kluger provided the sound design for the Huntington's production of Can You Forgive Her? He produces music and sound design for theatre and film. He recently did the orchestrations for Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! at Bard SummerScape. New York credits include The Effect, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre), The Mystery of Love and Sex and Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), Marjorie Prime, Iowa, andYour Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons), Significant Other and The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company)...
Alaine Alldaffer is also the casting director for Playwrights Horizons, where her credits include Grey Gardens (also for Broadway), Clybourne Park (also for Broadway), and Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Best Ensemble and an Artios Award for casting).
Emily F. McMullen has previously worked on Topdog/Underdog, A Doll's House, Bedroom Farce, Sunday in the Park with George, I Was Most Alive with You, Can You Forgive Her?, Disgraced, A Confederacy of Dunces, A Little Night Music, after all the terrible things I do, The Colored Museum, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Awake and Sing!, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Smart People, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, and The Cocktail Hour for the Huntington.
Kevin Schlagle returns to the Huntington after previously working on Topdog/Underdog, Bedroom Farce, Sunday in the Park with George; Can You Forgive Her?; Milk Like Sugar; A Confederacy of Dunces; A Little Night Music; after all the terrible things I do; Come Back, Little Sheba; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Smart People; Venus in Fur; Our Town; God of Carnage; Ruined; and Prelude to a Kiss.
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