Blog entries posted during 2013

The Gina Chronicles

by: Sam Lasman at 05/15/2013 03:45 PM

When Gina Gionfriddo’s  Rapture, Blister, Burn   opens in May 2013, three years will have passed since her  Becky Shaw   appeared on the Huntington stage. After directing  Becky Shaw ’s premiere, New York, and Huntington productions, Peter DuBois...

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Gearing Up For The Boston Theatre Marathon

by: Sam Lasman at 05/09/2013 03:59 PM

This weekend (May 11 and 12), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presents the 15 th  annual Boston Theater Marathon and the associated Warm-Up Laps reading series.  The Warm-Up Laps, now in their fourth year, present free, public readings of new plays by...

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Post-Post Feminism But Were Afraid To Ask

by: Lisa Timmel at 05/08/2013 04:09 PM

“Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.” — Dante's  Inferno “I guess the grass is always greener. It’s just . . . It’s what you said, right? It’s that forty-somethin...

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The Secret History of A Raisin In The Sun

by: Sam Lasman at 03/27/2013 10:40 PM

A Raisin in the Sun  achieved instant success when it premiered in 1959. However, the titanic reputation of Lorraine Hansberry's masterpiece has obscured the legacy of black playwrights who preceded her. While she was the first black woman to have...

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Happy 284th Birthday, Mr. Lessing!

by: Sam Lasman at 01/22/2013 11:07 PM

My desk is currently host to a plethora of baked goods, individually bagged and awaiting sale. While we dramaturgs generally strive to bring good will and sugary cheer to all, there is a more specific reason behind these efforts today. On this day...

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Special Upcoming Invisible Man Post-Show Conversations

by: Sam Lasman at 01/16/2013 11:08 PM

Given the depth and complexity of the themes explored in  Invisible Man   (both the novel and our currently running stage adaptation), we've invited local scholars who study Ellison, his work, and/or broader themes of African-American literature a...

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The Music of The Jungle Book

by: Ali Leskowitz, Assistant Company Manager at 08/06/2013 11:33 AM

“I was blown away by Mary Zimmerman’s transporting and visually stunning production. It immediately reminded me of what I love about her work – her big heart, sophisticated mind, and playful imagination. In this latest creation, she brilliantly...

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The Power of Duff and the Power of Prayer

by: Lisa Timmel at 09/30/2013 01:00 PM

“Uniquely comic and unabashedly theatrical, The Power of Duff also pulses with incredible emotional clarity. It tells the transformative story of one man waking up to life, just as it seemed he was too lost and it was too late.” — Peter DuBois...

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Staging Connections: Stephen Belber on The Power of Duff

by: Charles Haugland at 10/03/2013 03:00 PM

Stephen Belber is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and film director. His plays include his breakout hit Tape  starring Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke, his Broadway debut Match  directed by the Huntington's former Artistic Director...

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Going Off Script: Public Figures & Unplanned Words

by: Charles Haugland at 10/09/2013 11:00 AM

In Stephen Belber’s  The Power of Duff , newscaster Charlie Duff delivers a polished send-off nightly: “Have a safe and happy night.” Like Edward R. Murrow’s “Good night and good luck” or Walter Cronkite’s “And that’s the way it is,” Charlie’s fin...

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Real Life Onstage: The Cocktail Hour and More

by: Sam Lasman at 11/01/2013 02:00 PM

“This play captures a slice of life that our audience will undoubtedly recognize. We have been talking about a revival of A.R. Gurney’s American comedy of manners for a few years now, and when we learned Maria Aitken was available to direct it, th...

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The History of the Martini

by: Sam Lasman at 11/14/2013 01:30 PM

When John’s mother Ann orders her drink — “a very dry martini, with plenty of ice... and a small twist of lemon” — her patrician credentials are on full display. The martini is the beverage par excellence of America’s much-dwindled leisure class....

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Educating Rita and Obama's Plan for US Community Colleges

by: Charles Haugland at 03/07/2013 11:44 AM

Educating Rita starts previews this Friday, and in a fascinating coincidence, the subject of adult learners and continuing education is all over the news.   In the play, Rita is a hairdresser who discovers a passion for learning and English...

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A Look At Playwright Stephen Belber

by: Charles Haugland at 10/16/2013 12:41 PM

“Most of the characters I create tend to be equipped with language, but woefully ill-equipped when it comes to accurately and honestly expressing their selves, a dilemma I find to be rather human. The world often appears to me to be full of good...

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Creating The World: An Interview With The Power of Duff Scenic Designer David Rockwell

by: Charles Haugland at 10/23/2013 02:44 PM

To call David Rockwell simply “a designer” doesn’t capture the vast range of his work. With offices in New York, Madrid, and Dubai, he leads a 150-person team called the Rockwell Group and takes on projects that range from playgrounds to airports....

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The Power of Duff Comes To Texas (in Spanish)

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 10/28/2013 11:44 AM

Texas newscaster Michelle Valles and Charles Duff from The Power of Duff have a lot more in common than their day job. Like Charlie, Michelle found herself in the middle of a controversy when her popular sign off phrase “Goodbye and hasta mañana”...

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A Look At Playwright A.R. Gurney

by: Sam Lasman at 11/05/2013 01:29 PM

Albert Ramsdell Gurney, Jr. was born in 1930, scion of a prosperous Buffalo family. He grew up, in his words, “surrounded by plays” — at school, on the radio, at the charity performances of his parents’ social clubs, on weekend trips to local...

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The WASP Life

by: Charles Haugland at 11/07/2013 09:26 AM

“Think much, speak little, write less,” read plaques on display in the homes of Isabella Stewart Gardner and J.P. Morgan. While the prep- schooled scions of the old-money elite controlled America’s political, business, and military establishment f...

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FourPlay!

by: Lawrence Goodman, Huntington Playwriting Fellow at 12/04/2013 02:39 PM

Introducing: FourPlay ! We all entered the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program in 2011 and now meet regularly as a writer's group. Here's a little bit about what we've all been up to: Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro  has been revising her play, Mammal...

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Getting To Know Playwrights As Characters

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 12/12/2013 10:00 AM

It is a unique experience to be in a room full of playwrights. First, because there is always that underlying suspicion that something you say will make it to one of their plays. Second, it is interesting to see how much of themselves, although no...

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