Blog entries posted during 2014

How Venus Got Her Fur

by: Thom Dunn at 01/03/2014 11:03 AM

My play Venus in Fur began with a very powerful, very bad idea. A few years ago I re-read Histoire d’O , the notorious erotic French novel of the 1950s. Story of O (as it’s known in English) is the tale of a woman identified only as “O” who from t...

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Venus in Fur Curtain Calls: Andrea Syglowski

by: at 01/06/2014 02:30 PM

Name:  Andrea Syglowski Role: Vanda Hometown:  Springfield, PA (a small town outside of Philadelphia) How are you like your character? Oh, I go to all of my auditions wearing leather lingerie and a dog collar. (Just kidding) I think I just shared...

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Venus in Fur Curtain Calls: Chris Kipiniak

by: at 01/09/2014 11:30 AM

Name:  Chris Kipiniak Role:  Thomas Hometown: I was raised in Ridgewood, NJ and currently live in New York City. How are you like your character? More than I'd like to admit. Ugh. Like Thomas I am insufferable, embarrassingly susceptible to...

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Shopping With Costume Designer Charles Schoonmaker

by: Lisa Timmel at 01/14/2014 10:30 AM

“Haven’t you always wanted to belong to a ‘Thong of the Month Club,’” asks costume designer Charles “Chip” Schoonmaker as we set out on an afternoon of research for the Huntington’s upcoming production of David Ives’ “spooky sex comedy” Venus in F...

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A Look At Playwright David Ives

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 01/23/2014 01:30 PM

When David Ives began the process of writing Venus in Fur , he says he started with “a very powerful, very bad idea.” He wanted to explore the intricacies of a sadomasochistic relationship on stage. He had recently revisited Leopold Von...

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Melinda Lopez's Cuba

by: Charles Haugland at 03/21/2014 01:00 PM

Ten years after Boston playwright Melinda Lopez’s breakout hit Sonia Flew premiered at the Huntington, her newest work Becoming Cuba takes us back to the mercurial and volatile past of the island. An epic and passionate family story, Becoming Cuba...

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The World Before Becoming Cuba: The Road To Rebellion

by: Meghan Mueller at 01/14/2014 01:28 PM

Contagious Independence • 1776 America fights and wins independence, allowing them to trade with new countries and colonies. Cuba becomes a major trading partner, and this relationship with the freshly independent United States encourages Cuba to...

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U.S. Journalists in Cuba

by: Charles Haugland at 04/02/2014 02:30 PM

"American journalists in this period have kind of a bad reputation. We think of them all as yellow journalists, just down there making up stories, but there were also a core of several really serious, well-intentioned journalists. They put their...

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The Women of The Seagull

by: Sam Lasman at 03/04/2014 11:00 AM

Lika Mizinova Chekhov met his wife, Olga Knipper, when she played the role of Irina in the legendary Moscow Art Theatre production of The Seagull . Why he finally married her, three years before he died, has proved a mystery to biographers. The...

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The Seagull: A Portrait of Artists

by: Sam Lasman at 03/11/2014 11:30 AM

Of Chekhov’s four masterworks — The Seagull , Uncle Vanya , Three Sisters , and The Cherry Orchard — only the first depicts the lives of artists. The actress Irina, the novelist Trigorin, the playwright Konstantin, and the aspiring ingénue Nina —...

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The Seagull Curtain Calls: Kate Burton

by: Thom Dunn at 02/25/2014 12:00 PM

Name:  Kate Burton Role:  Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina Hometown:  New York, New York Most recent Huntington role:  Miss Moffat in The Corn is Green What did your parents want you to be when you grew up? My father wanted me to be a writer and my moth...

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The Seagull Curtain Calls: Nancy E. Carroll

by: at 03/06/2014 12:30 PM

Name:  Nancy E. Carroll Role:  Paulina Andreyevna Hometown:  Born in Haverhill, MA and raised in Ohio, but I came back summers to visit relatives and moved to the North Shore 20 years ago to be near the ocean! Favorite Chekhov play? It will be The...

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Couples Who Met In The Audition Room

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 01/28/2014 12:07 PM

Venus in Fur takes place in an audition room as playwright/director Thomas Novachek reluctantly auditions one last candidate for the role of Wanda, the seductive neighbor of Severin von Kushemski in his adaptation of Leopold von Sacher Masoch’s...

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Casting Announcement for The Seagull

by: Thom Dunn at 02/04/2014 11:11 AM

Rehearsals begin next week for our upcoming production of Chekhov's The Seagull , and we couldn't be more excited about the team that we've assembled for this one. As many of you know, former Huntington Artistic Director had to step down from the...

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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Music of THE SEAGULL But Were Having Trouble Finding On The Internet

by: Charles Haugland at 02/20/2014 10:14 AM

Throughout Anton Chekhov's The Seagull , the once-roving-romantic Dr. Dorn sings snatches of art song, opera, and gypsy ballads, a counterpoint to the action created onstage. Though one of them remains easily accessible to theatres when they prepa...

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The Revolutionary Case of The Seagull

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 02/26/2014 02:13 PM

When the first production of  The Seagull  premiered at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1896, it was an unqualified disaster. So much so that Chekhov wrote to his publisher telling him: "Stop the printing of the plays. I shall never...

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An Interview with Melinda Lopez

by: Charles Haugland at 04/04/2014 02:24 PM

In the 10 years since her play Sonia Flew inaugurated the Wimberly Theatre, playwright Melinda Lopez has been produced all over the country and has frequently returned to the Huntington as an actor. She now serves as the theatre’s first...

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The World Before Cuba: The Road to Rebellion

by: Charles Haugland at 04/07/2014 11:30 AM

Becoming Cuba  is set late in the year 1897, just months prior to the explosion of the  USS Maine and the start of the Spanish-American War. Here is a look back at the major historical figures of the years immediately prior. For a broader...

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