What's the history of the Huntington's relationship with commercial producers?

by:  Peter DuBois at 10/25/2012

The Boston Globe reported recently on an upcoming study about the partnership between the non-profit-theatre and commercial producers. The study was sponsored by the Center for Theater Commons at Emerson College and written by Diane Ragsdale.

With respect to the Huntington, its true that we occasionally collaborate with commercial producers, and we believe that this can be accomplished in ways that stay on mission.

I encourage you to read the Globe article and to think about your own response to the questions raised. The Globe reported a short overview of our history of collaborations that involved commercial producers. In the interest of transparency and adding additional facts to the conversation, here's the full history of the Huntington's relationship with commercial producers, dating back to the our founding.

What do you think about the relationship between non-profit theatres and commercial producers? If you're an audience member, do you think it's impacted your experience at the Huntington?

My tenure: 5 seasons, 3 projects scheduled in collaboration with commercial producers (one dropped out before production), and one co-produced with a New York-based non-profit 

2012-2013 Season

Our Town — In collaboration with an Off Broadway commercial producer


2011 – 2012 Season

Sons of the Prophet — Co-production with New York-based non-profit

Captors — In collaboration with an outside producer


2008-2009 Season

Pirates!  — Scheduled with the with the participation of an outside producer who ultimately pulled out before production


The Nicholas Martin years: 8 seasons, 7 projects in collaboration with commercial producers including 3 with Broadway in Boston

2007-2008 Season

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps — West-End transfer transferred directly to Broadway


2006-2007 Season

Radio Golf — Pre-Broadway production with commercial producers involved


2004-2005 Season

Gem of the Ocean — Pre-Broadway production with commercial producers involved


2003-2004 Season

As You Like It — Commercial touring production co-produced with Broadway in Boston


2002-2003 Season

Marty  — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers


2001-2002 Season

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme — Produced in association with Broadway in Boston, direct transfer to Lincoln Center Theatre


2000-2001 Season

Fully Committed — Produced in association with Broadway in Boston


The Peter Altman years: 18 seasons, 7 projects in collaboration with commercial producers

1999-2000 Season

King Hedley — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers


1998-1999 Season

Jitney — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers, no commercial run


1995-1996 Season

Seven Guitars — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers, pre-Broadway run

The Young Man from Atlanta — Enhanced by commercial producers, ran on Broadway in 1997


1992-1993 Season

Pal Joey — Enhanced by commercial producers


1990-1991 Season

Two Trains Running — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers, pre-Broadway run


1987-1988 Season

The Piano Lesson — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers, pre-Broadway run


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