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
• 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
• 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
• Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps — West-End transfer transferred directly to Broadway
• Radio Golf — Pre-Broadway production with commercial producers involved
• Gem of the Ocean — Pre-Broadway production with commercial producers involved
• As You Like It — Commercial touring production co-produced with Broadway in Boston
• Marty — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers
• Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme — Produced in association with Broadway in Boston, direct transfer to Lincoln Center Theatre
• Fully Committed — Produced in association with Broadway in Boston
The Peter Altman years: 18 seasons, 7 projects in collaboration with commercial producers
• King Hedley — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers
• Jitney — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers, no commercial run
• 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
• Pal Joey — Enhanced by commercial producers
• Two Trains Running — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers, pre-Broadway run
• The Piano Lesson — Produced in collaboration with commercial producers, pre-Broadway run