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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Feelin' Chilly? Get your Fur on with Venus

by: Thom Dunn at 01/06/2014 01:57 PM

Look, I get it: it's cold out. Well, maybe not today  specifically, when it suddenly feels like April, but by the time the sun goes down we'll be back in the Ice Age, and when that happens, we all begin to regret the social progress of human...

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Venus in Fur Audience Feedback

by: Thom Dunn at 01/09/2014 11:13 AM

Our production of Venus in Fur  is up and running in kneehigh leather stilletto boots, and despite the chill in the air outside, audiences are feeling the heat within the walls of the BU Theatre. Here's what some of our audience members have been...

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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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The Seagull Curtain Calls: Morgan Ritchie

by: Morgan Ritchie at 03/13/2014 12:30 PM

Name: Morgan Ritchie Role:  Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev Hometown:  New York, New York Favorite Chekhov play? It's a toss-up for me between Three Sisters  and The Seagull . The emotional fireworks of The Seagull  are more fun to play, and everyo...

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The Seagull Curtain Calls: Nael Nacer

by: Nael Nacer at 03/19/2014 01:00 PM

  Name:  Nael Nacer Role:  Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko Hometown:  Paris, France Favorite Chekhov play? This will be my first time perfoming Chekhov, but I've always loved The Seagull.  It was my introduction to Chekhov and his wonderfully raw,...

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What's So Funny About Our Racist Brains?

by: Lisa Timmel at 05/21/2014 01:30 PM

There’s a joke that encapsulates the current state of many American’s attitudes toward race relations. It goes like this: “How does every ethnic joke begin? With a look over your shoulder.” Even though everyone should know better, we have ample...

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Bias Is Not Black & White: Smart People And Implicit Social Cognition

by: Lisa Timmel at 05/29/2014 02:00 PM

Rosie Benton and Billy Eugene Jones in the Huntington's production of Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly (2010). Photo: Scott Schuman. The cast of characters in Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People features two academics whose areas of study involve the...

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The Smart People Monologues

by: Lydia R. Diamond at 06/05/2014 02:30 PM

Smart People opens with a cascade of overlapping monologues. Each character — Valerie, an actress; Brian, a neurobiologist; Jinny, a sociologist; and Jackson, a medical student — is in their professional element, a situation which is inevitably...

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Meet The Hunt!

by: The Hunt at 01/15/2014 02:47 PM

Huntington Senior Director of External Relations David Dalena recently spoke with Sita and Anik Merchea and Rumena Manolova and Alex Senchak , two couples that were instrumental in The Hunt’s founding. Read a complete transcript of the conversatio...

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Join Us For The LOVE LETTERS Anniversary Party!

by: Thom Dunn at 01/21/2014 12:43 PM

We are excited to welcome The Boston Globe 's  Meredith Goldstein  back to the Huntington this evening to celebrate the five year anniversary of her popular " Love Letters " column. Meredith will be joined by the Huntington's favorite silver-haire...

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Get Your #NewPlay On!

by: Thom Dunn at 01/23/2014 10:44 AM

The pretty productions that you see on the Huntington's stages aren't the only stunning works of theatre going on around these parts.  The development of new work for the American theatre is one of our core missions , and the process can be even...

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Girls' Night Out!

by: Stephanie Ormston, Marketing Professional Intern at 01/24/2014 02:02 PM

Over here in "Marketing-land," we're always looking for new and interesting ways to bring people to see our productions. Usually we start with the themes of the show, and then riff off of that to brainstorm ideas and see what sticks. Promotional...

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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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Announcing the Boston Regional Winners of the August Wilson Monologue Competition!

by: Education at 02/03/2014 03:21 PM

The Judges & Winners of the 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition: Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Terrence Kidd, Obehi Janice, Joie LeMaitre, Johnny Lee Davenport, Fatima Barry (1st Runner Up), Ashley Herbert (2nd Runner Up), and Trinidad Ramkissoon...

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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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The Sonia Flew Staged Reading That You Missed Without Even Knowing

by: Thom Dunn at 02/10/2014 02:12 PM

Alex Senchak & Rumena Manolova As many of you know, The Hunt is the Huntington's new young donor patron for 35 Below audience members who want to deepen their connection to the theatre. The goal for the year is to raise $10,000  to become the...

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Melinda Lopez Presents Becoming ZOMBIES AHHHHHHHHHH

by: Thom Dunn at 02/13/2014 12:40 PM

Becoming Cuba  playwright (and Huntington playwright-in-residence) Melinda Lopez drives a hard bargain, and her passion for plays with strong central female characters that explore the relationship between Cuba and the United States is only eclips...

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A Tree Fit For A Seagull (Part 1)

by: Thom Dunn at 02/11/2014 12:46 PM

I just received this email from Scenic Carpenter Nick Hernon offering a brief glimpse into the action in the Scene Shop today, where the crew is hard at work on the set for The Seagull .  Our tragically crowded shop. The walls in the middle are...

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Kate Burton at the Massachusetts State House!

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 02/12/2014 11:44 AM

Kate Burton joined the Massachusetts Cultural Council at the State House yesterday to thank Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray for her longstanding commitment to public support for the arts. More than 200 local MCC volunteers were...

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The Seagull Meet & Greet and Costume Design Presentation

by: Thom Dunn at 02/18/2014 02:37 PM

For most Huntington shows, the first rehearsal is the same day as what we call the " Meet & Greet ," a luncheon that offers an opportunity for the cast, creative team, and Huntington to all say "hello," usually accompanied by opening remarks from...

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2014 IRNE Award Nominations

by: Thom Dunn at 02/19/2014 10:29 AM

The 2014 IRNE Award Nominations have been announced, and the Huntington has received 29  nominations for 6 productions (including several nominations that are competing against each other in the same category, although we have no full category...

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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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Want to win free tickets to The Seagull? Introducing #Chekhovgram!

by: Thom Dunn at 03/07/2014 12:05 AM

Hipster Chekhov doesn't believe in "art." We're pretty excited for The Seagull  here at the Huntington, which starts previews in just under 2 weeks. Sure, it's got Maria Aitken at the helm, who's one of our absolute favorite people as well as...

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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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Poetry Out Loud State Finals -- This Sunday!

by: Thom Dunn at 03/05/2014 02:05 PM

Twenty-four students from across the state advanced from the four regional Poetry Out Loud semi-finals this past weekend  to compete in the  State Final competition on Sunday, March 9 at the Old South Meeting House . Here are the finalists: •...

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Congratulations to Returning Poetry Out Loud Champion, Courtney Stewart!

by: Thom Dunn at 03/11/2014 07:13 PM

2014 (and 2013) Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts Champion Courtney Stewart from Springfield Central High School, photo: Paul Marotta This past weekend, the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts State Finals were held at the Old South Church in Boston....

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Help Bring The Streets Of Havana To Life — Join The Hunt Today!

by: Thom Dunn at 03/13/2014 09:33 AM

**UPDATE (3/26):  We have just $500  left to raise, and only 2 more days to do it. We need your help to make Havana happen! Make A Gift. Join The Hunt. Have An Impact.   We're just over 2 weeks away from the first public preview performance of...

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How Becoming Cuba Mines the Depths of Huntington History (aka Meet the Cast!)

by: Thom Dunn at 03/17/2014 10:50 AM

Christina Pumariega in Becoming Cuba Becoming Cuba  explores the history of Cuba onstage. But we've also got a talented lineup of actors and designers behind the production that digs deep into the history of the Huntington itself. As most of you...

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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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Melinda Lopez: Documenting a Dream

by: Miranda Craigwell at 04/07/2014 09:20 AM

This post originally appeared on HowlRound.com . For more information on the playwriting residency program made possible by the Mellon Foundation, visit our Playwright-in-Residence site . HowlRound is working with playwright residency sites around...

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What Audiences Are Saying About Becoming Cuba!

by: Thom Dunn at 04/10/2014 11:53 AM

Audiences are feeling that sweet Havana hot emanating from the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA! Some of them have already let us know how much they loved the show, either online or on camera. You can see them for yourself in the video and comments...

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2014 Norton Award Nominations!

by: Thom Dunn at 04/17/2014 11:01 AM

The 2014 Elliot Norton Award nominations have been announced, and the Huntington is in the running for 7 different awards (all in the large theatre category) — 4 for The Jungle Book , 2 for Venus in Fur , and 1 for The Seagull . Outstanding...

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Meet The Smart People Involved In Smart People

by: Thom Dunn at 04/28/2014 10:13 AM

Tuesday is the first day of rehearsal for the world premiere  Smart People , the final production in our 2013-2014 season which also marks the return of Huntington favorite Lydia R. Diamond , whose play Stick Fly  was a huge hit back in 2010 (and...

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The First Rehearsal of Smart People

by: Thom Dunn at 04/30/2014 01:46 PM

We usually try to film the opening remarks from the first rehearsals of most of our productions, but, well, since Smart People  started the day after our Spotlight Spectacular, it was a bit different than our typically well-attended presentations....

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Remembering Nicholas Martin

by: Michael Maso at 05/01/2014 09:32 AM

Dear Friends, I write this morning with the sad news that Nicky Martin, the Huntington’s Artistic Director from 2000 through 2008, passed away yesterday in New York. I will share more details as we get them, but this is a day of remembrance for so...

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Ashley Herbert: 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition NATIONAL CHAMPION!

by: Meg O'Brien at 05/06/2014 12:30 PM

Hello Everyone, It is my extreme pleasure to announce that Ashley Herbert, from the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, was named the National Champion at last night’s National Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition on Broadwa...

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The Money, The Music, and The Magic of the 2014 Spotlight Spectacular

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 05/06/2014 02:18 PM

André De Shields sings " I Wanna Be Like You ." Photo: Paul Marotta Spectacular Broadway entertainment and more than 400 guests celebrated Wimberly Award recipients Trustee  John D. Spooner  and Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman ( The...

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Dispatch from National Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition

by: Alex Truppi at 05/13/2014 12:17 PM

Hello, Huntington Theatre Company Blog Readers! I’m Alex, the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction in the Education Department, and I had the privilege of serving as one of the Huntington’s representatives and chaperones at the recent national...

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Norton Awards News!

by: Temple Gill at 05/20/2014 10:18 AM

Congratulations and huzzah! I am delighted to report that Huntington productions received 3 Elliot Norton Awards at last night’s ceremony: The Jungle Book — Outstanding Musical Production by a Large Theatre; The Seagull — Outstanding Ensemble, Lar...

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An Exclusive Interview With Funny, Sexy Smart People

by: Thom Dunn at 05/21/2014 02:13 PM

Go behind the scenes (and the basketball court) of Smart People  with playwright Lydia R. Diamond and cast members Eunice Wong, McKinley Belcher III, Miranda Craigwell, and Roderick Hill.  Page property . . From page: Smart People : A Conversation...

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Theo Huxtable's Coming To Dinner!

by: Thom Dunn at 06/16/2014 02:17 PM

We're excited to announce that Malcom-Jamal Warner  — best known for his breakout role as Theo Huxtable on  The Cosby Show  — will be making his Huntington debut as Dr. John Prentice (portrayed by Sidney Poitier in the film version) this fall in...

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Parity Raid: World Premieres, Written by Women

by: Thom Dunn at 06/17/2014 11:01 AM

If you've been anywhere near the internet lately (or at least, my  internet), you've probably noticed that there's (rightfully) been a lot of conversation about diversity and representation, especially in relation to the arts and creative...

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Join Us For Our Third Annual Summer Workshop! #NewPlay

by: Thom Dunn at 07/14/2014 12:10 PM

That's right, our 2014 Summer New Play Workshop is officially under way! This year, we'll be developing and presenting staged readings of four new plays by Huntington Playwriting Fellows (and other Huntington family members). The playwrights hit t...

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Celebrating the Calderwood Pavilion's 10th Anniversary

by: Temple Gill at 10/10/2014 01:20 PM

Page property . . From page: Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA - "A Home for Us All" [11400] Property: Embed 480 x 270 Two hundred and fifty guests including former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined Huntington Theatre Company Chairman Carol G....

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The Clifford Odets School for Cruelty

by: Molly FitzMaurice at 11/21/2014 02:00 PM

The Clifford Odets School for Cruelty   Just in time for Thanksgiving supper!   When Ralph says “I see every house lousy with lies and hate,” he speaks from experience. The Berger family of Awake and Sing! is dagger-tongued, with cruel words...

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Two Things to Do in Your Twenties

by: Molly FitzMaurice at 12/02/2014 01:00 PM

“Two Things to Do in Your Twenties” Confessions of a Reluctant Revival-Lover #1 Awake I’m a new play junkie. I’ll sit down for the rough draft of a young writer’s first play any day. I wrinkle my nose at the second or third production of a show;...

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