Blog entries tagged with 2013-2014 season

The Jungle Book Is Coming! The Jungle Book Is Coming!

by: Thom Dunn at 06/27/2013 05:58 PM

We could not be more excited to welcome Mary Zimmerman back to the Huntington, and what better way to mark her triumphant return than a stage adaptation of  The Jungle Book ?  Some of our subscribers (and staff) still haven't fully recovered from...

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I Believe In The Power of Duff

by: Thom Dunn at 07/08/2013 08:15 PM

The Power of Duff  marks the return of playwright Stephen Belber to the Huntington, following 2005's  Carol Mulroney  (the first production of ours to feature Johanna Day, who has since become a favorite of many of our audience members). Directed ...

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Maria Aitken Brings Family Fun To The Cocktail Hour

by: Thom Dunn at 07/31/2013 09:20 PM

Our relationship with director Maria Aitken goes back to 2007 with her production of  Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps , which moved on to Broadway and ran for nearly 800 performances. Fortunately she appears to reciprocate our love, and we've sinc...

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Huntington Theatre Company and Zoo New England announce "Jungle Book days at the zoo" in August

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 08/02/2013 05:17 PM

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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 Sights & Sounds of India: Re-Imagining The Jungle Book

by: Lesley Gibson at 08/15/2013 12:25 PM

The Jungle Book creative team at the Taj Mahal: TJ Gerkens, Dan Ostling, Ajay Rathore Singh, Leo Chiang, Mara Blumenfeld, and Doug Peck. When Disney Theatrical Group conceived of a stage version of the classic 1967 film The Jungle Book , they easi...

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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Season!

by: Thom Dunn at 08/08/2013 10:54 AM

Tickets have just gone on sale for our 2013-2014 Season , and we could not have picked a better lineup to keep our momentum going from last season. From Our Town  to the Tony Awards and everything in between, it's been a pretty good year for us, a...

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The Jungle Book

by: Todd Williams at 08/19/2013 12:03 PM

I've decided to do a little blogging again. Not so much because I have the time, but because I miss it. And we have some very exciting projects to tell you about this fall! The first thrilling project is The Jungle Book . We first heard about The...

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Prepping for The Jungle Book

by: Todd Williams at 08/20/2013 03:09 PM

We've been busy this month getting ready for The Jungle Book to arrive from Chicago. Bringing in a show of this scale requires a little reconfiguration, and sometimes some capital improvements. This slideshow shows you a little of the work we've...

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Play Me, I'm Yours!

by: Thom Dunn at 09/04/2013 02:32 PM

To celebrate their 75th anniversary, our friends at the Celebrity Series of Boston  have teamed up with renowned artist Luke Jerram to bring his " Play Me, I'm Yours! " public piano installation project to Boston. From September 27 through October...

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David Wilson Barnes and Jennifer Westfeldt Lead The Cast of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff at the Huntington Theatre Company Beginning October 11.

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 09/12/2013 01:51 PM

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Mowgli, Baloo, and Cast Members from Huntington Theatre Company's The Jungle Book to Perform National Anthem at Saturday's Red Sox / Yankees Game

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 09/13/2013 03:43 PM

Sixteen members of the cast of the Huntington Theatre Company's production of The Jungle Book  will perform the National Anthem tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Fenway Park before the nationally televised 1:05pm Red Sox game versus the N...

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Due To Popular Demand, Huntington Theatre Company Announces A Second Extension of The Jungle Book — Must Close October 20!

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 09/18/2013 10:19 AM

Due to popular demand, the Huntington Theatre Company again extends the run of its world premiere adaptation of The Jungle Book  — the final performance will now be Sunday, October 20. The “inventive and visually stunning” ( Entertainment Weekly )...

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Red Sox Do The Jungle Book Boogie (Get Down)

by: Thom Dunn at 09/18/2013 10:28 AM

Wow. What just happened? One moment it's August and everything is lovely, fine, and humid, then this massive army of people shows up from Chicago and takes over our rehearsal hall and stage and then all of the sudden it's autumn and we have a 35...

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The Jungle Sings & Sways: Music & Dance in The Jungle Book

by: Neena Arndt at 09/19/2013 12:55 PM

Akash Chopra (Mowgli) and Kevin Carolan (Baloo) in The Jungle Book . Photo: Liz Lauren Years after his uncle Walt’s death, Roy E. Disney commented, “With The Jungle Book, he certainly got hooked on the jungle and the characters that lived there.”...

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Huntington Theatre Company Presents Three Performances of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years November 23 & 24

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 09/24/2013 04:16 PM

The Huntington Theatre Company presents a concert version of Jason Robert Brown’s powerful contemporary musical  The Last Five Years  for three performances only November 23 and 24.  Adam Kantor  ( Rent, Avenue Q ) and&  Betsy Wolfe  ( The Mystery...

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Acclaimed Jungle Book Orchestra To Perform "Out Of The Jungle" Fusion Concert at Johnny D's Uptown On October 6.

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 09/25/2013 12:51 PM

The twelve-piece jazz/Indian fusion orchestra from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of  The Jungle Book will perform  Out of the Jungle  at Johnny D’s Uptown in Somerville on Sunday, October 6 at 8:15pm. The one-night-only event is a...

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The Jungle Book Becomes The Highest Grossing Production In Huntington Theatre Company History

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 09/30/2013 12:41 PM

(BOSTON)  — On Saturday, the Huntington Theatre Company's production of  The Jungle Book  became the most successful production in the company's 31-year history, grossing $1,584,263 to date with three full weeks remaining in its run. It surpasses...

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The Jungle Book To Celebrate 100th Performance Tuesday, October 8

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 10/08/2013 10:30 AM

(BOSTON)  — The Huntington Theatre Company's production of  The Jungle Book  will play its 100 th  performance on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30pm.  The Jungle Book  is produced in association with Chicago's Goodman Theatre where the run began on...

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The Jungle Book Orchestra Jams Out of the Jungle!

by: Stephanie Ormston at 10/08/2013 01:48 PM

A sitar and a trombone walk into a bar… No, this isn’t the set up for a bad joke; this was the set up for my Sunday night, when I headed to Johnny D’s Uptown in Somerville to see The Jungle Book orchestra spend some well-deserved time in the...

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Do You Have What It Takes To Join...THE HUNT?

by: Thom Dunn at 10/10/2013 01:44 PM

From the Private Lives 35 Below Party By now I'm sure most of you have heard about the Huntington's fantastic 35 Below program, which offers $25 tickets for any & all performances for anyone under the age of 35 * . It's pretty much the best deal...

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A Day In The Life (Of A Tony Award)

by: Thom Dunn at 10/21/2013 10:45 AM

By now, it's pretty well known that we recently received a Tony Award . But then...so now what? Well, for one thing, we've got this fancy little trophy that's hangin' out at the theatre. So that's cool. And we've been taking turns passing it aroun...

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Huntington Alumni Return For A.R. Gurney's American Comedy Of Manners The Cocktail Hour — Performances Begin November 15

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 10/25/2013 04:10 PM

(Boston)  — A host of favorite Huntington Theatre Company artists return for a new stagging of A.R. Gurney's American comedy of manners The Cocktail Hour . Maria Aitken  ( Betrayal, Private Lives , and Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps  at the...

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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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Good Libations

by: Thom Dunn at 11/15/2013 12:12 PM

For a show called The Cocktail Hour , it should come as no surprise that there's a whole lotta drinkin' goin' on over the course of the evening. It would be irresponsible* of us to encourage you to keep the pace every time that Ann utters "Just a...

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Drink A Drink For Dear Old Dad

by: Thom Dunn at 11/20/2013 02:48 PM

In case you can't make it out to Somerville to try our custom Cocktail Hour cocktail "The Cocktail Hour" at The Independent , we've got another new concoction to tantalize your tastebuds — and this one's only available south of the Charles. Our...

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Education Updates & Poetry Out Loud

by: Alex Truppi at 11/22/2013 11:45 AM

As you know, it’s been an exciting time for us here in Boston. The World Series brought really phenomenal energy to Boston and we had a great time watching it all unfold. We also thoroughly enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek way Pinsky further immortaliz...

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Sexy Broadway Hit Venus In Fur Begins January 2014 at the Huntington

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 11/26/2013 11:37 AM

(BOSTON) — Huntington Theatre Company kicks off 2014 with David Ives' sexy Broadway smash hit Venus In Fur , deemed "90 minutes of good, kinky fun," by The New York Times . Daniel Goldstein  ( God of Carnage ) returns to the Huntington to direct t...

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Help Us Bring Cuba To The Stage

by: Thom Dunn at 12/03/2013 01:18 PM

Today is the first day of auditions for Becoming Cuba  by playwright-in-residence Melinda Lopez. It's also #GivingTuesday , which you've probably noticed if you've gone anywhere near any kind of social media today and found yourself bombarded with...

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Give It Up For #GivingTuesday!

by: Thom Dunn at 12/04/2013 10:25 AM

I saw some conversation on Twitter, both lamenting the overexposure of #GivingTuesday appeals, and questioning the effectiveness of having every single not-for-profit in the country ask for money on the exact same day. But you know what's better...

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A Conversation with A.R. Gurney

by: Thom Dunn at 12/06/2013 10:44 AM

Fresh from the world premiere of his newest play, Family Furniture , The Cocktail Hour  playwright A.R. Gurney stopped by the BU Theatre this past weekend to catch a performance of his psuedo-meta-auto-biographical show. He stopped along the way t...

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Lighting Sets The Mood For Venus

by: Mike Wellman at 12/16/2013 01:06 PM

From Mike Wellman, Assistant Master Electrician Venus in Fur  is a little different than most shows for us. The traditional light plot over the stage is very light because of the ceiling built into the set. Lighting designer ML Geiger uses 5000 wa...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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