Blog entries tagged with playwriting

Real Life Onstage: The Cocktail Hour and More

by: Sam Lasman at 11/01/2013 02:00 PM

“This play captures a slice of life that our audience will undoubtedly recognize. We have been talking about a revival of A.R. Gurney’s American comedy of manners for a few years now, and when we learned Maria Aitken was available to direct it, th...

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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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5 Ways To Be A Theatre Locavore

by: Lisa Timmel at 09/29/2011 10:30 AM

Picture a playwright. If the person you picture is dead, white, and male, I have news for you. Playwrights walk among us, living, breathing, and creating. One may be sitting next to you right now. (Generally speaking, they tend to love theatre)...

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Stick Fly Lands on Broadway

by: Thom Dunn at 08/16/2011 10:58 AM

Lydia Diamond, Kenny Leon, and producer Alicia Keys talk about  Stick Fly  on Broadway . Did you see the Huntington Theatre Company/Arena Stage production? Are you planning to see it in NY?

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Breaking Ground Series Continues!

by: Lisa Timmel at 09/22/2010 02:55 PM

We’ve been busy and we haven’t been blogging! Readings, readings, readings! • Fire On Earth We kicked of this year’s Breaking Ground Reading Series in late August with HPF Patrick Gabridge’s powerful historical drama Fire On Earth which chronicles...

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2010-2011 Huntington Playwriting Fellows: Apply TODAY!

by: Lisa Timmel at 05/27/2010 03:23 PM

Contributed by Lisa Timmel We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the  2010-2011 Huntington Playwriting Fellows . The deadline is June 23, 2010.  “But wait!” you exclaim. “Didn’t you just do this last fall? It hasn’t eve...

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Expanding the Idea of New Work: Part IV

by: Charles Haugland at 05/26/2010 03:27 PM

Contributed by Literary Associate Charles Haugland, responding to Lisa Timmel (Huntington's Director of New Work) in their recent posts about new work. Okay, it’s up to me to wrap up the conversation. I’m going to provide a quick summary, and then...

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HPF "iPlays": Boston Writers Take On Audio Plays

by: Charles Haugland at 05/03/2010 03:52 PM

For the  Emerging America Festival , we issued an audio play challenge to all the current and former members of the  Huntington Playwriting Fellows program. In collaboration with the other participating organizations, we gave them a few restrictio...

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Expanding the Idea of New Work: Part III

by: Lisa Timmel at 04/30/2010 03:54 PM

Thanks for your thoughts, Charles. You pose some interesting questions. One question in particular really struck me: “Who are we as a theatre that sits between the two [new plays and classics]?” I think we’re always answering that question when we...

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Expanding the Idea of New Work: Part II

by: Charles Haugland at 04/21/2010 04:06 PM

Contributed by Charles Haugland, in response to Lisa Timmel's recent post.  I'm curious about your theory of the "Goldilocks Point," this balancing point between new work and old work that is different for every individual. I believe that it exist...

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Expanding the Idea of New Work: Part I

by: Lisa Timmel at 04/13/2010 04:12 PM

For the next couple weeks, Lisa Timmel and Charles Haugland are going to have an ongoing conversation about new work at the Huntington. (They actually have that conversation everyday; they're just inviting more people in for a bit.) Stay tuned for...

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Inbox: Melinda Lopez -- From Orchids to Octopi

by: Melinda Lopez at 04/06/2010 10:45 AM

contributed by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) Hi Friends-- My play  Orchids to Octopi  just opened at Central Square-- It's a play about evolution and love and Why-- I hope you can find time to make it to the show. Melind...

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From Student Matinee to Huntington Playwriting Fellow: Kirsten Greenidge

by: Kirsten Greenidge at 03/03/2010 11:16 AM

Recently, we completed a grant for the NEA New Play Development Program seeking development support of Kirsten Greenidge's wonderful play, The Luck of the Irish . As part of the process, she wrote the following statement and it was so moving that ...

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Lydia Diamond Interviews Kenny Leon

by: Todd Williams at 02/11/2010 11:47 AM

This season at the Huntington, we are telling seven distinct American stories. To tease out the connections between the shows, we’ve asked artists from different productions to interview each other about their work. Below, playwright Lydia R....

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Huntington Announces New Playwriting Fellows

by: Todd Williams at 02/04/2010 11:49 AM

The Huntington announces the 2010 class of Huntington Playwriting Fellows: Patrick Gabridge , Martha Jane Kaufman , and Ryan Landry . This artistically diverse group of writers will be in residence at the theatre for two years.  Through the...

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Paula Vogel: A Civil War Christmas

by: Todd Williams at 11/23/2009 12:25 PM

Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s newest play,  A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration  set in and around Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve 1864, brings together the Lincolns, soldiers, runaway slaves, and others in a...

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Ronan Noone's Little Black Dress

by: Todd Williams at 10/01/2009 12:51 PM

I saw Ronan Noone at the Fences  opening a couple of weeks ago. We talked about the rehearsals for a production of his new play Little Black Dress at Boston Playwrights' Theatre and he was very excited about it... he says he has the BEST cast ever...

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Huntington Shakes Up Playwriting Fellows Program

by: Lisa Timmel at 09/30/2009 01:55 PM

The Huntington Theatre Company is accepting applications for its Huntington Playwriting Fellows program.  Go  here  for more information. Here’s the short version why: Literary Department Goals, 2009-2010: 1. Create a more transparent process for...

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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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FourPlay!

by: Lawrence Goodman, Huntington Playwriting Fellow at 12/04/2013 02:39 PM

Introducing: FourPlay ! We all entered the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program in 2011 and now meet regularly as a writer's group. Here's a little bit about what we've all been up to: Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro  has been revising her play, Mammal...

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Playwrights-On-Playwriting, Dec. 1 & Dec. 8

by: Thom Dunn at 11/26/2013 11:48 AM

James Waterston & Richard Poe in The Cocktail Hour . Photo: T. Charles Erickson Here at the Huntington, we pride ourselves on our post-show offerings, from the audience conversations that take place after almost every performance to the Actors...

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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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Getting To Know Playwrights As Characters

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 12/12/2013 10:00 AM

It is a unique experience to be in a room full of playwrights. First, because there is always that underlying suspicion that something you say will make it to one of their plays. Second, it is interesting to see how much of themselves, although no...

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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 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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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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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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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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