"SHARP-EYED & BIG-HEARTED! A SHREWD, INCISIVE, THOROUGHLY WINNING COMEDY!"— The Boston Globe
"HILARIOUS! A MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION capping a stunning Huntington season."— WGBH
"A VERY SMART COMEDY! FUNNY & SHARP!"— WBUR
"DuBois's direction is just about note-perfect, and Gionfriddo...finds laughs in surprising places."— The Boston Globe
After grad school, Catherine pursued a career as a rockstar feminist academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, each friend covets the other's life. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy takes a deep look at family, career, romance, and the decisions that define a life. A 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
Approximate run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.
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"Gina is a dear friend and has been an artistic partner since we were in graduate school. This sharp, smart comedy, set in a small New England college town will connect deeply with our audiences here in Boston. What the play has to say about marriage, feminism and parenthood – from the 20-something, 40-something and 70-something perspective - is savagely funny and deeply human."- Artistic Director Peter DuBois
Hear what audiences are saying about Gina Gionfriddo's biting new comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Huntington, and get a sneak peek at scenes from the the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play.
Come behind the scenes of the first rehearsal of Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Huntington, and hear opening remarks from Artistic Director Peter DuBois as he addresses the cast & creative team of the production, and congratulates the rest of the Huntington staff on their recent Tony Award recognition.
Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses his upcoming production of Rapture, Blister, Burn and his relationship with playwright Gina Gionfriddo.
Rapture, Blister, Burn is more than "just" a play about a feminism and porn. Come behind the scenes of this biting new comedy with playwright Gina Gionfriddo and cast members Kate Shindle, Timothy John Smith, Shannon Esper, Annie McNamara, Nancy E. Carroll.
An op-ed from The New York Times by playwright Gina Gionfriddo about feminism and the legacy of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles.
An interview with playwright Gina Gionfriddo from The Brooklyn Rail, including excerpts from the script.
In Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo grapples with the realities of women’s lives and pulls off a popular comedy about feminism.
It’s no surprise that playwright Gina Gionfriddo and director Peter DuBois are collaborating again. They’ve been trading ideas since the Clinton administration.
When Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn opens in May 2013, three years will have passed since her Becky Shaw appeared on the Huntington stage.
Recently, Lisa Timmel, the Huntington’s director of new work, exchanged emails with playwright Gina Gionfriddo about her play Rapture, Blister, Burn. Their conversation centered around feminism and the eternal bonds and conflicts of mother/daughter relationships.
In Rapture, Blister, Burn, playwright Gina Gionfriddo explores provocative ideas about the relationship between women and men. Consider these constrasting points of view, through offered in quotes from thinkers, writers, and activists mentioned in the play.
"SHARP-EYED & BIG-HEARTED! A shrewd, incisive, THOROUGHLY WINNING comedy. DuBois's direction is just about note-perfect, and Gionfriddo...finds laughs in suprising places." — The Boston Globe
"HILARIOUS! A MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION capping a stunning Huntington season." — WGBH
"A very smart comedy! Funny and sharp!" — WBUR
"RAPTUROUS WORDPLAY & BLISTERING HUMOR! The most enjoyable seminar on living and loving that you'll experience anywhere this season. A worthy closer to a very distinguished year." — South Shore Critic
"This is a wonderful production, hilarious and thought provoking!!"— Jeff Zilberfarb, via Facebook
"I haven't laughed that hard in a long time - the funniest play! So well written, intelligent dialogue - so great."— Sandra Casagrand, via Facebook
"A great night out...emotionally charged play... great friends J & K, invited by our good friend Carolyn Morrell from The River 92.5. A must see!"— Kathy Powell, via Facebook
"Loved seeing #RaptureBlisterBurn at the @huntington last night!"— @amyemchugh
"Heavy and still hilarious! Loved the post show discussion, always feels like I see the play first, fully understand it later."— @SeanHorgan
"@kateshindle Good show tonight @huntington theatre! Have to agree that #RaptureBlisterBur sparkles."— @sepstein
"Enjoyed much about Gionfriddo's Rapture Blister Burn. Definitely adding it to the mix next time I teach Contemporary American Theatre"— @noemontez
Nancy E. Carroll returns to the Huntington where she appeared in Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, The Rose Tattoo, and Dead End. She reprised her Huntington role of Miss Erickson in Present Laughter on Broadway for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Shannon Esper appeared Off Broadway in The Talls (Second Stage Theatre, Uptown). Her film and television credits include David Chase’s Not Fade Away, Coming Up Roses (opposite Bernadette Peters), and more.
Annie McNamara has Off Broadway credits that include Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz (The Public Theater); The Sound and the Fury: (April Seventh, 1928) (New York Theatre Workshop); and multiple productions with Clubbed Thumb, where she's an affiliated artist.
Kate Shindle has appeared on Broadway as the Mad Hatter in Wonderland, Vivienne in Legally Blonde The Musical, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. She has sung everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Birdland to a dive bar in Portland, Oregon, and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Timothy John Smith appeared at the Huntington as the Policeman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the Governor in Candide, and Taylor in Prelude to a Kiss. He is a graduate of Saint Anselm College and the Trinity Rep Conservatory.
Peter DuBois is in his sixth season as Artistic Director at the Huntington where his directing credits include the world premieres of Evan M. Wiener’s Captors, Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s, David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples, the regional premieres of Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw and Rapture, Blister, Burn, and Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss.
Gina Gionfriddo was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Rapture, Blister, Burn (commissioned by and premiered at Playwrights Horizons) and a 2009 finalist for Becky Shaw, which the Huntington produced in 2010. She is currently working on a new play commission from Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
Alexander Dodge returns to the Huntington having previously designed The Miracle at Naples, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Brendan, Present Laughter, and many others.
Ms. O’Donnell is a co-artistic director and member of LAByrinth Theater Company where her credits include Unconditional, A View from 151st Street, Jack Goes Boating, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, and Jesus Hopped the “A” Train (also at the Donmar Warehouse and The Arts on the West End).
Jeff Croiter returns to the Huntington having previously designed Pirates! (or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd), A Month in the Country, Brendan, Trumbo, Kiki and Herb, and Streamers. On Broadway he has designed Newsies The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award), Jekyll and Hyde, and more.
M.L. Dogg returns to the Huntington having previously designed Rapture, Blister, Burn, Captors, and Sons of the Prophet. He was an Innovative Theatre Award nominee in 2011 for The Land Whale Murders and a Drama Desk Award nominee in 2002 for Cressida Among the Greeks.
Jake DeGroot has Off Broadway credits that include Standby (New York Musical Theatre Festival), The Crucible (New Ohio Theatre), disOriented (theatre C), Neither Heaven Nor Earth (PoliglotTheater), Emilie’s Voltaire (LIA, The Samuel Beckett Theatre), and The Erpingham Camp (WorkShop Theater Company). He was the co-lighting supervisor at Williamstown Theatre Festival durring their 2008-2009 season, and he is the programmer for Blue Man Group.
Marti McIntosh previously worked on Betrayal, Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Captors, Observe the Sons of Ulster..., The Blue Demon, and Ten Unknowns for the Huntington.
Kathryn Most previously served as stage manager for the Huntington’s productions of Rapture, Blister, Burn; Good People; Candide; Sons of the Prophet; Circle Mirror Transformation; Stick Fly; and Maureen McGovern’s A Long and Winding Road, which she toured to Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Ms. Most began her association with the Huntington as the Calderwood Pavilion House Manager and has stage managed for various reading serie. She is currently the Calderwood Pavilion Events Coordinator.
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