Playwright A.R. Gurney and Huntington Playwriting Fellows Kirsten Greenidge and David Valdes Greenwood To Speak At Events In Conjunction With The Cocktail Hour

(Boston) — The Huntington Theatre Company announces the following special events in conjunction with its production of A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour (now — December 15, 2013 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre):

• A Conversation with Playwright A.R. Gurney, Hosted by WBUR's Bob Oakes

Sunday, December 1 following the 2pm performance. Playwright A.R. Gurney will speak about his body of work and continuing career, his Boston connections, and his autobiographical play at a special post-show conversation led by Bob Oakes, host of WBUR's "Morning Edition." Admission is free with a ticket to any performance of The Cocktail Hour.

A.R. Gurney's plays include The Cocktail Hour (Lucille Lortel Award), The Dining Room, Sylvia, Love Letters, Scenes from American Life (Drama Desk Award), Children, The Middle Ages, Richard Cory, The Golden Age, What I Did Last Summer, The Wayside Motor Inn, Sweet Sue, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, The Snow Ball (adapted from his novel), The Old Boy, The Fourth Wall, Later Life, A Cheever Evening, Overtime, Let's Do It (a Cole Porter musical), Labor Day, Far East, Darlene and the Guest Lecturer, and Ancestral Voices. The Dining Room is the second play ever produced by the Huntington (1982), which also produced The Snow Ball in 1991. He wrote the libretto for the opera Strawberry Fields with music by Michael Torke. His other novels include The Gospel According to Joe and Entertaining Strangers. He is the recipient of the 2011 Drama Desk Special Award, a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, and New England Theatre Conference, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Bob Oakes has been WBUR's Morning Edition anchor since 1992. He is one of the most well-known and respected news people in New England, with a 35-year career in radio and broadcasting, including ten years with Boston's all-news commercial radio station WEEI and coverage of national issues for the CBS Radio Network.



• Humanities Forum: Putting Family Onstage — with Huntington Playwriting Fellows Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish) and David Valdes Greenwood (Wandaleria)

Sunday, December 8 following the 2pm performance. Huntington Playwriting Fellows Kirsten Greenidge and David Valdes Greenwood will discuss the process of writing about their own families in their work. Admission to the Humanities Forum is free with a ticket to any performance of The Cocktail Hour. Humanities Forums are presented in conjunction with all Huntington productions and are hosted by Charles Haugland, a Huntington dramaturg.

Kirsten Greenidge is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and the author of Milk Like Sugar and Luck of the Irish (premiered at the Huntington in 2016 and 2012 respectively), as well as The View from Here (commission from the Huntington's Education Department). A Village Voice/Obie Award winner and a recent PEN/America Laura Pels Award recipient, she is also the author of Splendor, Bossa Nova, Rust, Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land, 103 Within the Veil, and The Gibson Girl. She has developed her work at Sundance (Utah and Ucross), Magic Theatre, National New Play Network, Page 73 Productions, Bay Area Playwrights, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, ASK, McCarter Theatre Center, and New Georges. She is a recipient of an NEA/TCG residency at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company,and was playwright-in-residence at Company One Theatre. She has also received Sundance’s Time Warner Award for Bossa Nova. Ms. Greenidge attended Wesleyan University and the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. A member of Rhombus and an alumna member of New Dramatists, she is currently working on commissions from The Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Big Ten, The Kennedy Center, and Playwrights Horizons.

(As of February 2016)

David Valdes Greenwood is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Company One PlayLab Fellow, a Cimientos Fellow, and Brother Thomas Artist Fellow. His plays have been presented in public readings across the United States and UK, most recently with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, National Showcase of New Plays, Pride Films and Plays, and IATI Theatre. In the 2017-2018 season, his play The Mermaid Hour will receive a rolling world premiere with productions at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Milagro Theatre, Borderlands Theater, and Mixed Blood Theatre. He has worked with Fresh Ink, Argos Productions, Stage Left Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Theater Offensive, and his plays have appeared at the Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Portland Stage’s Little Festival of the Unexpected, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Thursday Studio. His plays have been published and anthologized by Samuel French. He is the author of four books, including the recently released Revengers, and he is a Huffington Post blogger.

(As of June 2017)


About The Cocktail Hour

James Waterston and Richard Poe in The Cocktail Hour. Photo: T. Charles Erickson

The Cocktail Hour offers a window into a stalwart element of WASP culture: the pre-dinner cocktail hour. A revered ritual in John's parents' elegant home, all semblance of calm demeanor dissolves when he announces over martinis that he has written a play about his family. As the drinks flow, so do the revelations and recriminations, both funny and poignant, in this heartfelt comedy about the ties that bind. Performances continue through December 15 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.

The American comedy of manners is directed by Maria Aitken (Betrayal, Private Lives, and Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps at the Huntington) and features James Waterston (Private Lives and Ah, Wilderness!) as John, the young playwright that reveals to his family members that they are the subject of his newest play. Richard Poe (The Taming of the Shrew) plays his father Bradley, Tony Award nominee and renowned Gurney interpreter Maureen Anderman (Becky Shaw and Third) plays John's mother, Ann; and Pamela J. Gray (Present Laughter) and Butley) plays Nina, John's sister.



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