"With uncommon grace, Belber asks what it takes to connect people in these disconnected times, showing what the power of live theatre can be." — WBUR
"The question Charlie confronts is the one we all face: whether he has the power, not to change the world, but to change himself." — The Boston Globe
"The cast is exemplary, and director Peter DuBois's skills have flawlessly interwoven to punctuate the wonderful storytelling of playwright Stephen Belber."  Berkshire Fine Arts
"Huntington head Peter DuBois does a great job of directing the material, getting a first-class job from the cast." — WBUR
"SMART & INTRIGUING! Belber brings considerable wit to the enterprise."The Boston Globe
"A BRILLIANTLY PROVOCATIVE THEATRICAL EVENT full of wit and laugh-out-loud humor."Berkshire Fine Arts
"REALLY QUITE EXTRAORDINARY! There's so much to think about!" — WGBH
"BRILLIANTLY CONCEIVED AND WONDERFULLY PERFORMED!"— Berkshire Fine Arts
"Stephen Belber writes intelligent dialogue that crackles with biting humor."— The New York Times

When burnt-out local TV newscaster Charlie Duff suddenly begins offering a prayer at the end of his nightly broadcasts, he instantly becomes a popular and controversial figure to an expanding audience.  But even as his prayers inspire millions, Charlie struggles with his own beliefs and his inability to connect with his estranged son.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and fifteen minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

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“Uniquely comic and unabashedly theatrical, The Power of Duff also pulses with incredible emotional clarity. It tells the transformative story of one man waking up to life, just as it seemed he was too lost and it was too late.”— Peter DuBois

 

Video

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  • Peter DuBois on The Power of Duff

    Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses his collaboration on The Power of Duff, a moving new drama by Stephen Belber and a story unlike any he has ever told before.

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  • Russell Brand on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”

    Watch Russell Brand's interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" for an example of news anchors going off-script.

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  • The Power of Duff Scenic Design Presentation

    Associate Scenic Designer Dick Jarvis brings you behind the scenes of Rochester's Channel 10, and explains how video is integrated into the world of the play. 

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  • Behind the Scenes of The Power of Duff

    Director Peter DuBois, along with cast members David Wilson Barnes, Amy Pietz, Jennifer Westfeldt, and Brendan Griffin, discuss Stephen Belber's moving new drama The Power of Duff, "The funniest play you'll ever see about God and dead fathers." 

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  • Ron Kirkpatrick at the Rochester Zoo

    Channel 10's very own Ron Kirkpatrick (Joe Paulik) reports "live" on location from the Rochester Zoo with an update on the resident giraffe family.

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  • Ron Kirkpatrick at Google Headquarters

    Channel 10's very own Ron Kirkpatrick (Joe Paulik) reports "live" on location from Google headquarters in New York City, following up on rumors that star news anchor and local spiritual guru Charles Duff might be leaving Rochester in search greener and more global pastures.

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  • The Power of Duff Production Photos

    Photo credit: T. Charles Erickson

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  • Ron Kirkpatrick On The Kidnapping of Emily Salter

    Channel 10's very own Ron Kirkpatrick (Joe Paulik) reports on the miraculous return of young Emily Salter of Fairport. Perhaps her kidnappers heard the call of our very own Charlie Duff, after he prayed last night for the safety of the girl — or perhaps there is a greater force at work.

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  • Ron Kirkpatrick on the Cult of Charlie Duff

    Channel 10's very own Ron Kirkpatrick (Joe Paulik) reports live from the Rochester University campus, where protests against news anchor Charlie Duff have broken out among the student community.

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Audio

Photos

  • The Cast of The Power of Duff at WCVB-5

    (L-R): Joe Paulik, Noah Galvin, Ben Cole, Jennifer Westfeldt, Brendan Griffin, David Wilson Barnes, Russell G. Jones, and Amy Pietz. Photo: Huntington Theatre Company

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  • David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff

    David Wilson Barnes as news anchor Charlie Duff in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff.  Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • Noah Galvin and David Wilson Barnes

    Noah Galvin as Ricky and David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff. Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • David Wilson Barnes and Brendan Griffin

    David Wilson Barnes as Charie Duff and Brendan Griffin as Jon Ebbs in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff. Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • David Wilson Barnes in The Power of Duff

    David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff.  Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • Russell G. Jones and David Wilson Barnes

    Russell G. Jones as Joseph Andango and David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff.  Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • David Wilson Barnes, Amy Pietz, and Noah Galvin

    David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff, Amy Pietz as Lisa Duff, and Noah Galvin as Ricky in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff. Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • Ben Cole, David Wilson Barnes, and Jennifer Westfeldt

    Ben Cole as Scott Zoellner, David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff, and Jennifer Westfeldt as Sue Raspell in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff. Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • David Wilson Barnes and Jennifer Westfeldt

    David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff and Jennifer Westfeldt as Sue Raspell in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff. Photo T.Charles Erickson

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  • David Wilson Barnes and Joe Paulik

    David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff and Joe Paulik as Neighbor in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff. Photo T. Charles Erickson

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Articles

  • Going Off Script: Public Figures & Unplanned Words

    One night after his father dies, newscaster Charlie Duff ad-libs a spontaneous prayer instead, sending his boss, his co-workers, and his audience into a range of responses from outraged to affirmed. The strength of the reaction grows out of the expectation that public life is commonly scripted and rehearsed — from the nightly news to a presidential address to a commencement speech — and when someone deviates from this norm, the novelty, directness, or honesty of that action becomes news itself.

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  • Staging Connections: Stephen Belber on The Power of Duff

    Stephen Belber is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and film director. His plays include his breakout hit Tape starring Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke, his Broadway debut Match directed by the Huntington's former Artistic Director Nicholas Martin and starring Frank Langella, the Huntington premiere Carol Mulroney, and others. Over the summer, he corresponded with dramaturg Charles Haugland about the origin of his latest play and the challenges of staging a story about faith.

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  • The Power of Duff and the Power of Prayer

    With The Power of Duff, playwright Stephen Belber has stepped gently into one of those areas of American life that doesn’t garner headlines or fallacious comparison in the comment section. He’s written a heartfelt drama dealing with, among other things, the quiet inexplicability of our spiritual life and how it plays out in our relationship with others.

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  • Addicted To Prayer

    An insightful piece of the power and pitfalls of prayer by T.M. Luhrmann for The New York Times, August 3, 2013: "As evidence accumulates about the many health benefits of religious practice, prayer is looking better and better. Some atheists have even gone public with their own prayer-for-health’s-sake practice. . . . "

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  • Creating The World: An Interview With Scenic Designer David Rockwell

    To call David Rockwell simply “a designer” doesn’t capture the vast range of his work. With offices in New York, Madrid, and Dubai, he leads a 150-person team called the Rockwell Group and takes on projects that range from playgrounds to airports. Prior to the start of rehearsals, dramaturg Charles Haugland spoke with David about what makes for good design and how he approached this play. Here are excerpts of their conversation.

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  • A Look At Playwright Stephen Belber

    “Most of the characters I create tend to be equipped with language, but woefully ill-equipped when it comes to accurately and honestly expressing their selves, a dilemma I find to be rather human. The world often appears to me to be full of good talkers but hungry for those who know how to use language to express something true and worth hearing.”— Playwright Stephen Belber in an essay for The Los Angeles Times

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Press Reviews

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"REALLY QUITE EXTRAORDINARY! Well-presented and engaging. There's so much to think about!"— WGBH
"SMART & INTRIGUING! Belber brings considerable wit to the enterprise. The question Charlie confronts is the one we all face: whether he has the power, not to change the world, but to change himself."The Boston Globe
"CAPTIVATING & VERY MOVING! With uncommon grace, Belber asks what it takes to connect people to each other in these connected times, showing what the power of live theatre can be. Huntington head Peter DuBois does a great job directing the material, getting a first-class job from the cast."— WBUR
"A BRILLIANTLY PROVOCATIVE THEATRICAL EVENT full of wit and laugh-out-loud humor. Gifted playwright Stephen Belber cleverly intertwines personal family crisis with a more cosmic dilemma. The cast is exemplary, and director Peter DuBois's skills have flawlessly interwoven to punctuate the wonderful storytelling of playwright Stephen Belber. BRILLIANTLY CONCEIVED AND WONDERFULLY PERFORMED!"Berkshire Fine Arts
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Audience Buzz

"It was a fantastic play, and the acting was incredible. We went with friends and talked about the play, our reactions and the potency of the messages for much of the remainder of the evening." Diane Yasgur
"The Power of Duff was an excellent perfomance; quite possibly the best Huntington production I have seen. The story line was well thought-out, complete, and engaging. The actors all gave excellent, believable and realistic perfomances. And the set was extrodinary. It was a joy to partake." Scott Weiss
"I was beyond impressed with the set design for this show. The acting was superb and the topic very engaging and relevant...There was a lot to learn from the content about what is important in life. I loved the intimate feel of the theatre itself and would name this performance and experience as the best I've had." — Leah Field
"Terrific script, great writing, well-cast, too. Saw The Power of Duff @huntington in Boston on Saturday. Great new play about local TV anchor. Worth a trip to see." — @PopCulture413
"Thought the production was brilliant and the subject matter provocative, much like what I expect from your company - makes you think and question yourself. Bravo!"— Erika Goldberg
"The Power of Duff was fantastic. All of the tears, but so good."— @YepItsLauren
"Saw #thepowerofduff at the Calderwood Pavillion tonight. Wow. Just wow. Well done on every level. @huntington" — @MeredithOBrien
"The @huntington once again makes me feel #allthefeels. Good on you cast and crew of #powerofduff!!!! Elegant and touching and hysterical."— @khemingway
"I thought it was a very interesting, thought-provoking play. The acting was mostly very good, and the lead actor (Charlie Duff) was absolutely excellent. To say truth, I'd really like to see it again!"— Karen Kinsel
"@huntington Wonderful production#powerofduff - wow factor on the acting and the projection/video." — @ComedyMom
"Power of Duff Loved the play @huntington. Actors did superbly yesterday afternoon!"— @SNUGSFBay
"@huntington, The Power of Duff was amazing! Character and actor Charlie reminded me of a mix between Kevin Spacey and Brian Williams"— @ChelseaWhitton
"Wonderful show! I loved the juxtaposition of humor and depth. Superb acting and direction." — Elizabeth Hammett
"This is a wonderful production that is well worth seeing. The casting is perfect, and the performances are uniformly spot-on. The set is a visually stimulating combination of traditional set pieces and video scenes. ★ ★ ★ ★ " — Bob. B, via Goldstar
"Terrific play. Funny, thought-provoking, heart wrenching. Staging was excellent. Must see! ★ ★ ★ ★ " — Goldstar Member
"We thought that "The Power of Duff" was clever, funny and profoundly touching and important about many aspects of life and the Media today. The sets were fabulous and the live stand ups hilarious !! The cast, scripting and staging were terrific."  — Rosanne Mercer
"Loved it. Loved the script, the casting, the acting, the set and the direction. I really enjoyed everything about it. It was entertaining, thought provoking and made me laugh and cry."   — J.D. Benjamin
"Superb! Both my wife and I thought it was one of the best plays we have ever seen and were not spring chickens." Peter Mittell

Features

  • Huntington Ignites The Power of Duff

    From BU Today, October 23, 2013: "The Power of Duff is the story of a man’s journey 'from isolation to intimacy—about being connected to something larger than yourself,' says BU alumnus Russell G. Jones, who plays troubled Nigerian immigrant Joseph Andango in the current Huntington Theatre Company production. . . . . "
  • Jennifer Westfeldt on Religion, Relationships, and The Power of Duff

    From TheaterMania, October 16, 2013: "Following up her run in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Explorers Club this past summer, Jennifer Westfeldt is continuing her East Coast stay, joining the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston for a production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff . . . . "
  • At The Center of Duff, An Accidental Prophet

    From The Boston Globe, October 12, 2013: "Ensconced in a booth at a diner in midtown Manhattan, playwright Stephen Belber is fondly recalling the late-night arguments about faith and spirituality that he regularly engaged in with his religiously diverse group of college roommates . . . . "

Artists

  • Stephen BelberPlaywright
  • Peter DuBoisDirector
  • David Wilson BarnesCharles Duff
  • Ben ColeScott Zoellner
  • Noah GalvinRicky
  • Brendan GriffinJohn Ebbs
  • Russell G. JonesJoseph Andango
  • Joe PaulikRon Kirkpatrick & Others
  • Amy PietzLisa
  • Jennifer WestfeldtSue Raspell
  • David RockwellScenic Design
  • Bobby Frederick Tilley IICostume Design
  • Rui RitaLighting Design
  • M.L. DoggSound Design
  • Aaron RhyneProjection Design
  • Lori Ann ZeppProduction Stage Manager
  • Candice D. MongellowStage Manager

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