"Feels so timely it might have been written yesterday."— Chicago Sun-Times
In a cramped Bronx apartment, a working-class Jewish family dreams of a brighter future. Matriarch Bessie Berger's fierce determination keeps her family afloat, whatever the cost. Gritty, passionate, funny, and heartbreaking, Odets' 1935 masterpiece beautifully captures both the hopes and the struggles of an unforgettable American family.
Approximate run time: TBD
"Since her gorgeous, moving production of Luck of the Irish in 2011, I've wanted to bring director Melia Bensussen back to the Huntington to mount a classic. She has a great passion for Clifford Odets' work — Awake and Sing! was Melia's childhood, she once told me. Her talent for telling intimate family stories that play out on a broad social canvas makes now the perfect opportunity for her return."— Peter DuBois
"In Awake and Sing!, Clifford Odets beautifully captures the pains and challenges of all nuclear families living in times of social struggle and economic crisis. This great American play articulates the passions and dilemmas of American society and resonates with the same issues that challenge us today as we grapple to make meaning of our lives. It's a thrill to be back at the Huntington, and I look forward to us rediscovering the beauty and poetry of Odets' voice together."— Melia Bensussen
Artistic Director Peter DuBois shares his insights and behind-the-scenes stories about the Huntington's upcoming production of Awake and Sing!
Kevin Fennessy has acted and directed with Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Raven Theatre, Publick Theatre Boston, and Open Door Theatre, among others.
Michael Goldsmith recently performed Off Off Broadway in Final Analysis (June Havoc Theatre). He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Will LeBow returns to the Huntington having previously appeared in Bus Stop, How Shakespeare Won the West, The Cherry Orchard, Love's Labour's Lost, The Rivals (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actor), and the world premiere of Sonia Flew. At American Repertory Theater Mr. LeBow appeared in more than 50 productions including The Merchant of Venice, Romance, Endgame, No Exit, The Birthday Party, Nocturne (Drama Desk Award nomination), and Full Circle (Elliot Norton Award).
Nael Nacer previously appeared at the Huntington as Medvedenko in The Seagull directed by Maria Aitken, and as Simon Stimson in David Cromer’s production of Our Town (IRNE Award). Off Broadway credits that include The Hiding Place (59E59 Theaters) and Lemonade (New York International Fringe Festival). Mr. Nacer was born and raised in Paris, France, and received his BA in theatre and public relations at Suffolk University.
Clifford Odets is the author of Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing, Paradise Lost, Golden Boy, Rocket to the Moon, Clash by Night, The Big Knife, The Country Girl, and The Flowering Peach among others. His work spanned the three decades preceding his death in 1963 and deeply influenced generations of American playwrights to follow.
Melia Bensussen previously directed The Luck of the Irish (2012) and Circle Mirror Transformation (2010) at the Huntington, and will direct Awake and Sing! this fall. Her directing credits include work with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Actors' Shakespeare Project, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Centerstage, Hartford Stage, and many others. Ms. Bensussen is the recipient of an OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction, and she is chair of the performing arts department at Emerson College.
James Noone previously designed The Corn is Green, She Loves Me, Rabbit Hole, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Burn This, The Rose Tattoo, Ain't Misbehavin', Springtime for Henry, Fully Committed, and Dead End for the Huntington.
Michael Krass returns to the Huntington having designed The Rose Tattoo, The Rivals, A Month in the Country, Dead End, and many others.
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen return to the Huntington having previously designed sound or music for Private Lives, How Shakespeare Won the West; Bang the Drum Slowly; Journey to the West; Hamlet; King Hedley II; Ah, Wilderness!; The Amen Corner; Jitney; and next season’s Good People.
Alaine Alldaffer is also the casting director for Playwrights Horizons, where her credits include Grey Gardens (also for Broadway), Clybourne Park (also for Broadway), and Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Best Ensemble and an Artios Award for casting).
Emily F. McMullen previously worked on Smart People, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, and The Cocktail Hour at the Huntington. Prior to working at the Huntington she worked with Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell where she spent over nine seasons as their production stage manager and worked on over 70 productions. She holds a BA from Emory University.
Jeremiah Mullane returns to the Huntington having previously stage managed The Seagull, The Cocktail Hour, The Jungle Book, and Invisible Man.
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