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“Lucas [has an] enduringly original sensibility.” – The New York Times
A family’s faith is severely tested when their adult son, a Deaf, gay, recovering addict played by Russell Harvard (“Fargo,” Spring Awakening), sees his carefully calibrated world fall apart after an accident. Performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language, I Was Most Alive with You by award-winning playwright Craig Lucas (Broadway’s An American in Paris, Prelude to a Kiss) is a theatrical event of the first order: a love story so wholly original – funny, heartrending, and deeply theatrical – it must not be missed.
I Was Most Alive with You is not continuously captioned. Some text will be projected, but the majority of the play is delivered in simultaneous American Sign Language and spoken English. ASL fluent members of the Deaf/deaf/hard-of-hearing communities are invited to purchase tickets to any performance.
Approximate run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes with one intermission.Please note, electronic cigarettes and strobe lighting effects are used in this production. For more information: If you are interested in additional information about the content and themes of this play, we recommend taking a look at our trigger warnings and our Literary Guide.
"I’m so excited to be working on this play at the Huntington. Peter DuBois and I have a long friendship and now I am over the moon about working with his incredible colleagues. I couldn’t be more thrilled about the process, the actors, the project. And if the process so far is any indication, then this is far and away the most meaningful artistic journey of my life.”— Craig Lucas
"Phenomenal." "Inspiring." "Powerful." "Profound."Audiences can't stop raving about I Was Most Alive With You.
Rehearsing this ambitious new play has taken a great deal of faith - in the story and in each other. Take a look backstage at the especially collaborative rehearsal of this moving new play by Craig Lucas, I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU.
Watch Knox's prayer from Craig Lucas' I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU performed by Russell Harvard.
Information about Craig Lucas' I Was Most Alive with You at the Huntington Theatre Company in spoken English and ASL.
Monique Holt (shadow interpreter, I Was Most Alive With You) is here to show you some basic ASL signs you can use at the theatre.
Some of the company of I Was Most Alive With You teach you a few ASL signs used in the play.
From our Spotlight magazine, Charles Haugland, Artistic Programs and Dramaturgy, interviews playwright Craig Lucas about the theological roots of his play I Was Most Alive With You.
From our Spotlight magazine, we interview I Was Most Alive with You Director of Artistic Sign Language Sabrina Dennison.
From our Spotlight magazine, Lisa Timmel, Director of New Work, interviews theatrical designer Dane Laffrey on his work on the Deaf West Theatre's production of Spring Awakening and the Huntington's production of I Was Most Alive With You.
[Are we in the midst of an] "important shift in the representation of gay characters in art? Will plays about lesbians and nonwhite gay characters follow suit? Will plays about transgender characters come to focus less on transition and more on day-to-day life afterward? Craig Lucas, who wrote the plays “Prelude to a Kiss” and “The Dying Gaul”as well as the screenplay for “Longtime Companion,” isn’t so sure. "
Russell Harvard (Knox, I Was Most Alive With You) on Spring Awakening, Craig Lucas, and YouTube music videos.
“A great drama told from an incredible place of love.” – WGBH
“A rewarding experience! Lucas illuminate[s] the deepest human dilemmas.” – BOSTON GLOBE
“Thrilling to behold! You could see this play multiple times and still marvel at the writing and the cast.” – ARTERY
“Extraordinary ensemble! I Was Most Alive with You is firing on all cylinders.” – JOYCE KULHAWIK/JOYCESCHOICES.COM
“Unforgettable! A remarkable new play.” – SOUTH SHORE CRITIC
Marianna Bassham has appeared at the Huntington in Becoming Cuba, Our Town, and Luck of the Irish. She has appeared with Great Lakes Theater Festival, Stoneham Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Central Square Theater, The Nora Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Gloucester Stage Company, St. Michael's Playhouse, and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and is a resident acting company member with Actors' Shakespeare Project.
Nancy E. Carroll has appeared in The Seagull, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, Present Laughter, The Rose Tattoo, and Dead End at the Huntington. She appeared on Broadway in Present Laughter (Roundabout Theatre Company)...
Tad Cooley has performed as Billy in Tribes at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre Company, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He will next appear this summer in the world premiere of Charles Mee’s Soot and Spit at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City. He has recurred as Melissa Gilbert’s son in the ABC drama series “Secrets and Lies,” and appearsin the film An American in Texas that will be hitting major festivals next year. Mr.Cooley studied acting at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
Steven Goldstein has performance highlights that include Our Town on Broadway and Boys’ Life, Oh Hell, The Lights (Lincoln Center Theater); Romance, The Vosey Inheritance, The Water Engine, and Three Sisters (Atlantic Theater Company, founding member)...
Russell Harvard is well known for appearing in the award-winning film There Will Be Bloodas Adult HW. He played the villain Mr. Wrench in “Fargo” on FX Network. He also portrayed Matt Hamill, a UFC fighter in The Hammer, based on a true story, for which he received a 2012 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. His other credits include the recent Broadway revival of Spring Awakening (Deaf West Theatre) and the New York premiere of Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), for which he received nominations for Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor.
Dee Nelson has appeared previously at the Huntington in All My Sons, The Maiden's Prayer, and A Christmas Carol. She has been a company member at the Peterborough Players, with favorite roles including Hesione in Heartbreak House (New Hampshire Theatre Award), Maggie in Hobson's Choice (New Hampshire Theatre Award)
Gameela Wright has off Off Broadway credits that include Elephant Girls(Emerging Artists Theatre); The Lower Depths and Time to Burn (Resonance Ensemble); andLittle Man (Ohio Theatre).
Joey Caverly has recent credits that include performing in Tribes at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Studio Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Amelia Hensley performed in Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening as Thea on Broadway. Regional theatre productions include work with Deaf West Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Gallaudet University, MO2 Productions, and Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
Monique Holt's theatre credits that include Men Don’t Listen to Naked Women (CapitalFringe, DC); Undesirable Elements: Inside/Out (Ping Chong & Company); Gerda [trapeze/aerial] in Snow Queen (In-Flight Theater); Are Your Ears Blind? (Fellow, Towson University); OCD Clown in Separated at Birth (dog & pony dc); Monique in The “OR”bit (Fellow, Mabou Mines); Puppeteer in My Friend, The Perfect Circle (Akureyri, Iceland); and Women of Shakespeare (MO2 Productions).
Christopher Robinson has worked as an interpreter for the Huntington’s productions of August Wilson’s Fences, King Hedley II, Radio Golf, Jitney, and Gem of the Ocean, among others. He has worked as a Shadow Interpreter for Wheelock Family Theatre’s A Nice Place to Live and Trumpet of the Swan...
Craig Lucas is the author of Prelude to a Kiss (produced at the Huntington in 2010), Missing Persons, Blue Window, Reckless, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, The Singing Forest, Prayer for My Enemy, and Ode to Joy.
Dane Laffrey has designed For Huntinton's productions of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinnerand God of Carnage. This season on Broadway he designed the set for Fool for Love and set and costumes for Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening.
Mark Barton has Broadway credits that include The Real Thing, Violet, and The Realistic Joneses. His regional credits include productions at Guthrie Theater, American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, as well as many productions with Curtis Opera Theater in Philadelphia. Other New York City credits include Glory of the World (BAM), Cunning Little Vixen (Juilliard Opera), and Encores! Off-Center 2013–2015. He is the recipient of a 2012 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. markbartonlightingdesign.com.
Daniel Kluger provided the sound design for the Huntington's production of Can You Forgive Her? He produces music and sound design for theatre and film. He recently did the orchestrations for Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! at Bard SummerScape. New York credits include The Effect, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre), The Mystery of Love and Sex and Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), Marjorie Prime, Iowa, andYour Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons), Significant Other and The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company)...
Lucy Mackinnon is a motion graphics artist, illustrator, and projection designer. She designed the recent Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening on Broadway, for which she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award...
Sabrina Dennison is a proud Cape Cod native, where her late father was the only Bay State man to be convicted (Robin Hood style) of piracy in the 20th century. She has served as an ASL consultant for Broadway Across America, Boston University School of Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and the Boston Opera House, to name a few...
Catie Eller holds a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in experimental film, and a BFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in visual arts and film...
Ted Hewlett has created fights for the Huntington’s productions of A Confederacy of Dunces, Private Lives, Fences, The Colored Museum, Now or Later, Venus in Fur, andBrendan, among others. In New York, he choreographed the Off Broadway production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Boston credits include SITI Company/ArtsEmerson, American Repertory Theater, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, and SpeakEasy Stage Company, among others...
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