New Work

Supporting New Play Development Initiatives at the Huntington

Supporting New Play Development Initiatives at the Huntington The Huntington Theatre Company has produced over 100 New England, American, or world premieres since its founding in 1982. Our endeavors to develop new works and plays for the American theatre have expanded considerably since 2004 with the opening of our second stage — the Virginia Wimberly Theatre — at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. This 370-seat proscenium stage serves as the venue for the presentation of new works and provides an intimate, warm environment in which to nurture them.

The Huntington's new play development initiatives also include:

  • Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program: the Huntington Playwriting Fellows — a group of local playwrights to whom we dedicate financial and artistic resources to help them in the writing of new plays — participate in the daily life of the theatre with events as varied as mainstage audience discussions, and guest-speaking at programs, special events, and board meetings. Every two years, four local playwrights are chosen to participate and are allowed to focus on honing their craft.
  • Breaking Ground Readings: Breaking Ground is the Huntington's new play development program, including staged readings and more. This program brings national writers into partnership with the Huntington and promotes the work of local playwrights to the larger community. Over the last seven years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear on Huntington stages, and at theatres across the country, as well as internationally.
  • Summer Workshops: In 2012, the Huntington launched the Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat culminating in public readings of the plays in development. The Workshop is modeled after the Sundance Theatre Lab and is an extension of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Reading Series.
  • Huntington Commissions: Plays commissioned under the auspices of the Calderwood Fund receive developmental support from the Huntington's artistic staff. Many of these plays have gone on to be produced on other stages across the country.

Learn more about new play development at the Huntington.


Upcoming Events

Huntington Theatre Company presents the 2014 Breaking Ground Festival of New Work, featuring staged readings of new plays in development by Lenelle Moïse, Lila Rose Kaplan, Susan Bernfield, Ronan Noone, and Tanya Barfield. Thursday, Jan. 30 — Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.Featuring staged readings of new work by
Lenelle Moïse, Lila Rose Kaplan, Susan
Bernfield, Ronan Noone, & Tanya Barfield
Jan. 30 — Feb. 2, 2014
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA



In 1890s Cuba, widowed Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when the rebellion comes home to Havana, she must choose between loyalty to country or to family. A stirring new drama by Melinda Lopez and directed by M. Bevin O'Gara, BECOMING CUBA plays March 28 - April 26, 2014 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Learn more at Melinda Lopez, Playwright-In-Residence
Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
March 28 — May 3, 2014
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA



Four Harvard intellectuals navigate the complexities of race, ambition, friendship, and the human brain in this controversial and fiercely funny new play by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. The sharp new comedy SMART PEOPLE plays May 23 - June 21, 2014 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Learn more at Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Peter DuBois
May 23 — June 29, 2014
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA



Check back soon for more information on our upcoming Breaking Ground Readings.


Our new play development programs are supported by many generous donors and also through the named endowed funds listed below.

The Stanford Calderwood Fund For New American Plays

Established in 2001 as an endowment dedicated to fostering the work of American playwrights at all stages of their careers, the fund has awarded commissions to the following playwrights:

  • Jon Robin Baitz
  • Christopher Denham
  • Stephen Belber
  • Lydia Diamond
  • John Shea
  • Rebekah Maggor
  • Kate Snodgrass

The Huntington has become a home to these and many other area playwrights, providing them with the resources and artistic support they need to bring a new work from its earliest draft through to readings, workshops and on to premiere productions.

This fund also helps to underwrite our Huntington Playwriting Fellows program, as well as our other new play development efforts.

The Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Fund

We are proud to announce the creation of The Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Fund. Created by Huntington Overseer Christine Kondoleon and her husband Fred Wittmann, this fund will serve as a permanent tribute to Christine's brother Harry Kondoleon, a talented playwright and author who died in 1994 at the age of 39. This endowed fund will generate income that will help to support the Huntington's outstanding new play development initiatives, including the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program and the Breaking Ground Reading Series.

To date, more than $200,000 has been contributed, and we gratefully acknowledge the following donors to The Harry Fund for their generosity:

  • Nicholas Cola
  • Linda Collins
  • William Finn
  • Robyn Goodman
  • Wayne Kabak
  • Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Christine Kondoleon and Frederic Wittmann
  • Emmanuel Kondoleon
  • Sophocles and Athena Kondoleon
  • Dorothy Lichtenstein
  • Mitchell Lichtenstein and Victor Sanchez
  • The Grace R. and Alan D. Marcus Foundation
  • Bill and Linda McQuillan
  • Mark O'Donnell
  • Marian Seldes

The Altman Fund

The Altman FundIn recognition of the remarkable contribution that Peter Altman made to the diversification of theatre in Boston and to his 18 years of artistic achievements at the highest level‚ the Huntington Theatre Company created the Altman Fund for Artistic Diversity, in honor of its founding Producing Director.

This fund reflects Peter Altman's deeply held commitment to exploring the rich diversity of the American landscape on stage. Its resources are used to support and nurture theatre artists of color at the Huntington‚ providing enhanced professional development and ongoing opportunities to realize their creative talents.

For more information on supporting the Huntington's New Play Development initiatives, please contact Mary O'Donnell at 617 273-1579 or

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