Co-written by Masha Obolensky & Melia Bensussen
Directed by Melia Bensussen
The Bluebeard Project reimagines Bluebeard, a classic fairy tale, in a contemporary landscape. A young woman who is eager to enter the music scene struggles to assert herself separate from the relationship she has with her photographer mother, with whom she is deeply and destructively entwined. The play tracks the inevitability of the fairy tale as the young woman and her mother both fall into unforeseen darkness and struggle to survive and overcome.
Masha Obolensky was a Huntington Playwriting Fellow in 2011-2012. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2011 and received the Pen New England Discovery Award in 2010. Other awards include the Kennedy Center Michael Kanin Award (2010, Girls Play), a WordBridge fellowship (2010, The Girl Problem), the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award (2006), and the Robert Pinsky Global Playwriting Fellowship (2010). Her play Not Enough Air was produced by Chicago's Timeline Theatre and was nominated for 5 Joseph Jefferson Equity Awards including Best New Play and Best Production. Not Enough Air was also produced by the Nora Theatre in Cambridge (directed by Melia Bensussen) and was listed in The Boston Globe's "10 Best of 2010." Her most recent play Marvelous Fruit was a PlayPenn Conference finalist (2013), a Eugene O'Neill Theatre Festival semi-finalist (2013), and a Source Festival DC finalist. Her plays have also been produced by the Boston Theatre Marathon, the Samuel French OOB Play Festival, ArtsEmerson, HERE Arts Center, Access Theatre, and Source Festival DC. She has an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.
(As of June 2014)
Melia Bensussen is the recipient of an Obie Award for Outstanding Direction. Her Huntington credits include the upcoming Awake and Sing (2014), as well as The Luck of the Irish (2012) and Circle Mirror Transformation (2010). Her directing credits include work with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Actors' Shakespeare Project, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Centerstage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and People's Light and Theatre Company, where she received a Barrymore Award nomination for Best Direction, and many others. She has received two Directing Awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, including their top honor, the Statuette Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Her edition of the Langston Hughes translation of Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding is published by Theatre Communications Group. She is featured in Women Stage Directors Speak, by Rebecca Daniels, and also in Nancy Taylor's Women Direct Shakespeare. Her essay on The Merchant of Venice was also published by TCG in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context. Ms. Bensussen is chair of the performing arts department at Emerson College.
(As of June 2014)
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 Director of New Work Lisa Timmel and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland support the writers during the intensive, artist-driven development process, and the festival is produced by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara.