Start Down

by Eleanor Burgess • Directed by Shawn LaCount

A San Francisco programmer latches on to an idea for a startup that will automate some of the work teachers do in a classroom. But as the idea begins to take off, it becomes clear that Will's new company may threaten his fiancé's job. Start Down makes larger economic trends hit home.

Eleanor Burgess' play Mocha was produced this January at the Last Act Theatre Company as part of Austin's FronteraFest. She has also worked with the Vineyard Theatre, New Georges, Broad Horizons, Reverie Productions, and the One Minute Play Festival. She has been a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and a member of the writers' group at the Arcola Theatre in London. She is currently pursuing an MFA in dramatic writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

(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.


  • Eleanor BurgessPlaywright
  • Shawn LaCountDirector
  • Alexis CaminsWill
  • Kathryn MylesSandy
  • Charles SocaridesAdam
  • Liz MorganKaren
  • Matthew BarrettMatty
  • Shanelle VillegasJo
  • Brooke M. HaneyReader
  • Lisa TimmelDramaturg
  • Katie AilingerStage Manager
  • Viviana VargasProduction Assistant

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