Breaking Ground Festival of New Work: April 23 - April 25, 2015

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's festival of new work, a vital part of our new play development program. The festival highlights the work of local playwrights and presents national writers in partnership with the Huntington. Over the last eight years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally. Unless otherwise noted, admission to all Breaking Ground readings is FREE and open to the public.

Readings are free and open to the public, though not to reviewing members of the press. Advance reservation is required.


Non-Player Character

by HPF Walt McGough
Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
Thurs., Apr. 23 at 7pm


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The Royal Society of Antarctica

by Mat Smart
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Fri., Apr. 24 at 7pm


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The Department Party

by HPF Sam Marks
Directed by Stella Powell-Jones
Sat., Apr. 25 at 2pm


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Tiger Style!

by Mike Lew
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Sat., Apr. 25 at 7pm


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Non-Player Character

by Walt McGough
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Thursday, April 23 at 7pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

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Aspiring video game designer Katja and her longtime friend Trent are an unstoppable team against animated monsters in the virtual underworlds of SpearLight, an online role-playing game. But after a humiliating falling-out, Trent marshals an army of internet trolls to wage real-life war against her. Comic and poignant, Non-Player Character is a timely, boldly theatrical exploration of the games we play and who’s winning.

Walt McGough is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and has also held a fellowship at New Repertory Theatre. His produced plays include The Farm, Priscilla Dreams the Answer, and Pattern of Life, all of which received Best New Play Award nominations from the Independent Reviewers of New England, as well as Chalk, Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), The Haberdasher! (a tale of derring-do), and Paper City Phoenix. He has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark Play Development Center, New Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink, Sideshow Theatre Company, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and Argos Productions. His play Advice for Astronauts was selected as the winner of the inaugural Milken Playwriting Prize this year. He is a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company, serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company, and was previously the company manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University. waltmcgough.com


The Royal Society of Antarctica

by Mat Smart
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Friday, April 24 at 7pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

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Dee is the only person ever born at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Shortly after giving birth, Dee’s mother mysteriously disappeared. Now, 24 years later, Dee returns to the otherworldly brightness at the bottom of the earth to work as a janitor — scrubbing toilets 60 hours a week and discovering something about what it means to disappear.

Mat Smart’sThe Hopper Collection appeared at the Huntington in 2006. His plays include The Royal Society of Antarctica (currently having an extended run at The Gift Theatre in Chicago), Naperville (Slant Theatre Project), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival and Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva Theatre Center and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in February 2016), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre) and The 13th of Paris (City Theatre and Seattle Public Theater). An avid baseball fan and traveler, Mr. Smart has been to all 30 of the current MLB stadiums, all 50 states, and 6 continents — including a stint working as a janitor at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He is the recipient of the 2014 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts.

 

The Department Party

by Sam Marks
Directed by Stella Powell-Jones
Saturday, April 25 at 2pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

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As a blizzard hits, a graduate student, Frances, finds her affair with a decade-older professor, Jake, collapsing. When Jake ducks out to a faculty party, Frances is left alone at his apartment — until a surprise visitor shows up. The Department Party takes us through one evening’s delicate, nuanced look at sex, small talk, and how different phases in life drastically change our perspective. 

Sam Marks is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. His play The Old Masters will be produced in New York City at The Flea Theater this spring after having its premiere at Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work series in Chicago. His play The Delling Shore received a world premiere at the 2013 Humana Festival for New American Plays. Other New York City productions include The Joke at Studio Dante (dir. by Sam Gold), Brack’s Last Bachelor Party at 59E59 Theaters, Nelson and the Bigger Man with Partial Comfort Productions, and Craft with The Bats (dir. by Robert O’Hara). He attended the Sundance Theater Institute at Banff Center and has had recent workshops at New York Stage and Film, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, and many others. Mr. Marks was selected as one of the “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist. He is currently developing a project at HBO produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci. He has developed several television series including a project for CBS that was produced by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 

 

Tiger Style!

by Mike Lew
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Saturday, April 25 at 7pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

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Albert and Jennifer Chen were at the pinnacle of academic achievement. But now they suck at adult life. Albert's just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer's been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable egghead brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to Shenzen, Tiger Style! examines the successes and failures of tiger parenting from the point of view of a playwright who's actually been through it. 

Mike Lew is the author of Teenage Dick (The Public Theater/NYSF, Playwrights Foundation, and Ma-Yi Theater Company workshops), Bike America (Ma-Yi Theater Company and Alliance Theatre productions; The Juilliard School, The Lark Center for New Play Development, The Kennedy Center, and Playwrights Foundation workshops), and microcrisis (Ma-Yi Theater Company, InterAct Theatre Company, and Next Act productions). Tiger Style! has also received readings at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Center Theatre Group, The Juilliard School, and InterAct Theatre Company. His plays are published by Sam French and Playscripts. He is a Dramatists Guild Council member and Tony Award voter, co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Award, Kendeda and AracaWorks Graduate Playwriting Awards, Heideman Award, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He has held residencies with The Lark Center for New Play Development and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He received his training from The Juilliard School and Yale. mikelew.com


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