Breaking Ground Festival of New Work: January 30 - February 2, 2014

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 seven 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.

All readings are open to the public and require an advance reservation.

Merit

by HPF Lenelle Moïse
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Thurs., Jan. 30 at 7:30pm


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Home of the Brave

by HPF Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Sean Daniels
Fri., Jan. 31 at 7:30pm


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Tania in the Getaway Van

by Susan Bernfield
Directed by Portia Krieger
Sat., Feb. 1 at 2pm

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The Second Girl

by HPF Ronan Noone
Directed by Campbell Scott
Sat., Feb. 1 at 7:30pm


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Bright Half Life

by Tanya Barfield
Directed by Daniel Goldstein
Sun., Feb. 2 at 7:30pm


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Merit

by Lenelle Moïse
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

RESERVE

Winner of the 2012 Ruby Prize, Merit follows Mona, a precocious and passionate fiction writer who is the only student of color (and Southerner) at her prestigious graduate program in contemporary Vermont. When she befriends distinguished professor Doctor Sive—a demanding divorcee with fatigued sex appeal—the two are called to strike a balance between curiosity and propriety, power and love, desire and professionalism.

Featuring James Boland, Breean Julian*, Lonnie Farmer, Joy Jones*, and Sharon Washington*.

Lenelle Moïse is a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project. Her other plays include The Many Faces of Nia, Matermorphosis and Cornered in the Dark. Moïse is an internationally touring solo performer and was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her writing has been featured in several magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She has received awards, residencies and/or commissions from the Gaea Foundation, Southern Rep, Kitchen Theatre Company, Hedgebrook, Astraea, Clark University, Northwestern University, UT Austin, and the Black Women Playwrights’ Group. Her first book, Haiti Glass, is forthcoming from City Lights Publishers’ Sister Spit imprint. Visit lenellemoise.com for more information.

 

Home of the Brave

by Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Sean Daniels
Friday, January 31 at 7:30pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

RESERVE

As she begins her Presidential campaign, Evelyn is depending on her family to come across as wholesome. But when her campaign manager visits at Christmas, her family can’t quite fit into the all-American mold. Inspired by Moliere’s Tartuffe, Lila Rose Kaplan’s new comedy reveals what happens when the slick lies of politics collide with the messy truth of family.

Featuring Erin Brehm, John Gregorio*, Nick Sulfaro*, Paula Plum*, Joel Van Liew*, and Jessica Worthan-Newman*.

Lila Rose Kaplan is a 2012-2014 Huntington Playwriting Fellow who creates bittersweet comedies and modern myths that delve into the mysteries of human relationships. Her play Wildflower debuted Off-Broadway at Second Stage Uptown.  Her other plays include 123, We All Fall Down, 100 Planes, Home of the Brave, and Bureau of Missing Persons. Her work has been produced and developed by the A.R.T., Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Vic, Perishable Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Chalk Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Center Theatre Group. Awards include The National Science Award in Playwriting, The International Women’s Playwriting Award, and The Shank Playwriting Fellowship. Ms. Kaplan also is curretnly a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her MFA from UC San Diego. lilarose.org

 

Tania in the Getaway Van

by Susan Bernfield
Directed by Portia Krieger
Saturday, February 1 at 2pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

RESERVE

Fall 1975: 11-year-old Laura is in the hall closet, pretending to be Patty Hearst. Diane, her mom, heads back to school, gonna get a job, gonna make Laura her companion in liberation, openness, possibility! If, by quirk of history, Laura is supposed to come of age at the same time as her mom...well, she's not gonna play, no way. Flash forward to today: is Laura a model product of the women’s movement, or just of Diane’s expectations?

Featuring Therese Plaehn*, Colleen Werthmann*, and Stephanie Wright-Thompson*.

Susan Bernfield’s plays include Stretch (a fantasia) (People’s Light & Theatre; New Georges; Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory Festival; published by Playscripts); Barking Girl (Chrysalis Productions; O’Neill Playwrights Conference); Big Hungry World (First Light Festival/EST); Out From Under It (Vital Theatre; published by Indie Theatre Now); and a solo musical, Tiny Feats of Cowardice (music, Rachel Peters; FringeNYC; Adirondack Theatre Festival).  In addition, she’s developed work at New Harmony Project, Lark Play Development Center, Playwrights Horizons, Magic Theatre, HB Playwrights, among others, and her plays have been finalists for the National New Play Network’s Showcase of New Plays, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs.  She’s also the founder and producing artistic director of New Georges, a theater company in New York City; in that capacity, she serves on the boards of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the LIT Fund.

 

The Second Girl

by Ronan Noone
Directed by Campbell Scott
Saturday, February 1 at 7:30pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

RESERVE

With Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day's Journey Into Night as a backdrop, The Second Girl takes us into the kitchen of the Tyrone family in August 1912. In the interplay between the immigrant Irish servant girls, Bridget and Cathleen, and the chauffeur, Jack Smythe, playwright Ronan Noone evokes the love and despair of the big house while exploring the tragedy and triumph of sacrificing one home for another.

Featuring Liam Craig*, Kathleen McEfresh*, and McKenzie Meehan*.

Ronan Noone is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. His plays, The Lepers of Baile Baiste, The Blowin of Baile Gall,  The Atheist, Brendan, Little Black Dress, A Small Death and The Compass Rose, have played in theaters across the United States, including Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and at The Culture Project in New York, London (Theatre 501, St James Theatre), and the Philippines.  His  plays are published by Samuel French, Smith and Kraus, Baker Plays and Dramatist’s Play Service. Awards include three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Best New Play, an Elliot Norton outstanding script, and a Kennedy Center National Playwriting award. He is a recent invited artist at the Hermitage Artist retreat in Manasota Key Florida.

 

Bright Half Life

by Tanya Barfield
Directed by Daniel Goldstein
Sunday, February 2 at 7:30pm
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

RESERVE

A kaleidoscopic love story, Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life collides an ever-shifting present with fragments of the past. Erika and Vicky are hurled through 25 years of love and heartbreak in a collection of the moments that make up a life.

Featuring Laura Heisler* and Sue Jean Kim*.

Tanya Barfield's The Call premiered last spring at Playwrights Horizons in co-production with Primary Stages and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Her play Blue Door was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and premiered at South Coast Rep, and has been seen at Playwrights Horizons and numerous theaters around the country. She wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children’s musical, Civil War: The First Black Regiment which toured public schools regionally. A recipient of a Lilly Award, the inaugural Lilly Award Commission and a Helen Merrill, Tanya is a proud alumna of New Dramatists and a member of The Dramatist Guild Council.


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