by Melinda Lopez
Directed by Justin Waldman
Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm
Maritza and her daughter Marty have returned to Miami to celebrate Abuela's birthday. But something isn't right; Abuela thinks the party is for her own funeral, Maritza's brother Tio seems awfully close to the gardener, and Alexandros the dog has gone missing. Set against the backdrop of Nixon's resignation, Alexandros is a zany roller coaster ride through the chaos of family obligations, language barriers, and love. From the author of the Huntington's 2004 hit, Sonia Flew, Alexandros is the product of a commission from the Laguna Playhouse.
Melinda Lopez previously appeared at the Huntington in Persephone, A Month in the Country, and The Rose Tattoo. Most recently she played Victoria in The Motherf**ker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Company). Other credits include Oil Thief and A Girls War (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Anna in the Tropics and Theatre District (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Romeo and Juliet (Portland Stage), and Many Colors Make the Thunder-king (Guthrie Theater). She is featured in the movie Fever Pitch. Ms. Lopez is also an award- winning playwright (Sonia Flew, Orchids to Octopi, and Caroline in Jersey), and a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. She teaches playwriting at Boston University.
Geometry of Fire
by Stephen Belber
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Friday, April 20 at 8:00pm
Lives intersect in a D.C.-area bar, bringing together the lost and "un-homed." Mel, a vet recently returned from the front, is haunted by the ghost of his last victim; his father Bob, suspicious of the military, strives to understand his son; and Tariq, a Saudi-American, discovers the toxicity of his personal life just might be tied to the contamination of the land around him. The personal becomes political in this story of fathers, sons, and the quest for a path back home, from Huntington veteran Stephen Belber.
by Kate Snodgrass
Directed by Susan Feinchell
Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm
In the realm of quantum physics, the act of observation decides the fate of the observed, and two universes — containing separate outcomes of the same events — can exist side by side. Eleanor and Michael, scientists working in very different worlds, find themselves nonetheless connected by a common thread. Can the movement of the stars and planets illuminate the darkness between them? From Kate Snodgrass, the artistic director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre.
Kate Snodgrass is the Artistic Director of Boston Playwright’s Theatre and the Boston Theatre Marathon. She is the author of Haiku (Heidemann Award, anthologized and translated into German, Gaelic, Portuguese), Observatory Conditions (Independent Reviewers of New England Award), and The Glider (Independent Reviewers of New England Award, AACT Steinberg Award Nomination), among others. She is a playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company. Snodgrass has received StageSource’s Theatre Hero Award, the Leonides A. Nickole Award for Excellence from NETC, and the Milan Stitt Award from the Kennedy Center ACTF lauding her mentorship of playwrights.
The Cry of the Reed
by Sinan Ünel
Directed by Justin Waldman
Saturday, April 21 at 8:00pm
It's 2004, and matters of life and death are unfolding at a harrowing pace. A pair of journalists find themselves unexpectedly detained by a band of insurgents, as bombs rain down on an Iraqi landscape. Meanwhile, in Turkey, on the eve of a festival celebrating the great Sufi poet Rumi, an unexpected allegiance is forged in the struggle to secure the journalists' release. History, religion, and the beauty of whirling dervishes collide in this heart-breakingly immediate portrait of a world at war — from the author of the Breaking Ground hit Pathétique, and the award-winning Pera Palas.
Sinan Ünel is a member of the first cohorts of Huntington Playwriting Fellows. At the Huntington, he developed Pathetique (Breaking Ground 2004), Off the Cliff, and The Cry of the Reed, which was produced at the Huntington in 2007. Other works include Pera Palas, Single Lives, The Three of Cups, Thalassa My Heart, The Lost Gospels of Blakenburg, and A Mad Person's Chronicle of a Miserable Marriage. His work has been produced at the Long Wharf Theater, The Arcola Theatre (London), Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Lark Theatre Company (New York), Gate Theatre (London), Open Source Theater (Pittsburg), Provincetown Theatre Company, Landes-theater (Germany), Theater Kozmos (Austria), and Theatre at Boston Court (Pasadena). He has been awarded the Middle East America Special Jury Prize, The Ridgeala Award, the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, and the John Gassner Memorial Award. His script Race Point was the winner of the 2001 New Century Writer Award for best screenplay. He is a long-time member of the Lark Theater Company in New York, where he recently developed his latest play, New Life. He divides his time between New York and Cape Cod and teaches at Lesley College in Boston. www.sinanunel.com
Searching for God in Suburbia
by Matt Hoverman
Directed by Matt August
Sunday, April 22 at 2:00pm
In these seven short plays, the standard suburban universe is turned topsy-turvy. As interconnected characters go about their daily lives — tucking in their kids at bedtime, dealing with infidelity, making time for the gym — the unexpected is always just around the corner. Sometimes it's the boogeyman, or an alien invasion, or just the surprise of a true human connection. From the author of In Transit, winner of the FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award.
by John Shea
Directed by Daniel Goldstein
Sunday, April 22 at 7:00pm
In the Monaghan family, the sins of the past are emerging once again. On the eve of the release of a convicted child molester, the media descends on a tight-knit, blue collar Boston neighborhood in turmoil, where truths, long-buried, may finally be revealed. A lively, wrenching, and frank portrayal of a family and a community searching for hope, from John Shea, a native son with a true Boston voice.
John Shea is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow whose play, Welcome to Somerville, Permit Parking Only, (a 17-character opus) enjoyed a very successful two night reading in his home town of — where else? — Somerville, Massachusetts. Other works set in and ground the beautiful and desirable neighborhoods of Somerville include Erin Go Bragh-less (National Playwright's Conference, Eugene O'Neil Theatre Center), The Hill (Boston University's New Play Initiative), Comp (Tristan Bates Theatre Company in London, Boston Playwright's Theatre), Clare Silva (Williamstown Theatre Festival's Fridays @ 3 series, Huntington Theatre Company's Breaking Ground Festival), Junkie (commissioned by the Huntington's Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays), and The Painter, whihc he hopes to have on its feet in the spring of 2011. Many short works have been included in festivals around the country, most notably in the Boston Theatre Marathon, which he has run five times. playsbyshea.com.
Daniel Goldstein directed God Of Carnage, Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Cry of the Reed for the Huntington. He also directed the recent revival of Godspell on Broadway. Other recent credits include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Goodspeed Musicals/Broadway Across America) and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler, as well as an upcoming production of Anna Christie at The Old Globe. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman for a Huntington Theatre Company Calderwood Commission) was at the O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference this past summer. Other projects include The Ride (NYC commercial), Golden Boy (The Julliard School), True West (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Miss Margarida's Way (Bay Street Theatre, with Julie Halston), Lower Ninth (The Flea Theater and SPF), and the Off Broadway commercial production of the hit Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia. He served as the associate director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed and the resident director for the first national tour of Mamma Mia! He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Past Breaking Ground Readings