by Miranda Craigwell • Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara

A dark Louisiana fugue that stretches from antebellum days to post-Katrina, Shelterchronicles the stories of a handful of souls stranded in the Superdome. What future is possible if we can't make sense of the past? Lies splinter the truth for which these souls search while everywhere, the water keeps rising.

Featuring: Jacqui Parker*, Chinasa Ogbuagu*, Kola Ogundiran*, Joshua Coleman*, Jane Pfitsch*, Talia Robinson, Chris Burns*, Jason Cross, and Omar Robinson.

Miranda Craigwell is a writer for stage and screen, as well as an actress. Her works includes The Strongest Shape (Paines Plough Future Perfect finalist), Reply, Please (Rose Theatre in London), Requests (Staged reading directed by Melanie Hillyard), and Sugar Moth. She attended Brown University where she was a three-year captain of the women’s basketball team, graduated with a B.A. in literature and cultures in English, and was awarded a David Zucconi Memorial Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to London to study Eighteenth century female letter writers and epistolary theory. She began performing her written work in Slam poetry competitions at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Theatre Royal Stratford, and other venues before being named the Farrago Central London Slam Poet Champion in 2005. Ms. Craigwell received a Master’s degree with Distinction from Rose Bruford College of Drama for both acting and playwriting. She is currently an actor/educator with Urban Improv and a writer, director, and producer for the Boston-based production company Beyond Measure Productions. She recently joined the board of Into Your Art LLC.

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's reading series, a vital part of our new play development program. This series brings attention to the work of local playwrights and presents national writers into 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.


  • Miranda Craigwell Playwright Miranda Craigwell
  • M. Bevin O'Gara Director M. Bevin O'Gara
  • Jacqui Parker Sister 1 Jacqui Parker
  • Kola Ogundiran Too Quick Kola Ogundiran
  • Jane Pfitsch Katherine Jane Pfitsch
  • Christopher Burns Lesley Christopher Burns
  • Omar Robinson Reader Omar Robinson
  • Chinasa OgbuaguSitara
  • Talia RobinsonChild
  • Jason CrossPreacher Man

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