Summer Workshop

This year's Summer Workshop begins on July 14, culminating in public readings of four new plays on July 25 and 26 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. “Only in its fourth year, this annual development retreat has quickly become an important cornerstone for our new play activities,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Boston area playwrights participate in all levels of the process – the original design and the annual selection process. Plays from previous years have gone on to production both by the Huntington and other Boston companies, and I’m excited to see how these plays evolve this summer.” 

All readings are free and open to the public, but not open to reviewing members of the press. This year's plays include:

Yerma

by Melinda Lopez
Directed by Melia Bensussen
Saturday, July 25 at 3pm


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Tongue Tied Tight, and Delivered

by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Caitlin Lowans
Saturday, July 25 at 6pm


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A Guide for the Homesick

by Ken Urban
Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
Sunday, July 26 at 1pm


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Catch as Catch Can

by Mia Chung
Directed by John Steber
Sunday, July 26 at 4pm


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The Huntington launched the Summer Workshop in 2012 as 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. The festival is produced by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara and workshop producing associates Stephanie LeBolt and Daniel Morris.

"We are continuously looking for ways to make our new work initiatives work better for the writers and for the local theatre ecology," says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "In think-tank conversations with our Huntington Playwriting Fellows, they told us that they wanted more opportunities to work in three dimensions. It's always exciting to revisit these plays at the end of the process to see how they've grown."

Learn more about past Summer Workshops

 

2015 Plays & Playwrights

  • Yerma

    by Melinda Lopez
    Directed by Melia Bensussen
    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

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    Federico García Lorca’s aching portrait of one woman’s longing to have a child finds fresh expression in Melinda Lopez’s adaptation. Consumed by her dream of motherhood, Yerma defies her husband and confronts her community. In this darkly poetic fable, Yerma’s obsessive desire propels her into a collision with the universe that is urgent and terrible in scope.

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  • Tongue Tied Tight, and Delivered

    by Kirsten Greenidge
    Directed by Caitlin Lowans
    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 6pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

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    At a late Victorian picnic in a Boston park, two gentlewomen negotiate the fate of their unladylike sister over tea. At the same park in present day, a young college professor is menaced by a manic stranger with a fixation for $750 strollers and ironed linens. Tongue Tied Tight, and Delivered weaves together past and present in a rich landscape of contemporary womanhood and how “holding it together” ties us down.

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  • A Guide for the Homesick

    by Ken Urban
    Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 1pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

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    En route from his year in East Africa, a young aid worker goes back to a shabby Amsterdam hotel room with a fellow American. The two strangers replay their pasts and confess their fears that they betrayed the people who needed them most. Their powerful chance encounter probes the porous boundaries between private suffering and global strife in a world where the farthest distance is a plane ride away.

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  • Catch as Catch Can

    by Mia Chung
    Directed by John Steber
    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 4pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

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    The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other’s homes in a tight-knit middle class community, sharing the good times and the bad together. But when Tim Phelan comes home with some news, a shifting crisis is set in motion that tests the bonds and identities of each member of this extended family. Catch as Catch Can employs the theatrical convention of character doubling in an unconventional way to help us look again at the roles we play when at home with family.

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