2008-2009 Season Announcement; Introducing New Artistic Director Peter DuBois

  • Entertainment value and great artistry.
  • Proven masters of language and exciting new voices.
  • Unforgettable stories and sumptuous visuals.
  • The best of Huntington traditions and a new perspective and energy.
  • 7 spectacular theatrical events to stir the senses and get your blood pumping.

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How Shakespeare Won the West
by Richard Nelson
Directed by Jonathan Moscone

B.U. Theatre
September 5 - October 5, 2008

"Nelson is arguably the most thoughtful and prolific of America's playwrights." — Newsday

A ragtag troupe of actors heads West during the Gold Rush, seeking fortune and fame performing Shakespeare for enthusiastic '49ers. But with stiff competition, romantic entanglements, and an Indian Chief who sees himself in King Lear, their ambitious cross-country adventure is complicated by the teeming challenges and glories of the new American frontier.

Embracing the greatest elements of Shakespearean comedy and American vaudeville, this jubilant celebration of the human spirit is by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Richard Nelson (James Joyce's The Dead and Two Shakespearean Actors).

Boleros for the Disenchanted
by Jose Rivera
Directed by Chay Yew
Featuring Socorro Santiago ("All My Children")

Wimberly Theatre
October 10 - November 15, 2008

"An epic study of wedded life that is simply — and not-so-simply — marvelous." – Variety

The youthful, whirlwind romance of Flora and Eusebio in their native Puerto Rico is tested and strengthened over four decades of marriage, from their homeland to the U.S., where they continue to share a passionate love and fierce commitment to each other.

A beautiful and moving portrait of a marriage from Academy Award-nominated writer José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, Cloud Tectonics).

Rock 'n' Roll
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Carey Perloff

B.U. Theatre
November 7 - December 7, 2008

"Stoppard's finest play! It had me hooked."
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

It's August 1968, and Russian tanks are rolling into Prague. By 1990, the tanks are rolling out, and the Stones are rolling in. A sweeping drama spanning two countries, three generations, and 22 turbulent years, at the end of which all that remains is love — and rock 'n' roll.

An extraordinary theatrical event from four-time Tony Award winner Tom Stoppard (Arcadia and The Coast of Utopia), fresh from hit runs on Broadway and in London. A co-production with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre.

Kate Burton in
The Corn is Green
by Emlyn Williams
Directed by Nicholas Martin

B.U. Theatre
January 9 - February 8, 2009

"Kate Burton is dazzling in Nicholas Martin's moving and inspired revival." – Variety

Idealistic and hardnosed schoolteacher Miss Moffat (played by Kate Burton) creates the first school in a Welsh coal-mining town, and helps an illiterate teenager (played by Ms. Burton's son Morgan Ritchie) transform from bully to brilliant student.

Nicholas Martin returns to direct this heartwarming classic with his quintessential warmth and humor.

Two Men of Florence
(formerly known as The Hinge of the World)
by Richard N. Goodwin
Directed by Edward Hall

B.U. Theatre
March 6 - April 5, 2009

"A triumph! A splendid celebration of theatre." – BBC

Two men: Friends. Intellectual powerhouses. Giants in their respective fields. Galileo Galilei and Pope Urban VIII face off in a battle for the soul of the world.

A fiercely intelligent, epic drama from celebrated historian and former JFK speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin, directed by Edward Hall, associate director of London's National Theatre and one of England's most gifted directors.

The Miracle at Naples
by David Grimm
Directed by Peter DuBois

Wimberly Theatre
April 3 - May 9, 2009

"If culture is a conversation, then the works of David Grimm are a roaring dinner party." — American Theatre Magazine

A band of traveling commedia players in Renaissance Italy ignites the passions of the locals when they arrive to perform at the Feast of San Gennaro. A series of lovers romp through the town piazza seeking pleasure and finding love in this outrageously smart and bawdy comedy from David Grimm (Measure for Pleasure and Kit Marlowe).

Book and lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur S. Sullivan
Conceived by Gordon Greenberg, Nell Benjamin, and John McDaniel
Additional book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Directed by Gordon Greenberg

B.U. Theatre
May 15 - June 14, 2009

"A rousing and riotous adaptation. It's jolly-roger good fun!" – Variety

Set sail for the Caribbean with this raucous and rowdy a musical comedy classic, complete with swordfights, sex and all of the much-beloved songs from Gilbert and Sullivan. While this young, brilliant creative team has left the original music intact, they've adapted the book in a way that promises it won't be your grandmother's Gilbert and Sullivan.


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