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2009-2010 Season

2009-2010 Season

By August Wilson
Directed by Kenny Leon
Sep. 11 — Oct. 11, 2009
The Huntington Theatre

When his rise through the Negro baseball leagues hit the ceiling of racial prejudice, Troy Maxson turned away from a world of unfulfilled promises and denied opportunities. But in 1957, his son Cory, an emerging football star, sees the world through very different eyes, and his wife Rose yearns for an outlet for her love.

Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Fences is the sixth chapter in August Wilson’s groundbreaking ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th century and the ninth of his plays to be staged by the Huntington, one of Wilson’s longstanding artistic homes.

A Long and Winding Road
Conceived by Philip Himberg and Maureen McGovern
Directed by Philip Himberg
Musical Direction by Jeffrey Harris
Oct. 9 — Nov. 15, 2009
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA
Presented in collaboration with Arena Stage

Grammy Award winner and pop icon Maureen McGovern‘s moving musical memoir chronicles the hope-filled years of the 1960s, through the dark years of Vietnam, Watergate, and the Civil Rights Movement, the AIDS crisis, and on to today and the hope of a better tomorrow. Best known for her breakout hit, the Academy Award-winning “The Morning After,” McGovern returns to her roots as a folk singer as she performs the classic songs The New York Times has dubbed “the second half of the Great American Songbook,” including Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin,'” Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” The Beatles’ “Let it Be,” Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want,” Paul Simon’s “America,” Laura Nyro’s “And When I Die,” and many more.

A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Jessica Thebus
Music supervised, arranged,
and orchestrated by Daryl Waters
Nov. 13 — Dec. 13, 2009
The Huntington Theatre

It’s Christmas Eve 1864. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving. On the Potomac, a young rebel soldier challenges a Union blacksmith’s mercy. In the streets, a fugitive from slavery searches for her daughter on the night she finds freedom. In this new play with music from Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, these stories and more are woven into an American tapestry, showing us that the gladness of one’s heart is the greatest gift of all.

All My Sons
By Arthur Miller
Directed by David Esbjornson
Jan. 8 — Feb. 7, 2010
The Huntington Theatre

Joe Keller strives for the American Dream, but two years after WWII’s end, his family still suffers from its aftershocks. When Chris, the elder son, announces his plan to marry his still missing-in-action brother’s fiancé, a mother must confront her denial, a son his father’s fallibility, and a father his true responsibilities. Arthur Miller‘s powerful story about personal responsibility won the 1947 Tony Award for Best Play and catapulted him among the ranks of America’s greatest playwrights.

Stick Fly
by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Kenny Leon
Feb. 19 — Mar. 28, 2010
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA
Presented in collaboration with Arena Stage

Sparks fly and long-hidden secrets tumble into the open when the LeVay brothers bring their new girlfriends home to Martha’s Vineyard’s world of privilege. This smart, moving, and funny portrait of a complex African-American family from acclaimed Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond (Voyeurs de Venus) is an of-the-moment look at sibling rivalry and the weight of parental expectations.

Becky Shaw
by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Peter DuBois
March 5 — April 4, 2010
The Huntington Theatre

Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois brings his latest New York smash hit to Boston in this wickedly funny comedy about a blind date gone bad written by Gina Gionfriddo (After Ashley, writer/producer of “Law & Order”). When a newly married couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends, crisis and comedy ensue in this hilarious new play that asks what we owe the people we love the most and the strangers who land on our doorstep. A 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Contains adult language.

Prelude to a Kiss
by Craig Lucas
Directed by Peter DuBois
May 14 — June 13, 2010
The Huntington Theatre

A whirlwind romance. A storybook wedding. A kiss for the bride that suddenly changes everything. Craig Lucas (The Light in the PiazzaLongtime Companion) explores the enduring power of love and the nature of commitment in this breathtaking and life-affirming comedy directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois.