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2011-2012 Season

2011-2012 Season

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur and others
Directed and newly adapted
from the Voltaire by Mary Zimmerman
Sept. 10 – Oct. 16, 2011
The Huntington Theatre

Featuring Leonard Bernstein’s soaring score and lyrics from some of the wittiest writers of all time, this outrageous musical satire tells the story of the naïve Candide and his absurd hardships that challenge his optimistic outlook on life and love. This acclaimed new production directed by the Tony Award-winning Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) enchants with some of the most memorable music ever written for Broadway including “Glitter and be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow.”

Before I Leave You
by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein
Oct. 14 – Nov. 13, 2011
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA

In a blink, Emily’s Harvard Square world falls apart. Her husband Koji suddenly embraces his Asian roots. Her friend Jeremy’s work on his novel gets interrupted by a health scare and his sister Trish moving in. Four longtime friends face too much past and too little future in this moving new comedy.

by Evan M. Wiener
Directed by Peter DuBois
Based on Peter Z. Malkin’s & Harry Stein’s memoir Eichmann In My Hands
Nov. 11 – Dec. 11, 2011
The Huntington Theatre

1960 Buenos Aires. Covert Israeli agents have just nabbed Adolf Eichmann, the world’s most wanted war criminal. The agents hold “the architect of the Holocaust” in a safe house, but bringing him to justice means getting his signature. Eichmann, the infamous mastermind, and Peter Malkin, one of his captors, compete in a thrilling battle of wills.

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Daniel Goldstein
Jan. 6 ­-Feb. 5, 2012
The Huntington Theatre

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning New York smash hit by the author of Art comes to the Huntington! Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons’ nasty schoolyard tangle. But all attempts at civilized discussion quickly devolve into childlike behavior in this fast, furious, and very, very funny comedy of bad manners.

Desire and Transformation: Readings and Performances Inspired By Ovid
Presented in collaboration with
Whistler in the Dark and MFA Boston
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Nov. 30, 2011
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Ovid’s writings express the power of gods to shape the lives of mortals with dangerous and complex results; be seduced by Ovid’s words in this evocative dramatic evening. Experience the power of transformation expressed through love letters, poetry, and stories.

Presented in collaboration with Museum of Fine Arts and Whistler in the Dark Theatre.

Part of the exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love:

Known today as the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, or Venus as she was known to the Romans, was one of the most powerful ancient Greek divinities and a favorite subject in ancient art. This is the first exhibition about the powerful goddess that both ancient writers and artists described as complex and even dangerous. Through the presentation of 150 Greek and Roman works of art, “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love,” which includes spectacular loans from Rome and Naples, reveals the most popular ancient goddess in her roles as adulterous seductress, instigator of sexual desire, mother to mischievous Eros and sexual outliers Hermaphrodite and Priapos, patroness of brides, and much more.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
by August Wilson
Directed by Liesl Tommy
March 9 – April 8, 2012
The Huntington Theatre

Legendary 1920s blues singer Ma Rainey and her musicians gather in a run-down Chicago studio to record new sides of old favorites when generational and racial tensions suddenly explode. The Huntington completes Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August Wilson’s Century Cycle with this searing drama, Wilson’s first Broadway hit.

The Luck of the Irish
by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Melia Bensussen
March 30 ­- May 6, 2012
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for “their” house back. Moving across the two eras, this intimate new play explores the complex impact of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for home.

Private Lives
by Noël Coward
Directed by Maria Aitken
May 25 ­- June 24, 2012
The Huntington Theatre

Divorcés Amanda and Elyot meet again by accident on their second honeymoons with brand-new spouses in tow. Fireworks fly as they discover how quickly romance — and rivalry — can be rekindled in Noël Coward’s stylish, savvy comedy about the people we can’t live with . . . or without.

Emerging America Festival 2012

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), Huntington Theatre Company, and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston have joined forces for the third annual Emerging America festival featuring groundbreaking performance by American artists.

From June 21 through 24, Emerging America will bring together some of the country’s most promising performers, writers, companies, and directors for a weekend filled with energy, imagination, creativity, and drama.