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2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 Season

The Jungle Book
Adapted and Directed by Mary Zimmerman
Sep. 7 – Oct. 20, 2013
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA

From the imagination of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide) comes a captivating new musical adaptation of a timeless favorite. The jungle springs to life in a kaleidoscopic song-and-dance-filled production that chronicles young Mowgli’s adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored tales and featuring music from the classic Disney film (including “I Wanna Be Like You” and “The Bare Necessities”), this ravishing world premiere will enchant audiences of all ages.

Produced in association with Goodman Theatre.

The Power of Duff
by Stephen Belber
Directed by Peter DuBois
Oct. 11 – Nov. 9, 2013
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA

When burnt-out local TV newscaster Charlie Duff suddenly begins offering a prayer at the end of his nightly broadcasts, he instantly becomes a popular and controversial figure to an expanding audience.  But even as his prayers inspire millions, Charlie struggles with his own beliefs and his inability to connect with his estranged son.


The Last Five Years
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Nov. 23 – 24, 2013
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA

Jason Robert Brown’s contemporary musical tells the emotionally powerful story of two 20-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding “the one.” But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. Funny, honest, and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple’s hope that love endures the test of time. Adam Kantor (Next to Normal) and Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) reprise their roles in this concert version of Second Stage Theatre’s acclaimed production.

The Cocktail Hour
by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Maria Aitken
Nov. 15 – Dec. 15, 2013
The Huntington Theatre

The pre-dinner cocktail is a revered ritual in John’s parents’ elegant home, but when he returns to announce that he has written a play about them, their calm demeanor dissolves. As the martinis flow, so do the revelations and recriminations, both funny and poignant, in this heartfelt comedy about the ties that bind.

Venus In Fur
by David Ives
Directed by Daniel Goldstein
Jan. 3 – Feb. 2, 2014
The Huntington Theatre

Vanda has her eyes on the lead role in Venus in Fur, an adaptation of the classic erotic novel. Her charged audition for the director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse as the lines blur between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This hilarious and sexy new comedy was a smash Broadway hit.

The Seagull
by Anton Chekhov / Translated by Paul Schmidt
Directed by Maria Aitken
Mar. 7 – Apr. 6, 2014
The Huntington Theatre

Kate Burton (TV’s “Scandal”) returns to the Huntington for Chekhov’s emotionally rich classic, directed by Huntington favorite Maria Aitken (The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal, and Private Lives). Celebrated actress Irina Arkadina’s visit to her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow kindles unrequited passions and petty jealousies in Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about love, missed connections, and what it means to be an artist. Burton’s son Morgan Ritchie, who appeared with her in The Corn is Green, plays Arkadina’s son Konstantin.

Becoming Cuba
by Melinda Lopez
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Mar. 28 – May 3, 2014
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA

In 1897 Cuba on the eve of the Spanish-American War, spirited widow Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when the rebellion comes home to Havana, she must choose between loyalty to country or to family. By turns funny, steamy, and political, this powerful new drama from Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew)  asks whether freedom is something we all want. Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara directs.

Smart People
by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Peter DuBois
May 23 – July 6, 2014
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA

Are our beliefs and prejudices hard-wired into us? Four Harvard intellectuals – a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race – search for love, success, and identity in a complex world. With barbed wit, Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics in this controversial and fiercely funny new play that will be directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Rapture, Blister, Burn and Sons of the Prophet).