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Huntington Theatre Company's 2012-2013 features gripping adaptations, classics, biting comedies, local stories, and local artists

(BOSTON) – Great plays begin with great stories. The Huntington Theatre Company announces its 2012-2013 Season. Continuing its 30-year tradition, the Huntington will present world-class productions of new works and classics made current that are created by the best local and national talent. The varied lineup of productions include a gripping adaptation of a great American novel, an outrageous world premiere by one of Boston’s most fascinating playwrights, an acclaimed Broadway hit that tells a local story, a timeless family classic, the American premiere of an intriguing political drama, an innovative and intriguing drama, a biting new comedy, and the previously-announced visionary production of an American classic.

“We have assembled an incredible team of artists for next season,” says Huntington Theatre Company Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Throughout the year, we will feature radically different approaches to adaptation, fresh investigations of classics by world-class directors, and important plays that spring from our own backyard. In combination, the plays will create dynamic collisions of ideas, stories, and perspectives.”

The 2012-2013 Season will include four plays at the Boston University Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts, three plays in the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, and one play in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

THE 2012-2013 SEASON LINEUP

  • Good Peoplea compelling Southie story by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire; directed by Kate Whoriskey; at the Boston University Theatre September 14 – October 14, 2012
  • Now or Later, a political drama by Christopher Shinn; directed by Michael Wilson; at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA October 12 – November 10, 2012
  • Betrayal, a razor-sharp drama by Harold Pinter; directed by Maria Aitken (Educating Rita, Private Lives); at the BU Theatre November 9 – December 9, 2012
  • Our Towna reimagined staging of the intimate classic by Thornton Wilder; directed by and featuring David Cromer; at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA December 7, 2012 – January 13, 2013
  • Invisible Mana powerful American classic adapted for the stage by Oren Jacoby, based on the novel by Ralph Ellison; directed by Christopher McElroen; at the BU Theatre January 4 – February 3, 2013
  • A Raisin in the Sun, a timeless family classic by Lorraine Hansberry; directed by Liesl Tommy (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ruined); at the BU Theatre March 8 – April 7, 2013
  • Man outrageous new comedy adapted by Ryan Landry (Psyched) from the Fritz Lang film; directed by Caitlin Lowans; at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA March 29 – April 27, 2013
  • Rapture, Blister, Burna biting new comedy by Gina Gionfriddo (Becky Shaw); directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Sons of the Prophet, Captors); at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA May 24 – June 22, 2013

MORE ABOUT THE SHOWS

GOOD PEOPLE

September 14 – October 14, 2012 (BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts)

In South Boston, this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start in this humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize winner and South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate determine our path. “Good People maps the fault lines of social class with a rare acuity of perception while also packing a substantial emotional wallop,” praises The Boston Globe. Kate Whoriskey (How I Learned to Drive, Second Stage; Ruined, Manhattan Theatre Club), a Massachusetts native, directs.

“I grew up in Boston and spent many a summer with my dad selling fruit out of the back of his truck on a corner of Huntington Avenue right across the street from the BU Theatre, wondering what kinds of plays were performed inside,” recalls Lindsay-Abaire. “Needless to say, it was both thrilling and surreal to be inside that very theatre in 2006 watching the Huntington’s wonderful production of my play Rabbit Hole. I’m excited to be back with Good People, which is very much about and inspired by my hometown. It’s about class in America. It’s about choices and luck, and lack of both. It’s about the good people sitting inside that building in plush theatre seats, and the equally good people selling fruit out on the corner. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather see this play performed.”

“David’s play explores complex social questions about class, luck, and escaping our roots with electric energy and sharp humor,” says DuBois. “Our production marks a homecoming for him, Kate, and this local story.”

NOW OR LATER

October 12 – November 10, 2012 (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA / South End) 

On election night, the son of a Presidential candidate sends his father’s political team into crisis mode when controversial photos of him at a college party spread over the internet, potentially sparking an international incident. Smart and timely, Christopher Shinn’s (Dying City) searching new play examines religion, freedom of expression, and personal responsibility. The Times of London calls Now or Later, “Riveting, thrillingly paced, and effervescent with wit and intelligence. Urgent and unmissable!” Michael Wilson (Dividing the Estate and Enchanted April on Broadway) directs.

“I'm beyond thrilled to be working with Michael Wilson and the Huntington on Now or Later,” says Shinn. “With its extraordinary academic and political cultures, Boston is the perfect city for the play’s US premiere. Four years after its debut at the Royal Court in London, the questions it raises only seem more complex and fraught to me. I can’t imagine anyone better than Michael to direct this play, not just because of his deep familiarity with the world of politics but because of his profound understanding of the human heart – what all questions of politics are ultimately about.”

“Experiencing Now or Later at the height of election season adds an extra twist to this provocative tale of political fiction,” says DuBois. “I’m proud we are producing the US debut of this play that was such a success at London’s Royal Court, and that we're introducing Huntington audiences to the fine work of Christopher Shinn and Michael Wilson.”

BETRAYAL

November 9 – December 9, 2012 (BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts)

For seven years, Emma and Jerry engage in a passionate love affair, deceiving their spouses, each other, and at times, even themselves. One of the 20th century’s most influential dramatists, Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter innovatively explores the complexities of love, guilt, and duplicity in this Olivier Award-winning classic. The London Telegraph calls Betrayal, “The greatest and most moving of all Pinter’s plays.” Renowned British director and actor Maria Aitken (Private Lives, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps) directs.

DuBois says, “Harold Pinter has been on the short list of playwrights I’ve wanted to include in a season since I arrived at the Huntington. Maria will bring sharp honesty to the play's simple, spare beauty and a singular perspective as an interpreter of his writing.”

OUR TOWN

December 7, 2012 – January 13, 2013 (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA / South End) 

Visionary director and MacArthur “Genius” David Cromer brings his critically acclaimed, groundbreaking new version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to the Huntington. George and Emily fall in love in Grover’s Corners, a New England town that offers a universal glimpse at everyday life. This intimate staging marks the Huntington’s first production in the Roberts Studio Theatre. The Wall Street Journal says, “Cromer’s rethinking of Wilder’s masterpiece is a landmark. Arrestingly original!”

“Wilder’s play mines the depths of our relationship to home and community,” says DuBois, “and so I find it fitting and deeply satisfying that in addition to directing and reprising his role as the Stage Manager, David will be engaging a company of actors comprised of Boston's best talent alongside company members from his original Barrow Street production."

Our Town is not a part of the 2012-2013 subscription series. Tickets are currently available exclusively to Huntington subscribers as add-ons to packages. Any remaining tickets will be put on sale to the general public next fall.

INVISIBLE MAN

January 4 – February 3, 2013 (BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts)

“I am an invisible man.” An idealistic young African-American man searches for identity and his place in the world in this epic journey through 1930s America. Ralph Ellison’s landmark American novel about race, power, freedom, and liberty comes to life in this gripping theatrical adaptation by Academy Award nominee Oren Jacoby and directed by Christopher McElroen (Classical Theatre of Harlem founding artistic director). Chicago Tribune calls Invisible Man, “A remarkable, must-see, dramatic achievement!” Co-produced with the Studio Theatre (Washington, DC).

“This blazingly theatrical adaptation of one of the most important books of the 20th century confronts us with a blistering perspective on race in America,” says DuBois.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

March 8 – April 7, 2013 (BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts)

In a crowded apartment in Chicago’s South Side, each member of a struggling African-American family yearns for a different version of a better life. An impending and sizeable insurance payment could be the key. Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 classic drama is an inspiring and fiercely moving portrait of people whose dreams are constantly deferred. The New York Times calls it, “A play that changed American theatre forever.” Liesl Tommy (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ruined) directs.

“With Ruined and her fresh approach to Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Liesl created two of the most artistically exciting productions of recent memory at the Huntington,” says DuBois. “Now she brings her perspective to one of the greatest American plays ever written.”

M

March 29 – April 27, 2013 (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA / South End)

Famous for his irreverently funny adaptations of the classics, Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ryan Landry (Psyched, Death of a Saleslady, The Little Pricks) sets his twisted sights on Fritz Lang’s early film noir masterpiece, M, about a child killer who is hunted down and brought to justice by the criminal underworld. Thisprovocative yet surprisingly hilarious premiere features Boston favorite Karen MacDonald (All My Sons) and is directed by Caitlin Lowans (Turn of the Screw). Warning: not for the squeamish! Boston.com says, “With Ryan Landry, perversity and hilarity go skipping along hand in hand.”

“Lang’s film is nothing less than a masterpiece and the very fact that some are still unfamiliar with it is far more disturbing (to me) than its actual subject matter,” says Landry. “I plan to make the audience laugh, cry, and boil with rage. All in the course of 90 minutes. If this does not happen then I have obviously failed and hereby promise to pack up my pages and head for the hills. If I do succeed however, I expect many shiny awards for everyone involved, a plaque in the men's room commemorating my contribution to the arts and a complimentary cheese plate.”

DuBois says, “Ryan’s genre-breaking, gender-bending brand of theatre unites puppets, cross dressing, and a classic suspense film. It won’t be for the faint of heart, but it will be an amazing collaboration between two Boston theatre legends. I am as excited as anyone to see what happens.”

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN

May 24 – June 22, 2013 (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA / South End)

After grad school, Catherine pursued a career as a rockstar feminist academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, each friend covets the other's life. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy by Gina Gionfriddo (Becky Shaw) takes a deep look at family, career, romance, and the decisions that define a life. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Sons of the Prophet) directs. Variety says, “Gionfriddo’s some kind of genius.”

“Gina is a dear friend and has been an artistic partner since we were in graduate school,” says DuBois. “This sharp, smart comedy, set in a small New England college town, will connect deeply with our audiences here in Boston. What the play has to say about marriage, feminism, and parenthood – from the 20-something, 40-something, and 70-something perspective - is savagely funny and deeply human.”

SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW

The Huntington’s 2012-2013 subscriptions are on sale now. Seated subscription packages and FlexPass packages (a minimum of 4 tickets that can be used for any show and never expire) are available. Subscribers save up to 56 percent on full-price tickets to individual shows.

Our Town is not a part of the 2012-2013 subscription series. Tickets are currently available exclusively to Huntington subscribers as add-ons to packages. Any remaining tickets will be put on sale to the general public next fall.

Subscriptions may be renewed or purchased by calling the Huntington Box Office at 617 266 0800 or by visiting huntingtontheatre.org/subscribe. Groups of 10 or more can place orders at 617 273 1665. Individual tickets for all shows will go on sale in August. 

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON

Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

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