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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH ITS PRODUCTION OF HIT COMEDY VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

(BOSTON) – In conjunction with its upcoming production of Tony Award-winning hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Huntington Theatre Company will host a number of special events and post-show conversations. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, available at huntingtontheatre.org/vanya, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. Performances begin Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.

STAGE & SCREEN: VANYA ON 42ND STREET
Monday, January 5, 7pm – Coolidge Corner Theatre

Join Huntington Dramaturg Charles Haugland and Harvard professor Julie A. Buckler for a special screening of Vanya on 42nd Street followed by a conversation about how the play and film have disparate (but equally compelling) approaches to Chekhov’s classic themes of loss and longing. Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Tickets to Vanya on 42nd Street are $11.50 / $8.50 for Coolidge members (with member ID) and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers (with promo code) and may be purchased online at coolidge.org or at the Coolidge box office, located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.

Julie A. Buckler is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, where she works on the literature, performing arts, cultural life, and urban environments of Russia, with a focus on the imperial period and its legacies. Buckler received her BA from Yale University in Russian and East European Studies, and her doctorate in Slavic from Harvard. She has spent her academic career at Harvard, appointed as a junior professor in 1996 and awarded tenure by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2003. Ms. Buckler is the author of two award-winning books: The Literary Lorgnette: Attending Opera in Imperial Russia (Stanford, 2000) and Mapping St. Petersburg: Imperial Text and Cityscape (Princeton, 2005). She has also co-edited a collection of essays, Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe (Northwestern, 2013). Her current book project is titled Cultural Properties: The Afterlife of the Imperial in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. She is also co-editing a volume of collected essays titled Russian Performances, which brings the theoretical and interdisciplinary subfield of Performance Studies to bear on a diverse range of performative phenomena in Russian culture, past and present.

A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER DURANG AND WBUR’S ROBIN YOUNG
Tuesday, January 6 after the 7:30pm performance

Playwright Christopher Durang (“one of the funniest dramatists alive”) will speak with WBUR’s Robin Young, co-host of the nationally-broadcast “Here & Now,” after the Tuesday, January 6 performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.  Hear from the playwright himself about his encounters with Anton Chekhov’s work, his relationship with the late Nicholas Martin, and the inspiration for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Christopher Durang is the author of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play), The Idiots Karamazov, co-authored with Albert Innaurato, A History of the American Film (Tony Award nomination), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (Broadway and Off Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Awards for Playwriting, Direction, and Ensemble Performance; Dramatists Guild of America’s Hull-Warriner Award), Laughing Wild, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Awards for Playwriting, Direction, and Performance), Miss Witherspoon (2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. His cabaret credits include Das Lusitania Songspiel, co-authored and performed by Sigourney Weaver and Mr. Durang (Drama Desk Award nominations for both performers) and Chris Durang & Dawne (Bistro Award for Mr. Durang and cohorts John Augustine and Sherry Anderson). He has won the Harvard Arts Medal and the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, and he was recently inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. For 18 years he and Marsha Norman have been co-chairs of The Juilliard School’s Playwriting Program. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of “Here & Now.” She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS, and ABC television and for several years was a substitute host and correspondent for “The Today Show.” Ms. Young received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow award. As an independent documentary filmmaker, she produced and directed the opening film for Marion Wright Edelman’s White House Conference on Children and followed the rise of then unknown filmmaker John Singleton in the film Straight from the Hood. Her documentary The Los Altos Story, made in association with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, CA, won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and is now the backbone of a worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness initiative. She has had an eclectic career in broadcasting, serving as second director on Boston Bruins and Red Sox telecasts, was one of the first hosts on the groundbreaking television show “Evening Magazine,” and she’s pretty sure she’s the only Peabody Award-winner who has also hosted a cooking game show! Ms. Young was born on New York’s Long Island, attended Ithaca College in upstate New York, and has lived and worked in Manhattan, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, but Boston is her hub.

BOSTON GLOBE INSIDERS EVENT: POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH “MISS CONDUCT” ROBIN ABRAHAMS AND HUNTINGTON DRAMATURG CHARLES HAUGLAND
Wednesday, January 14 after the 7:30pm performance

Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams (aka “Miss Conduct”) will lead a post-show talkback on manners and the bad behavior in the play with Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland.  A Boston Globe Insiders event – tickets to the 1/14 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code.

Robin Abrahams writes the popular “Miss Conduct” a social advice column for The Boston Globe Sunday magazine, and is the author of the book Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners, a guide to social life in 21st century America. She is involved in the local theatre scene as a board member for Underground Railway Theater and associate producer for Blood Rose Rising. Ms. Abrahams works as a researcher at Harvard Business School and has co-authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. A Cambridge resident with a PhD in research psychology from Boston University, she hosts a regular segment called “Social Studies” on WGBH radio’s “Emily Rooney Show,” appears frequently on radio and television and in print venues, and maintains two blogs: robinabrahams.com and boston.com/misconduct.

ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, January 15 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, January 28 after the 2pm performance

Meet participating members of the cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

35 BELOW WRAP PARTY
Friday, January 16, following the 8pm performance

A post-show party for the region’s culturally curious ages aged 35 and below featuring backstage access, free refreshments, and live entertainment. Mingle with members of the cast, creative team, and Huntington staff. Hang out with friends and meet new people.

35 Below tickets are available at all performances to patrons 35 and under for just $25. Harpoon Brewery is the official beer of 35 Below.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, January 18 after the 2pm performance

Join Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland and a local scholar for an in depth discussion of the themes from the play following the 2pm performance.  Humanities Forums are presented in conjunction with all Huntington productions.

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION
Thursday, January 22 before the 7:30pm performance

A pre-show reception with refreshments for members of the Community Membership program. Community Membership is an initiative designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited income and to diversify the Huntington's audience so it looks more like the city of Boston. Members can purchase best-available tickets to any performance without restriction for just $15. Membership is free and available through partnerships with agencies and organizations that serve limited-income populations. Santander is the Lead Supporter of the Huntington’s Community Membership program.

Please note: There is no elevator access to this reception.

URBAN PROFESSIONALS NIGHT
Friday, January 23 following the 8pm performance

A post-show reception with refreshments for professionals of color and participating members of the cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Please note: There is no elevator access to this reception.

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS LED BY MEMBERS OF THE HUNTINGTON STAFF
After most Tuesday - Friday, Saturday matinee, and Sunday matinee performances


ABOUT VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

WHEN

January 2 – February 1, 2015
Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.

Press Opening: Wednesday, January 7, 7pm. RSVP online.

WHERE

Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

TICKETS

Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:

  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni)
  • $25 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $15 student and military tickets (valid ID required)


VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Christopher Durang's smash-hit Broadway comedy and 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, directed by Nicholas Martin. Jan. 2 — Feb. 1, 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.

 

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create 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. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

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