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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ADDS ACCLAIMED ADAPTATION OF “A DOLL’S HOUSE” TO COMPLETE ITS 2016-2017 SEASON

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company, the 2013 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award and Boston magazine’s Best Theatre of 2013 and 2014, announces that playwright Bryony Lavery’s acclaimed adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House will complete its 2016-2017 Season. The adaptation of this iconic classic will be directed by Melia Bensussen (Awake and Sing!, Luck of the Irish), and the play joins the previously announced six titles in the 2016-2017 Season.

The 2016-2017 Season will include four plays at the Boston University Theatre, the Huntington’s mainstage on the Avenue of the Arts, and three plays at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in the South End.

THE COMPLETE 2016-2017 SEASON LINEUP

  • Sunday in the Park with George, a sublime Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim; directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois; at the Boston University Theatre September 9 – October 16, 2016
  • Tiger Style!, a wild and searing comedy by Mike Lew about race, parenting, and success; directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA October 14 – November 13, 2016
  • Bedroom Farce, a wickedly funny romp by Alan Ayckbourn; director Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Private Lives) returns for this rollicking comedy of marital misunderstandings; at the Boston University Theatre November 11 – December 11, 2016
  • A Doll’s House, an iconic classic drama by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Bryony Lavery; directed by Melia Bensussen (Awake and Sing!, Luck of the Irish); at the Boston University Theatre January 6 – February 5, 2017
  • Topdog/Underdog, an explosive Pulitzer Prize winner by Suzan-Lori Parks; at the Boston University Theatre March 10 – April 9, 2017
  • The Who & the What, a provocative and moving drama by Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit Disgraced; directed by M. Bevin O’Gara (Milk Like Sugar); at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA March 31 – April 30, 2017
  • Ripcord, an uproarious comedy by Boston native son David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People); directed by Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike); at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA May 26 – June 25, 2017

MORE ABOUT THE SHOWS

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Peter DuBois (A Little Night Music)
September 9 – October 16, 2016
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
SUBLIME PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING MUSICAL
Stephen Sondheim’s stunning masterpiece centers on enigmatic painter Georges Seurat and his search for love, inspiration, and “the art of making art.” One of the most acclaimed musicals ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner features a glorious score, with the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting it Together,” and “Move On,” and is directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois (A Little Night Music). “An audacious and touching work with a lovely, wildly inventive score,” says The New York Times.

TIGER STYLE!
by Mike Lew
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
October 14 – November 13, 2016
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
WILD AND SEARING COMEDY

Squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen reached the pinnacle of academic achievement. But as adults, they’re epic failures: he’s just been passed up for promotion and she’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So, naturally, they confront their parents and launch an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to China, this hilarious new comedy examines race, parenting, and success with wit and sharp humor. The Atlanta Journal Constitution calls Tiger Style! a “wild comedic ride! Smart urban comedy!”

“I've been dying to work at the Huntington for years now,” says playwright Mike Lew. “I keep falling in love with the plays that originate there, and it's with the Huntington's spirit of bold new work in mind that I'm delighted to share Tiger Style! This is a deeply personal play about my Chinese American upbringing that wrestles with ‘Asian tiger parenting,’ Ivy League burnout, and the line between the cultural baggage we carry within us versus the cultural preconceptions heaped upon us. I can't wait to share it with Boston!”

BEDROOM FARCE
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Private Lives
November 11 – December 11, 2016 
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
WICKEDLY FUNNY ROMP
4 couples. 3 bedrooms. One hilarious night. Trevor and Susannah, with their marriage on the rocks, invade three bedrooms of their family and friends over the course of an evening, spreading chaos in their wake. Director Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Private Lives) returns for this rollicking comedy of marital misunderstandings. “A masterclass in comedy at its finest,” says The London Telegraph.

“I am looking forward enormously to returning to the Huntington, my favorite regional theatre in America – no, amend that – in the world,” says director Maria Aitken. “It's the people who work there, of course. They're not only immensely skilled at what they do, which can't be for the money, they are magnificently supportive of my choices. I know whatever vision my designers and I come up with, it will somehow be realized.” 

A DOLL’S HOUSE
by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
Directed by Melia Bensussen (Awake and Sing!, Luck of the Irish)
January 6 – February 5, 2017
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
ICONIC CLASSIC DRAMA

Nora loves her husband above everything. But when she risks her reputation in order to save him, the consequences test the limits of her devotion, and she finds herself struggling for her own life. In an acclaimed new translation by Bryony Lavery, Ibsen’s powerful, groundbreaking classic remains as fresh as ever with an unfading capacity to shock. “An undoubted masterpiece. Lavery’s subtly modern version gets to the heart of the matter,” says The London Telegraph.

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by Suzan-Lori Parks
March 10 – April 9, 2017
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
EXPLOSIVE PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
Lincoln and Booth are brothers: best friends and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former 3-card monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but the consequences could be deadly. Suzan-Lori Parks made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this darkly comic, deeply theatrical fable about family wounds and healing bonds. The New York Times calls it a “thrilling comic drama. Dazzlingly written!”

THE WHO & THE WHAT
by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced)
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara (Milk Like Sugar
March 31 – April 30, 2017
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
PROVOCATIVE AND MOVING PLAY
Brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. A fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit Disgraced. Associated Press says The Who & the What is “a vibrant culture-clash drama simmering with humor.”

“I am so excited to share the loving and thorny tale of Zarina’s family with Boston audiences,” says playwright Ayad Akhtar. “Disgraced at the Huntington was a very gratifying experience for me, and I am honored this play will be part of next season.”

RIPCORD
by David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People)
Directed by Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
May 26 – June 25, 2017 
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
UPROARIOUS COMEDY
When cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn, the two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a dangerous and hilarious game of one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed. Ripcord is a deliciously inappropriate new comedy from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People), called “great fun and genuinely moving” by Time Out New York.

“I'm thrilled to be back in my hometown, and back at the Huntington which has been my theatrical home in Boston,” says playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. “I'm especially excited that Huntington audiences are going to get to see Ripcord, which is another kind of homecoming for me, as it's a return to my earlier style of playwriting – more overtly comic, outrageous, whimsical, and a little vicious. But most importantly, of all my plays, Ripcord is my mother's favorite, so I'm happy that she'll only have to travel a few T stops to see it.”

For more information about the artists in the Huntington’s 2016-2017 Season, visit huntingtontheatre.org/season/2016-2017.   

SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW

Subscriptions to the Huntington’s 2016-2017 Season are now on sale. Seven-play seated packages start at just $154 and offer the very best value – seven plays for the price of six so it’s like seeing one show for free – and up to 50% off single ticket prices. FlexPass packages (a minimum of 4 tickets that can be used for any show and never expire) are available now for redemption for the current season and beyond.

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 by calling 617 273 1657.

Single tickets will go on sale this summer.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier 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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