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A LINE UP OF PLAYS BY GREAT AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS, INCLUDING A SUMPTUOUS MUSICAL DIRECTED BY PETER DUBOIS, FOUR WORLD PREMIERES, A PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, AND AUGUST WILSON’S ONE MAN SHOW

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company, the 2013 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award and Boston magazine’s Best Theatre of 2014 and 2013, announces its 2015-2016 Season. Continuing its 33-year tradition, the Huntington will present world-class productions of exciting new works and classics made current created by the finest local and national talent. The diverse lineup includes Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic and popular musical directed by Peter DuBois, a thought-provoking new comedy, a wild comic ride with Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), August Wilson’s one-man show, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit, a biting new comedy by Gina Gionfriddo (Rapture, Blister, Burn) and directed by Peter DuBois, a new play in English and American Sign Language written and directed by Craig Lucas (A Prelude to a Kiss), and a provocative drama ripped-from-the-headlines by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish).

The 2015-2016 Season will include four plays at the Boston University Theatre, the Huntington’s mainstage on the Avenue of the Arts, three plays at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in the South End, and one play in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

THE 2015-2016 SEASON LINEUP

  • A Little Night Music, a sumptuous Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim; directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois; at the Boston University Theatre September 11 – October 11, 2015
  • Choice, a thought-provoking new comedy by Winnie Holzman about the many layers that live inside a single choice; directed by Sheryl Kaller; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA October 16 – November 15, 2015
  • A Confederacy of Dunces, a wild comic ride by Jeffrey Hatcher; based on the iconic novel by John Kennedy Toole; directed by David Esbjornson (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, All My Sons); featuring Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”); at the Boston University Theatre November 11 – December 13, 2015
  • How I Learned What I Learned, August Wilson’s one-man show; directed by Todd Kreidler (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and featuring Eugene Lee, both longtime Wilson collaborators; at the Boston University Theatre January 8 – February 7, 2016
  • Disgraced, a riveting Broadway hit and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize by Ayad Ahktar; directed by Kimberly Senior who helmed the Broadway production; at the Boston University Theatre March 4 – April 3, 2016
  • Can You Forgive Her?, a biting new comedy by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo (Rapture, Blister, Burn; Becky Shaw); directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA March 25 – April 24, 2016
  • I Was Most Alive With You, an ambitious and moving new play written and directed by Craig Lucas and performed in English and American Sign Language; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA June 1 – July 3, 2016

– PLUS –

  • Milk Like Sugar, a provocative drama written by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish); directed by M. Bevin O’Gara (Becoming Cuba) at the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA January 29 – February 28, 2016
    Note: Milk Like Sugar is not part of the 2015-2016 subscription season – tickets sold separately.

MORE ABOUT THE SHOWS

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Directed by Peter DuBois
September 11 – October 11, 2015 (Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre)
Lovers reunite, passions reignite, and new romances blossom around famous actress Desiree Armfeldt and an unforgettable cast of characters during an eventful weekend in the country. Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic and popular work features a gorgeous, sweeping score infused with humor, warmth, and the flavor of a waltz, including Sondheim’s best known song, “Send in the Clowns.” Directed by Peter DuBois, this exquisite musical celebration of love is the must-see event of the season! The New York Times says A Little Night Music is, “Sophisticated and enchanting. A triumph!”

CHOICE
by Winnie Holzman (Wicked, “My So-Called Life”)
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
October 16 – November 15, 2015 (South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
When successful journalist Zipporah Zunder takes on an assignment to investigate a new and polarizing spiritual phenomenon, she is unprepared for how deeply this story will impact her life, transforming her understanding of herself, her past, and her future. Funny, smart, and deeply emotional, this unpredictable new play looks at all the layers that live inside a single choice. “If it weren’t for Winnie Holzman, pop culture might be a very different place,” says Time.

“This play has been alive in my imagination for a while now, and the Huntington seems to me the perfect place to have it realized for the first time,” says Holzman. “I am thrilled and grateful for this opportunity.”

A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES
by Jeffrey Hatcher
Based on the iconic novel by John Kennedy Toole
Directed by David Esbjornson (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, All My Sons)
November 11 – December 13, 2015 (Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre)
Featuring Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”) as larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly, the Don Quixote of the French Quarter. He’s overweight, arrogant, eccentric, and still living in his mother’s New Orleans basement in the 1960s. Adapted from the cult classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures. “An epic comedy. A rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book,” writes The Washington Post.

A Confederacy of Dunces is an iconic novel with an incredible cult following,” says DuBois. “It’s a privilege to work with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, the brilliant and profoundly funny Nick Offerman, and our friend director David Esbjornson, and to be the first to share this exciting new play with Boston audiences.”

“Adapting John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces into a play has been like wrestling Ignatius Riley to the stage,” says Hatcher. “The book is famously picaresque, episodic and digressive, but the digressions are often the point. What I think we've arrived at is a play that focuses on the characters – Ignatius, his mother Mrs. Reilly, Burma Jones, Myrna Minkoff – without losing any of the book's color and atmosphere and humor.”

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED
by August Wilson
Directed by Todd Kreidler (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner)
January 8 – February 7, 2016 (Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre)
In this solo show, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, his first kiss, his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a young poet in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Directed by Todd Kreidler and featuring Eugene Lee, both longtime Wilson collaborators, this theatrical memoir charts one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says How I Learned What I Learned is “Complex and surprisingly funny. A memoir of the playwright’s life, laced with the voice of the poet he always was.”

DISGRACED
by Ayad Ahktar
Directed by Kimberly Senior
March 4 – April 3, 2016 (Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre)
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize
High-powered New York lawyer Amir has climbed the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his Muslim roots. When he and his wife Emily host a dinner party, what starts as a friendly conversation escalates, shattering their views on race, religion, and each other. This electric and riveting drama is directed and designed by the same artistic team as its highly acclaimed Broadway run. “Terrific and turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity,” writes The New York Times.

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?
by Gina Gionfriddo (Rapture, Blister, Burn; Becky Shaw)
Directed by Peter DuBois
March 25 – April 24, 2016 (South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
It’s Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She’s up to her neck in debt, she might be falling for the man who pays her bills, and now her date has threatened to kill her. A charismatic stranger offers shelter and a drink; where will the night take them? With her trademark dark humor, 2-time Pulitzer finalist Gina Gionfriddo presents complicated characters wrestling with love, money, and their past in this sharp contemporary comedy. “What’s exciting about Gina Gionfriddo’s writing is the multiplicity of ideas it engages,” says The New York Times.

I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU
Written & directed by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza
)
June 1 – July 3, 2016 (South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
At Thanksgiving dinner, Knox shares that he is grateful for three things he thought were a curse: being Deaf, being gay, and being an alcoholic. After a terrible accident and what feels like the trials of Job, he and his family’s resilience is put to the test. Written both in English and American Sign Language, Craig Lucas’ funny, ambitious, and beautiful new play pulses with the exhilaration and ache of human connection. “Craig Lucas [has an] enduringly original sensibility,” writes The New York Times.

“I’m so excited to be working on this play at the Huntington,” says BU alumnus Lucas. “Peter DuBois and I have a long friendship and now I am over the moon about working with his incredible colleagues. I couldn’t be more thrilled about the process, the actors, the project. And if the process so far is any indication, then this is far and away the most meaningful artistic journey of my life.”

SPECIAL EVENT:
MILK LIKE SUGAR
by Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish)
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara (Becoming Cuba)
January 29 – February 28, 2016 (South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Annie and her teenage friends want the same things: the hottest new phones, cute boys, designer bags. But when they enter into a pregnancy pact, she wonders if there might be a different path and a brighter future. Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish) finds raw humor and gritty poetry in the inner-city teenager vernacular in this provocative, ripped-from-the-headlines new play. The Los Angeles Times says Milk Like Sugar “balances street with sweet, to entertaining and illuminating effect. A must-see!”

Note: Not a part of the subscription season. Currently available only to Huntington subscribers.

For more information about the artists in the Huntington’s 2015-2016 Season, visit huntingtontheatre.org/season/2015-2016.  

SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW

Subscriptions to the Huntington’s 2015-2016 Season are now on sale. Seven-play seated packages start at just $150 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 has developed into 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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