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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH DISGRACED

(BOSTON) – In conjunction with its upcoming production of Disgraced, the 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 Disgraced, available at huntingtontheatre.org/season/2015-2016/disgraced/  by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25, with performances from January 8 through February 7, 2016 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. 

35 BELOW WRAP PARTY
Friday, January 8, following the 8pm performance
A post-show party for the region’s culturally curious aged 35 and below featuring backstage access, free refreshments, and live entertainment by Simile and Xavier. Mingle with members of the cast, creative team, and Huntington staff. 35 Below tickets are available at all performances to patrons 35 and under for just $30.

COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF The Namesake
Monday, January 11 at 7pm
Based on the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake is the story of the Ganguli family, whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act of acclimating to a new world without forgetting the old. Join us for a conversation after the screening with Disgraced actor Rajesh Bose and the host of WBUR’s “All Things Considered” Lisa Mullins, and compare the film to the themes in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced.

Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Rajesh Bose recently played Amir at both Long Wharf Theatre’s and PlayMakers Repertory Company’s productions of Disgraced. Off Broadway credits include the Daryl Roth Theatre, National Asian American Theatre Company, Theatre 167, and performing as Nirad Das in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Indian Ink. Regional favorites include Lord Burleigh in Folger Theatre’s production of Mary Stuart, Bartley in Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, as well as performances with San Jose Repertory Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh City Theatre, and Quantum Theatre. Film and television credits include “Elementary,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Minds,” the series finale of “The Sopranos,” and the Academy Award-nominated film Frozen River. Mr. Bose is a graduate of Emerson College.

Lisa Mullins is the voice of WBUR’s “All Things Considered.” She anchors the program, conducts interviews, and reports from the field. From 1998 through 2012, Ms. Mullins was chief anchor of the daily international news program, “The World,” co-produced by the BBC, WGBH, and PRI. Her foreign reporting has taken her to Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Cuba, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, South and North Korea, and elsewhere. Between 1996 and 2014, Ms. Mullins wrote, produced, and narrated programs and documentaries for New England Public Radio (“An Audacious Act: How a High School Drop-out Helped Educate America”) and Human Media (“The Vegetable Chronicles”), and produced podcasts for Harvard Business School (“The Business”). She also hosted a PBS television series called “Thinking Big.” In 2012, the Alliance for Women in Media presented her with a Gracie Award for outstanding individual achievement as anchor of a news magazine. In 2009, Ms. Mullins received the Clarion Award from Women in Communications for a story she wrote and produced about her 24-hour stay at a North Korean tourist resort. Ms. Mullins was awarded a fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University for the academic year 2009-21010. Her studies included diplomacy, religion, and the arts.

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION
Thursday, January 14 before the 7:30pm performance
A pre-show reception with refreshments for members of the Huntington 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 to better reflect the city of Boston. Members can purchase best-available tickets to any performance without restriction for just $20. 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.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION WITH PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AYAD AKHTAR
Thursday, January 14 after the 7:30pm performance
Join Disgraced playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar for a compelling conversation about the play, its history, and themes.

Ayad Akhtar’s plays include Disgraced (Broadway, LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, American Theatre Company, Bush Theatre; 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama/2013 Obie Award for Extraordinary Achievement/2013 Jeff Award for New Work), The Who & the What (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and La Jolla Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (New York Theatre Workshop/The Repertory Theater of St. Louis). Also a novelist, Mr. Akhtar is the author of American Dervish, published in 2012 by Little, Brown and Company, and translated into 20 languages worldwide. He co-wrote and starred in The War Within (Magnolia Pictures), which was released internationally and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. As an actor, Mr. Akhtar starred as Neel Kashkari in HBO's adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book Too Big to Fail. He studied at Brown University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

HUMANITIES FORUM AND BOSTON GLOBE EVENT WITH COLUMNIST YVONNE ABRAHAM
Sunday, January 24 after the 2pm performance
Join Boston Globe Metro columnist Yvonne Abraham for a compelling conversation about Disgraced. Tickets to the January 23 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code BGEVENT.

Yvonne Abraham has been a Metro columnist for The Boston Globe since 2007. At the Globe, she has covered local and national politics, immigration, and gay marriage. Born in Australia, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of Sydney and a Masters in journalism from Boston University. 

BOSTON LAW NIGHT  
Thursday, January 28 following the 8pm performance
A post-show wine and dessert reception for law professionals and participating members of the cast of Disgraced. Please note: There is no elevator access to this reception.

Boston Law Night is a private event, by invitation only.

ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, January 28 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, February 3 after the 2pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Disgraced and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

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

ABOUT DISGRACED

WHEN
January 8 – February 7, 2016

               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 13, 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)
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

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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