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HUNTINGTON PRODUCES ALAN AYCKBOURN FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH "BEDROOM FARCE" THIS FALL

HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCES ALAN AYCKBOURN FOR THE FIRST TIME – THE WICKEDLY FUNNY ROMP BEDROOM FARCE, DIRECTED BY MARIA AITKEN BEGINS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 

(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company will present the wickedly funny romp Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Huntington favorite Maria Aitken (Private Lives and Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps). Performances begin November 11 and continue through December 11, 2016 in the BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts.

4 couples. 3 bedrooms. One hilarious night. Trevor and Susannah, with their marriage on the rocks, invade 3 bedrooms of their family and friends over the course of an evening, spreading chaos in their wake. Director Maria Aitken returns for this rollicking comedy of marital misunderstandings. “Bedroom Farce is a masterclass in comedy at its finest,” says The London Telegraph.

“Having Maria Aitken at the helm of a Huntington show is always a dream,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “She struck gold with the Olivier and Tony Award-winning The 39 Steps and directed amazing productions of masterworks The Seagull and Private Lives. In my eyes Maria will always have an artistic home here at the Huntington. Also, Maria starred as Susannah in the National Theatre’s premiere of Bedroom Farce, so she knows what she’s talking about. Quick-witted, moving and entertaining, this production is one to anticipate.”

“I am looking forward enormously to returning to the Huntington, my favorite regional theatre in America – no, amend that – in the world,” says 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.”

Written in 1975, Ayckbourn’s play looks at four relationships between younger and older generations and uses absurdity and farce to shed light on the various difficulties relationships endure during different stages of life. Alan Ayckbourn is a “renown…prolific creator of comedies for and about the middle class,” says the LA Times.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Karl Miller (The Liquid Plain at Signature Theatre) and Katie Paxton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at PlayMakers Repertory Company) play Trevor and Susannah, a young married couple who wreak havoc on their family and friends, starting at a party hosted by their friends Kate and Malcolm played by Emma Kaye (US theatre debut) and Richard Hollis (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway). Trevor’s parents Delia and Ernest are played by Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodges (Les Blancs at the Huntington and Dancing at Lughnasa on Broadway) and Malcolm Ingram (The Rivals and Match on Broadway). Trevor’s ex-girlfriend Jan is played by Mahira Kakkar (The Trial of an American President at Theatre Row) and Jan’s husband Nick is played by Nael Nacer (The Seagull; Come Back, Little Sheba; Awake and Sing!; and Our Town at the Huntington).

Alan Ayckbourn (Playwright) has written 80 plays and his work has been translated into over 35 languages. His work is performed on stage and television throughout the world and he has won countless awards. His plays include Relatively SpeakingHow the Other Half LovesAbsurd Person SingularBedroom FarceA Chorus of Disapproval, and The Norman Conquests. In the past four years, there have been revivals of Season's Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and in the West End productions of Absent FriendsA Chorus of Disapproval, and Relatively Speaking. In 2009 he retired as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged. In June of 2014, an extremely successful visit of the SJT Ayckbourn Ensemble company to the Brits-off-Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters in New York City attracted uniformly excellent reviews of his two new plays Arrivals & Departures and Farcicals and a revival of his play Time Of My LifeArrivals & Departures being included in Time Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of the Year while also receiving an enthusiastic salute from The New York Times. In May of 2016 he returned to the festival with Hero's Welcome and a revival of Confusions. In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

Maria Aitken (Director) has credits that include the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps which she directed at the Huntington Theatre Company as its American premiere before its Broadway run. Ms. Aitken also directed The Seagull, The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal, Private Lives, and Educating Rita at the Huntington. Her other credits include Sherlock’s Last Case (UK), The Gift (Geffen Playhouse and Melbourne Theatre, Australia), the Tony Award-nominated Man and Boy (West End and Broadway), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Japes (Bay Street Theatre), Noël Coward’s Easy Virtue (Chichester Festival Theatre), Lady Bracknell’s Confinement (Vineyard Theatre), School for Scandal(Clwyd Theatr Cymrue), As You Like It (Regent’s Park), and many others. As an actress in London at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and in the West End, her leading roles included Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce, Travesties, Waste, Private Lives, and The Vortex, among others. Her film credits include A Fish Called Wanda and others. Ms. Aitken is a visiting teacher at the British American Drama Academy, The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, New York University, The Actors Center in New York, and the Academy for Classical Acting. She is the author of two books, A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy. In 2012 she became a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation.  

Bedroom Farce features scenic design by Alexander Dodge (Good People and Smart People at the Huntington); costume design by Robert Morgan (A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George at the Huntington); lighting design by Matthew Richards (Good People at the Huntington); and sound design by John Gromada (The Cocktail Hour and Betrayal at the Huntington). Production stage manager is Emily McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.

The Huntington’s 2016-2017 Season is sponsored through the generosity of Carol G. Deane, Sheryl and Gerard Cohen, and J. David Wimberly.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Celebrating its 35th season, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. The Huntington is the recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and was named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine. 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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PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN
November 11 – December 11, 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, November 16, 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)

SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH BEDROOM FARCE:

COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE
Monday, November 14 at 7pm
Tickets: $13, available at coolidge.org/films/bob-carol-ted-alice
After returning to Los Angeles from a group therapy session, documentary filmmaker Bob Sanders (Robert Culp) and his wife, Carol (Natalie Wood), find themselves becoming vigilante couples counselors, offering unsolicited advice to their best friends, Ted (Elliott Gould) and Alice Henderson (Dyan Cannon). Not wanting to be rude, the Henderson’s play along, but some latent sexual tension among the four soon comes bubbling to the surface, and long-buried desires don't stay buried for long. Join us after the film for a discussion about how the film connects with the Huntington’s production of Bedroom Farce.

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

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Saturday, November 19 at 2pm
Saturday, December 3 at 2pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for blind and low-vision patrons at designated performances. Tickets are $20 for each patron and a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, November 20 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of Bedroom Farce with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on November 20. 

ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, December 1 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, December 7 after the 2pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Bedroom Farce and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

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