A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) back to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. A former rapper, a DJ, and a showtunes-loving telesales director have become an unlikely group who hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. But when an impromptu rap battle erupts between two younger female emcees, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, The Purists asks, what is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas? And what does it mean to be wholly yourself?

Seven new performances have been added; the dates are Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30pm; Thursday, October 3 at 7:30pm; Friday, October 4 at 8pm; Saturday, October 5 at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday, October 6 at 2pm.

Making his Huntington debut as lead character “Lamont” is Morocco Omari, best-known for his performance on Fox’s “Empire,” as well as appearances at Lincoln Center Theater and the New Group. John Scurti is also making his Huntington debut as lead character “Gerry,” fresh off his SAG Award-winning performance on Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Joining them is J. Bernard Calloway (Broadway: Memphis, All the Way with Bryan Cranston, The Public Theater, The Signature Theatre) as “Mr. Bugz,” Izzie Steele (Cloud Nine Off Broadway BBC’s “Dirk Gentley’s Holistic Detective Agency,” and the feature film The Black Hole) as “Nancy,” and Analisa Velez (Amazon's "Sneaky Pete," Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre) as “Val.”

Tony Award winner Clint Ramos is creating the world of The Purists through his set designs, as he has done previously for the Huntington with productions of Ruined, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun, Topdog/Underdog, and after all the terrible things I do, as well as for acclaimed Broadway productions such as Once on This Island, Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney, and Sunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal. 

Sound will be designed by internationally acclaimed Tony Award-winning designer Leon Rothenberg. His work has been featured in the Broadway productions of Hillary and Clinton with Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nomination), and Violet with Sutton Foster. He returns to the Huntington after designing Choice and Topdog/Underdog.

The Purists will also include costume design by award-winning designer Kara Harmon (The Niceties and A Guide for the Homesick at the Huntington), and lighting design by Driscoll Otto (The Colored Museum and Topdog/Underdog at the Huntington, both directed by Billy Porter). The composer is Michael “Lofey” Sandlofer (the films Transformers and Night at the Museum). The production stage manager is Kevin Schlagle, and the stage manager is Sam Layco.


August 30 – October 6, 2019
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, September 11 @ 7pm; RSVP online.


South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

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

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

Select discounts apply:

  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)


After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.

Saturday, September 7 at 4:30pm
35 BELOW is the Huntington's special program for anyone 35 and under where tickets to every performance are always $30. Mingle with members of the cast and creative team, enjoy live entertainment and free refreshments, plus meet other young theatre lovers in Boston.

Thursday, September 19 after the 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 25 after the 2pm performance
Friday, September 27 after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Meet participating members of the cast of The Purists and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

Sunday, September 15 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of The Purists with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on September 15.

Friday, September 27 at 10am
Recommended for students in grades 7–12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for reservations and more information.

Friday, September 27 at 10am (student matinee)
Friday, September 27 at 8pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing at designated performances.

Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at

Friday, September 27 at 10am (student matinee)
Saturday, September 28 at 2pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at


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