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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY'S PRODUCTION OF THE PURISTS

(BOSTON)Tom Stoppard’s genre-bending comedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead comes to the Huntington Theatre Company helmed by Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Peter DuBois. Performances begin September 20 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston) and will run through October 20. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic masterpiece  imagines the lives of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. As the story unfolds, they voice their confusion about the play that’s being performed without them, untangling bigger questions about life and death, reality and art. It’s all from the pen of Academy Award and four-time Best Play Tony Award winner Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, The Real Thing, and Arcadia), and directed by the Huntington’s own Artistic Director, Peter DuBois.

Headlining as the doomed duo are Drama Desk Award winner Jeremy Webb (The Visit and Burn This on Broadway; Private Lives and A Doll’s House at the Huntington) as “Guildenstern”, and rising star Alex Hurt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Continuity) as “Rosencrantz.”  Beloved Boston favorites Will LeBow (Awake and Sing, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Bus Stop at the Huntington) and Melinda Lopez (Yerma, Mala, Huntington playwright-in-residence, and 2019 recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence) return to the Huntington as “The Player” and “Gertrude,” respectively. 

Brian Lee Huynh (War Horse on Broadway; Fox’s “Gotham”) has been cast as the mistrustful “Hamlet” and Meghan Leathers (Into the Breeches! at Trinity Repertory Company, Much Ado About Nothing at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse) has been cast as “Ophelia.”
 
Joining them is a cast of some of Boston’s favorite talent including Ed Hoopman (Romeo and Juliet, A Civil War Christmas at the Huntington) as “King Claudius;” Matthew Bretschneider (Romeo and Juliet, Tartuffe, Dead End at the Huntington) as the young player “Alfred”; and Ken Cheeseman (All My Sons, A Civil War Christmas and Prelude to a Kiss at the Huntington) as “Polonius.”

Filling out the beleaguered troop of Tragedians is Laura Latrielle (Mauritius and Ripcord at the Huntington), Zaven Ovian (Romeo and Juliet at the Huntington), Marc Pierre (Milk Like Sugar at the Huntington), Dale Place (Romeo and Juliet, Our Town, and Ah, Wilderness! at the Huntington), and Omar Robinson (Romeo and Juliet, and Tartuffe at the Huntington). Michael Underhill (Man in the Ring at the Huntington) and Kadahj Bennett (Company One’s Leftover, Hype Man, and Peerless) round out the ensemble.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will include scenic design by Wilson Chin (Next Fall on Broadway; Romeo and Juliet, Skeleton Crew, and Tiger Style! at the Huntington), costume design by Ilona Somogyi (Clybourne Park on Broadway; Romeo and Juliet and Fall at the Huntington), lighting design by David Lander (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway; Ether Dome and Before I Leave You at the Huntington), projection design by Zachary Borovay (Sunday in the Park with George and The Colored Museum at the Huntington), with sound design and original music by Obadiah Eaves (Saint Joan, The Country House, The Assembled Parties on Broadway; Romeo and Juliet at the Huntington). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Jeremiah Mullane.
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
 
Peter DuBois (Director) is in his 12th season as Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director at the Huntington where his directing credits include Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; Moliére’s Tartuffe; Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music; the world premieres of Bernard Weinraub’s Fall, Gina Gionfriddo’s Can You Forgive Her?, Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, Evan M. Wiener’s Captors, Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s, and David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples; the regional premieres of A. Rey Pamatmat’s after all the terrible the things I do, Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff, and Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw and Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss. His West End/London credits include Sex with Strangers and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre), All New People with Zach Braff (Duke of York’s Theatre), and Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre). His New York credits include Can You Forgive Her? (Vineyard Theatre), The Power of Duff with Greg Kinnear (New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater); Rapture, Blister, Burn (Playwrights Horizons, 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw, Trust with Sutton Foster, All New People, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage Theatre); Measure for Pleasure, Richard III with Peter Dinklage, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?, and Biro (The Public Theater); and Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman and The View From 151st Street (LAByrinth Theater Company/The Public Theater). He served for five years as associate producer and resident director at The Public Theater, preceded by five years as artistic director of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. Mr. DuBois has directed multiple episodes of the podcast “Modern Love,” including its debut with Lauren Molina. Prior to his work at Perseverance, Mr. DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic where he co-founded Asylum, a multi-national squat theatre in Prague. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsday, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The Evening Standard, The Boston Globe, and Improper Bostonian, and he received an Honorable Mention for 2013 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe Magazine.
 
Tom Stoppard is an Academy Award and Tony Award-winning writer, and arguably the greatest living playwright today. The Huntington has produced his plays Rock 'n' Roll (2008), The Real Thing (2005), Arcadia (1996), The Undiscovered Country (1993), Jumpers (1987), On the Razzle (1984), and the inaugural production of the Huntington, Night and Day (1982) . He has worked as a freelance journalist while writing radio plays, a novel (Lord Malquist and Mr. Moon), and the first of his plays to be staged in England, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, winner of the 1968 Tony Award for Best Play. His subsequent plays include The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties (Tony Award), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn), Night and Day, The Real Thing (Tony Award), Hapgood, Arcadia (Oliver Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and Tony Award nomination), Indian Ink, and The Invention of Love. The 2006 American premiere of Mr. Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, at Lincoln Center Theater won seven Tony Awards. Rock 'n' Roll, his most recent play, premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in June 2006 and on Broadway in November 2007. Mr. Stoppard's translations and adaptations include Lorca's House of Bernarda Alba, Schnitzler's Undiscovered Country and Dalliance, Nestroy's On the Razzle, Václav Havel's Largo Desolato, Rough Crossing (based on Ferenc Molnàr's Play in the Castle), and Gérald Sibleyras' Heroes. He has written screenplays for Despair, The Romantic Englishwoman, The Human Factor, Brazil (co-author), Empire of the Sun, The Russia House, Billy Bathgate, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (which he also directed and which won the Prix d'Or for Best Film at the 1990 Venice Film Festival), Shakespeare in Love (Golden Globe Award and Academy Award, with co-author Marc Norman), and Enigma.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington 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. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org

WHEN
September 20-October 20, 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 above.

Press Opening: September 25, 2019 at 7pm; RSVP online.

WHERE
Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue 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 Huntington Avenue 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:

  • $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)


SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD:

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
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.

35 BELOW AFTER PARTY
Friday, September 20, following the 8pm performance

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.
 
COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm
Tickets: $13


Tom Stoppard penned the screenplay for this triumphant smash hit with Marc Norman, winning them both Academy Awards, along with six others for the film including Best Picture. When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) starts the words flowing like never before. There are just two things he'll have to learn about his new love: not only is she promised to marry someone else, but she's successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will's latest production!
Featuring a post-screening conversation with guests from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
 
ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, October 3 after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Wednesday, October 16 after the 2pm performance
Thursday, October 17 after the 7:30pm performance


Meet participating members of the cast of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, October 6 after the 2pm performance


Explore the context and significance of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on October 6.
 
STUDENT MATINEE
Thursday, October 3 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.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED (ASL) PERFORMANCES
Thursday, October 3 at 10am (student matinee)
Friday, October 4 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 mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, October 3 at 10am (student matinee)
Saturday, October 5 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 mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.
 
OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 9 at 2pm


The Huntington Theatre Company offers open captioning for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss 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 mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

 

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