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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE CREATIVE TEAM FOR WE ALL FALL DOWN

A WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY WRITTEN BY LILA ROSE KAPLAN

DIRECTED BY OBIE AWARD WINNER MELIA BENSUSSEN

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JANUARY 10 AT THE CALDERWOOD PAVILION AT THE BCA
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW


(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company has announced the creative team for We All Fall Down, a new comedy about a family trying out tradition for the first time, written by Boston area local playwright and Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lila Rose Kaplan. Directed by Obie Award winner and artistic director of Hartford Stage Melia Bensussen, We All Fall Down will begin performances at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street, Boston) on Friday, January 10, 2020 and run through Sunday, February 9, 2020. The official press opening night will be Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

The Huntington Theatre Company invites audiences to experience Lila Rose Kaplan’s new comedy about family, tradition, and the hang-ups and surprises that seem to sneak into all of our family gatherings no matter who you are or where you come from.

Linda and Saul Stein still live in the Westchester home where they raised their two beautiful daughters. But when Saul unexpectedly retires, Linda summons the family to celebrate Passover for the first time in decades. Linda tends slightly toward the theatrical (okay, a lot), and their family has never been particularly religious (okay, not at all). So, their comic attempts to bring the Seder to life go from riotous to heart-wrenching in this dramatic comedy. Can this family come together, or will an age-old tradition tear them apart?

"The Huntington was my first artistic home when I moved to Boston. As a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, I discovered my community and a fertile place to grow my plays,” says playwright Lila Rose Kaplan. “I've traveled all over the country with my plays. What a joy to come home to the Huntington with We All Fall Down, a play about family."

Kaplan became a Huntington Playwriting Fellow in 2012. Through the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program, the Huntington fosters ongoing, artistic relationships with local playwrights at all stages of their careers, from emerging talents to established experts. We All Fall Down was developed at the Huntington through both in-house, private readings and a public reading at the Huntington’s 2018 Breaking Ground Festival; its developmental process will culminate in this world premiere at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 

“When I heard Lila Rose Kaplan’s play, I immediately knew it was a play for our audience,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois, “the way she paints a contemporary Jewish family on Passover can relate to anyone who has ever had that unforgettable, out of control, family get together. The play is a rich symphony of humor, pathos, and real insight into how faith can both sustain a family and surprise them. I’m excited that we’ll bring this great new play by a Boston writer to our stage.”

We All Fall Down will include scenic design by Judy Gailen (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre), costume design by film and stage designer Karen Perry (The Public Theater, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Strapped”), sound design by David Remedios (Invisible Man, Now or Later, and Ryan Landry’s ‘M’ at the Huntington) and lighting design by Russell H. Champa (Romeo and Juliet, A Guide for the Homesick, Now or Later at the Huntington). Kevin Schlagle is the stage manager and Jamie Carty is the assistant stage manager. A casting announcement will be forthcoming.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: 
Lila Rose Kaplan (Playwright) writes fantastical heartfelt plays that shine light on the stories we don’t tell about women.  Lila Rose is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her plays, such as The Magician's Daughter, Home of the Brave and Wildflower, have been produced at renowned theatres across the country including American Repertory Theater, Second Stage Theater, South Coast Repertory, New Victory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, and more. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Orchard Project, Playwrights Realm, Theatreworks, PlayPenn, and The Lark Play Development Center. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her marine biologist husband and her curious daughter. www.lilarose.org
 
Melia Bensussen (Director) previously directed Yerma (2019), A Doll's House (2017), Awake and Sing! (2014), Luck of the Irish (2011), and Circle Mirror Transformation (2010) at the Huntington. Other directing credits include work with Shakespeare & Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Sleeping Weazel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many others. She has received two directing awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, including their top honor, the Statue Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Ms. Bensussen’s edition of Langston Hughes' translation of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding is published by Theatre Communications Group, and she is featured in Rebecca Daniels’ Women Stage Directors Speak, Nancy Taylor's Women Direct Shakespeare, and in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context. An Obie Award-winning director, she is on the executive board of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and serves as chair of the Arts Advisory Board for the Princess Grace Foundation. A longtime Emerson College faculty member, Ms. Bensussen is artistic director of Hartford Stage.
 
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 Norma Jean Calderwood 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
 
PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN

January 10 - February 9, 2020
              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: Wednesday, January 22 @ 7pm; RSVP online.
 
WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, 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 WE ALL FALL DOWN
POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season.  Post-show conversations are an opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen and are led by special guests and members of the Huntington staff.

35 BELOW AFTER PARTY
Friday, January 10 after 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.
 
AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday, January 25 at 2pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances. Braille Programs will also be available for patrons at these 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, January 21 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers open captioning 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.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE – INTERPRETED (ASL) PERFORMANCES
Friday, January 24 at 8pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL Interpreted performances for patrons who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing 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.
 
ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, January 30 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, February 5 after the 2pm performance

Meet participating members of the cast of We All Fall Down and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, February 2 after the 2pm performance

Explore the context and significance of We All Fall Down with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on February 2.

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