Summer Workshop: Necessary Monsters

7/21/2013 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

The Huntington Theatre Company announces our second annual Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat for selected members of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program. The artist-driven workshop will occur July 10 – 21, and will culminate in public readings of four plays in development.

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by John Kuntz
Directed by David R. Gammons

Necessary Monsters ventures into the labyrinth of the human psyche. Sex, murder, and terrible danger lurk just beneath the surface in a series of interconnected relationships. Inspired by the phantasmagorical beasts of Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings, playwright John Kuntz’s nested stories take us ever deeper into the creative urge towards horror.

John Kuntz is a Boston-based actor, playwright and solo performer. He is the author of 15 full-length plays, solo pieces and many short plays, including The Hotel Nepenthe (Actors Shakespeare Project & Huntington Theatre Company’s Emerging America Festival, Elliot Norton for "Best New Play" and "Best Ensemble", IRNE Award for “Best New Play” ), The Salt Girl  (Boston Playwrights Theatre, Elliot Norton Award for “Best New Play”), Jasper Lake (Michael Kanin & Paula Vogel National Playwrighting Awards), Starfuckers (Elliot Norton Award "Outstanding Solo Performance") and Sing Me To Sleep (Coyote Theatre, Elliot Norton Award “Best Production, Small Theatre”). He is a founding company member of the Actors Shakespeare Project and is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory.

(As of October 2018)


David R. Gammons has previously worked with Actors' Shakespeare Project: The Hotel Nepenthe (Director, Scenic and Costume Design); The Duchess of Malfi (Director, Scenic Design); The Tempest (Scenic Design); Titus Andronicus (Director and Scenic Design), and King Lear (Scenic and Costume Design). David is a director, designer, visual artist, and theatre educator. He is the recipient of the 2007 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for Titus AndronicusThe Hotel Nepenthe won the 2011 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding New Play. Recent directing projects include the Boston premieres of Red and Blackbird at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Marlowe's Doctor Faustus at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre; the world premieres of Walt McGough's The Farm and John Kuntz's The Salt Girl at Boston Playwrights Theatre; the New England premieres of Cherry DocsThe Lieutenant of Inishmore and My Name is Rachel Corrie at The New Repertory Theatre; The Winter's Tale as part of the Shakespeare Exploded Festival at the American Repertory Theatre; Adrienne Kennedy'sFunnyhouse of a Negro at Brandeis Theatre Company; and Romeo and Juliet for The Boston Conservatory. David is a graduate of both the directing program at the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, and the visual and environmental studies department of Harvard University. He has been director of the theatre program at Concord Academy since 2000, where he has directed productions by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as the first ever high school production of The Laramie Project, in February 2001. At Concord he directs a company of student artists committed to creating original experimental work, with whom he has conceived and directed eleven world-premieres, including Sea of Troubles, LHOOQ, Double Negative, HOWL, Permanent Fatal Errors, and FLUX. For more information, please visit

(As of July 2014)

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