2013 Summer Workshop

The Huntington Theatre Company held its second annual Summer Workshop from July 9 – 21, 2013. The Summer Workshop is a two-week new work retreat for selected members of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program that culminates in public readings of the four plays in development. This year, the plays included:

  • The Many Faces of Nia by Lenelle Moise, directed by Daniella Topol 
  • Featuring: Ross Bickell, Alma Cuervo, Linda Gehinger, Carolyn Fay Kramer, April Mathis, Emily Skeggs, Linda Gehinger, and Adam Green.
  • A Future Perfect by Ken Urban, directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
  • Featuring: Marianna Bassham, Samantha Richert, Derrick Trumbly, Alexander Platt, and Uatchet Juch.
  • Mammal Heat by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, directed by Melia Bensussen
  • Featuring: Greg Balla, Vichet Chum, Alma Cuervo, Nina Hellman, and Theresa Nguyen.

  • Necessary Monsters by John Kuntz, directed by David R. Gammons
  • Featuring: Marianna Bassham, Carolyn Faye Kramer, April Mathis, Maurice Parent, Samantha Richert, Emily Skeggs, Derrick Trumbly, Alexander Platt and Michael Knowlton.



  • The Many Faces of Nia by Lenelle Moïse

    by Lenelle Moïse
    Directed by Daniella Topol
    Saturday, July 20, 2013
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    Featuring Ross Bickell*, Alma Cuervo*, Linda Gehinger*, Carolyn Fay Kramer*, April Mathis*, Emily Skeggs*, and Linda Gehinger*

    Playwright Lenelle Moïse tackles guilt, race and identity with fearless comedy. When Jewish housewife Beth discovers that her son David is dating a black woman, her fears and prejudices grow into a series of outlandish apparitions. When the real Nia comes to dinner, invasive neighbors and family revelations muddle Beth’s attempt to be a good hostess.


  • A Future Perfect by Ken Urban

    by Ken Urban
    Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
    Saturday, July 20, 2013
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    Featuring: Marianna Bassham*, Samantha Richert*, Derrick Trumbly*, Alexander Platt*, and Uatchet Juch.

     Claire and Max find their values put to the test when best friends Alex and Elena announce they are having a baby. A dark comedy about friends, babies and success. 


  • Mammal Heat by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

    by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
    Directed by Melia Bensussen
    Sunday, July 21, 2103
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    Featuring Alma Cuervo*, Greg Balla, Nina Hellman*, Vichet Chum*, and Theresa Nguyen. 

    Maggie, a scientist, creates an android named Golp to babysit her 10-year-old child Abigail and to keep her 57-year-old mother Jean company. Abigail wants a playmate, and Jean needs a man to replace her absentee husband, but Golp develops a will of his own. At home, school shootings are common, and abroad Golp’s cousins, the warbots, are on the move.


  • Necessary Monsters by John Kuntz

    by John Kuntz
    Directed by David R. Gammons
    Sunday, July 21, 2013
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    Featuring Marianna Bassham*, Michael Knowlton, Samantha Richert*, Derrick Trumbly*, Carolyn Faye Kramer*, Alexander Platt*, Emily Skeggs*, April Mathis*, and Maurice E. Parent*.

    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.


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