Necessary Monsters

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.

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

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)

In 2012, the Huntington launched the Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat culminating in public readings of the plays in development. The Workshop is modeled after the Sundance Theatre Lab and is an extension of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Reading Series. Huntington Director of New Work Lisa Timmel and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland support the writers during the intensive, artist-driven development process, and the festival is produced by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara.


  • Carolyn Faye KramerGreer / Voice #6
  • Alexander PlattClint / Voice #4
  • April MatthisFlora / Voice #3
  • Emerson DavisReader
  • Katie AilingerStage Manager

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