2014 Summer Workshop

This year's Summer Workshop began on Monday, July 7, culminating in public readings of four new plays on July 19 and 20 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. "Only in its third year, this annual development retreat has quickly become an important cornerstone for our new play activities," says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "Local playwrights participate in all levels of the process — the original design, the annual selection process, and this year, even directing one of the individual workshops. Plays from previous years have gone on to production both by the Huntington and other Boston companies, and I'm excited to see how these plays evolve this summer."

This year's plays included:

  • Murmur Rock by MJ Kaufman, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh;
  • Chatal by Sinan Ünel, directed by Melinda Lopez;
  • The Bluebeard Project by Masha Obolensky and Melia Bensussen, directed by Melia Bensussen;
  • and Start Down by Eleanor Burgess, directed by Shawn LaCount.



  • Murmur Rock by MJ Kaufman

    by MJ Kaufman
    Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
    Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 5pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    An American family is determined to have a fun vacation reconnecting with their roots in a small German village, but it's hard to have fun when nothing goes as expected. Grandfather's house is gone and the family graves aren't in the cemetary. Why are all the tour guides so weird? Is this even the right town?


  • Chatal by Sinan Ünel

    by Sinan Ünel
    Directed by Melinda Lopez
    Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    When an invitation arrives to visit Çatalhöyük (Chatalheuyuk) — a 9,000-year old Neolithic settlement in Anatolia — Joan, once a respect archeologist but now disgraced and discredited, is both curious and unsettled. Joan's friend Alice, site director of the dig, invites her to lead the human remains team, and Joan has to re-examine her past, her insecurity, and her passions. Chatal is a story of discovery and ambition driven by ancient burials, sexual politics, and philosophy.


  • The Bluebeard Project by Masha Obolensky & Melia Bensussen

    Co-written by Masha Obolensky and Melia Bensussen
    Directed by Melia Bensussen
    Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 1:30pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    The Bluebeard Project reimagines Bluebeard, a classic fairy tale, in a contemporary landscape. A young woman who is eager to enter the music scene struggles to assert herself separate from the relationship she has with her photographer mother, with whom she is deeply and destructively entwined. The play tracks the inevitability of the fairy tale as the young woman and her mother both fall into unforeseen darkness and struggle to survive and overcome.


  • Start Down by Eleanor Burgess

    by Eleanor Burgess
    Directed by Shawn LaCount
    Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 4pm
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA 

    A San Francisco programmer latches on to an idea for a startup that will automate some of the work teachers do in a classroom. But as the idea begins to take off, it becomes clear that Will's new company may threaten his fiancé's job. Start Down makes larger economic trends hit home.


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