by Sinan Ünel • Directed by Melinda Lopez

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.

Sinan Ünel's (playwright) Pathetique (2004) has been produced at the Huntington as part of the Breaking Ground festival of new plays, as well as Last Flight Out (2012) in the Emerging America festival and The Cry of the Reed (2007). Mr. Ünel's plays have also been produced at the Long Wharf Theatre, the Arcola Theatre (London), Boston Playwrights' Theatre, the Lark Theatre Company (New York), the Gate Theatre (London), Provincetown Theatre Company, Provincetown Theatreworks, Landes-theater (Germany), Theater Kosmos (Austria), and Theatre at Boston Court (Pasadena, CA). He has been awarded the John Gassner Memorial Award, the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, and was a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. His script Race Point is the winner of the 2001 New Century Writer Award for best screenplay. He divides his time between New York and Cape Cod, and teaches at Lesley University.

(As of June 2014)

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.


  • Jennifer Van DyckJoan
  • Adrianne KrstanskyAlice
  • Chris Henry CoffeyMiro
  • Matthew BarrettJake
  • Viviana VargasReader
  • Charles HauglandDramaturg
  • Katie AilingerStage Manager
  • Christine HamelDialect Consultant

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