Murmur Rock

by MJ Kaufman • Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

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?

Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ Kaufman attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., New Harmony Project, Global Age Project, and the Huntington Theatre Company, where he is also a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. MJ was awarded the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre for his play A Live Dress. His work has also been produced by Fresh Ink Theatre, the Yale School of Drama, and performed in Russian in Moscow. He received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, and is currently a member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, The Falcons.

(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.


  • MJ Kaufman Playwright MJ Kaufman Playwright
  • Pirronne Yousefzadeh Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh Director
  • Miranda Craigwell Sonia Miranda Craigwell Sonia
  • Charles Socarides Messenger Charles Socarides Messenger
  • Kathryn Most Stage Manager Kathryn Most Stage Manager
  • Robert D. MurphyJohn
  • Amelia WorkmanKatie
  • Jordan ClarkReader
  • Amissa MillerDramaturg
  • Eva BondProducing Assistant
  • Christine HamelDialect Consultant

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