Start Down

by Eleanor Burgess • Directed by Shawn LaCount

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.

Eleanor Burgess is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. She recently wrote The Niceties (2018) at the Huntington. Her work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, and Centenary Stage, and developed with The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73, The Civilians, Salt Lake Acting Company, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and studied history at Yale College and dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

(As of October 4, 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.


  • Eleanor Burgess Playwright Eleanor Burgess Playwright
  • Shawn LaCount Director Shawn LaCount Director
  • Alexis Camins Will Alexis Camins Will
  • Kathryn Myles Sandy Kathryn Myles Sandy
  • Charles Socarides Adam Charles Socarides Adam
  • Liz MorganKaren
  • Matthew BarrettMatty
  • Shanelle VillegasJo
  • Brooke M. HaneyReader
  • Lisa TimmelDramaturg
  • Katie AilingerStage Manager
  • Viviana VargasProduction Assistant

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