Breaking Ground 2006 - 2007

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Book by Robert L. Freedman
Music by Steven Lutvak
Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak
Based upon the film Kind Hearts and Coronets
Written and directed by Robert Hamer
by arrangement with Canal+
Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm

Louis Mazzini is seventh in line to the D'Ascoyne family Dukedom, but that's not enough to win him the hand of his beloved Silbella. Determined to rise above his humble beginnings, Louis decides to remove the obstacles standing between him and his title... little does he know murder can get so complicated. Based upon the 1949 movie of the same name starring Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts and Coronets is a hilarious new musical adventure about the dark side of royal ascension. 


by Noah Haidle
Friday, April 7 at 8:00pm

Guiseppe is trying to carve an image of the Greek goddess Demeter from an unyielding block of marble – she’s the love of his life. Little does he know, he’s also the love of hers. But relationships are hard, especially when stretched over centuries. Noah Haidle, author of Off Broadway’s Mr. Marmalade, brings his trademark irreverence and eccentricity to this unusual comedy.


Voyeurs de Venus

by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Emma Griffin
Saturday, April 8 at 3:00pm

Sara, a black scholar specializing in pop culture, is writing a book about Saartjie Bartmaan, derogatorily known as the Hottentot Venus. Or, she’s trying to. Sara’s own issues of racial identity emerge as she struggles to recount Saartjie’s life to a largely white audience, while Sara navigates a minefield of personal intimacies between her husband and lover. Past and present merge as the women’s stories collide in this piercing drama.

Lydia R. Diamond, (playwright) is an award-winning playwright whose work includes The Huntington productions of Smart People, Stick Fly, Lizzie Stranton and Voyeurs de Venus; Stick Fly (Broadway run at Cort Theatre), Toni Stone (2022 at Alliance Theatre, 2021 at Arena Stage DC, 2019 premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company), The Bluest Eye (Off-Broadway run at The Duke) and Harriet Jacobs (Steppenwolf Theatre). Her work has also been performed at Goodman Theatre, Congo Square and Company One. Diamond has been a Huntington Playwright Fellow, a W. E. B. DuBois Institute Fellow at Harvard, a Sundance Playwright Lab Creative Advisor, a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow, a National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group playwright, and currently on faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

(As of January 2022)



by Valerie Martin
Directed by Peter Schneider
Saturday, April 8 at 8:00pm

 The year is 1828. Manon Gaudet, who came as a bride to her husband's sugar plantation north of New Orleans bringing a prized wedding gift - her slave Sarah - to the union, is now trapped in a loveless marriage with a man she despises. Her husband has fathered two children, a deaf son and a baby daughter, by Sarah, and Manon has one wish: to leave her husband and return to her home in New Orleans. Unbeknownst to her, Sarah also nourishes dreams of escape. Whispers of a slave rebellion grow louder, inflaming a domestic nightmare of jealousy, possession, obsession, and fear.


The Atheist

by Ronan Noone
Directed by Emma Griffin
Sunday, April 9 at 2:00pm

Augustine, a crooked journalist with nihilistic intentions, has made an art of clawing his way up the professional ladder. When he unveils the Mayor’s tawdry predilections (involving a hidden camera and reams of videotape), the scandal threatens to undo the one person who thought he was immune – Augustine himself. Noone’s one-man play is a continuation of his focus on the American experience, a project he began with last year’s Breaking Ground play, Smiler Becoming Yank.  


by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Justin Waldman
Sunday, April 9 at 7:00pm

The world of high-stakes stamp collecting is much seedier and more dangerous than anyone ever suspected. After her mother’s death, Jackie discovers not only a raft of debts, but an album of old stamps, one of which may be her ticket to a life-saving windfall. Now too many philatelists are getting in on the game, and her half-sister’s claims on the album are the least of Jackie’s worries. From the author of Omnium Gatherum and the 2004 Huntington hit, Bad Dates.


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