Breaking Ground 2007 - 2008



by Melinda Lopez
Directed by Justin Waldman
Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm

Maritza and her daughter Marty have returned to Miami to celebrate Abuela's birthday. But something isn't right; Abuela thinks the party is for her own funeral, Maritza's brother Tio seems awfully close to the gardener, and Alexandros the dog has gone missing. Set against the backdrop of Nixon's resignation, Alexandros is a zany roller coaster ride through the chaos of family obligations, language barriers, and love. From the author of the Huntington's 2004 hit, Sonia Flew, Alexandros is the product of a commission from the Laguna Playhouse.

Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company. Mala (2018) won the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, and recently ran at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Upcoming projects include a translation of Yerma (Federico García Lorca) for the American Conservatory Theater. Her award-winning play Sonia Flew (2004) (Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award) had its world premiere as the Huntington’s inaugural production in the Wimberly Theatre, and has since been produced all over the country, including at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Contemporary American Theater Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and many others. Other plays include Becoming Cuba (2014) (Huntington Theatre Company), Back the Night (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theater, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health for the Darwin bicentennial), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Coconut Grove Playhouse), and multiple short plays. Ms. Lopez is among the first cohort of playwrights to receive a three-year residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and she was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by The Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American theatre.” She has served as a panel member for the City of Boston, the National Education Association, and the Cambridge Arts Panel, and she has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, the Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. Ms. Lopez is also an actress and has appeared in regional theatre (Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Guthrie Theater and Portland Stage), film, and radio. She teaches theatre studies at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. Ms. Lopez was mentioned by President Obama in his joint address to the Cuban and American people, and Mayor Marty Walsh declared October 29, 2016 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the City of Boston. She is active in the local Cuban American community and works to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba. For more information, visit and


(As of February 2018)


Geometry of Fire

by Stephen Belber
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Friday, April 20 at 8:00pm

 Lives intersect in a D.C.-area bar, bringing together the lost and "un-homed." Mel, a vet recently returned from the front, is haunted by the ghost of his last victim; his father Bob, suspicious of the military, strives to understand his son; and Tariq, a Saudi-American, discovers the toxicity of his personal life just might be tied to the contamination of the land around him. The personal becomes political in this story of fathers, sons, and the quest for a path back home, from Huntington veteran Stephen Belber.


by Kate Snodgrass
Directed by Susan Feinchell
Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm

In the realm of quantum physics, the act of observation decides the fate of the observed, and two universes — containing separate outcomes of the same events — can exist side by side. Eleanor and Michael, scientists working in very different worlds, find themselves nonetheless connected by a common thread. Can the movement of the stars and planets illuminate the darkness between them? From Kate Snodgrass, the artistic director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre.

Kate Snodgrass is the Artistic Director of Boston Playwright’s Theatre and the Boston Theatre Marathon. She is the author of Haiku (Heidemann Award, anthologized and translated into German, Gaelic, Portuguese), Observatory Conditions (Independent Reviewers of New England Award), and The Glider (Independent Reviewers of New England Award, AACT Steinberg Award Nomination), among others. She is a playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company. Snodgrass has received StageSource’s Theatre Hero Award, the Leonides A. Nickole Award for Excellence from NETC, and the Milan Stitt Award from the Kennedy Center ACTF lauding her mentorship of playwrights.

(As of October 2018)


The Cry of the Reed

by Sinan Ünel
Directed by Justin Waldman
Saturday, April 21 at 8:00pm

It's 2004, and matters of life and death are unfolding at a harrowing pace. A pair of journalists find themselves unexpectedly detained by a band of insurgents, as bombs rain down on an Iraqi landscape. Meanwhile, in Turkey, on the eve of a festival celebrating the great Sufi poet Rumi, an unexpected allegiance is forged in the struggle to secure the journalists' release. History, religion, and the beauty of whirling dervishes collide in this heart-breakingly immediate portrait of a world at war — from the author of the Breaking Ground hit Pathétique, and the award-winning Pera Palas.

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)


Searching for God in Suburbia

by Matt Hoverman
Directed by Matt August
Sunday, April 22 at 2:00pm

In these seven short plays, the standard suburban universe is turned topsy-turvy. As interconnected characters go about their daily lives — tucking in their kids at bedtime, dealing with infidelity, making time for the gym — the unexpected is always just around the corner. Sometimes it's the boogeyman, or an alien invasion, or just the surprise of a true human connection. From the author of In Transit, winner of the FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award.


Claire Silva

by John Shea
Directed by Daniel Goldstein
Sunday, April 22 at 7:00pm

  In the Monaghan family, the sins of the past are emerging once again. On the eve of the release of a convicted child molester, the media descends on a tight-knit, blue collar Boston neighborhood in turmoil, where truths, long-buried, may finally be revealed. A lively, wrenching, and frank portrayal of a family and a community searching for hope, from John Shea, a native son with a true Boston voice.

John Shea is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow whose play, Welcome to Somerville, Permit Parking Only, (a 17-character opus) enjoyed a very successful two night reading in his home town of — where else? — Somerville, Massachusetts. Other works set in and ground the beautiful and desirable neighborhoods of Somerville include Erin Go Bragh-less (National Playwright's Conference, Eugene O'Neil Theatre Center), The Hill (Boston University's New Play Initiative), Comp (Tristan Bates Theatre Company in London, Boston Playwright's Theatre), Clare Silva (Williamstown Theatre Festival's Fridays @ 3 series, Huntington Theatre Company's Breaking Ground Festival), Junkie (commissioned by the Huntington's Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays), and The Painter, whihc he hopes to have on its feet in the spring of 2011. Many short works have been included in festivals around the country, most notably in the Boston Theatre Marathon, which he has run five times.

(As of October 2018)

Daniel Goldstein directed God Of Carnage (2012), Falsettos (2005), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2006), and The Cry of the Reed (2008) for the Huntington, and the recent revival of Godspell on Broadway. Regional credits include Snapshots and Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Musicals), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater Company), Gekido (New National Theater: Tokyo), Anna Christie (The Old Globe), and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman for a Huntington Theatre Company Calderwood Commission) was developed by the O'Neill Musical Theater Conference. Other projects include The Ride (NYC commercial), Golden Boy (The Julliard School), True West (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Miss Margarida's Way (Bay Street Theatre, with Julie Halston), Lower Ninth (The Flea Theater and SPF), and the Off Broadway commercial production of the hit Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia. He served as the associate director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed and the resident director for the first national tour of Mamma Mia! He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

(As of Febraury 2012)

Past Breaking Ground Readings

Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
Main: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115 | 617 266 7900 |

© 2019 Huntington Theatre Company. All rights reserved | Trouble viewing this site? Please download Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.