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 has appeared at the Huntington numerous times as an actress including in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (2019), Yerma (2019),and Mala (2018) (which she also wrote) and as Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town. She was playwright-in-residence at the Huntington from 2013-2019. The Huntington also produced her plays Becoming Cuba (2014) (also at North Coast Repertory Theatre) and Sonia Flew (2004) also at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre, among others. Her play Mala (2018) (also produced at ArtsEmerson and Guthrie Theatre) earned the 2017 Elliot Norton Award of Best New Play and an Arts Impulse Award for Best Solo Performance. It is available on Audible. Ms. Lopez is a 2019 Mass Cultural Council Fellow in dramatic writing and is the recipient of the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence.

(As of October 2019)


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 Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s Boston Playwrights' Theatre and Co-Founder of the Boston Theater Marathon, now in its 23rd year.  She directs the MFA in Playwriting Program at Boston University and is a former National Chair of Playwriting with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.  A StageSource 2001 “Theatre Hero,” Kate was awarded Boston's Theatre Critics’ Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence in 2012.  Playwriting credits include the widely translated and anthologized Haiku (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Heideman Award), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s The Glider (IRNE Award for Best New Play, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award nomination), and Observatory (IRNE Award for Best New Play).  She is the recipient of a 2015 Tanne Foundation Award for her passion and commitment to the Theatre. As a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company, her play Overture can be heard on their website in the “Dream Boston” radio plays. 

(As of September 2020)


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)

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