Breaking Ground 2009 - 2010

Long Season

Book and Lyrics by Chay Yew
Music by Fabian Obispo
Directed by Peter DuBois
Friday, July 24 at 4:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA — Roberts Studio Theatre

A musical set against the raw beauty of 1920s Alaska, Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo's Long Season follows a pivotal year in the life of a young pinoy, Allos, one ofthe migrant workers drawn by the promise of a new land. At a factory in Ketchikan, Allos fights to gain the respect of the foreman, the faith of the other workers, and the heart of the foreman's wife. As it captures the fledgling ambition and heart of a group of unionizing workers, Long Season becomes the dangerous, passionate story of a Filipino immigrant in an unforgiving land.

Chay Yew's production credits include directing the world premiere of José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted (2008) at the Huntington, as well as work at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Empty Space, National Asian American Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse in the Park, Theatre at Boston Court, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Cornerstone Theater Company, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Walk & Squawk, Highways Performance Space, Pillsbury Playhouse, Smithsonian Institute, and Theatre Rhinoceros. His opera credits include the world premieres of Osvaldo Golijov and David Henry Hwang's Ainadamar (co-production with Tanglewood Music Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Rob Zuidam's Rage D’Amors (Tanglewood Music Center). Mr. Yew’s upcoming projects include world premieres of Kenneth Lin’s Po Boy Tango at Northlight Theatre and Robert O’Hara’s Antebellum at Wooley Mammoth Theatre Company. He is also presently editing Version 3.0, an anthology of new Asian American plays for Theatre Communications Group Publications. An alumnus of New Dramatists, he serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He is a recipient of the Dramalogue and OBIE Awards for Direction. Mr. Yew is a graduate of Boston University.

(As of October 2008)

Fabian Obispo designed sound and composed music for the world premiere of José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted (2008), directed by Chay Yew, and Iphigenia (1991). His recent Off Broadway credits include Grace, A Very Common Procedure, Last Easter, Intrigue With Faye, Bright Ideas, What of the Night, Oroonoko, The Children of Vonderly, Durango, The Right Kind of People, No Foreigners Beyond this Point, The Romance of Magno Rubio, Two Sisters and a Piano, and The Square. Regionally, he has designed and composed for Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Syracuse Stage, New York Stage & Film, Westport Country Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Playhouse, and Perseverance Theatre, among others. His work has been recognized with the American Theatre Wing’s Hewes Design Award, as well as Helen Hayes, Barrymore, NAACP, Jackie, and Bay Area Critics Circle award nominations.

Peter DuBois served as Artistic Director of the Huntington from 2008 - 2020, during which time his directing credits included Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (2019), Romeo and Juliet (2019), Fall (2018), Tartuffe (2017), Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George (2016) and A Little Night Music , the world premieres of Gina Gionfriddo’s Can You Forgive Her? (2016), Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People (2014), Evan M. Wiener’s Captors (2011), , Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet(2011)(2012 Pulitzer finalist), Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s and David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples (2009); the regional premieres of A. Rey Pamatmat’s after all the terrible things I do (2015), Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff (2013), Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw (2010) and Rapture, Blister, Burn (2013), and Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss (2010). His West/End London credits include Sex with Strangers and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre), All New People with Zach Braff (Duke of York's Theatre), and Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre). His New York credits include Can You Forgive Her? (Vineyard Theatre);The Power of Duff with Greg Kinnear (New York Stage and Film/PowerhouseTheater); Rapture, Blister, Burn (Playwrights Horizons, 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw, Trust with Sutton Foster, All New People, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage Theatre); Measure for Pleasure, Richard III with Peter Dinklage, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?, and Biro (The Public Theater); and Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman and The View From 151st Street (LAByrinth Theater Company/The Public Theater). He served for five years as associate producer and resident director at The Public Theater, preceded by five years as artistic director of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. Mr. DuBois has directed multiple episodes of the podcast “Modern Love,”including its debut with Lauren Molina. Prior to his work at Perseverance, Mr.DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic where he co-founded Asylum,a multi-national squat theatre in Prague. His productions have been on the annual top 10 lists of The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsday, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The Evening Standard, The Boston Globe, and Improper Bostonian, and was among 12 featured for the 2013 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe Magazine.

(As of October 2019)


Deported / a dream Play

by Joyce Van Dyke
Directed by Judy Braha
Monday, August 3 at 7:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA — Carol Deane Rehearsal Hall

Elmas and Varter save each other's lives during the Armenian genocide. After they come to America, their story leaps across time and space, ending in a dream world of the future where Armenians, Turks, the living, and the dead commingle.

Joyce Van Dyke received the 2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script for The Oil Thief, which was commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloane Foundation Science and Technology Project, and received its premiere in 2008 at the Boston Playwright's Theatre. Her play A Girl’s War premiered at New Repertory Theatre in 2003. She has been developing Deported, a true story about her grandmother, with director Judy Braha and a company of actors for two years through improvisation, taped interviews of survivors, photos, memoirs, and letters. Her play Deported / a dream play was read as part of the Huntington’s 2009 Breaking Ground Festival of New Work

(As of October 2018)


Lizzie Stranton

by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Summer L. Williams
Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA — Carol Deane Rehearsal Hall

In Lydia R. Diamond's bawdy reimagining of Aristophanes' even bawdier Lysistrata, a fictional first lady convenes a meeting in 2016 of the most prominent women in the world with a radical scheme to end war.

Lydia R. Diamond is a member of the 2005-2007 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows. Her most recent play, Smart People, was commissioned by the McCarter Theatre and had its world premiere at the Huntington in 2014. The Huntington’s 2010 hit production of her play Stick Fly produced in association with Arena Stage inspired the 2011 Tony Award-nominated Broadway production. Awards for Stick Fly include a 2012 Outer Circle Critics Award nomination for Best Play (Broadway), 2010 IRNE Award for Best Play, 2010 LA Critics Circle Award for Playwriting, 2010 LA Garland Award for Playwriting, 2009 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Playwriting, 2008 Susan S. Blackburn Finalist, 2006 Black Theatre Alliance Award, and 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Best New Work. Her other plays include Voyeurs de Venus (2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, 2006 BTAA for Best Writing); The Bluest Eye (2006 Black Arts Alliance Image Award for Best New Play, 2008 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award); The Gift Horse (2005 Theodore Ward Prize, Kesselring Prize – 2nd Place); Harriet Jacobs; and Stage Black. She was a 2005-2006 Harvard WEB Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a 2012-2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, a 2012 Sallie B. Goodman McCarter Fellow, and a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor. She is currently a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a playwright in residence at Arena Stage. Ms. Diamond is a graduate of Northwestern University where she majored in performance studies. She has an honorary doctorate of arts from Pine Manor College and was on faculty at Boston University.

(As of October 2018)


Jeanie Don't Sing No Mo'

by Jacqui Parker
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA — Carol Deane Rehearsal Hall

Jeanie, a once-famous blues singer, stopped speaking the day her father died, and she and her Southern family carry the burden of secrets long concealed.

Jacqui Parker appeared in Yerma (2019), Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration (2009), Gem of the Ocean (2004), and Breath, Boom (2003) at the Huntington. A former Huntington Playwriting Fellow, her play Jeanie Don’t Sing No Mo’ was read at the Huntington’s 2009 Breaking Ground Festival of New Work. Regional theatre credits include Rose in Fences (Gloucester Stage Company). Ms. Parker was the playwright-in-residence at Hibernian Hall where she wrote and directed six plays during their 2016-2017 season, including A Crack in the Blue Wall (IRNE Award nomination for Best New Play). Awards include an Elliot Norton Award, six IRNE Awards, and the 2004 Boston Theatre Hero Award given by StageSource. Ms. Parker is the artistic director of the Our Place Theatre Project and the founder of Boston’s annual African American Theatre Festival. Her plays Dark as a Thousand Midnights (IRNE Award for Best New Play) and Feathers on My Arms ... Zora Neale Flying High premiered at the African American Theatre Festival at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

(As of July 2019)


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