by Lenelle Moïse • Directed by Robert O'Hara

Winner of the 2012 Ruby Prize, Merit follows Mona, a precocious and passionate fiction writer who is the only student of color (and Southerner) at her prestigious graduate program in contemporary Vermont. When she befriends distinguished professor Doctor Sive—a demanding divorcee with fatigued sex appeal—the two are called to strike a balance between curiosity and propriety, power and love, desire and professionalism.

Featuring James Boland, Breean Julian*, Lonnie Farmer, Joy Jones*, Crystal Fox*, and Charles Weldon*.

Lenelle Moïse is a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project. Her other plays include The Many Faces of NiaMatermorphosis andCornered in the Dark. Moïse is an internationally touring solo performer and was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her writing has been featured in several magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She has received awards, residencies and/or commissions from the Gaea Foundation, Southern Rep, Kitchen Theatre Company, Hedgebrook, Astraea, Clark University, Northwestern University, UT Austin, and the Black Women Playwrights’ Group. Her first book, Haiti Glass, is forthcoming from City Lights Publishers’ Sister Spit imprint. Visit for more information.

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's reading series, a vital part of our new play development program. This series brings attention to the work of local playwrights and presents national writers into partnership with the Huntington. Over the last seven years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally. Unless otherwise noted, admission to all Breaking Ground readings is FREE and open to the public.


  • Breean JulianKelly
  • James BolandRichard
  • Lonnie FarmerFather
  • Jackie DavisReader
  • Jessica WolfStage Manager

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