2016 Breaking Ground Festival of New Plays

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's festival of new work, a vital part of our new play development program. The festival highlights the work of local playwrights and presents national writers in partnership with the Huntington. Over the last eight years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally.

Readings are free and open to the public, though not to reviewing members of the press. Advance reservation is required.

The four-day festival included:

“This year's Breaking Ground represents what is best about our new play development programs – the time, space and support to grow as artists,” says Director of New Work Lisa Timmel. “Our Huntington Playwriting Fellows are presenting work that is challenging, vulnerable, and high caliber. I'm so proud of John J King, Nina Louise Morrison, and Mia Chung for their intense artistic ambitions. We are also thrilled to welcome Sarah DeLappe to the Huntington community. We will be presenting her play The Wolves, which is a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist and a winner of the Relentless Award.”

Plays & Playwrights

  • The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Directed by Morgan Green
    Thursday, April 14 at 7:30PM
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. In perfect sync, a girls indoor soccer team warms up. Over the course of five games, they debate: tampons or pads? Is Coach hungover or just plain lazy? And what in the world can we do about the Khmer Rouge? A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.


  • Forever Home by Nina Louise Morrison

    Directed by Portia Krieger
    Friday, April 15 at 7:30PM
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    When Ror comes home to help her father bury his best friend, she discovers he is facing the threat of even bigger losses than she realized. As her father’s world falls into deeper and deeper disarray, Ror must salvage what she can from her past before it’s gone. Forever Home examines how we deal with great change, how we falter, and how to not let what's broken break you.


  • This Exquisite Corpse by Mia Chung

    Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
    Satuday, April 16 at 7:30PM
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    This Exquisite Corpse pieces together the puzzle of Jungja and her country in the aftermath of the Korean War. She works to rebuild her life and make friends — as well as learn English — but finds herself literally split into pieces. A surreal “chorus” of Jungjas struggle to express themselves through layers of misinterpretation and cultural appropriation.


  • Blueshift by John J King

    Directed by Elena Heyman
    Sunday, April 17 at 7:30PM
    South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    Damon bought a house, and Martha is moving in with him. But she has trouble finding a room of her own in the new place. Meanwhile the house has spiders, raccoons, sad paint, and a neighbor who seems a bit too excited that a mixed-race couple has moved in. Turns out this may not be the best place for Martha to fight off her past demons. And speaking of demons: what is that coming out of the trunk in the attic?


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