Mid-negotiation, modernist painter Patricia changes the terms of her ‘conscious uncoupling’ with Jason. She wants full custody of their 15-year-old daughter Beth. Jason demands that their daughter decide, but mysteriously Beth didn’t show up for school. Has Patricia hidden her away to protect her, or is there something more sinister afoot? Crafted with humor and insight by acclaimed Boston playwright Kate Snodgrass and director Melia Bensussen, The Art of Burning explores the love, rage, and responsibility that come with marriage and parenting in America.
Masked Matinees & Masks-Encouraged Evenings
In recognition of fluctuating trends in COVID transmission and varying levels of comfort among our patrons, The Huntington is continuing to offer two different masking experiences for The Art of Burning.
“Masked Matinees” – Masks are required inside the theater unless actively eating/drinking concessions. Masks remain optional in the restrooms and lobbies.
Matinees were chosen in order to offer multiple masked-experiences per week, some weekdays and some weekends.
Masks-Encouraged Evenings – Masks are encouraged but not required.
Anyone who feels uncomfortable can ask the House Manager about alternative options which may include:
• a better quality mask
• a new seat further distanced from other patrons
• re-scheduling for a different performance, such as a “masked matinee”
• a shift to the at-home Digital Streaming option.
Any patron interested in attending a different performance will be able to exchange their tickets by contacting our ticketing services staff.
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Tickets for most Huntington productions through June 2023 come with digital insurance, and any ticketholders who would rather not see a performance in person for any reason can easily exchange their in-person tickets for a home viewing opportunity of a specially recorded version of the play, if available. Digital Insurance is currently available for The Art of Burning, K-I-S-S-I-N-G and Joy & Pandemic.
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Cast and Crew:
Michael Kaye The Huntington: Common Ground Revisited, Dead End, and Two Lives. Boston area credits include: Admissions, Mothers and Sons, and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage); Ears on a Beatle and Book of Days (Lyric Stage); Good, Broken Glass, Opus, Amadeus, Straight White Men, Lonely Planet, The Elephant Man, and Silence (New Rep Theatre); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Actors’ Shakespeare Project).
Vivia Font Off-Broadway credits include PlayOn! (CSC), villa (PlayCo-Wild Project), Recent Alien Abductions (PlayCo– SoHo Rep), underneathmybed (Rattlestick), and Romeo & Juliet (NY Classical). Regional: Native Gardens (Merrimack Rep); Mutual Philanthropy (NJ Rep), The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Tenth Muse (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Richard III, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind, Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Globe), Mariela in the Desert, and Map of Heaven (Denver Center).
(As of December 2022)
Understudy for Beth
Sandra Seoane-Serí The Huntington: The Art of Burning and Arbor in the 2022 Breaking Ground Festival of New Work. Truth or Consequences by Andrew Siañez–De La O (FreshInk Theatre). BLKS (SpeakEasy Stage). SandraSeoaneSeri.com
Understudy for Katya/Charlene
Samantha Richert The Huntington: Ryan Landry’s ‘M’. Regional: Be Here Now, Hold These Truths, City of Angels, Becky’s New Car (Lyric Stage Company); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Dancing At Lughnasa(Gloucester Stage Company); Elemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Ripe Frenzy (New Repertory Theatre); Lucky Stiff (Greater Boston Stage Company); Gooney Bird Greene (Wheelock Family Theatre); The How and the Why (Central Square Theater); Jesus Christ! It’s Christmas! (Gold Dust Orphans); Moonchildren, Candide, Babes in Arms, A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Group).
Luciana Stecconi The Huntington: The Art of Burning, Witch. Regional: Faith Healer, Waiting for Godot (Barrington Stage); Antonio’s Song (Goodman Theatre); Anna in the Tropics (Bay Street Theatre); Murder on the Orient Express, Antonio’s Song (Milwaukee Rep); Macbeth (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); John Proctor is the Villain (Studio Theatre); Private (Mosaic Theatre Company); A Wind in the Door (Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences).
Aja M. Jackson
Aja M. Jackson
Aja M. Jackson The Huntington: The Art of Burning. SpeakEasy Stage: Fairview, Once on This Island. Broadway: Fat Ham. Off Broadway: Rock and Roll Man, A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet, Monsoon Wedding. Regional: Berkeley Rep, ART, Public Theater “Under the Radar” Festival, Hartford Stage, The Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Lyric Stage, Gloucester Stage, Moonbox Productions, Boston Early Music Festival.
Sound Design and Original Music
Jane Shaw The Huntington: Our Daughters Like Pillars. New York: Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for a New Audience, Mint Theater Company, National Black Theatre, Repertorio Español, NYTW, Cherry Lane Theatre, The COOP, Bedlam, Urban Stages, and Primary Stages.
J. Jared Janas
Hair and Wig Design
J. Jared Janas
J. Jared Janas The Huntington: Common Ground Revisited, The Bluest Eye, Indecent, and Man in the Ring. Broadway: Ohio State Murders, & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, Topdog/Underdog, How I Learned to Drive, American Buffalo, Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and All about Me.
Ted Hewlett (Fights/Intimacy) The Huntington: Witch, Sweat, Quixote Nuevo, Yerma, Sherlock’s Last Case, Tartuffe, Merrily We Roll Along, Ripcord, Topdog/Underdog, A Doll’s House, Bedroom Farce, I Was Most Alive with You, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Colored Museum, Venus in Fur, Now or Later, Private Lives, Luck of the Irish, God of Carnage, Before I Leave You, Fences, and Brendan.
Charles Haugland is the Director of New Work for The Huntington, and is currently in his fifteenth season with the company. His dramaturgical credits at The Huntington include world premiere productions by Kirsten Greenidge, Craig Lucas, Gina Gionfriddo, Lydia Diamond, and Melinda Lopez, along with co-creating the audio play series Dream Boston.
Alaine Alldaffer, she/her (Casting) Huntington: numerous credits since 2000. New York: casting director for Playwrights Horizons, where credits include Grey Gardens (also for Broadway), Clybourne Park (also for Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie awards for Best Ensemble and an Artios Award for casting), The Flick (Playwrights Horizons and Barrow Street Theatre)
Rosalind Bevan The Huntington: Joy & Pandemic, Clyde’s, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Common Ground Revisited, Our Daughters, Like Pillars, The Bluest Eye, (Line Producer); Witch (Assistant Director); Dream Boston audio plays: Echoes and The 54th in ‘22 (Director).
Production Stage Manager
Kelly Hardy Broadway: Anastasia, The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: 2nd Stage, Fiasco Theatre, Lincoln Center – LCT3, The Public, Vineyard Theatre, Red Bull Theatre, NYMF, Theatre for a New Audience, Working Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Actors Company Theatre.
ADDITIONAL STAFFING FOR THE ART OF BURNING
Assistant Director- Luz Lopez
Intimacy Consultant- Ted Hewlett
Fight Captain- Kelly Hardy
Production Assistants- Winnie Chiang, Olivia Tighe
Carpenters- Steven Asaro, Hannah Ashe, Jay Graniss, Dawn Morningstar, JP Pizzuti, Kalika Reece
Costume Design Assistant- Zoë Sundra
Stitchers- Ana-Ayanna Escalante
Wardrobe Swing- Jennie Fuchs
Wig Run- Kathleen Shanahan
Season Electrician- Anna Brevetti
Electricians- Kevin Barnett, Dean Covert, Violet Gayzagian, Piper Phillips, Eliott Purcell
Brighter Boston Intern- Dillon Brooks
Voice Coach- Lee Nishri-Howitt