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The Art of Burning

January 13–February 12, 2023

A  play by Kate Snodgrass

Directed by Melia Bensussen

In association with Hartford Stage

The Huntington
@ Calderwood/BCA
527 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02216

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Also available digitally in American Sign Language and with Audio Description.


Approximate run time:  85 minutes no intermission

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Show Synopsis:

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.



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.

These COVID policies will be in place through February 13, 2023, and we will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. For the most up-to-date information on our health and safety policies and season shows, please visit this page. If you have any questions, please email

The Huntington @ Calderwood/BCA, 527 Tremont St

The Calderwood Pavilion contains the Wimberly Theatre, the Roberts Studio Theatre, the Carol G. Deane Hall, and the Nicholas Martin Hall. You should navigate to the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA if you are seeing a show in any of those aforementioned spaces.

Directions and parking for the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Google Maps directions to 527 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116

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Cast and Crew:

Adrianne Krstansky


Rom Barkhordar


Clio Contogenis


Michael Kaye


Laura Latreille


Vivia Font


Sarah Newhouse

Understudy for Patricia

Steven Barkhimer

Understudy for Jason/Mark

Sandra Seoane-Serí

Understudy for Beth

Samantha Richert

Understudy for Katya/Charlene

Kate Snodgrass


Melia Bensussen


Luciana Stecconi

Scenic Designer

Kara Harmon

Costume Designer

Aja M. Jackson

Lighting Designer

Jane Shaw

Sound Design and Original Music

J. Jared Janas

Hair and Wig Design

Ted Hewlett

Fight Director

Charles Haugland


Sondra R. Katz

General Manager

Alaine Alldaffer


Rosalind Bevan

Local Casting

Kelly Hardy

Production Stage Manager

Deirdre Benson

Stage Manager


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

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