The Art of Burning
January 13–February 12, 2023
A play by Kate Snodgrass
Directed by Melia Bensussen
In association with Hartford Stage
527 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02216
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Approximate run time: 85 minutes no intermission
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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.
I sat down with Kate Snodgrass, the morning after the first snow, Dec 12, 2022. Her apartment: hot tea, sunny windows, playful cats, and floor to ceiling books. Kate was one of my first playwriting teachers, and my boss at BU, and has been a mentor and friend for years.
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.
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• 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.
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Cast and Crew:
Adrianne Krstansky The Huntington: A Doll’s House, Come Back Little Sheba.
Rom Barkhordar previously appeared at The Huntington in The Who and the What, (IRNE Award nomination, Best Supporting Actor).
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).
Laura Latreille previously appeared in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Ripcord, Ryan Landry’s M, and Mauritius at The Huntington.
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 Patricia
Sarah Newhouse The Huntington: We All Fall Down. Off Off Broadway: Mr. Sandman (Kraine Theater); King Lear (LaMama ETC)
Understudy for Jason/Mark
Steven Barkhimer last appeared at The Huntington in Tartuffe. Recent roles include Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee at the Barnstormers Theatre and Casca in Hanover Theatre’s Julius Caesar.
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).
Kate Snodgrass The Huntington: radio play Overture in “Dream Boston.” Author of the Heideman Award-winning, much-anthologized play Haiku.
Melia Bensussen The Huntington: Common Ground Revisited, We All Fall Down, Yerma, A Doll’s House, Awake and Sing!, Luck of the Irish, and Circle Transformation.
Luciana Stecconi previously designed Witch at the Huntington. Recent regional designs include: Waiting for Godot (Barrington Stage) Anna in the Tropics (Bay Street Theatre), Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and Antonio’s Song (Milwaukee Rep), Macbeth (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), John Proctor is the Villain (Studio Theatre), Private (Mosaic Theatre Company), and A Wind in the Door (The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences).
Kara Harmon The Huntington: The Niceties, The Purists, A Guide for the Homesick. Off-Broadway: Cullud Wattah (Public Theater); Lockdown (Rattlestick Playwrights); The Niceties (Manhattan Theatre Club); Dot (Vineyard Theatre).
Aja M. Jackson
Aja M. Jackson
Aja M. Jackson Off-Broadway: A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet. Regional: Lost in Yonkers (Hartford Stage); Behold, A Negress (Everyman Theater); Hear Word (American Repertory Theater); Hear Word (The Public Theater Under-The Radar Festival); On Your Feet (John W. Engeman Theatre); Fences (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Chicken and Biscuits [Easter Regional Premiere] (Virginia Repertory Theatre); Freedom Summer (North Carolina Black Rep); Once on This Island (SpeakEasy Stage); The Cake, Breath and Imagination (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Passing Strange (Moonbox Productions); Pimpinone, Ino (Boston Early Music Festival).
(As of December 2022)
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.
Sondra R. Katz
Sondra R. Katz
Sondra R. Katz (General Manager) is in her nineteenth season at the Huntington. She has worked on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally as a stage manager, company manager, production manager and general manager.
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 is the Casting & Producing Associate at The Huntington, and she is a producer and director. The Huntington: Assistant Director of Witch; Director for two Dream Boston audio plays: Echoes by Patrick Gabridge and The 54th in ‘22 by Kirsten Greenidge.
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.
Deirdre Benson Regional: Blue Man Group (Boston), American Repertory Theater, The Barnstormers, SpeakEasy Stage, Greater Boston Stage Company, Boston Circus Guild. Touring: Pretty Woman, the Musical.
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