January 13, 2007


Here are a couple of news items from my inbox:

From Illana Brownstien (Literary Manager):

Huntington commissioned playwrights Melinda Lopez (right) and Steve Belber (as well as Breaking Ground playwright Tommy Smith) have been included in photographer Peter Bellamy's online gallery of recent playwright portraits. Check it out, they're in great company!

Also, Huntington playwrights David Lindsay-Abaire and Lisa Kron are featured on another page of his site.

From Donna Glick (Director of Education):

Huntington Theatre CompanyEducation Department Updates in January of 07

THE CHERRY ORCHARD student matinee - Thursday, January 25th is sold out and has been since the fall. That means nearly 880 students and teachers from Boston and surrounding communities will see the show, some of them for free. Every school will receive a pre-show talk in their classroom as well as a curriculum and study guide and copy of the script. This performance will be audio described for blind students.

Citizens Bank Community Connections Program - We are very busy contacting new community groups, reaching out to people who may not have been to the Huntington before or need free or reduced tickets to be able to enjoy the theatre. Community groups are so appreciative of these tickets - groups include: Boston Public School Homeless Initiative, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Hyde Park YMCA, Aids Action Committee, Dept. of Youth Services, Somerville Youth Program, Big Brother, Big Sisters, just to name a few.

Young Voices Playwriting Program - 10 very engaged young playwrights worked with Literary Manager, Ilana Brownstein, to become prepared to writing a 10 minute play. These students are being mentored by Boston playwrights, as well as Huntington Playwriting Fellows, Melinda Lopez, Rebekah Maggor, John Shea, Lydia Diamond and Ginger Lazarus to name a few.

Our facilitation as representative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council of the state and national Poetry Out Loud competition is in process. In 06, the contest's first year, there were 12 students from local and greater Boston high schools participating. This year we are expanding the program to state-wide representation with schools from Boston, Malden, Wellesley, Pittsfield, Worcester, Belmont, Everett, Newburyport, and South Hadley (again, to name a few!) At this point, we have over 25 schools participating. The semi-finals for Poetry Out Loud are on Saturday, March 17th. The state finals will occur the following Saturday, March 24th, in the Roberts Theatre at BCA's Calderwood Pavilion.

If you would like further information on any of these programs, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. For more information about our education programs click here or send an email to education.

At the Calderwood Pavilion this coming week: Olympia Dukakis plays Rose. Believe it or not tickets are still available. Visit our sister site, BostonTheatreScene.com, to get a seat.

Final item: The Huntington Theatre Blog gets a mention/review on The Mirror up to Nature. Find links here for other theatre blogs too.

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