We sent the following message to our subscibers last week:
TELL US YOUR STORIES We're collecting from our subscribers their stories and remembrances about 25 years of the Huntington. Have a special memory of a production or a performance? Tell us about it. Just email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a coupon good for one concessions treat the next time you're in the theatre. Thank you!
The stories have started to roll in. I wanted to share this one with you from subscriber Lynn Thornton:
My friend June and I have to be among the longest longtime-subscribers. I believe that the very first season of the Huntington (Sept. 1982 or was it 1981?) it was not called the Huntington. Wasn't it The Hartman Theater first, then they changed the name for the second season? At any rate, my friend June and I began attending when we were living in Boston and I was about to be married. We have attended every season from the beginning. We are agreed that Arcadia is our hands down favorite production but Sonia Flew and the Rabbit Hole are in strong contention. I have seldom been so moved by a production as I was by Rabbit Hole--I cried every time I discussed it with anyone. Another memorable performance was Terra Nova which we remember because its theme of futility and bleakness, enhanced by the real chill produced by the higher-than-usual air conditioning, mirrored June's feelings on being recently divorced. Since that unhappy play, we have thrilled to many wonderful productions and our lives have continued apace as we created our families and moved through different stages in our lives (get it?). The Huntington has woven a rich tapestry of theater experiences into our minds and souls over this quarter century. In this age of technology-enhanced entertainment and blockbuster-sappy Broadway, what a joy it is to see live and intimate theater so beautifully produced. Keep up the good work.--Sincerely, Lynn Thornton
Thanks Lynn! Terra Nova was back in 1985 (missed that one, I was still in college), Arcadia was in 1996 (and one of my favorite Tom Stoppard plays... who knew chaos theory could be so much fun), Sonia Flew was our inaugural production on our brand new second stage, the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, a few years ago in 2004. Rabbit Hole was just a few months back.
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Zabryna Guevara as Pilar and Will LeBow as Orfeo in the Huntington Theatre Company's world premiere production of Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA(2004). Photo: T. Charles Erickson.
Izzy (Geneva Carr, l.), Becca (Donna Bullock, c.) and Nat (Maureen Anderman) cut Izzy's birthday cake in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, at the Boston University Theatre (2006). Photo: Eric Antoniou.