February 28, 2008

Fellows at work

Ilana sent the following along for posting. Stay tuned for our 2008 BREAKING GROUND FESTIVAL announcement soon.

Hi All,

There are some exciting things afoot for our current and past HPFs.

First off, Joyce Van Dyke's new play THE OIL THIEF was just read at New Rep as part of their New Voices series. Joyce got a great interview and write-up in the Globe last week, too: www.boston.com

Secondly, Melinda Lopez's new play with music, GARY, opens this Thursday at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, with Bevin O'Gara directing and me serving as guest dramaturg. The process has been terrific, and the actors have been really rocking out. Featuring: Adrianne Krstansky, Elise Manning, Nael Nacer, Karl Baker Olson & Molly Schreiber. February 28 - March 16; tickets $25 Gen./$20 Sen./$10 Stu. BPT is offering a special friends and family deal for the first weekend only: $10 tickets through Sunday, March 2. Online or phone, use the promotional code: GARY949
There was a nice write-up on Melinda in the Globe this past weekend:

Ken Urban's play THE HAPPY SAD will receive its world premiere at New York's Flea Theatre (in a double-bill with a new play by Breaking Ground alum Tommy Smith), March 6 through April 22. Info here: www.theflea.org

Both Ken and Melinda will be represented in the Breaking Ground Festival this year! Stay tuned for more info on that front.

Lydia Diamond's STICK FLY will go up this summer at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (CATF) in Sheperdstown, West Virginia. (Sonia Flew played there, too!) You can catch a piece on NPR about the play here: www.npr.org
You can hear the play in its entirety (until next weekend) here: www.scpr.org

THE BLUEST EYE is open now at Hartford Stage through March 23, and then runs at the Long Wharf March 28 to April 20.
Lydia's HARRIET JACOBS (recently up at the Steppenwolf) is scheduled for Williamstown this summer, where it will be kept in good company with Ronan Noone's THE ATHEIST, once again featuring Campbell Scott, with Justin Waldman directing.

Kirsten Greenidge's GIBSON GIRL opens at Boston's Company One (where's she's this season's Playwright in Residence) on March 14 and plays through April 5. More info here:

And of course, Sinan Unel's THE CRY OF THE REED goes into rehearsal next week, directed by Danny Goldstein.

What a terrific round-up of work for these talented writers!


February 6, 2008

Shining City Rehearsal

View rehearsal video and discussion with Director Bob Falls.

Huntington Theatre Family Features

The past week or so has garnered some nice features for a few members of our extended family. Click on the links below to explore - and as always we would love to hear your thoughts.

The Broadway Production of The 39 Steps has a great review in the NY Times, an audio feature with designer Peter McKintosh (see link on the above review page), a backstage photo feature, and a little history of the evolution of the play.

Huntington Favorite Kate Burton (Hedda Gabler, The Cherry Orchard) is now appearing in Spring Awakening, and there is a very nice feature about her here. The NY Times has also published a lovely slideshow featuring Kate.

Actor Christopher Fitzgerald (A Month in the Country, The Sons of Ulster...) is now appearing on Broadway as Igor in Young Frankenstien. The AP published a nice feature and you can read it here. His wife, Jess Stone, is also a familiar face (Betty in Betty's Summer Vacation) and we're hoping to see them both (along with their infant son - congrats) back in Boston soon.

Photo: Kate Burton (as Madame Ranevskaya) in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of The Cherry Orchard, directed by Nicholas Martin. Photo: T. Charles Erickson