May 14, 2010

Getting Ready to Emerge

contributed by Anne Morgan

This weekend is the first annual Emerging America Festival. The festival is a unique collaboration between the Huntington, the A.R.T., and the I.C.A. The weekend will be filled with performances of all kinds all over Boston and Cambridge.

On Saturday, the Huntington will present “Two Emerging Voices/One Double Bill” at 1 and 4pm. The double bill features Love Song In Two Voices, a compelling one-woman show written and performed by Amy Herzog, and Seven Minutes in Heaven, a dynamic comedy by Steven Levenson about a middle school party.

Also join us on Sunday for the Join The Conversation! Brunch, where you can mix and mingle with brunch food (sponsored by Panera Bread) and drinks and see exciting theatre pieces from Huntington Playwriting Fellows Ryan Landry (The Gold Dust Orphans perform selections from Showgirls), John Kuntz (with Rick Park, The Superheroine Monologues), and Martha Jane Kaufman (dance theatre piece Are Now Friends) as well as performances from Company One’s ARTiculation and the music of the Cello Chix.

For more information about these or other festival events visit

The thing about this project that has been the most exciting is the number of people who’re involved. At the Huntington, this festival is being supported by all departments – production is helping us gather the props, artistic is coordinating the performers, marketing is getting the word out any way they can. But outside the Huntington, exciting talents are joining together to make this happen. For each of us working in a department at the Huntington, we are supported by our counterparts hard at work at the ART and the ICA. Our artists too are crossing boundaries. Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ryan Landry wrote an iPlay, he and his troupe The Gold Dust Orphans will delight guests at the Join the Conversation! Brunch, and he will be appearing in the ART’s presentation of Mrs. Smith Presents… A Benefit For the Carlyle Foundation Empowerment School For People and Cats with Severe and Persistent Challenges.

These past few days have been very busy. We hope you’ll check out the Emerging America Festival and enjoy everything we’ve been working on.

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