April 28, 2011

The Huntington Theatre Co Recieves $10 Million Endowment gift from Calderwood Charitable Foundation

That's a $10,000,000 check!

The Huntington Theatre Company received today a $10,000,000 donation from the Calderwood Charitable Foundation. The Calderwood contribution is intended to provide the Huntington with about $500,000 in annual operating support -- replacing the same amount the foundation has given it in each of the past three years. The gift is meant to perpetuate that funding, foundation trustee John Cornish said.

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We're amazed, thankful, incredulous, and really really really excited!

April 14, 2011

Now Accepting Applications for Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program

Huntington Theatre Company is now accepting applications for the 2011-2013 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPFs). Huntington Playwriting Fellows have a home at the Huntington with two-year residencies during which they participate in a writers’ collective with the artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, are eligible for readings and support through the Breaking Ground reading series, and receive a modest stipend. The HPF program is supported by the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays.

The Huntington is interested in fostering artistic relationships with local playwrights at all stages of their careers, from emerging talents to established professionals. The HPF program provides a framework for an in-depth two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. It also encourages conversation in the Boston playwriting community. Past participants are leaders of the local community whose plays have been produced on the Huntington’s stages and throughout the country.

“I love being a Huntington Playwriting Fellow,” says Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro. “There’s a forty-year age span in our small group and an exciting range of styles and subject matter. Our bi-weekly discussions, under the sharp and genial direction of Lisa Timmel and Charles Haugland, are lively, helpful, and fun. I’ve never worked harder.”

Jason Dirden and Nikkole Salter in HPF Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly
 Many past HPFs have been produced by the Huntington including Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew), Ronan Noone (The Atheist, Brendan), Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly), Rebekah Maggor (Shakespeare’s Actresses in America), and Sinan Unel (The Cry of the Reed). Ryan Landry’s Psyched will be produced as part of 2011’s Emerging America Festival. The Huntington’s 2011-2012 Season will include The Luck of the Irish, a compelling play about the “ghost-buying” of houses in segregated neighborhoods by white families on behalf of black ones, by HPF Kirsten Greenidge and Before I Leave You, a love story for grownups set in Harvard Square, by HPF Alfaro.

Application information and residency guidelines can be found online at huntingtontheatre.org/HPF. Applications will be accepted through May 18, 2011.

April 8, 2011

SONS OF THE PROPHET: Audience Comments

Have you seen Sons of the Prophet? Please share your comments with us.

Jonathan Louis Dent, Dan McCabe, Kelsey Kurz, and Yusef Bulos in Sons of the Prophet
Which characters did you relate to? What aspects of their lives struck you as most relevant to your own?

What do you think happens to each of the characters after the curtain comes down?

Did you attend a post show conversation? What comments surprised you or made you think differently about the play? Would you attend a post show conversation again? What were you thinking about on the way home from the theatre?

Leave your comments here.

Learn more about Sons of the Prophet.

The Huntington Theatre Company production of Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam plays now through May 1, 2011 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Get tickets and information or call our Box Office at 617 266-0800.