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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES DIGITAL OFFERING OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL

FEATURING TONY WINNER JEFFERSON MAYS

 

“Raise the Curtain” packages and tickets to A Christmas Carol are

now available for purchase and for holiday gift-giving

 

 

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company announces it has joined producer Hunter Arnold and a consortium of theatres across the US to present a special filmed version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this holiday season, featuring Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays. Tickets are available on the Huntington’s website (huntingtontheatre.org), and the film will be available for streaming from November 28 through January 3.

 

In this special production of A Christmas Carol, the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Oslo, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance.

 

Staged exclusively for this film and captured live at New York’s United Palace, this rousing streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays.

 

Directed by one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden (Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, Once on this Island on Broadway), adapted by Mays, Susan Lyons (director of I Am My Own Wife on Broadway), and Arden, and conceived by Arden and Tony Award nominee Dane Laffrey (I Was Most Alive with YouGod of Carnage, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Huntington, Once on this Island on Broadway), the filmed version is based on the highly acclaimed 2018 production which made its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

 

When it played the Geffen Playhouse in 2018, A Christmas Carol was called “a stunning adaptation” by The Hollywood Reporter, and Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times raved that “Jefferson Mays not only got me to see A Christmas Carol, something I’ve vowed never to do again. But he got me to rave about it. For true theatre lovers, there can be no better gift this season.”

 

Adaptor and actor Jefferson Mays says, “A Christmas Carol was my first experience of living theatre. My mother and father would read it out loud every year. My father would tell the story with clarity and humanity, while my mother, eyes ablaze, would transform into the characters, from the tortured Jacob Marley, to little Fan and the entire Cratchit family. Both, in their ways, created magic. And now here we are, aspiring to bring this magic to people across the country during this challenging time.”

 

Director and adaptor Michael Arden says, “My theatre career began when I was a 10-year-old Texan playing Tiny Tim in the Midland Community Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. In a time when theatres and arts workers across the country are in great need, bringing a story that celebrates the power of creativity, community, and our shared humanity is humbling.”

 

Producer Hunter Arnold says, “Due to COVID-19, the country’s theatres have lost over 80% of their income, a number that is devastating to our community. These theatres, the work they produce, and the artists and workers they support are a fundamental part of our society. We must fight for their survival.”

 

The creative team for A Christmas Carol includes Dane Laffrey (scenic and costume design), Maceo Bishop (director of photography), Ben Stanton (lighting design, Man in the Ring and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Huntington), Lucy Mackinnon (projection design, Ripcord at the Huntington), Joshua D. Reid (sound design), Cookie Jordan (hair and makeup design), James Ortiz (puppet design), and Nikki M. James (assistant director). A Christmas Carol is produced by Hunter Arnold with George BamberKayla GreenspanCarl DaikelerRoberto Quiroz Mata, and Tom Kirdahy serving as Executive Producers for the film.

 

Huntington Theatre Company is a partner through a joint project between Arnold's TBD Pictures, La Jolla Playhouse, and On The Stage. Other partner theatres currently include Actors' Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Iowa Stage Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Sankofa Collective, Shea's Performing Arts Center, South Coast Repertory, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Tallahassee, and Vermont Stage.

 

 

TICKETS FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL:

 

Tickets are $50 per household, with select discounts for students and others, and are available online at huntingtontheatre.org/christmas-carol or by phone at 617 266 0800. (At least $20 per full price ticket will benefit the Huntington Theatre Company.) Closed-captioning will be available.

 

Ticket buyers will receive an email from the streaming company On The Stage with a viewing link, and beginning November 28 at 9pm through January 3, viewers will have 24 hours to watch the performance once the link has been activated. The performance can be watched on any device or cast to a television.

 

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 25 people to purchase the “Raise the Curtain” package (details below) will receive complimentary access to the digital streaming production of A Christmas Carol this holiday season.


HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES
OUTSTANDING ADDITIONS TO BOARD LEADERSHIP

New Board members include global business leaders, philanthropists, and
Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter


(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company announces the election of 4 new board members, and the promotion of two Huntington Advisors to Trustee level. The election took place during the Huntington’s year-end meeting of the Board of Trustees and Advisors on June 8, 2020.

Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winner and a director of Huntington productions Billy Porter is a newly elected Trustee, along with D. Randolph (Randy) Peeler, business leader and senior advisor at Berkshire Partners, and executive and life coach, and media consultant Kate Taylor who have previously served as Huntington Advisors and have now been promoted to become Trustees. The newly elected Advisors are philanthropist and activist Evelyn Peterman, education expert Jacqueline Smethurst, and global business leader George Yip.

“We are thrilled to welcome each of these new board members to the Huntington family,” says Sharon Malt, President of the Huntington’s Board of Trustees. “We are incredibly grateful that they will lend their support, their enthusiasm, and their expertise to the Huntington at this time of incredible and crucial change for the company.”

The Huntington Theatre Company Board of Trustees and Advisors is made up of 40 Trustees who serve 3-year terms and have fiduciary and governance responsibilities for the company, as well as 43 Advisors who serve 3-year terms and assist in guiding the leadership of the company and serve as advocates and ambassadors. The Huntington’s Board of Trustees and Advisors plays an active role in the strategic leadership of the company, providing both financial support and expertise in a variety of areas.


ABOUT THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS:

  • D. Randolph (Randy) Peeler (Trustee) is a senior advisor at Berkshire Partners, having joined the company in 1996 and serving as managing director from 2000 until 2017. Previously he worked at Health Advances where he co-founded a privately-owned healthcare service company, as a special assistant for the assistant secretary of economic policy in the US Department of the Treasury, and as a consultant with Cannon Associates and Bain & Co. Currently, he serves on the board of several privately-held companies as well as National Vision Inc (EYE) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. He received an AB from Duke and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Evelyn Peterman (Advisor) is a philanthropist and activist with a passion for the arts and human rights issues. She is a stay-at-home mother and resides in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband and twins.

  • Billy Porter (Trustee) is a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning entertainer and fashion icon. He is best known for originating the roles of Lola in Kinky Boots (for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical) and Pray Tell in the FX series “Pose” (for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor). At the Huntington, he has directed critically acclaimed productions of The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe (2015), Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks (2017), and most recently, the world premiere of The Purists by Dan McCabe (2019).

  • Jacqueline Smethurst (Advisor) is the former head of Northfield Mount Hermon School and has consulted widely on non-profit governance, guiding the successful establishment of independent and charter schools in California and Louisiana.  With her husband David Drinkwater, she founded Wingspan Partnerships, a non-profit that narrows the education gap through partnerships between public and private schools; in 2013, it became part of the National Network of Schools in Partnership. She holds BA and MA degrees from Oxford University and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, currently serves as president of the board of Peterborough Players, and is an honorary fellow of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

  • Kate Taylor (Trustee) is an executive and life coach and also does media consulting. She retired from WGBH in 2014 where she had a long and distinguished career creating and producing many award-winning public media projects while in her position as Senior Executive Producer for Children’s Television and Media. She has also served on various boards including the Boston Children’s Museum, Wheelock College, and 826/Boston. She is engaged as a volunteer with Communities for Restorative Justice, working in the criminal justice system.  She holds a BA and MSE from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified to coach by the Coach Training Institute.  She lives in Brookline with her husband Ben.

  • George Yip (Advisor) is emeritus professor of marketing and strategy at Imperial College London and a distinguished visiting professor at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University.  He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of MIT Sloan Management Review and is former dean of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, in the Netherlands. He is a sought-after speaker on China innovation and global strategy, and is the author of several books, published in ten languages. He is also a former vice president and director of research & innovation at Capgemini Consulting, and has held faculty positions at Cambridge University, Harvard Business School, and UCLA. He received his BA and MA in economics from Cambridge University, and his MBA and DBA from Harvard. He grew up in Hong Kong, Myanmar, and England, and has dual citizenship in the USA and UK.


ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.





HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
CELEBRATES VIRTUAL GALA “SPOTLIGHT ON TRAILBLAZERS”

ONLINE AUCTION NOW OPEN THRU JUNE 20 –
INCLUDES A MET GALA EXPERIENCE WITH
EMMY, GRAMMY, TONY WINNER BILLY PORTER

HIGHLIGHTS WILL AIR ON WCVB-TV CHANNEL 5 ON
SATURDAY, JUNE 20 AT 7:30PM


(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company celebrated its first ever virtual gala fundraiser, Spotlight on Trailblazers, on Monday, June 15, 2020, streaming on the Huntington’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The event will be reprised in a highlights version broadcast on Boston’s WCVB-TV Channel 5 on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm.

Huntington Trustee and corporate and philanthropic leader Sandra O. Moose and Tony Award winner and Huntington alumnus Ruben Santiago-Hudson (American Gangster, Selma, ABC’s “Castle”) were honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2020 Spotlight on Trailblazers. Santiago-Hudson appeared on the Huntington stage in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Gem of the Ocean, both of which went on to Broadway where he received the Tony Award for his performance in Seven Guitars. The Huntington was slated to present his autobiographical show Lackawanna Blues this summer, before it was postponed due to the pandemic.

The Spotlight on Trailblazers event is co-hosted by WCVB’s host of “CityLine” and Director of Public Affairs and Community Services Karen Holmes Ward and Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, Joyce’s Choices critic, and President of the Boston Theater Critics Association. The event chairs are Trustee Ann Merrifield and her husband Wayne Davis. Performances at the event feature Huntington alumni and Broadway luminaries Kate Baldwin, Keith David, Santino Fontana, and Marva Hicks.

In her Wimberly Award acceptance speech, Trustee Sandra O. Moose called the Huntington “a vital catalyst,” saying, “I believe in the Huntington, in the work that the Huntington does for artists and young people in Boston and beyond.   And I believe in a future for the Huntington and theatre as an art form that will emerge stronger than ever to enrich our lives as they always have.”

In a heartfelt acceptance speech that acknowledged the protests and racial struggles in this country, actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson declared, “We are human beings. There is nothing in human life that is foreign to us. These are dark days, but I vow to go out and be a beacon of light.” 

Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots on Broadway, FX’s “Pose”) joined the event as a special guest, speaking as a champion of the Huntington’s education programs. “Theatre saved my life,” said Porter, as he encouraged all to support Huntington programs that help young people thrive. Porter has directed several Huntington productions including Topdog/Underdog, The Colored Museum, and most recently The Purists last fall.

Porter generously donated a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the Huntington’s online auction – the opportunity to join this fashion icon as he prepares and arrives on the red carpet for the 2021 Met Gala in New York City. Additional auction items include exclusive experiences and items including a virtual visit with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel and a curated theatre weekend with Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois.  The Huntington’s 2020 Spotlight on Trailblazers Auction is open to participation from the general public now through midnight on June 20 by visiting huntingtontheatre.org/support/gala. 50% of all auction proceeds will be shared with the Codman Academy Charter Public School Foundation, in celebration and support of the Huntington’s founding partnership with and the upcoming 20th anniversary of the school.

Spotlight on Trailblazers also included moving and powerful performances from Tony Award-nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello Dolly!, Big Fish, She Loves Me at the Huntington) who sang “Hold On” from The Secret Garden;  Keith David (Seven Guitars at the Huntington and on Broadway, There’s Something About Mary, Crash) who sang “If I Can Help Somebody” and “Here’s to Life” as a tribute to Santiago-Hudson; Tony Award winner Santino Fontana (Tootsie, Disney feature film Frozen,  CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) who serenaded honoree Sandy Moose with a version of “Hello, Dolly!”; and award-winning actress and R&B singer, and Santiago-Hudson collaborator, Marva Hicks (The Lion King, Caroline or Change, Motown The Musical) who rounded out the event with a rousing rendition of “Higher Love.” Matthew Stern served as the music director and pianist for the event, with musicians Nick Francese on bass and Josh Goldman on percussion.

In addition to the Wimberly Award honorees, the event celebrated the winners of the Gerard and Sherryl Cohen Awards for Excellence, which recognizes Huntington production and administrative staff members each year. This year’s recipients were Graphic Designer Lauren Calder and Calderwood Pavilion House Electrician Taylor Ness.

The Huntington’s festive annual event raises funds to support the Huntington’s programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually.  Over 400 people viewed this virtual fundraiser Monday night, the first in Huntington’s history, as they celebrated two Huntington trailblazers; ticket buyers and sponsors were given access to a VIP experience including a custom party box and a Zoom cocktail reception with Huntington artists and guests, and the YouTube and Facebook Live streaming was available to all. The online auction continues through Saturday, June 20 at midnight.

For more information on the event please visit huntingtontheatre.org/support/gala.
HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES
WINNERS OF THE 10TH ANNUAL
AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION
BOSTON REGIONAL FINALS  
TWO WILL ADVANCE TO
 NATIONAL COMPETITION IN NEW YORK CITY
AND PERFORM ON BROADWAY
AT THE AUGUST WILSON THEATRE
MAY 4, 2020
(BOSTON, MA) – Bejunior Fallon of The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts took first place on Monday, January 27, 2020 with his performance as Caesar Wilks from Gem of the Ocean at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the competition held by the Education Department of the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright’s longtime artistic home.  Winter HIllegass of Snowden International School at Copley in Boston, Massachusetts came in second place portraying Vera from Seven GuitarsGabriel Adande from Brookline High School placed third portraying Turnbo from Jitney.  The three will receive a total of $850 in prize money, and the top two winners will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City where they will perform their monologues at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre in the National Competition on May 4, 2020. Airfare, hotel accommodations, workshops, and tickets to attend a Broadway production will be provided in collaboration with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theatres. The national competition is free and open to the public. 
The August Wilson Monologue Competition celebrates the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) inaugurated the competition in 2007, and this year marks the 10th year that the Huntington’s Education Department has hosted the program in Boston. Over 500
high school students from 18 Boston area schools participated in the program this school year; The winner of each school’s competition participated in a Semi-Final round on Saturday January 18, 2020. Twelve of those students advanced to Monday evening’s Regional Finals. 
The Huntington’s Education Department staff and teaching artists were in residence in 10 Boston schools since October. Partnering with classroom teachers, the residency introduces participating students to August Wilson and the 10 plays of his Century Cycle centering on the African American experience in each decade of the 20th Century. The residency curriculum includes work on text analysis and characterization and one-on-one coaching with students in preparation for the competition and their performance. Teachers were also provided biographical materials on August Wilson and his history with the Huntington Theatre Company.  
Due to popular demand from area high schools, the Huntington’s Education Department expanded the August Wilson Monologue Competition program beyond the residency schools in 2015 and participation is open to any interested high school in the Boston or Greater Boston area. These schools are provided with all materials necessary to educate students on the life and work of August Wilson and the schools coach students for in-school competitions and the Boston Regional Finals. This year nine additional schools participated through this expansion program. 
The following schools participated in the 2020 Boston Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition: Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School, Another Course to College, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston Community Leadership Academy, Brighton High School, Brookline High School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, English High School, Fenway High School, The Governor’s Academy, Henderson K-12 Full Inclusion School, John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Lexington Christian Academy, McKinley South End Academy, and Snowden International School at Copley.

Judges for the Regional Finals were Michelle Aguillon, a local actor, director, and producer, Anthony Beatrice, Executive Director for the Arts for Boston Public Schools, Elle Borders, local actor and writer (currently in We All Fall Down at the Huntington), and Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, the Arts Expansion Director at EdVestors. The accuracy judge was Elizabeth Aragao, Marketing Consultant and Member of the Hunt, and the prompter was Dr. Jamileh A. Jemison, actor, director, writer, and scientific researcher. 
August Wilson’s Century Cycle is a singular achievement in American theatre. Each of the 10 plays is set in a different decade of the 20th century. The Huntington had a special relationship with August Wilson and his work, beginning in 1986 with a production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, his third play in the American Century Cycle. For 25 years, the Huntington served as an artistic home to Wilson, developing and premiering eight of the ten plays of his American Century Cycle before they went on to Broadway. The Huntington completed Wilson’s Century Cycle in 2012 with Wilson’s first Broadway hit, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. In 2016, the Huntington produced August Wilson’s memoir and final play How I Learned What I Learned, directed by August Wilson’s longtime collaborator Todd Kreidler. 
The competition was created by Kenny Leon (director of Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, and Fences at the Huntington and on Broadway and The Wiz Live! and Hairspray Live! on NBC) and Todd Kreidler (adapter of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Huntington), two of August Wilson’s closest collaborators. Leon worked closely with Wilson and directed many of the American Century Cycle plays on Broadway and at major regional theatres, including the Huntington. True Colors Associate Artistic Director Kreidler served as dramaturg for Wilson’s Radio Golf. 
“The competition offers students an interactive way to learn about Wilson’s work and how his plays connect with each decade in the 20th century,” says Kreidler. “Students learn about history, social studies, and literature through performing monologues from Wilson’s plays and studying his American Century Cycle.” 
Major funding for the Boston regional August Wilson Monologue Competition is provided by the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors The Boston Foundation, Kingsbury Road Charitable Trust, The Lucy R. Sprague Memorial Fund, The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation, The Roy A. Hunt Foundation, The William and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and Tiny Tiger Foundation. Funding for the National competition is provided by Delta Air Lines and Aetna. 
HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S
BOSTON PREMIERE OF THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAY
SWEAT 
EXTENDS DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

WRITTEN BY TWO-TIME PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
LYNN NOTTAGE
HELMED BY BROADWAY DIRECTOR
KIMBERLY SENIOR

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JANUARY 31, 2020
AND WILL RUN THROUGH MARCH 1, 2020
AT THE HUNTINGTON AVENUE THEATRE

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
 
(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company has announced the extension of the Boston premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat.  Due to high ticket demand, this “breathtakingly timely” (The Wall Street Journal), Tony Award-nominated play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Kimberly Senior (The Niceties at the Huntington, Disgraced on Broadway) will now run at the Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston) from Friday, January 31, 2020 through Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Five new performances have been added; the dates are Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm; Friday, February 28 at 8pm; Saturday February 29 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, March 1 at 2pm.

Hailed as “a gripping play with humor and humanity” by Time Out New York, Sweat is based on playwright Lynn Nottage’s interviews with residents of Reading, Pennsylvania. The play chronicles years in the lives of a group of friends from this working-class community who are struggling to stay connected as the local factory industry, which has employed them for generations, crumbles. In a neighborhood bar, each of them reaches for their piece of the American dream while their friendships are put to the test. Nottage weaves a tale of trust and doubt, longtime bonds and short-term possibilities. The New York Times raves “Superb…Nottage is writing at the peak of her powers.”

Sweat was first performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, the following year it opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater and transferred to Broadway at the beginning of 2017. After a run on Broadway, numerous regional productions throughout the United States and a stop at London’s West End, Sweat comes to Boston in this moving and urgently relevant new production. Kimberly Senior (The Niceties and the upcoming, Our Daughters Like Pillars at the Huntington) takes the reigns of this play that The New Yorker designated “the first theatrical landmark of the Trump era” at the beginning of what could be our nation’s most important presidential election year in history.

As previously announced, the cast of Sweat features (in alphabetical order) Tyla Abercrumbie (Magnolia at the Goodman Theatre, Showtime’s “The Chi”) as Cynthia, Norton Award winner Marianna Bassham (Yerma and Romeo and Juliet at the Huntington) as Jessie, Norton Award winner Brandon G. Green (An Octoroon at Company One, The Scottsboro Boys at SpeakEasy Stage Company) as Chris, Shane Kenyon (Buzzer at the Goodman Theatre, Hushabye at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) as Jason, Norton Award winner Maurice Emmanuel Parent (Romeo and Juliet, Skeleton Crew at the Huntington) as Evan, Jennifer Regan (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway, How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage Theatre) as Tracey, Tommy Rivera-Vega (A View from the Bridge at Teatro Vista, Three Sisters at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) as Oscar and Guy van Swearingen (The Time of Your Life and Taking Care at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) as Stan. Actor Alvin Keith (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, Novenas for a Lost Hospital at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) joins the cast as Brucie.

The creative team for Sweat includes set design by Cameron Anderson (Yerma and The Niceties at the Huntington), costume design by Junghyun Georgia Lee (Tiger Style!, Smart People at the Huntington), lighting design by D.M. Wood (The Niceties at the Huntington, 4.48 Psychosis at the Royal Opera House), fight direction by Ted Hewlett (Quixote Nuevo and Yerma at the Huntington), and sound design and composition by Pornchanok Kanchanabanca (Skylight at the McCarter Theater, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Steppenwolf Theatre Company). The production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Kelsy Durkin and Sam Layco.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Lynn Nottage (Playwright) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined was performed at the Huntington Theatre Company in a production directed by Liesl Tommy in 2011. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her most recent play, Mlima's Tale, premiered at the Public Theater in May 2018. In the spring of 2017, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination) moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater.  It premiered and was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival American Revolutions History Cycle/Arena Stage.

Other plays include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of JoyLas Meninas, Mud, RiverStone, Por’knockers and POOF!. She developed This is Reading, a performance installation based on two years of interviews, at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA in July 2017.  She is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera, commissioned by The Met/LCT. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory.

Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, Steinberg "Mimi" Distinguished Playwright Award, PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, Merit and Literature Award from The Academy of Arts and Letters, Columbia University Provost Grant, Doris Duke Artist Award, The Joyce Foundation Commission Project & Grant, Madge Evans-Sidney Kingsley Award, Nelson A. Rockefeller Award for Creativity, The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize, Helen Hayes Award, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honors include the National Black Theatre Fest's August Wilson Playwriting Award, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship and Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton University. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.  She is also an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts.

Kimberly Senior (Director) directed the world premiere of The Niceties (2018) by Eleanor Burgess and will direct the upcoming world premiere of Our Daughters Like Pillars by Kirsten Greenidge at the Huntington. She directed the Broadway premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, which she previously directed off Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater (LCT3) and later at Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. Her other Off-Broadway credits include The Niceties and Bella Bella (Manhattan Theater Club), Chris Gethard's Career Suicide (produced by Judd Apatow); Discord (Primary Stages); Engagements (Second Stage Theatre), and The Who and the What (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3). Regional credits include Rapture, Blister, Burn and Support Group for Men (Goodman Theatre); Sheltered (Alliance Theatre); Other Than Honorable (Geva Theatre Center); Buried Child, The Scene, Marjorie Prime, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, and The Letters (Writers Theatre, where she is a resident director); Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse); Little Gem (City Theatre); Discord, 4000 Miles, and The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre); Want and The North Plan (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Inana, My Name is Asher Lev, All My Sons, and Dolly West's Kitchen (TimeLine Theatre Company, where she is an associate artist); Disgraced (American Theater Company); among others. For television, she directed “Chris Gethard's Career Suicide” (HBO). She was a 2013 finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award and the Zelda Fichandler Award. Ms. Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award, the 2016 Alan Schneider Award (TCG), and the 2018 Einhorn Award (Primary Stages).

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.


PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR


WHEN
January 31 – March 1, 2020
              Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
              Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
              Days and times vary; see complete schedule above.

Press Opening: Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm; RSVP online.

WHERE
 Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

TICKETS
 Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
Select discounts apply:
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH SWEAT

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS

After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season.  Post-show conversations are an opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen and are led by special guests and members of the Huntington staff.


OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
Wednesday, February 12 at 2pm
Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers open captioning at designated performances.
Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

ACTORS FORUMS
Friday, February 14 at after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Wednesday, February 19 after the 2pm performance

Meet participating members of the cast of Sweat and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum following the performance.


AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday, February 15 at 2pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances. Braille Programs will also be available for patrons at these performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, February 16 after the 2pm performance

Explore the context and significance of Sweat  with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on February 16. 
HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY 
ANNOUNCES PAY GAP PRICING FOR THE BOSTON ENGAGEMENT OF



 ALL SELF-IDENTIFYING FEMALE PATRONS WILL PAY
JUST 80 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR OF THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS
 
PERFORMANCES BEGIN
FEBRUARY 18, 2020
AT THE CALDERWOOD PAVILION AT THE BCA
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company announces Pay Gap Pricing for the Boston engagement of The Second City’s She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves.  The median full-time female worker makes just 80.7 cents for every dollar her male counterpart makes. The Huntington Theatre Company has decided to turn that statistic on its head for this critically acclaimed, sketch comedy revue by The Second City, the iconic comedy theatre and talent incubator for “Saturday Night Live” that has brought us generations of comedienne powerhouses such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, Jane Lynch, and Catherine O’Hara. All self-identifying women who use the code PGP when purchasing tickets online at huntingtontheatre.org, by phone or at ticketing services will pay only 80% of the price of full-price tickets. The discount is valid for all performances and seating zones. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

Hot off the heels of its smash
hit runs at The Second City in Chicago and Toronto, this “funny, fiercely political sketch comedy show” (The Washington Post) is currently on tour playing to sold-out houses and will land in Boston for a strictly limited time. She the People begins performances at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street, Boston) on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and runs through Sunday, March 8, 2020. The official press opening night is Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Tickets are now available.

The future is here, and it’s female! Deemed “empowering entertainment” by The Chicago Tribune, She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves is a high-octane, two-act show entirely created, designed and performed by the fearlessly funny women of world-famous comedy mecca The Second City. She the People gleefully roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all to having that sick feeling your government is trying to send you back to the Middle Ages. This fast-paced, razor-sharp revue seamlessly blends comedy, music, and improvisation with witty, whip-smart commentary on the female experience.

She the People is written by Carisa Barreca, Alex Bellisle, Marla Caceres, Katie Caussin, Carly Heffernan, Maria Randazzo, Rashawn Nadine Scott, Tien Tran, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, and Lauren Walker.

ABOUT THE SECOND CITY

Since opening its doors 1959, The Second City has grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theater and school of improvisation, entertaining one million theatergoers a year around the globe. Alumni of The Second City’s resident stages, touring companies, and theatrical divisions include some of the biggest names in entertainment, and in addition to the sold-out shows playing nightly on resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, the comedy empire has staged productions with a wide range of illustrious creative partners and theatre companies, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, Portland Center Stage, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, La Jolla Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and even the Chicago Bulls.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR




WHEN
February 18 – March 8, 2020
              Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 6pm
              Matinees: Sat. at 4pm and Sun. at 2pm
              Days and times vary; see complete schedule above.

Press Opening: Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30pm; RSVP online.

WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA , 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS
 Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
Select discounts apply:
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)
 
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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR 
WE ALL FALL DOWN
 
A WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY
WRITTEN BY 
LILA ROSE KAPLAN
 
DIRECTED BY OBIE AWARD WINNER
MELIA BENSUSSEN
 
PERFORMANCES BEGIN
JANUARY 10
AT THE CALDERWOOD PAVILION AT THE BCA
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company has announced the casting for We All Fall Down, a new comedy about a family trying out tradition for the first time, written by Boston area playwright and Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lila Rose Kaplan. Directed by Obie Award winner and artistic director of Hartford Stage Melia Bensussen, We All Fall Down will begin performances at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street, Boston) on Friday, January 10, 2020 and runs through Sunday, February 9, 2020. The official press opening night will be Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

The cast of We All Fall Down includes Tony Award nominee Eleanor Reissa (Indecent and Those Were the Days on Broadway, From Shtetl to Stage at Carnegie Hall) and Stephen Schnetzer (Awake and Sing at the Huntington, Oslo and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? on Broadway) as Linda and Saul, who are hosting their innaugural family seder. Playing their adult daughters are Dana Stern (Dog Sees God at Exit Two Theatre, Romeo and Juliet and The Scarlet Letter at New Rep's Classical Repertory Company) as Ariel, and Liba Vaynberg (Ether Dome at the Huntington, Black Milk and Macbeth at Classic Stage Company) as Sammi. Rounding out the guest list is Elle Borders (Black Odyssey at Front Porch Arts Collective/Underground Railway, The Wiz at Lyric Stage Company and An Octoroon at Company One/Arts Emerson) as Ester, Linda's eager assistant, Phyllis Kay (Macbeth, Lend me a Tenor, Angels in America at Trinity Rep) as Nan, Saul's older sister and Linda's best friend from college, and Sarah Newhouse (King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night at Actors' Shakespeare Project) as Beverly, an inquisitive former neighbor.

The Huntington Theatre Company debuts Lila Rose Kaplan’s new comedy about family, tradition, as well as the hang-ups and surprises that seem to sneak into all of our family gatherings no matter who you are or where you come from. Linda and Saul Stein still live in the Westchester home where they raised their two beautiful daughters. But when Saul unexpectedly retires, Linda summons the family to celebrate Passover for the first time in decades. Linda tends slightly toward the theatrical (okay, a lot), and their family has never been particularly religious (okay, not at all). So, their comic attempts to bring the Seder to life go from riotous to heart-wrenching in this dramatic comedy. Can this family come together, or will an age-old tradition tear them apart?

As previously announced, We All Fall Down will include scenic design by Judy Gailen (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre), costume design by film and stage designer Karen Perry (The Public Theater, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Strapped”), sound design by David Remedios (Invisible Man, Now or Later, and Ryan Landry’s ‘M’ at the Huntington) and lighting design by Russell H. Champa (Romeo and Juliet, A Guide for the Homesick, Now or Later at the Huntington). Kevin Schlagle is the stage manager and Jamie Carty is the assistant stage manager.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: 

Lila Rose Kaplan (Playwright) writes fantastical heartfelt plays that shine light on the stories we don’t tell about women.  Ms. Kaplan is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. We All Fall Down was a part of the
2018 Breaking Ground Festival at the Huntington.  Her plays, such as The Magician's Daughter, Home of the Brave and Wildflower, have been produced at renowned theatres across the country including American Repertory Theater, Second Stage Theater, South Coast Repertory, New Victory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, and more. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Orchard Project, Playwrights Realm, Theatreworks, PlayPenn, and The Lark Play Development Center. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her marine biologist husband and her curious daughter.

Melia Bensussen (Director) previously directed Yerma (2019), A Doll's House (2017), Awake and Sing! (2014), Luck of the Irish (2011), and Circle Mirror Transformation (2010) at the Huntington. Other directing credits include work with Shakespeare & Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Sleeping Weazel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many others. She has received two directing awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, including their top honor, the Statue Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Ms. Bensussen’s edition of Langston Hughes' translation of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding is published by Theatre Communications Group, and she is featured in Rebecca Daniels’ Women Stage Directors Speak, Nancy Taylor's Women Direct Shakespeare, and in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context. An Obie Award-winning director, she is on the executive board of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and serves as chair of the Arts Advisory Board for the Princess Grace Foundation. A longtime Emerson College faculty member, Ms. Bensussen is artistic director of Hartford Stage.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
 

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR



WHEN

January 10 - February 9, 2020
              Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
              Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
              Days and times vary; see complete schedule above.

Press Opening: Wednesday, January 22 @ 7pm; RSVP online.

WHERE
 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS
 Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
Select discounts apply:
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)
 
                           SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH WE ALL FALL DOWN

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS

After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season.  Post-show conversations are an opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen and are led by special guests and members of the Huntington staff.

35 BELOW AFTER PARTY
Friday, January 10 after the 8pm performance

35 BELOW is the Huntington's special program for anyone 35 and under where tickets to every performance are always $30. Mingle with members of the cast and creative team, enjoy live entertainment and free refreshments, plus meet other young theatre lovers in Boston.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday,
January 25 at 2pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances. Braille Programs will also be available for patrons at these performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30pm


The Huntington Theatre Company offers open captioning at designated performances.
Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE – INTERPRETED (ASL) PERFORMANCES
Friday,
January 24 at 8pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL Interpreted performances for patrons who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing at designated performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, January 30 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, February 5 after the 2pm performance


Meet participating members of the cast of We All Fall Down and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, February 2 after the 2pm performance


Explore the context and significance of We All Fall Down with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on February 2. 

 
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DANCE
Nov 8-9, 2019
BOSTON MOVING ARTS PRODUCTIONS’ FALL SHOW TOUCHES THE “HEART”
Boston Moving Arts Productions impresario David Orr’s second annual show of regionally-based dance is “In My Heart,” an evening of work by four women dancemakers including the world premiere of Whitney Schmanski’s “Love.”  Rounding out the emotionally charged show with dances about love, sacrifice and community are Chavi Bansal’s “Touched by Water,” Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co.’s “to be near you”; and Aysha Upchurch’s “Finding Home.” Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

Nov 15-17, 2019
IN “OBJECT.”, KAIROS DANCE THEATER EXPLORES FEMININE CLICHES, GENDER STEREOTYPES
Culminating a four-year development process, KAIROS Dance Theater’s multimedia dance performance “OBJECT.” explores and explodes objectification and media manipulation of women, focusing on the feminine experience, questions of gender, and the resilience found in communities of survivors, femmes and womxn.  Set to music by Ani DiFranco, Annie Lennox, Beastie Boys, Robert Palmer, Fiona Apple and others, the choreography blends contemporary dance, pole dance and video dance, drawing inspiration from iconic Hollywood and fashion imagery, feminist poetry, and personal stories of female-identifying community members. Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. 

FILM
Oct 12, 16 and 17, 2019; Nov 13 and 14, 2019
DOC FOLLOWS MASS- & VT-BASED ORCHESTRA FOR MUSICIANS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Filmmakers Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin bring their new documentary ORCHESTRATING CHANGE to Massachusetts for a series of free screenings and discussions.  The 90-minute film follows the Boston- and Burlington, VT-based Me2/Orchestra, the only classical music organization in the world created by, and for, people with mental illness and those who support them.  Alternating between stories of conductor Ronald Braunstein (whose bipolar illness sidelined a promising professional career) and the musicians for whom orchestra rehearsals and performances provide support and community, the film follows the maestro and his players as they prepare for a high-stakes concert.  The regional screenings include panel discussions with filmmakers, Braunstein, Orchestra Executive Director Caroline Whiddon, musicians, and noted disability scholars. Screening dates and times:
  • Oct 12, 2 pm – Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library Central Branch 700 Boylston Street, Boston
  • Oct 16, 6 pm – Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown
  • Oct 17, 4 pm – Pierce Hall, McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, Mass.
  • Nov 13, 5:30 pm – Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Waltham, Mass.
  • Nov 14, time TBD – Boston Public Library Grove Hall Branch, 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester

MUSIC
Sep 20-29, 2019
IN “CONCERT FOR ONE” LOCAL MUSICIANS PLAY 5,000 FREE ONE-MINUTE SHOWS
Celebrity Series of Boston will produce 5,000 free one-minute concerts over ten days this fall, in the organization’s most ambitious public performance project yet. Based on a concept by New England Conservatory graduate Rayna Yun Chou and comprising nearly 60 local artists playing a wide variety of instruments and genres,Concert for One pairs single listeners with solo musicians for 60 seconds of focused performance and concentrated listening. With a goal to foster connections between performers and audiences, the mini-concerts take place inside temporary installations made from specially outfitted shipping containers, allowing for minimal distractions and a focus on the music. Two locations: Chinatown’s Chin Park in Boston; and Harvard University’s Science Center Plaza in Cambridge; 12 noon to 6 pm daily.

OPERA
Sep 27 – Oct 6, 2019
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA’S FIRST PAGLIACCI IS AN IMMERSIVE ROADSHOW CARNIVAL
Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) 2019/20 Season opens with its first production of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s indelible opera, PAGLIACCI, starring tenor Rafael Rojas as Canio, and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World prize-winner soprano Lauren Michelle making her company debut as Nedda.  David Lefkowich directs Bill Bankes-Jones’ 2018 translation of the opera and its immersive pre-show experience: a “roadshow carnival” complete with midway games and circus performances that mirror the opera’s play-within-a-play story of a traveling troupe whose onstage drama pales in comparison to its backstage love triangle. DCR Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial Street in Boston’s North End. BLO.org

Nov 13-17, 2019
BLO BRINGS NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF “LAVENDER SCARE” OPERA, FELLOW TRAVELERS
Peter Rothstein directs the New England premiere of composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce’s 2016 opera FELLOW TRAVELERS.  This political thriller is based on Thomas Mallon’s 2007 historical novel of faith, love and politics during the1950s McCarthy-era “lavender scare,” when homosexuals were blackmailed and purged from U.S. government positions.  In the shadow of anti-Communist hysteria, State Department executive Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller (Jesse Blumberg) seduces Washington transplant Timothy Laughlin (Jesse Darden), sparking a passionate, furtive romance. Fuller’s friends may—or may not—be keeping his secret from the prying eyes of the House Un-American Activities Committee.  Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street in Boston’s Theater District.  BLO.org

VISUAL ARTS
Sep 10 to Nov 10, 2019 
“KOGEI-KYOTO AT SA+C”: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CRAFT COLLECTIVE MAKES U.S. DEBUT
Nearly 30 artists from the Artists Group Kogei-Kyoto crafts collective in Kyoto, Japan contribute exquisite handmade items to the Group’s first American exhibition, which will be on display at the Society of Arts + Crafts’ Seaport gallery. “Kogei-Kyoto at SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts” is co-presented by the Japan Society of Boston and part of a city-wide celebration of Boston’s 60-year sister city relationship with Kyoto.  Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd., 2nd Floor.  Societyofcrafts.org

Nov 21, 2019 to Jan 18, 2020
“CHILD’S PLAY” – UNWRAPPING THE CRAFTSMANSHIP BEHIND HOLIDAY TOYS
Just in time for the holiday season, the Society of Arts + Crafts presents “Child’s Play,” a free, playful exhibition of things kids love -- and the craftsmanship behind them.  From board games and dolls to computer games, this exhibition of self-assembled and handcrafted toys encompasses playthings from previous generations, and right up to today. There’s no age requirement for having fun, so what better time of year to rediscover a love for toys, collectibles and games?  Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd., 2nd Floor.  Societyofcrafts.org

BLO’s 2019/20 SEASON MIXES POWER AND POLITICS, SHOWCASING DIVERSE ARTISTS IN GREAT ROLES

-- General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson’s 10th season spans 300 years of opera.
-- Following her 2019 Met debut, soprano Elena Stikhina returns to BLO in NORMA.
-- Company’s first PAGLIACCI to presented as an immersive community experience.
-- Local and international singers of varied backgrounds take starring roles.

BOSTON – Updated July 1, 2019 – Proving the enduring vibrancy and relevancy of its art form (while celebrating a milestone for its leader), Boston Lyric Opera’s 2019/20 Season of new productions spans three centuries of composers -- focusing on works that reflect the highs and lows of power and politics, bringing passionate opera installations across the city, and introducing audiences to rising stars from diverse backgrounds. Among the season highlights, Russian-born soprano Elena Stikhina returns to BLO, where she made her 2017 American debut, to sing the lead role in NORMA. Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson marks her 10th programming season, which the company will celebrate throughout the year.

“I’m excited by the breadth of the season, featuring grand traditional operas to adventurous installations, which reflects our commitment to our community.” Nelson says. “We have a particularly strong and diverse lineup of talent this season, that showcases guest artists who perform regularly on major international stages, as well as our own Emerging Artists.”  BLO’s 2019/20 Season includes:

PAGLIACCI
September 27 to October 6, 2019; DCR Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial Street in Boston’s North End

BLO’s season opens with Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s indelible PAGLIACCI, starring Mexico-born tenor Rafael Rojas as Canio and his murderous circus clown alter-ego of the title.  African American soprano Lauren Michelle -- an alumna of Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass. and a finalist in 2015’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest -- plays Nedda.  Tobias Greenhalgh sings the role of Silvio, Nedda’s loverMichael Mayes (2016’s Carmen and 2014’s Rigoletto) returns as Tonio.  BLO Emerging Artist alumnus Omar Najmi sings Beppe-Harlequin. BLO Music Director David Angus conducts.

Pagliacci, originally written in 1892, will be sung in English and Italian. BLO will use the 2018 translation by Bill Bankes-Jones. David Lefkowich directs the opera and its surrounding experience, which aims to mirror the carnival atmosphere that sets the storyline in motion. The production underscores the play-within-a-play plot of a traveling group of actors who act out their own melodramatic version of a traditional love-triangle plot. Local community choruses and singers (plus on-site audience members) will be tapped to participate in the event and the performance alongside BLO’s professional chorus.

Pagliacci is a quintessential opera…and I’m delighted to produce it for the first time at BLO,” Nelson says. “The music is direct and filled with sweeping melodic passion. At its heart is a jealous, abusive husband driven to murder his unfaithful young wife. But the dramatic backdrop is far more complex, frequently blurring the line between acting and reality. It is a perfect opera to bring together and celebrate our community partnerships.  Rafael Rojas and Lauren Michelle will bring chemistry and excitement to our stage as the doomed couple.”

FELLOW TRAVELERS
November 13-17, 2019 at Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, in Boston’s Theater District

BLO’s deep bench of Emerging Artists is featured with returning artist Jesse Blumberg in the New England premiere of composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce’s 2016 opera FELLOW TRAVELERS. This taut political thriller is based on Thomas Mallon’s 2007 historical novel of faith, love, and politics during the McCarthy era, when homosexuals were blackmailed and purged from U.S. government positions.  In the shadow of 1950s anti-Communist hysteria, powerful State Department executive Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller seduces Washington, DC transplant Timothy Laughlin, sparking a furtive romance after securing him a speechwriting job. Hawkins’ circle of friends and colleagues may—or may not—be keeping his secret from the prying eyes of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Fellow Travelers will be directed by Minnesota-based Peter Rothstein, artistic director of Theater Latte Da, whose own docu-musical All is Calm, made its off-Broadway debut last year. San Francisco-based conductor Emily Senturia will lead the BLO orchestra.  BLO’s 2018 Principal Artist in Residence Jesse Darden (2018’s Schoenberg in Hollywood) stars as Timothy alongside Jesse Blumberg (2017’s Burke & Hare) as Hawk.  James Maddalena (seen most recently in 2017’s Tosca and 2018’s The Threepenny Opera) sings several roles including a Senator, a General and a bartender. Emerging Artist alumni cast members include Chelsea Basler, Vincent Turregano, David McFerrin, Simon Dyer and Michelle Trainor.

Fellow Travelers is a love story set in a troubling time of American history,” Nelson says. “In the name of national security and against so-called ‘anti-American activities,’ American lives were needlessly ruined and promising careers were ended. For this opera, I’m particularly proud to showcase so many BLO Emerging Artists and alumni.”

NORMA
March 13-22, 2020 at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street in Boston’s Theater District

Russia-born soprano Elena Stikhina made her American debut in Boston Lyric Opera’s 2017 Tosca and a critically lauded Metropolitan Opera debut late last year in Puccini’s Il Trittico.  Next season she makes her role debut at BLO as the title character in Vincenzo Bellinis 1831 bel canto opera, NORMA, which is perhaps best known for its aria “Casta Diva (Chaste Goddess).”  With a libretto by Felice Romani and set in first-century B.C. Gaul, the story recounts a love triangle between Norma, a high priestess of the Druids, Pollione, a high-ranking Roman official, and Adalgisa, a Druid temple virgin whom Pollione takes as a lover.  Against the background of a civil uprising that she instigates, Norma works to convince Pollione to leave Adalgisa and return to her.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
THE PURISTS
AT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

DIRECTED BY TONY AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
BILLY PORTER

PERFORMANCES BEGIN AUGUST 30


(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company announced today that tickets to The Puristsare now on sale to the general public. The world premiere play, directed by Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX), will begin performances at the South End/Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont St., Boston) on Friday, August 30, 2019 and will run through Sunday, September 29, 2019.

“I’m so excited to bring Boston this play because it’s really about a group of people who are on opposite ends of the spectrum – who choose to understand each other ­– who choose to love each other through their differences. I think that’s a very important message today and I’m excited to bring it to you at the Huntington,” says The Puristsdirector, Billy Porter.

A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (director of Top Dog/Underdog and The Colored Museum atthe Huntington) back to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. A former rapper, a DJ, and a showtunes-loving telesales director have become an unlikely group who hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. But, when an impromptu rap battle erupts between two younger female emcees, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, The Purists asks, what is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas? And what does it mean to be wholly yourself?



ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Dan McCabe (Playwright) is a recent graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School. His plays have been produced and developed at The New Group, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, The Flea Theater, The Juilliard School, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Laguardia College, Twilight Theater Company, and more. His plays include The Purists, Christina Martinez, and The Magic Kingdom, amongst others. He wrote eight episodes of the hit serial Me, My Girl, and My Grandpa Shmulee for #serials at The Flea Theater and seven short plays for Rule of 7x7 at The Tank. He previously appeared at the Huntington in the cast of Sons of the Prophet, by Stephen Karam and directed by Peter DuBois.


Billy Porter (Director) is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated, actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright from Pittsburgh, PA.

His electric portrayal of Pray Tell in FX’s breakthrough series Pose,” earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics’ Choice Award nomination. On screen, Porter recently appeared on “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” and Baz Luhrman’s “The Get Down” on Netflix. Under the direction of Barry Levinson, Porter starred in The Humbling, alongside Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig. His other film credits include Noel, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Intern, Anastasia, and Twisted.

A veteran of the theatre, Porter recently reprised his role as Lola in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. His other Broadway acting credits include the Tony nominated Broadway musical, Shuffle Along, directed by George C. Wolfe, Miss SaigonFive Guys Named MoeGreaseSmokey Joe’s Café, and Dreamgirls (20th anniversary Broadway concert and LA Ovation Award). His Off Broadway and regional credits include Angels in America (Signature Theater), Romance In Hard TimesThe Merchant of VeniceHouse of Lear, and Radiant Baby (The New York Shakespeare Festival), Birdie Blue (Second Stage), Angels in America (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Going Native (The Long Wharf), Jelly’s Last Jam (Alliance), Topdog/Underdog (City Theatre), King Lear (Exit, Pursued By A Bear), Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World (original cast), Jesus Christ SuperstarAntigoneA Chorus Line, and Chicago. His one-man show Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am, debuted at The Public Theater in conjunction with City Theatre of Pittsburgh and was nominated for a 2005 GLAAD Media Award. Porter was also named “Pittsburgh’s Performer of the Year 2003-2004” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

As a director, Porter’s work includes the revivals of George C. Wolfe’s play The Colored Museum and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Top Dog / Underdog at the Huntington Theatre Company. Porter also has directed a critically acclaimed recreation of The Wiz and conceived a musical revue entitled Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Music of Stevie Wonder, which starred Chaka Khan and ran at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas in the spring of 2002. Additionally, Porter conceived and directed Being Alive, which made its world premiere in the summer of 2007 at The Westport Country Playhouse and immediately transferred to The Philadelphia Theatre Company, inaugurating their new Suzanne Roberts Theatre. His additional directing credits include Twilight in ManchegoOnce on this Island (NAACP Theatre Award Winner), The Soul of Richard RodgersFive Guys Named Moe, Altar BoyzRent (Associate Director, Off Broadway revival) and Wicked Summer Nights Concert Series. Porter made his London directorial debut in the fall of 2009 with Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller at Live in the Delfont Room. Primary Stages presented the highly successful world premiere of his play While I Yet Live off-Broadway at the Duke on 42nd Street.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org


WHEN

August 30 – September 29, 2019
              Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
              Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
              Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.
Press Opening: Wednesday, September 11 @ 7pm; RSVP online.

WHERE

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS

 Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
·     online at huntingtontheatre.org;
·     by phone at 617 266 0800; or
·     in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Ticket, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:
·     $5 off: seniors
·     $10 off: subscribers
·     $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
·     $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

轉載


持烛涉水,微光长存 —读张西《丁龙的梦》

马蕾 枫香戏剧社 1/11












“这世界没有一件事情是虚空而生的,站在光里,背后就会有阴影,这深夜里一片寂静,是因为你还没有听见声音。”——马良《坦白书》

张西新剧《丁龙的梦》出版枫香西雅图剧社首任社长马蕾读后感慨万千,挥笔写下自己的读后感: 

十九世纪末二十世纪初,世界风云变幻,塞满历史大事。

从如此纷繁时代背景,挑选出一个几乎被遗忘,一位卑微的仆人与傲慢的主人之间的故事,没有刀剑铁骑风号雨泣、却丝毫不显单薄。掩卷回想,这并非易事,离不开作者深度的洞察力和开阔的视野。
1901年,丁龙,一个来自中国不识字的华工和仆人,在美国生活二十年后,将自己一生的积蓄全部捐给了名校哥伦比亚大学。他的心愿很简单,设立中国文化与汉学的讲座,让美国人了解他故乡的文化。而他的主人,卡本蒂尔将军,美国加州奥克兰市的建造人,用尽自己的财力和影响力,执着不懈地帮助他完成这个几乎不可能实现的心愿,设立了以丁龙命名的讲座教授席。这是美国大学里的第一个中文系。如果不了解当时的社会环境,在110多年以后的今天,我们很难体会这件事的艰难程度和深远意义。


丁龙
丁龙的捐款信原件

丁龙的身世之谜至今未解,作者巧妙地把他的经历融进了华工修路与排华法案的历史中。

彼时的中国,在中日甲午战争、八国联军瓜分中国的狂潮之后,封建社会已走向晚期,风雨飘摇。彼时的美国,工业革命带来经济快速发展,资本主义内在矛盾所导致的恶果更加明显,阶级冲突渐趋激烈,贫富分化触目惊心。

穿过历史的风沙,翻开沉默的一群异乡人的苦难史,大批华工离乡背井来到美国,修建了太平洋铁路最险恶的路段,帮助重塑了美国西部地理及社会版图。然后成为美国经济衰退引起的社会冲突的替罪羔羊:饱受仇视和排斥。1882年,美国国会通过了历史上首个针对特定种族的《排华法案》,直到60年后的1943年才被废除。2011年美国参议院对此法案道歉,中间相隔129 年。


在复杂的历史中,作者为我们梳理出丁龙与卡本将军跨越阶层、国家、文化碰撞出的两道人性本色的微光,相映成辉,不灭不息。选材体现作者的认知和素养,作者对人类精神抱有如此执着而深切的关怀,《丁龙的梦》已经超越了讲述华工血泪史和政治立法不公的排华法案。每个时代的脉动,都在悄悄地改变,变幻莫测的潮流影响着每一个人,但是我们精神的家园,却从来不曾消失。

  • 丁龙和卡本蒂尔
丁龙是一位来自中国乡下不识字的华工,他不是通常代表中国传统文化的侠客或者书生,而是普通中国乡下人家,不识字,却在生活中代代相传,践行着孔子的教导、儒学的传统。

长期的传统文化已把外在的规则化成了丁龙内在的习惯。丁龙看到卡本蒂尔需要帮助,即使在自己和华工遭受辱骂后,还是以他的“忠恕”之道,留下来帮助卡本。他不为讨好,不怕卡本,他也不想听辱骂。他的想法是暂时留下帮忙,然后辞职。内尽于心,外不欺物,忖己度人,推己及人。“克己复礼为仁”“不知命无以为君子”,丁龙不抗争,他认为他的命,遇到了主人本卡将军,有一份工作,比死去的同乡华工好。他与秋叶的爱恋听天由命,秋叶因家庭所迫而嫁给年纪大很多的有钱的华工,也是命。他也因此有一份了然与接纳,不患得患失,因而永远平静快乐。这些品质让经历不同信仰文化教育的卡本蒂尔起初不能理解,进而想要了解神奇的中国文化。

丁龙正是费孝通先生1948年的《乡土中国》中讲述的中国乡土的一员。当年的乡下人,以我们今天的眼光来看,大抵是“愚昧”的。在乡村,不用学习文字,在面对面的社会交往中,传情达意,结绳记事本就不需要有文字。乡村的人,在还没有与城市、与东西方接触之前,没有机会学习,带着土气。丁龙不知道1899年,弗洛伊德借由《梦的解析》一书探讨了心灵的无意识领域,也不知道1901年,毕加索将艺术的魂魄从具体可感的人物肖像画中抽离,赋予其抽象化的形式外观。更不知道同时代的爱因斯坦已经发表了几篇引发变革的科学论文,狭义相对论。

卡本将军受过西方大学的教育,雄心勃勃建立了奥克兰城市,有枪有话语权,玩得转法律、搞科技更是风生水起。卡本37岁那年,建立了第一条横贯美国大陆的电报线,发出的第一封给林肯总统的电文是这样写的: 加利福尼亚的电报今天已经完成了。这可能是大西洋各州与太平洋国家之间永久性的联系。那时他不知道:真正能联系上各个国家的,是对文化的相互交流与了解而发展出来的尊重和对话。

丁龙身后的中国文化,对卡本而言, 是陌生的。在面对面的熟人社会,反复地生活在同一生活现状的人们来说,每家人都知根知底,边界模糊,法律往往无从发生,是“无讼”的社会。一群没有机会接受过所谓文字教育的华工,显得“千人一面”,而且“软弱无能”,没有团结起来用法律保护自己争取权益的意识。但是,华工的勤劳、聪明、无争表现在拿着最低的工资,工作时间最长(与其他族裔相比),修筑着最艰难最危险的铁路段,然后把辛苦挣来的钱寄回家乡去建雕楼,乡村已经有土匪抢劫,不太平了。家乡,那里有他们与泥土相连的根,中国的文化,血液里自带落叶归根。

对照1921 年鲁迅小说《故乡》里的少年闰土,可以从中看到丁龙的少年时期。尽管闰土只是一个帮工的爱害羞的儿子,但他却不怕少爷鲁迅,初次见面不到半日,便和鲁迅混熟了。少年时的闰土,活泼,机灵,勇敢,对生活充满热爱。中年的闰土因为生活因为封建的等级观念失去了神彩,中年的丁龙离开了自己的国家,看到了不一样的世界。

丁龙离开了家乡,见证了华工的罢工斗争,听到侮辱的称呼“吃猫肉老鼠肉的猪仔”,与受过教育的同胞王先生有过交谈,王先生为华人争取权益,慷慨陈词、据理力争的演讲,还因社会压力不得不与白人妻子离婚。

卡本蒂尔

傲慢自大, 追求物质享乐的卡本,对华工群体抱持偏见与排斥,是丁龙改变了他的偏见。卡本意识到丁龙身上忠厚、单纯,善良的品质,以及造就影响他的中国文化的神奇魅力。他开始平等尊敬地对待丁龙,不拿他当仆人对待。

丁龙带着卡本回去寻访了他日夜思念的美丽的故乡和美食佳肴。一阙温柔动人的《渔舟唱晚》,晚霞映辉,渔人载歌,月光如水,宁静、平和与恬淡的家乡安抚着漂泊游子的灵魂。东方人的音乐之眼,仿佛精妙的唐诗,一直读到休止处,才发现山高水远,月静山空。
唐诗与音乐如同呼吸的空气,在音乐与诗歌之间,隐藏着生命的根,不断向下延伸的根,构成了隐藏在生命中的最美诗篇。当你找到了音乐与诗歌间神秘的通感,也就找到了那藏在你生命中的、隐而不露的根脉。一个人遇到许多动人心弦的事情,生命之根、性情才会显出来。

丁龙回到美国,遵守诺言照顾卡本,剪掉了辫子,成为卡本的管家,在生活中学习,后来他捐出全部积蓄时给哥大写了一封英文信。东方社会稳定靠公序良俗、自我道德感,而美国立法根基是基督信仰下的人生而平等,法律条例规定的权利与义务。在美国生活了二十年之后的丁龙,人生阅历和接触到的社会,让他思想发生了改变。丁龙生病后,没有把积蓄留给秋叶,秋叶有自己的命,他有秋叶送给他的箫,这就是生生世世的一生。

他有一个梦想,他说,“我知道实现不了。”

卡本将军“上等贵族”的精神被唤醒了。丁龙觉得实现不了的愿望,卡本帮助实现。卡本永不言弃地与两任校长游说,不断追加捐款,当哥大校董,在命名问题上绝不妥协,拒绝用大清帝国之名或者高官公使来命名,坚持用卑微的丁龙的名字。

 “他是一个虑事周全,勇敢且仁慈的人,请不要再伤害他。”“我宁愿倾家荡产! 是他教会我一种品质: 受人之托,忠人之事!”
貌似简单的文字,到底蕴藏着多少深意!一段真实的历史,一位美国成功的商人,为了实现他忠实的仆人的愿望,让更多的人了解中国文化,心甘情愿地把他一生的财产都砸进哥大。不是慈善家的卡本,硬是用了几年的光阴做成了一件轰轰烈烈没有回报的大善事。


  • “一滴水加一滴水不等于两滴水,而是更大的一滴水”

一种文化对另一种文化的造访,是两个民族心灵的对话。俄国导演塔可夫斯基的电影《乡愁》讲述的是这样一个故事:意大利人多米尼克相信如果有一天他能拿着蜡烛穿过一片温池而不灭的话,那么人类将得到拯救。多米尼克的朋友、俄罗斯流亡诗人安德列决定完成他的遗愿:点燃蜡烛,穿越温池。安德列手中的蜡烛一次次熄灭,又一次次点燃,坚持着漫长的跋涉。拯救的希望如风中的烛火摇曳飘渺,持烛涉水,微光长存…

当安德烈有一次去拜访多米尼克时候,多米尼克自言自语“一滴水加一滴水不等于两滴水,而是更大的一滴水”。意大利人多米尼克和俄罗斯人安德列是这样的一滴水,中国人丁龙和美国人卡本蒂尔更是这样的一滴水。


一切的是非都会留在时光中,只有当我们对自己的精神的家园有了足够的了解,才有慧眼去回眸社会最本质的格局和逻辑。

人类文明的根脉拥有呼唤我们灵魂的权利,它躲在我们灵魂里边未知的一个领域,并且总是在某个我们意识到或者是毫无察觉的关键时刻出现。

社会的发展具有很长的渊源,在很长时间内社会形态中的特点会延续下来,并且改变缓慢。《丁龙的梦》,在冷暖世界里,作者深切关注和凝视人类文明的精神源泉,人与人之间关系的本质。文艺作品的魅力超越民族国家与文化的藩篱,人类精神的微光不灭不息。


  • 附记
100多年前华工的历史,其实是华人移民的历史,也就是在美华人的历史。存在在美国法典里的《排华法案》,美国中学生历史课本里却没有。
这些华工从未得到应有的关注。大多数不识字,又因为排华法案而隐藏身份,留下的一手文字与照片记录少之又少。
斯坦福的北美铁路华工研究项目,波士顿的铁路华工新年花车,西雅图Wing Luke 博物馆一面对亚裔不公的法案墙,旨在了解及正视这段长久被忽略的历史,寻回被不公平地遗忘的历史篇章。
1997年,当拍摄出《龙门客栈》的香港名导胡金铨成功筹到足够的资金, 开始筹拍寄托着理想与志向的电影《华工血泪史》时,却因为心脏手术失败,永远不能再创经典了。

2019 年5 月,将迎来美国太平洋铁路竣工150 年。
12000名清朝来美华工入选名人堂。1865年,美国首条横跨大陆的铁路动工修建,由于美西地区严重缺乏劳力,从中国引进大批劳工修建西段铁路,占铁路工人总数的85%,华工在极其危险的工作环境下做出艰苦卓绝的努力,用炸药打通了贫瘠的内华达山脉,帮助重塑了美国西部地理及社会版图。
2014 年美国劳工部部长佩雷斯9日说,跨州铁路修建完工为美国的商业发展和经济空前大繁荣奠定了基础,中国劳工为此做出巨大贡献,值得被高度肯定。“五月是美国亚太裔传统月,为铭记中国劳工的勇气和所作的牺牲,劳工部决定把他们纳入劳工名人堂,以表彰他们的历史性贡献,这是自1988年名人堂成立以来第一批入选的亚裔美国人。”佩雷斯说。

2018 年12 月17日,美国排华法案终止75 年纪念日。
2018年,美国PBS 电视台的《排华法案》纪录片不仅关注政治和立法,还反映了很多社会历史、唐人街的生活以及华裔家庭被迫背井离乡的经历,描述了可怕的暴力浪潮(包括大规模私刑),乃至1882年后在美国西部约300个城镇发生的种族清洗。在恐惧和种族主义面前,顽强和雄辩不是对手。
纪录片《排华法案》探索第一部限制特定种族移民并禁止其成员入籍的美国法律。华人劳工被引进美国,在西部修建贯穿整个大陆的铁路,1870年代,铁路竣工后,南北战争时期的经济萧条导致白人失业,此时华人劳工又被视为威胁。
美国华裔族群一百多年前的人口巅峰达到过10万,但到了1920年华裔只剩下6万。
西雅图的国家档案馆包含大约50,000个与“排华法案”相关的案件档案,该法案几十年来一直禁止大多数中国移民。致力于索引文件的志愿者们表示,他们掌握着宝贵的个人信息和更为深刻的教训。
1875 年3 月的美国法案《佩奇法案》的真正动因是为了保护美国白人在劳动力市场上的竞争力。该法案被立法者冠以道德的名义限制华人妇女入境,迫使华人男子回中国。确保美国西部不会出现一个长期居住的华人族群。

作者马蕾:软件工程师;中医。枫香西雅图剧社首任社长,北美枫香文化中心董事。
HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY'S
“SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR” GALA
BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORD
TO FUTURE PRODUCTIONS
AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS 

CROWD CELEBRATES TRUSTEES DAVID AND BETSY EPSTEIN
AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PETER DUBOIS, HELPS RAISE $1.3 MILLION

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company board and staff are celebrating breaking their fundraising record at the Spotlight Spectacular gala, Monday, May 6. Held at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, the gala brought in $1.3 million to support the Huntington’s operations for the fiscal year, including its broad range of education and community outreach programs.

More than 440 guests honored Wimberly Award recipients including the Huntington'sNorma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Peter DuBoisBoard Chairman David Epstein and Education Committee Chair Betsy Banks Epstein. The event was co-chaired by Cokie and Lee Perry, and Linda and Daniel Waintrup.

At last year’s gala, Managing Director Michael Maso broke news that he had received the signed deed to the Huntington Avenue Theatre, which the company now owns outright after its separation from Boston University and the sale of surrounding buildings. The Huntington will renovate the historic theatre as part of an overhaul of the one-block stretch of Huntington Avenue. This year’s record-breaking numbers are a testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of the Huntington’s dedicated supporters to the renovation campaign and securing the legacy for the Huntington Theatre Company.

“I feel fortunate that I have called Boston my home for my entire life. In my real estate business, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse cross-section of people living in many of Boston’s neighborhoods. I’ve also seen up-close and personally how Boston’s passion for sports is a reflection of its passion for life,” said 2019 Wimberly Award honoree, and co-investor of the Boston Celtics, David Epstein. “We are better when we connect to community and share experiences. For me this is the treasure at the core of the Huntington’s mission – sharing stories, celebrating artistic risk, and laughing, crying, and learning together. Theatre can be astonishingly transcendent and frighteningly intimate. As a community, our theatre experiences become part of our collective conscience. Within the walls of our restored historic theatre and our new interactive social spaces we will expand our audience to deepen our connections to our beautiful and diverse community.”

Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director and fellow 2019 Wimberly Award honoree Peter DuBois also shared his enthusiasm for the Huntington’s future. “We are marrying Boston history with a vibrant modern vision for Boston’s future: something social, something that brings you joy, something that allows for cultural collision in our city which is in the midst of a whole new bloom of innovation, significance, and forward thought.”

After a cocktail reception sponsored by First Republic Bank, guests were seated for the dinner and the evening’s program. Elliot Norton Award winner Aimee Doherty (Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George at the Huntingtonkicked off the evening with a performance of “I Can Cook Too” from On the Town. A spirited live auction led by Maso featured exciting trips and unique experiences including a visit to the set of the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, directed by Huntington alumna and 2018 Wimberly Award recipient Liesl Tommy. Guests also donated a record $300,000 to sponsor the Huntington’s education programs including the Student Matinee Series. All proceeds raised at the Spotlight Spectacular support the theatre, including award-winning education and community programs that reach more than 30,000 students and 6,000 community members annually.   

The evening continued with the presentation of the Gerard and Sherryl Cohen Awards for Excellence, which recognizes Huntington production and administrative staff members each year. This year’s recipients were Costumes Craft Artisan/Dyer Denise Wallace-Spriggs and Individual Giving Manager Annalise Baird. Trustee Bill McQuillan presented Artistic Director Peter DuBois with the Huntington’s 2019 Wimberly Award. Aron Epstein presented the second 2019 Wimberly Award to his parents David and Betsy Epstein.

After dinner, Elliot Norton Award winner Maurice Emmanuel Parent took the stage to treat guests to “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” from Guys and Dolls. Broadway’s Jenni Barber (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wicked, The Nance) andNick Sulfaro (Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music at the Huntington) sang “Move On’” from Sunday in the Park with George as a tribute to Peter DuBois who directed both of them in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at the Huntington in 2016.Aimee Doherty returned to the stage to sing a personalized rendition of George and Ira Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” as a tribute to David and Betsy Epstein.

Event design was by Rafanelli Events, stage design by Alexander Dodge, lighting and sound design by High Output, rentals were provided by PEAK Event Services, event printing was donated by Noble Ford Productions, and the event was catered by MAX Ultimate Food. Corporate sponsors include John Moriarty & Associates, MAX Ultimate Food, Rafanelli Events, American Plumbing & Heating Corp., Bruner/Cott Architects, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, Leggat McCall, PR Restaurants/Panera Bread, Scape, Shawmut Design and Construction, and Toll Brothers.

David and Betsy Epstein have been Huntington Theatre Company supporters for almost 20 years. Currently, David is the chairman of the Huntington’s Board of Trustees and Betsy is a trustee and chair of the Huntington’s Education committee. David is president and founding partner of The Abbey Group, a Boston-based real estate development company, and a managing partner of the Boston Celtics. Betsy is a freelance writer and published author. Her work includes features in The Boston Globe, Cambridge Chronicle, several anthologies, and the recent book Still Becoming: Conversations with People in Their Sixties, co-authored with her sister-in-law Elinor Svenson. Both reside in Boston and together have three children and eight grandchildren. Both David and Betsy Epstein, through their philanthropic endeavors and fervent passion for the city of Boston, have demonstrated an unyielding commitment to the Huntington, their community, and the thriving future that lies ahead.

Peter DuBois is in his eleventh season as the Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director of the Huntington Theatre Company, where his directing credits include Stephen Sondheim’sSunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music; numerous world premieres such as Fall, Smart People, and Sons of the Prophet, and revivals of the classics Romeo and Juliet and Tartuffe. He has directed critically acclaimed productions and world premieres in New York, Boston, and London’s West End. Peter has directed many talented, award-winning actors including Greg Kinnear (The Power of Duff), Sutton Foster (Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw, Trust), Bobby Cannavale (Trust), Peter Dinklage (Richard III), Zach Braff (All New People), and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating). Peter has directed multiple episodes of the podcast “Modern Love,” including its debut with Lauren Molina. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, The Evening Standard, The Boston Globe, andImproper Bostonian. During his time as Artistic Director of the Huntington Theatre Company, Peter has been a devoted advocate of new work, giving burgeoning artists a home on Huntington stages and allowing their voices to be heard by our audiences.

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