Plays - Huntington, Boston Lyric


-- 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:

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.”

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.”

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.



(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?


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.


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


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.


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


 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)


持烛涉水,微光长存 —读张西《丁龙的梦》

马蕾 枫香戏剧社 1/11








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。


  • 丁龙和卡本蒂尔



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。



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。





 “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!”

  • “一滴水加一滴水不等于两滴水,而是更大的一滴水”






  • 附记
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。
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。
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。



(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.






(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company premieres a timely and essential adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s 1934 play Yerma, a tragic tale of one woman’s desperate yearning to start a family. Adapted and translated by the winner of the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, Melinda Lopez transforms this classic work to resonate with modern audiences. Lopez delves into the heart of a hard-working rural community, revealing that in times of desperation, there can be beauty, and even laughter. Directed by Obie and Norton Award winner Melia BensussenYerma a play with music featuring local Boston musicians playing original flamenco-inspired music by Broadway composer Mark Bennett. Performances begin at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street, Boston) May 31 and will run through June 30. Tickets are on sale now to the general public.

Yerma, a young wife, wants nothing more than to have a child and become a devoted mother. As she watches her friends start their families, she begins to question her own value as a woman. Her desperate desire turns into an all-consuming obsession with devastating consequences. Beloved by Boston audiences, Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez reinvents Lorca’s classic masterpiece, infusing this searing drama with flamenco-inspired music and heart.

Lopez first encountered Yorca’s work while visiting her aunt in Spain as a teenager. She was struck by how in tune Yerma was with a woman’s primal desire to have a family and the struggle of wanting something that fate will not allow. Lorca’s play channels tragic heroines like Antigone and Medea, transcending generations and culture to reveal the pain of circumstances where hope is the central antagonist. Lopez’s interpretation invokes the strength and spirit of these women and the communities that surround them.

Making her Huntington debut as the title character Yerma, is the 2019 recipient of Lincoln Center Theatre’s Emerging Artist Award, Nadine Malouf (American Conservatory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater). Also making their Huntington debuts are Christian Barillas (“Ronaldo” on ABC’s “Modern Family,” Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse) as Juan, Alexandra Illescas (Boston Conservatory, Front Porch Theatricals, Off the Grid Theatre Company) as Veronica; Norton Award winner Evelyn Howe (SpeakEasy Stage Company, Shakespeare and Company, Showtime’s “SMILF”) as Marta; and Ernie Pruneda (Sister Act on Broadway) as Victor. Returning to the Huntington are Alma Cuervo (The Miracle at Naples, Broadway credits include On Your Feet!, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast) as Incarnacion; Norton Award winner Marianna Bassham (Romeo and Juliet,Becoming Cuba, Luck of the Irish) as Maria; and Jacqui Parker (A Civil War Christmas; Breath, Boom) as Dolores. Yerma also includes on stage performances by local Boston percussionist and Berklee College of Music alum Fabio Pirozzolo with renowned flamenco guitarist and Boston Conservatory graduate Juanito Pascual.

Yerma will include choreography by Misha Shields (Ripcord, A Doll’s House, Milk Like Sugar at the Huntington); music and co-sound design by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Bennett (Broadway credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Coast of Utopia); set design by Cameron Anderson (The Niceties and Becoming Cuba at the Huntington); costume design by Olivera Gajic (Curtain Call on Broadway, Vineyard Theatre, Classic Stage Company); lighting design by Brian J. Lilienthal (Awake and Sing! at the Huntington, Merrimack Repertory Theatreand co-sound design byBrendan F. Doyle (Lyric Stage Company, Company One). Production stage manager is Kevin Schlagleand stage manager is Jeremiah Mullane.

“Melinda Lopez brings such resonance and poetry to Federico García Lorca’s Yerma – hers is the best English translation I’ve read,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “We are thrilled to bring together two of the Huntington’s most trusted artists, our playwright in residence Melinda Lopez and director Melia Bensussen, to create this new, visceral, and music-infused production of Lorca’s timeless work. Their collaboration promises to lift up the of the essential story of a woman unravelling under the pressures of society, religion, and nature.”


Melinda Lopez (Adapter/Translator) is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company. Her play Mala (2018) (ArtsEmerson, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company) earned the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play and an Arts Impulse Award for Best Solo Performance. It is available on Audible. Other playwrighting credits include Back the Night (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Becoming Cuba (2014) (Huntington Theatre Company and North Coast Repertory Theatre), and Sonia Flew (2004) (Huntington Theatre Company). Spanish translations of Ser Cuba and Sonia Se Fue were presented at the 2018 National Theatre Festival in Camaguey, Cuba. Ms. Lopez is one of the Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residents (Huntington Theatre Company) and a 2019 Mass Cultural Council Fellow in dramatic writing. Ms. Lopez is also an actress. She actively provides humanitarian aid for the people of Cuba and was mentioned by President Obama in his speech to the Cuban and American people in 2016. Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared October 29, 2016 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the city of Boston. Upcoming works include Mariel, a radio drama about the Mariel Boatlift set in both 1980 and 2018.

Federico García Lorca (Playwright) was born in 1898 in Fuente Vaqueros, Spain. Mr. Lorca was an artist, poet, director, actor, pianist, and playwright. He studied at the University of Granada, University of Madrid, and at Columbia University School of General Studies. In the 1920s, Mr. Lorca was a part of Generación del 27, a group of artists that included Salvador Dalí. Also in the 1920s, Mr. Lorca published two of his most successful poetry collections: Canciones (Songs) and Romancero gitano (the Gypsy Ballads). In the 1930s, he shifted to playwriting and wrote Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)Yerma, and La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba). Mr. Lorca spent a few years abroad in Cuba and New York City. In 1931, he returned to Spain to manage and tour with the theatre troupe La Barraca. However, a couple years later the Spanish Civil War erupted, permanently halting Mr. Lorca’s career. In 1936, at the age of 38, he was arrested and subsequently slain by fascist militiamen due to his liberal views and homosexuality. In 1986, the Spanish government commemorated the 50th anniversary of Mr. Lorca’s death by unveiling a monument at the site of his murder.

Melia Bensussen (Director) previously directed 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 Theatre, Sleeping Weazel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Centerstage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, People's Light and Theatre Company (Barrymore Award nomination for best direction), and many others. She has received two directing awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, including their top honor, the Statuette Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Her edition of Langston Hughes' translation of Lorca's Blood Wedding is published by Theatre Communications Group, and she is featured in Women Stage Directors Speak by Rebecca Daniels, in Nancy Taylor's Women Direct Shakespeare, and in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context. 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. Ms. Bensussen is the incoming artistic director of Hartford Stage.


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


May 31 – June 30, 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, June 12 @ 7pm; RSVP online.

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

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 Ticketing Services, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Ticketing Services 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)


After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season

An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.

Friday, June 14, following 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.

Thursday, June 20 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, June 26 after the 2pm performance

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

Sunday, June 23 after the 2pm performance

Explore the context and significance of Yerma with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on June 23.

Friday, June 21 at 8pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing at designated performances.

Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Interim Co-Director of Education / Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien atmobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

Saturday, June 22 at 2pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision 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 Interim Co-Director of Education / Access Coordinator atmobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

Sunday, June 23 at 2pm
Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers open captioning for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss 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 Interim Co-Director of Education / Access Coordinator atmobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.
1 Part Lasagna, 1 Part Kreplach, 2 Parts Prozac:
A Hilarious One-Man Comedy

(Arlington, MA February 19, 2019) -- The international comedy hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!, featuring actor & comedian Peter J. Fogel, will be coming to the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Ma, four four weeks only from April 24 to May 19, 2019.
One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac, you don’t have to be Jewish or Italian to appreciate this show. All you need to know is what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache!
You’ll meet Uncle Willie, Stuttering Cousin Bob, Demented Cousin Kenny, Steve's new therapist Cousin Sal (and Sal's parole officer) and a myriad of astounding characters we know, love and tolerate from our own families; each one brought to life on stage by Peter J. Fogel using various dialects and wacky sound effects that only add to the hilarity of each story.
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! ran for two years in New York City at the Little Shubert Theater and Westside Theatre, and has toured internationally to more than 100 cities. This hilarious one man show is a fusion of theater and stand-up comedy with the actor bringing to life more than 25 different characters.Regis Philbin called the show, “Hysterically funny! Non–stop laughs all the way! It’s just great!”
Written by award-winning author Steve Solomon, this hilarious solo comedy is based on his life growing up in a wacky family noted for its bi–ethnic diversity. Solomon’s mother is from Palermo, and his father is from Russia. He grew up as one of two siblings in Brooklyn. His extended family had an aptitude for dysfunctional behavior and their sole purpose seemed to be to drive him into therapy… and they succeeded!
Beginning April 24th, performances will take place Wednesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 2 pm and 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm through May 19th.
Ticket prices are $45–$65 (plus  fees) and may be purchased online hereor in person at the Regent Theatre Box Office, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA, or by calling (781) 646-4747.

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