Huntington Celebrates 25th Season

Wilson's Final, Rebeck's Newest and a Burton/Martin Reunion

The Huntington Theatre Company has announced five of the seven plays slotted for its 25th Anniversary Season, featuring artists and writers from some of the company’s best-remembered productions of the last quarter-century.
The season opens Sept. 8 with August Wilson’s "Radio Golf," which plays through Oct. 8 at the Boston University Theatre.  Theresa Rebeck’s new play, "Mauritius," runs Oct. 6-Nov. 12 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.  A new production of "The Cherry Orchard" starring Kate Burton and directed by Nicholas Martin, opens Jan. 5, 2007 at the B.U. Theatre.  "Persephone," a new play by Noah Haidle, runs March 30-May 6, 2007 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.  The season will close with David Rabe’s "Streamers," directed by Scott Ellis, at the B.U. Theatre May 18-June 17.
Artistic Director Nicholas Martin commented, “With this mix of classic revivals and exciting new American plays, I think we have created the Huntington’s strongest season in years. The 25th season reflects pieces of our long history, and envisions the bold new places that we’re headed, both as an organization and as a prolific contributor to the national theatre scene.”

The Shows, At A Glance . . .

• "Radio Golf " takes place in 1990s Pittsburgh, where Harmond Wilks is a successful real estate developer and mayoral candidate. On the eve of Wilks’ most ambitious redevelopment project, a stranger emerges to claim ownership of an historic house scheduled for demolition.
The culmination of August Wilson’s monumental ten-play epic cycle depicting the African-American experience in the 20th Century, "Radio Golf" will be directed by the acclaimed Kenny Leon.  Leon led Wilson’s "Gem of the Ocean" from the Huntington to Broadway in 2004, helmed the Broadway smash revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" that same year, and directed Huntington productions of "Blues for An Alabama Sky" (1997), "A Raisin in the Sun" (1995) and "From the Mississippi Delta" (1993).

• Theresa Rebeck, author of the 2004 Huntington smash, "Bad Dates," returns to Boston for the Oct. 6 world premiere of her new comedy, "Mauritius," about the discovery of priceless stamps that pulls two sisters apart and gets them into deep trouble with a trio of shady dealers.  "Mauritius" (a South African island where the first postage stamp was created) enjoyed a lively and well-received reading at the Huntington’s Breaking Ground Festival of New Play Readings earlier this month, just days after Rebeck’s "The Scene" triumphed at the Humana FestivalRebecca Bayla Taichman, who directed "The Scene," will direct "Mauritius".
• Kate Burton and Nicholas Martin reunite for a brand-new production of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, "The Cherry Orchard," opening Jan. 5, 2007.  Martin directed the Huntington and Broadway hit revival of "Hedda Gabler" in 2001, for which Burton received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of the tragic lead character.  In this production, also directed by Martin, Burton takes the stage as Madame Ranevsky. 
Rising playwright Noah Haidle, who recently had his first Off-Broadway production with "Mr. Marmalade," debuts the world premiere of his newest darkly comic play, "Persephone," directed by Nicholas Martin.  Opening March 30, 2007, "Persephone" (the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology), is the tale of an Italian Renaissance statue burdened by an unrequited love for her sculptor and her inability to turn a blind eye to five centuries of human misery.
In David Rabe’s brutal and brilliant anti-war masterpiece, "Streamers," four young soldiers fresh from boot camp wait anxiously in 1965 Virginia, watching the Vietnam conflict escalate.  This new production is directed by Scott Ellis, Associate Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, who has received nine Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his direction of "Twelve Angry Men," "1776," "Steel Pier" and others.  His recent production of "The Little Dog Laughed" played to great acclaim.

Two additional plays for the Huntington’s 2006-07 Season will be named soon.
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