Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois brings his latest New York smash hit to Boston in this wickedly funny comedy about a blind date gone bad written by Gina Gionfriddo (After Ashley, writer/producer of Law & Order). When a newly married couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends, crisis and comedy ensue in this hilarious new play that asks what we owe the people we love the most and the strangers who land on our doorstep. A 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Playwright Gina Gionfriddo was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Becky Shaw, which had its world premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays and its New York premiere Off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre. Her other plays include After Ashley (Humana Festival, Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, regional theatres, and abroad in Poland); U.S. Drag (Off Broadway by the stageFARM, Clubbed Thumb at HERE, and many regional productions); Guinevere (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center Playwrights Conference); and the one-acts Squalor and America’s Got Tragedy (commissioned and presented by the stageFARM). She has received an OBIE Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and an American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg citation. She has written for the television programs Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Cold Case, and the upcoming The Borgias. Ms. Gionfriddo has contributed essays on rock music to the literary journal, The Believer, and short fiction to Canteen. A graduate of the M.F.A. Playwriting Program at Brown University, she has taught writing at Brown, Providence College, and Rhode Island College. She is currently at work on commissions from Playwrights Horizons and the Center Theatre Group.
Director Peter DuBois is now in his second season as Artistic Director of the Huntington Theatre Company, during which he will also direct Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss. During his inaugural season, he directed the world premiere of David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples. He directed the acclaimed world premiere (Actors Theater of Louisville, Humana Festival of New American Plays) and New York premiere (Second Stage Theatre) productions of Becky Shaw. Other directing credits include Bob Glaudini’s Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman (The New York Times Critics Pick) and A View from 151st Street (The New York Times Critics Pick), Measure for Pleasure (SSDF Callaway Award for Excellence in Direction; Drama League Award nomination), and Richard III with Peter Dinklage (a Newsday top ten New York production of 2004), and Biro (The New York Times Critics’ Pick) for The Public Theater where he served as associate producer and resident director; Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class for American Conservatory Theater; and The Seagull, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, and more for Perseverance Theatre where he served as artistic director.
Maureen Anderman (The Sisters Rosenswieg, Rabbit Hole, and Third for the Huntington; plays by Edward Albee, Michael Frayn, Joan Didion, and others on Broadway) as Susan;
Seth Fisher (Persephone and Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Huntington; Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll and Julius Caesar on Broadway) as Max;
Wendy Hoopes (Love, Janis for the Village Theatre, Vienna Lusthaus (Revisited) for New York Theatre Workshop; Walking Off the Roof for Signature Theatre Company) as Becky Shaw;
Eli James (William and the Tradesmen at Ars Nova and Breedingground’s Spring Fever Festival; The Four of Us at Manhattan Theatre Club) as Andrew; and
Keira Naughton (The Rivals at Lincoln Center Theater; Dance of Death and Three Sisters at Roundabout Theatre Company) as Suzanna.
The Creative Team for Becky Shaw includes Scenic Designer Derek McLane (Bad Dates for the Huntington; Ragtime, 33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife on Broadway; Becky Shaw for Second Stage Theatre); Costume Designer Jeff Mahshie (Laughing Wild for the Huntington; The Little Dog Laughed and Next to Normal on Broadway; Becky Shaw for Second Stage Theatre); Lighting Designer David Weiner (Butley for the Huntington; Butley and Reasons to Be Pretty on Broadway; Becky Shaw for Second Stage Theatre); and Sound Designer Walter Trarbach (The Farnsworth Invention and Cymbeline on Broadway; Becky Shaw for Second Stage Theatre). Production Stage Manager is Lori Ann Zepp. Stage Manager is Carola Morrone.
by Gina Gionfriddo
directed by Peter DuBois
presented by the Huntington Theatre Company
March 5 — April 4, 2010 at the Boston University Theatre