Boston's Huntington Theatre Company has announced seven productions for its 2018-19 season.
Opening the season at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA will be The Niceties (September 5-October 7), written by Eleanor Burgess and directed by Kimberly Senior. In The Niceties, a black student and a white professor – both brilliant, both liberal – meet to discuss the student's paper about slavery's role in the American Revolution. A polite conversation becomes an intellectual powder keg of race, history, and privilege, where neither woman will ever be the same.
First at the Huntington Avenue Theatre will be Sherlock's Last Case (September 28-October 28), written by Charles Marowitz and directed by Maria Aitken. Sherlock's Last Case takes audiences on a surprising trip to Baker Street with the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, who are tested once again to solve the seemingly perfect crime. Sherlock's life is threatened by the son of his longtime nemesis Moriarty, but not all is as it appears.
Next at the Calderwood Pavilion will be Man in the Ring (November 16-December 16), written by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer and directed by four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif. Man in the Ring is the true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith and the fatal fight he could never forget. The play covers Emile's humble beginnings in the Virgin Islands, his passionate love affairs, and the infamous, life-changing Madison Square Garden match against his archrival.
Lucas Hnath's Tony-nominated play A Doll's House, Part 2 will then come to the Huntington Avenue Theatre (January 4-February 3, 2019), directed by Les Waters. Nora famously slammed the door on her marriage, leaving her husband and children behind in Ibsen's groundbreaking classic, but what happened to the iconic heroine next? This audacious sequel imagines her 15 years later as a successful writer and independent woman, urgently seeking to finalize her divorce.
Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois will then direct Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Huntington Avenue Theatre (March 1-31, 2019), followed by a Center Theatre Group coproduction of Paula Vogel's Tony-nominated play Indecent (April 26, 2019-May 25, 2019). Rebecca Taichman reprises her 2017 Tony-winning direction of the play in Boston.
Closing out the season at the Calderwood Pavilion will be Yerma (May 31, 2019-June 30, 2019), based on the play by Federico Garcia Lorca and translated and adapted by Melinda Lopez. Melia Bensussen directs, with original music Mark Bennett. 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.
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