BOSTON: Huntington Theatre Company has announced its 2016–17 season. It will include new plays by Mike Lew, Ayad Ahktar, and David Lindsay-Abaire.
The season will begin with Sunday in the Park with George (Sept. 9–Oct. 16), with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine, about painter Georges Seurat and his search for love and inspiration. Artistic director Peter Dubois will direct.
Next will be Mike Lew’s Tiger Style! (Oct. 14–Nov. 13), about a brother and sister who travel from California to China after he is passed up for a promotion and she is dumped by her boyfriend. Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct.
Following will be Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce (Nov. 11–Dec. 11), a comedy about a couple with their marriage on the rocks, who invade three bedrooms of their friends and family over the course of an evening. Maria Aitken will direct.
Next up will be Topdog/Underdog (March 10–April 9, 2017), by Suzan Lori-Parks, a dark comedy about two brothers who are best friends and rivals, and dependent on each other because of their troubled upbringing.
The season will continue with Ayad Akhtar’s The Who & the What (March 31–April 30, 2017), about a novelist writing about women and Islam, who meets a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and tradition. M. Bevin O’Gara will direct the production at the Calderwood Pavilion.
Next will be David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord (May 26–June 25, 2017), a comedy about an elderly, cantankerous woman in an assisted living facility who is forced to share a room with a chipper woman. Jessica Stone will direct.
An additional show in the season lineup is yet to be announced.
Huntington Theatre Company, founded in 1982, runs education and new play development programs, in addition to bringing new works and classics to Boston.