BOSTON: Huntington Theatre Company has announced its 2021-22 season, featuring a return to live, in-person performances with a seven-play 40th season. The season will primarily take place at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in the South End while the Huntington Theatre undergoes renovations. One production will take place at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.
“It is with great joy and deep gratitude that the Huntington announces our 40th season,” said managing director Michael Maso in a statement. “The reopening of our stages will be a powerfully emotional moment for our city, one that all of us at the Huntington are greatly looking forward to sharing with audiences in person this fall.”
The season will open with Hurricane Diane (Aug. 27-Sept. 26), by Madeleine George, which follows Dionysus, who returns from the heavens in the guise of a butch gardener determined to reverse climate change and restore earthly order, starting in New Jersey. Jenny Koons will direct.
Next up will be Jen Silverman‘s Witch (Oct. 15-Nov. 14), about an alluring devil offering to fulfill the dreams of a country village in Edmonton and the woman, branded as a witch for years, who is able to resist. Rebecca Bradshaw will direct.
Following will be Teenage Dick (Dec. 3-Jan. 2, 2022), by Mike Lew, produced in association with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, this modern-day spin on Richard III follows a high schooler who, after years of torment by his classmates for his cerebral palsy, decides to campaign for student body president.
The season will continue with The Bluest Eye (Jan. 28-Feb. 27, 2022), adapted by Lydia R. Diamond from Toni Morrison’s debut novel. Awoye Timpo directs this story about a young Black girl who believes that her world would be wonderful if only she had blue eyes.
Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me (Feb. 22-March 20, 2022) will follow. Directed by Oliver Butler, the play follows Schreck as she tells the story of four generations of women in her family whose lives were shaped by the U.S. Constitution.
Next will be the world premiere of Our Daughters, Like Pillars (April 8-May 8, 2022), by Kirsten Greenidge, which follows Lavinia, who has planned a much-needed family vacation for her, her sisters, and her mother. Kimberly Senior will direct this story that examines the ties that bind us to our families.
The season will conclude with the world premiere of Common Ground Revisited (May 27-June 26, 2022), based in part on and inspired by Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas, adapted by Kirsten Greenidge, and conceived by Greenidge and Malia Bensussen. Originally commissioned and developed by the Huntington with ArtsEmerson, this play tells the story of three families’ experiences in court-mandated busing in Boston during the 1960s and ’70s. Bensussen will direct.
Founded in 1982, Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre company and the recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award.
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