Due to extraordinary early demand for the final two productions of its 2013-2014 Season, Huntington Theatre Company announces one-week extensions to the runs of Melinda Lopez's Becoming Cuba and Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People. The Huntington's previous productions by these acclaimed Boston playwrights - Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez and Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond - hold the records as the two highest grossing productions ever staged in the Wimberly Theatre of the Huntington's second home, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

Becoming Cuba will now play March 28 - May 3, 2014. Smart People will now play May 23 - June 29, 2014. Tickets are on sale now to all performances:

· online at;

· by phone at 617 266 0800; and

· in person at the BU Theatre (Avenue of the Arts / 264 Huntington Avenue) and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (South End / 527 Tremont Street) box offices.

Group tickets with savings up to 20% off are available at 617 273 1657. The most affordable way to see Huntington productions is with a subscription. Three-play packages start as low as $60.

"The Huntington's commitment to developing and producing new work by the playwrights we believe in is central to our mission," says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "Melinda and Lydia have long been integral to this organization's artistic fabric. I couldn't be more excited to launch the latest plays by these extraordinary writers."

"Huntington audiences have a long tradition of supporting new work," says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. "August Wilson, Theresa Rebeck, Stephen Karam, and our Huntington Playwriting Fellows have all found homes here, where our smart and engaged patrons embrace their plays and support their processes."

Becoming Cuba is the latest play by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Melinda Lopez. The Huntington inaugurated its new home for new work in 2004 with her play Sonia Flew, which went on to win the 2005 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script. Like Act II of Sonia Flew, Becoming Cuba is set in historical Cuba.

In 1898 on the eve of the Spanish-American War, spirited widow Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when the rebellion comes home to Havana, she must choose between loyalty to country or to family. By turns funny, steamy, and political, this powerful new drama asks whether freedom is something we all want. Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O'Gara (Tribes and Clybourne Park at SpeakEasy Stage Company) makes her Huntington directorial debut.

Melinda Lopez is the Huntington's inaugural playwright-in-residence and a past Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her play Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards, dir. Nicholas Martin) inaugurated the Huntington's home for new work, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, in 2004. It has subsequently been produced at Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Laguna Playhouse, the Summer Playwrights Festival (NY), the Milagro Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and many others, and was broadcast on NPR's "The Play's The Thing!" Other plays include Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theatre, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health), Gary (Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory of New Work, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse,) a new translation of Blood Wedding (Suffolk University), God Smells Like a Roast Pig (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Solo Performance), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Coconut Grove Playhouse), The Order of Things (CentaStage, Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays), and How Do You Spell Hope? (Underground Railway Theatre). She is among the first cohort to receive three-year playwright-in-residenCy Grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a "promising new voice in American Theatre." Ms. Lopez is also an actress, having appeared at the Huntington in Our Town, Persephone, A Month in the Country, and The Rose Tattoo. She has appeared in regional theatres across the country and also works in film and radio. She has served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cambridge Arts Panel and has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. She is a founding member of Munroe Saturday Nights, which produces free high quality arts performance in the Boston area. Ms. Lopez teaches theatre and performance at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. She makes her home in Boston.

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