Huntington to Kick Off 2014 Breaking Ground Festival of New Plays, 1/30

The Huntington Theatre Company announces that the 2014 Breaking Ground festival of new plays will be held January 30 - February 2 at the Huntington's home for new work, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

A vital part of the Huntington's new play development efforts, the festival will highlight the work of locally-based Huntington Playwriting Fellows and present national writers in partnership with the Huntington. Over the last ten years, the Huntington has produced full productions of eight Breaking Ground plays, and many have been seen at theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally.

Readings are free and open to the public, though not to reviewing members of the press. Advance reservation is required. RSVP at

The four-day festival will include:

  • Merit by HPF Lenelle Moïse, directed by Robert O'Hara
    Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm; Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
  • Home of the Brave by HPF Lila Rose Kaplan, directed by Sean Daniels
    Friday, January 31 at 7:30pm; Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
  • Tania in the Getaway Van by Susan Bernfield, directed by Portia Krieger
    Saturday, February 1 at 2pm; Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
  • The Second Girl by HPF Ronan Noone, directed by Campbell Scott
    Saturday, February 1 at 7:30pm; Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
  • Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield, directed by Daniel Goldstein
    Sunday, February 2 at 7:30pm; Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

"We're incredibly excited to welcome Ronan Noone (Brendan, The Atheist) back to Breaking Ground, to introduce Susan Bernfield and Tanya Barfield to our Huntington family, and to showcase the work of current HPFs Lenelle Moïse and Lila Rose Kaplan," says Director of New Work Lisa Timmel. "The festival's slate of new plays is stellar, and we can't wait to support their development and to share them with the Boston theatre community."



by Lenelle Moïse

Directed by Robert O'Hara

Featuring James Boland, Breean Julian*, Lonnie Farmer, Joy Jones*, Sharon Washington*, and TBD

Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm; Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA


Winner of the 2012 Ruby Prize, Merit follows Mona, a precocious and passionate fiction writer who is the only student of color (and Southerner) at her prestigious graduate program in contemporary Vermont. When she befriends distinguished professor Doctor Sive-a demanding divorcee with fatigued sex appeal-the two are called to strike a balance between curiosity and propriety, power and love, desire and professionalism.

Lenelle Moïse is a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate that launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project. Her other plays include The Many Faces of Nia, Matermorphosis, and Cornered in the Dark. Moïse is an internationally touring solo performer and was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her writing has been featured in several magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She has received awards, residencies and/or commissions from the Gaea Foundation, Southern Rep, Kitchen Theatre Company, Hedgebrook, Astraea, Clark University, Northwestern University, UT Austin, and the Black Women Playwrights' Group. Her first book, Haiti Glass, is forthcoming from City Lights Publishers' Sister Spit imprint. Visit for more information.

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