Huntington Sets Special Events for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
In conjunction with its upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George, Huntington Theatre Company will host a number of special events and post-show conversations.
Admission to on-site, post-show events is free with a ticket to Sunday in the Park with George, available at huntingtontheatre.org/sunday by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. Performances begin Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.
35 BELOW WRAP PARTY
Friday, September 9 following the 8PM performance
A post-show party for the region's culturally curious ages 35 and below featuring backstage access, free refreshments, and live entertainment. Mingle with members of the cast, creative team, and Huntington staff. For Sunday in the Park with George, the Huntington brings you a soiree inspired by the musical's second act, set in 1984. Get ready to dance to your favorite 80's hits, provided by DJ Lady Spindrift. Shoulder pads optional.
35 Below tickets are available at all performances to patrons 35 and under for just $30.
COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF BASQUIAT
Monday, September 12 at 7PM
Tickets: $13, available at coolidge.org/films/basquiat
Making his directorial debut, Julian Schanbel brings the tragic life of neo-Expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat to the big screen. In 1981, Basquiat was a 19-year-old graffiti artist living on the streets of New York City. Eight years later, he was a world-renowned painter - and the victim of his own addiction. This film chronicles his meteoric rise in New York's art world, his anguish over his family, and his hatred of a society that both courted and exploited him. With an all-star cast led by Jeffrey Wright and David Bowie, Basquiat is a stylish, powerful tribute to one of the art world's brightest stars. Join us after the film for a discussion about how the film connects with Sunday in the Park with George with the Huntington's Director of New Work Lisa Timmel.
Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
POINTILLISM NIGHT AT THE PAINT BAR ON NEWBURY STREET
Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30PM
Tickets: $35, available at thepaintbar.com/newbury-street/sep-2016/spt-13-pm
In collaboration with the Huntington's production of Sunday in the Park with George, The Paint Bar invites you to create a painting of the Boston skyline using Georges Seurat's pointillism technique. Instructors will guide you step-by-step through your session's painting. At the end of the session you'll be amazed at the artwork you've created.
COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION
Thursday, September 15 before the 7:30PM performance
A pre-show reception with refreshments for members of the Huntington Community Membership Initiative. Community Membership is an initiative designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending Live Theatre for those with limited income and to diversify the Huntington's audience so it looks more like the city of Boston. Members can purchase best-available tickets to any performance without restriction for just $20. Membership is free and available through partnerships with agencies and organizations that serve limited-income populations.Bank of America is the Season Sponsor of the Huntington Community Membership Initiative. Made possible by a grant from Theatre Communications Group.
Please note: There is no elevator access to this reception.
A CONVERSATION WITH MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER CAGGIANO
Saturday, September 17 after the 2PM performance
Join Christopher Caggiano, Professor of Musical Theatre History at Boston Conservatory and Huntington Literary Apprentice Sarah Schnebly for a discussion about the music of Stephen Sondheim after the 2PM performance of Sunday in the Park with George on September 17.
Christopher Caggiano is a full-time faculty member at The Boston Conservatory, where he teaches courses in musical theatre history, arts criticism, and the neuroscience of music, and was recently named liberal arts faculty member of the year. In conjunction with his musical theatre history course, he directs a series of staged readings of historically important but underperformed shows, including Little Johnny Jones, Very Good Eddie, As Thousands Cheer, and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro. Mr. Caggiano is also the author of the popular theatre blog, "Everything I Know I Learned from Musicals" (everythingmusicals.com), which consistently ranks among the top 25 theatre sites on the internet. He is also a member of the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League and is a founding member of the Independent Theater Bloggers Association.
A CONVERSATION WITH Scott LaFeber, HEAD OF MUSICAL THEATRE DEPARTMENT AT EMERSON COLLEGE
Sunday, September 18, after the 2PM performance
Join Scott LaFeber, Head of Musical Theatre Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College, and Huntington Literary Apprentice Sarah Schnebly for a post-show conversation following the 2PM performance of Sunday in the Park with George on September 18.
Scott LaFeber has performed on Broadway in Corpse! and The Golden Age and Off Broadway with Ensemble Studio Theatre and Circle-in-the-Square. He has also acted in London, regionally in the US, on television (including two years on daytime's "Search for Tomorrow"), in feature and industrial films, and for narrative/character voice-overs (including an Emmy Award-winning segment for PBS). He has directed across the country, including productions in New York, Utah, Florida, and the North Carolina Theatre where he directed three-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann in Sweeney Todd and Peter Pan. Mr. LaFeber has taught at universities and conservatories for over 20 years. In addition to freelance directing, he is an associate professor in the department of performing arts at Emerson College where he currently heads the BFA musical theatre program.
A LECTURE ON Stephen Sondheim'S LEGACY BY BOSTON COLLEGE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR. STUART HECHT
Wednesday, September 21 after the 2PM performance
Dr. Stuart Hecht, Associate Professor, Dramaturgy & Acting at Boston College, will give a short lecture on Stephen Sondheim's legacy following the 2PM performance on September 21.
Dr. Stuart Hecht received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's and doctorate from Northwestern University. He worked on the artistic staff of the Goodman Theatre and was resident dramaturg for the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, both in Chicago. He has worked with a range of prominent theatre artists, included Bob Falls, Gregory Mosher, David Mamet, Wole Soyinka, Frank Galati, and Del Close, to name a few. Dr. Hecht is an American theatre historian who has worked extensively in Chicago theatre history and more recently on assimilation and the American musical. He has published over thirty scholarly articles, both here and abroad, as well as chapters in four major books. He is the long-standing Editor-in-Chief of New England Theatre Journal, sits on the board of the New England Theatre Conference, and is an officer of the American Theatre and Drama Society. He has worked at Boston College since 1986 where he has taught classes in directing, playwriting, dramatic literature, and theatre history.
Thursday, September 22 after the 7:30PM performance
Thursday, September 29 after the 10AM performance (student matinee)
Meet participating members of the cast of Sunday in the Park with George and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Friday, September 23 at 8PM
Thursday, September 29 at 10AM (student matinee)
The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for the Deaf/deaf/hard-of-hearing at designated performances.
Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season Consultant: Wendy Watson
Sunday in the Park with George American Sign Language Consultant: Lana Cook
American Sign Language Interpreters: Jennifer Gibbons, Kelly Muskopf, and Deborah Perry
HUMANITIES FORUM & BOSTON GLOBE EVENT WITH ARTS REPORTER MALCOLM GAY
Sunday, September 25 after the 2PM performance
Join Boston Globe Arts Reporter Malcolm Gay for a compelling conversation about Sunday in the Park with George. Tickets to the September 25 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers.
Humanities Forums are presented in conjunction with all Huntington productions.
Malcolm Gay is an arts reporter for The Boston Globe, where he covers visual and performing arts. The recipient of numerous national journalism awards, he is the author of the recently published book, The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines, which Scientific American MIND called one of the most fascinating books you will ever read. You can learn more about Malcolm and The Brain Electric at malcolmgay.com.
Thursday, September 29 at 10AM
For students in grades 9-12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for more information.AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, September 29 at 10AM (student matinee)
Saturday, October 1 at 2PM
The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for blind and low-vision patrons at designated performances. Tickets are $20 for each patron and a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O'Brien at email@example.com.
Season Consultant: Alice Austin
Primary Describer: Cori Couture
Secondary Describer: Jill Robbins
SONDHEIM SYMPOSIUM AT THE BOSTON CENTER FOR ADULT EDUCATION
Saturday, October 1 at 10:30AM
Tickets: $43, available at bcae.org/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=14528
This Saturday-morning symposium is for musical theatre lovers who can't get enough of Stephen Sondheim and others who are just becoming acquainted with his profound lyrics and brilliant music. This fall, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and Huntington Theatre Company continue their long-term commitments to this icon of the American Musical Theatre with thrilling new productions of Company and Sunday in the Park with George. The Boston Center for Adult Education is proud to offer an exclusive opportunity to take a deep dive into Sondheim's work:
10:30AM INTERPRETING SONDHEIM: Spiro Veloudos, director of Company and Producing Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage, explores the challenges and joys of directing Sondheim's shows.11:30AM SINGING SONDHEIM: Eric Stern, music director of Sunday in the Park with George and veteran of 20 Broadway shows, takes to the keyboard for some fascinating conversation and musical illustration of what makes Sondheim great. 12:30PM DESIGNING SONDHEIM: A panel of theatre designers, builders, and crew members share their experiences behind the curtain - and what it takes to create the unique sets, lighting, and costumes that make Boston's newest productions of Company and Sunday in the Park with George three-dimensional.
SPECIAL LIGHTING DEMONSTRATION BY THE HUNTINGTON'S MASTER ELECTRICIAN KAT HERZIG
Saturday, October 1 after the 2PM performance
Kat Herzig, Master Electrician at the Huntington Theatre Company, will give a post-show demonstration of the lighting effects used in staging Sunday in the Park with George.ARTWEEK ACTORS FORUM EVENT
Wednesday, October 5 after the 2PM performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Sunday in the Park with George and ask them your questions at the ArtWeek Actors Forum event, following the performance.
SUNDAY IN THE PAINT SHOP WITH WINE
Presented by the Huntington's 35 Below program
Sunday, October 9 at 4:30pm
Tickets: $15, available at huntingtontheatre.org/Sunday-With-George/Paint-Shop-with-Wine/
Spend an afternoon painting and creating with Huntington artisans over wine and cheese! Charge Scenic Artist Kristin Krause and Lead Scenic Artist Romina Diaz-Brada will take you through the process of creating a backdrop and building the set floors for Sunday in the Park with George. You'll take home samples of your work and learn all about creating theatre magic.
35th ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE
Monday, October 10
10AM - 11AM Exclusive access for subscribers only
11AM - 2PM Open to the general public
The Huntington participates in Fenway Alliance's annual Opening Our Doors celebration - Boston's largest free day of arts, cultural, and educational events. This is your last chance to go behind the scenes of the BU Theatre as it currently exists. Explore our production facilities, decorate a hat to take home in our "Finishing the Hat" crafting corner, and hear a performance from Sundayin the Park with George.
BOSTON PARKS & RECREATION PARKARTS BENEFIT
Thursday, October 13
The Huntington Theatre Company and City of Boston Parks and Recreation invite you to a fundraiser on behalf of ParkARTS, a free program that makes the Arts Accessible to all people in our parks and brings culture directly into Boston's neighborhoods. A pre-show picnic and reception will take place in the BU Theatre rehearsal hall at 6pm. A special post-show conversation with Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook and renowned arts and entertainment critic and advocate Joyce Kulhawik (joyceschoices.com) will take place immediately following the 7:30pm performance of Sunday in the Park with George. Tickets to the pre-show reception and performance are $150 with code PARKARTS. For more information contact Special Events Manager Kirsten Doyle at 617 273 1503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A collaboration of The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the Trustees Collaborative for Boston Parks and Open Space, and the Huntington Theatre Company.
POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening performances and most Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinee performances.
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE runs September 9 - October 16, 2016. Select Evenings: Tues. - Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. - Sat. at 8PM; select Sun. at 7PM. Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2PM. Press Opening: Wednesday, September 14, 7PM. RSVP online. Performances play Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston.
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale: online at huntingtontheatre.org; by phone at 617 266 0800; or in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston's South End. Select discounts apply: $5 off: seniors; $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni); $30 "35 Below" tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required); $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required).
Pictured: The company of Huntington's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Photo Credit: Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots.