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Huntington Theatre Co. Announces Special Events in Conjunction with Iconic Classic Drama A DOLL'S HOUSE

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In conjunction with its upcoming production of A Doll's House the Huntington Theatre Company will host a number of special events and post-show conversations. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to A Doll's House, available at huntingtontheatre.org/adollshouse 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, January 6, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre.

35 BELOW AFTER PARTY
Friday, January 6, after the 8pm performance

Join us on January 6 after A Doll's House for a Winter Wonderland party, complete with a special hot cocoa bar and entertainment by Emily & the Giants. Mingle with members of the cast and creative team, enjoy free refreshments, and meet other young theatre lovers in Boston. Free with the purchase of a 35 Below ticket to any performance.
35 Below is the Huntington's special program for theatregoers 35 and under where tickets to every performance are always $30. 35 Below also hosts after parties and unique events throughout the year.

COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE

Monday, January 9 at 7pm

Tickets: coolidge.org/films/scenes-marriage (Huntington subscribers receive discount with code)

Ingmar Bergman's acclaimed Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners. After the film, join us for a post-show conversation with A Doll's House director Melia Bensussen and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland.

Melia Bensussen is the recipient of an Obie Award for Outstanding Direction. Her Huntington credits include Awake and Sing!, Luck of the Irish, and Circle Mirror Transformation. Other directing credits include work with Sleeping Weazel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, People's Light and Theatre Company (Barrymore Award nomination for Best Direction), and many others. She has received two Directing Awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, including their top honor, the Statuette Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Her edition of Langston Hughes' translation of Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding is published by Theatre Communications Group, and she is featured in Women Stage Directors Speak, by Rebecca Daniels, in Nancy Taylor's Women Direct Shakespeare, and in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context. Ms. Bensussen is chair of the performing arts department at Emerson College, and serves as chair of the arts advisory board for the Princess Grace Foundation.

A CONVERSATION WITH DR. Nancy Finn
Saturday, January 14, after the 2pm performance

Join Dr. Nancy Finn, an English and theatre studies professor at University of Massachusetts Boston and Emerson College, and Huntington literary apprentice Sarah Schnebly for a post-show discussion about Ibsen's A Doll's House after the 2pm performance on January 14.

Nancy Finn is a professor, actor, and dramaturg. She teaches dramatic literature in the English department at the University of Massachusetts Boston and theatre studies in the performing arts department at Emerson College. She received her PhD in theatre from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research interests include modern and Contemporary Theatre and drama, contemporary women playwrights, adaptation studies, and theatre historiography. She is currently writing a monograph on the work of Irish playwright Marina Carr, to be published by Bucknell University Press in their "Contemporary Irish Writers" series.

A CONVERSATION WITH HARVARD PROFESSOR THEO THEOHARIS
Sunday, January 15, after the 2pm performance

Join Harvard professor Theo Theoharis and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a discussion about the themes in A Doll's House after the 2pm performance on January 15.

Theo Theoharis graduated from Williams College in 1977 and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983. He has taught at UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and since 1985 he has taught at Harvard University. He is the author of Joyce's Ulysses: An Anatomy of the Soul (University of North Carolina Press, 1986), Ibsen's Drama: Right Action and Tragic Joy (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996), and Before Time Could Change Them: The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy (Harcourt, 2001). He has lectured widely in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

STUDENT MATINEE
Thursday, January 19 at 10am
For students in grades 9-12. Tickets: $15. Includes an in-school pre-show workshop, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. The student matinee will be American Sign Language-interpreted and audio-described. To reserve tickets, please contact Manager of Education Operations Meg O'Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org or 617 273 1558.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

Thursday, January 19, at the 10am performance (student matinee)

Friday, January 27, at the 8pm performance

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 mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org or 617 273 1558.

Season ASL Consultant: Wendy Watson

Show Consultant: John Pirone

ASL interpreters: Veronica Barry and Cassie Lang

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

Thursday, January 19, at the 10am performance (student matinee)

Saturday, January 28, at the 2pm performance

Audio Description is a carefully timed, live narration of the visual aspects of a performance. It is broadcast via a radio transmitter to patrons who wear a single headphone receiver enabling them to hear both the on-stage dialogue and the describer's narration.

Headsets must be reserved and limited seating is available. Braille and large print programs will be available at the performances. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for audio described program notes and set description. Tickets are $20 for each blind/low-vision patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for one guest. To reserve tickets and headsets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O'Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org or 617 273 1558.

Season consultant: Alice Austin

Primary describer: Alice Austin

Secondary describer: Elizabeth Montigny

ACTORS FORUMS

Thursday, January 19, after the 10am performance (student matinee)

Thursday, January 26, after the 7:30pm performance

Wednesday, February 1, after the 2pm performance

Meet participating members of the cast of A Doll's House and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

A CONVERSATION WITH MIT & NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ANNE FLECHE

Saturday, January 21, after the 2pm performance

Join MIT and Northeastern University professor Anne Fleche and Huntington literary apprentice Sarah Schnebly for a discussion about the themes in A Doll's House after the 2pm performance on January 21.

Anne Fleche is interested in connecting theories of language, performance, theatricality, and film. Her publications have appeared in Semiotica, TDR, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, as well as book collections. She is the author of Mimetic Disillusion: Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams and US Dramatic Realism. Ms. Fleche has an MA and PhD in English from Rutgers University and an MA in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She lecturers in drama and film at Northeastern University and at MIT.

EMERSON NIGHT

Tuesday, January 24, at the 7:30pm performance

Emerson College students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend the Emerson Night performance of A Doll's House for $20 with discount code. After the show, join Melia Bensussen, A Doll's House director and chair of the performing arts department at Emerson College, and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a special post-show discussion.

Melia Bensussen is the recipient of an Obie Award for Outstanding Direction. Her Huntington credits include Awake and Sing!, Luck of the Irish, and Circle Mirror Transformation. Other directing credits include work with Sleeping Weazel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, People's Light and Theatre Company (Barrymore Award nomination for Best Direction), and many others. She has received two Directing Awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, including their top honor, the Statuette Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Her edition of Langston Hughes' translation of Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding is published by Theatre Communications Group, and she is featured in Women Stage Directors Speak, by Rebecca Daniels, in Nancy Taylor's Women Direct Shakespeare, and in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context. Ms. Bensussen is chair of the performing arts department at Emerson College, and serves as chair of the arts advisory board for the Princess Grace Foundation.

A CONVERSATION WITH BOSTON UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR BRIAN WALSH

Saturday, January 28, after the 2pm performance

Boston University professor Brian Walsh and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland will lead a post-show discussion about Ibsen's A Doll's House after the 2pm performance on January 28.

Brian Walsh is a visiting professor in the English department at Boston University, where he teaches modern drama and in the University's core curriculum. A Shakespeare scholar by training, Mr. Walsh is the author of two books on Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre: Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Unsettled Toleration: Religious Difference on the Shakespearean Stage (2016). He is currently doing research on contemporary British theatre and on Indian film adaptations of Shakespeare.

HUMANITIES FORUM & BOSTON GLOBE EVENT: A CONVERSATION WITH BOSTON GLOBE'S "MISS CONDUCT" ROBIN ABRAHAMS

Sunday, January 29, after the 2pm performance

Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams (aka "Miss Conduct") and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland will lead a post-show discussion about the relationships in A Doll's House after the 2pm performance on January 29. A Boston Globe event - tickets to the January 29 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code.

Robin Abrahams writes the popular "Miss Conduct" social advice column for The Boston Globe Magazine, and is the author of the book Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners, a guide to social life in 21st century America. She works as a researcher at Harvard Business School and has co-authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. A Cambridge resident with a PhD in research psychology from Boston University, her previous jobs include theatre publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and writing. Ms. Abrahams is married to Marc Abrahams, publisher of the Annals of Improbable Research and creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are awarded annually for achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. robinabrahams.com.

A CONVERSATION WITH HARVARD PROFESSOR MARTIN PUCHNER
Saturday, February 4, after the 2pm performance
Join Harvard professor Martin Puchner and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a post-show discussion after the 2pm performance of A Doll's House on February 4.


Martin Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is the author of The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy (Oxford, 2010; winner of the Joe A. Callaway Award), Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes (Princeton, 2006; winner of the MLA's James Russell Lowell Award), and Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama (Hopkins, 2002; 2011), as well as of numerous edited volumes and sourcebooks. He is the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and the Norton Anthology of Western Literature. He also writes for the London Review of Books, Raritan, Bookforum, N+1, Public Books, and Inside Higher Ed. At Harvard, he has been involved in enhancing the role of the arts and humanities and led the effort to establish a program in theatre, dance, and media. He is completing a book on the intersection of storytelling and technology called The Written World.

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.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR

WHEN

January 6 - February 5, 2017

Select Evenings: Tues. - Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. - Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm

Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm

Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.

Press Opening: Wednesday, January 11, 7pm. RSVP online.

WHERE

Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

TICKETS

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)


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