The drama starts the new season for the Massachusetts company Sept. 9 at the Boston University Theatre for a run through Oct. 9.
Stoppard pens a tale of tumultuous affairs amid the world of theatre. A noted and married playwright falls for another actress while his wife has also fallen for another married actor — who happens to be her co-star in her hubby's play about adultery.
This production of The Real Thing marks Huntington’s sixth presentation of the scribe's work following Night and Day (in 1982), On The Razzle (1983-84 season), Jumpers (1986-87), Travesties (1990-91) and Arcadia (1996-97).
Director Yionoulis — who staged last season's 36 Views at Huntington — directs a cast that includes Off-Broadway vets Pepper Binkley (The Cherry Orchard), Matthew Boston (Magic Hands Freddy), Rufus Collins (House and Garden), Meg Gibson (Lapis Blue Blood Red), Kate Nowlin (Shockheaded Peter), Adam Saunders and William Thompson (God Hates the Irish).
The design team for The Real Thing features Kris Stone (set), Katherine Roth (costumes), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting) and Daniel Baker (sound). Thomas M. Kauffman serves as production stage manager. The new Huntington season will continue with Stephen Belber's Carol Mulroney (Oct. 14-Nov. 20), Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig (Nov. 4-Dec. 4), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Jan. 6-Feb. 5, 2006), Mat Smart's The Hopper Collection (March 3-April 2, 2006), Marc Wolf's The Road Home: Re-Membering America (March 24-April 30, 2006) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (May 12-June 11, 2006).
Tickets to The Real Thing Huntington’s Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave. are available by calling (617) 266-0800. For more information on the Huntington Theatre Company, visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.