Cry of the Reed Begins Huntington Theatre Run March 28

News   Cry of the Reed Begins Huntington Theatre Run March 28 The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA, presents the world premiere of Sinan Ünel's The Cry of the Reed beginning March 28.
The Cry of the Reed stars Cigdem Onat and Lisa Birnbaum.
The Cry of the Reed stars Cigdem Onat and Lisa Birnbaum. Photo by Eric Antoniou

Directed by Daniel Goldstein, the production at Huntington's Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts will officially open April 9. The limited engagement will run through May 3.

The cast features Amir Arison (Hakan/Kadir), Lisa Birnbaum (Sevgi), Sean Dugan (Josh), Laith Nakli (Tariq/Emir/Mumtaz), Cigdem Onat (Ayla), Darren Pettie (Philip) and Rafi Silver (Nabil).

The Cry of the Reed, according to press notes, is described as such: "Turkish-American photojournalist Sevgi Okan defies her editors to revisit war-torn Iraq. Though intent on staying safe while pursuing the next big story, Sevgi and her Canadian colleague Philip are detained by insurgents who question their motives, their faith, and their identities. Determined to rescue both Sevgi and their failing relationship, her boyfriend Josh seeks out Sevgi's estranged expatriate American mother Ayla, living now in Turkey as a devout and worldly Sufi teacher with thousands of followers. As Sevgi fights for her freedom, befriending her captors while bombs fall around them, Josh's search leads to a deepening friendship with Ayla and her loyal servant. And when Sevgi's increasingly desperate detention becomes international news, Ayla is called into action."

The creative team also includes Eugene Lee (scenic designer), Laurie Churba (costume designer), Michael Chybowski (lighting designer) and Eric Shim (composer/sound designer). Gail P. Luna is the production stage manager, and Katie Ailinger is stage manager.

Show times are Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Saturdays and Sundays and select Wednesdays at 2 PM. The Huntington's Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts is located at 527 Tremont Street in Boston, MA. Tickets, priced $15-$55, are available by calling (617) 266-0800 or by visiting huntingtontheatre.org.

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