One of the hottest directors of the past season, Nicholas Martin, has been selected as the new artistic director of Boston's Huntington Theatre Company. Martin will replace Peter Altman, who is leaving the company after 18 seasons to become producing artistic director of Missouri Repertory Theatre. Martin will officially take up the reins in fall 2000.
Martin first began to earn attention as an associate artistic director at Playwrights Horizons. His most visible project there was Sophistry, starring Ethan Hawke, Calista Flockhart, Anthony Rapp and Austin Pendleton. He made a bigger splash with Full Gallop, Mary Louise Wilson's one-woman tribute to fashion editor Diana Vreeland.
But it wasn't until last season that Martin's talents truly came to the fore. He scored back-to-back critical hits with John Guare's Bosoms and Neglect at the Signature Theatre Company and Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation at Playwrights Horizons. Over the summer, he piloted Tennessee Williams' Camino Real (again with Hawke) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is currently working on Fully Committed at the Vineyard Theatre and is set to mount Time of the Cuckoo with Debra Monk at Lincoln Center Theater in February 2000. Additionally, Betty's Summer Vacation is expected to reopen this fall for a commercial Off-Broadway run.
The Huntington is one of a handful of important theatres in the Boston area. Currently filling its stage is a production of Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Mariette Hartley. This fall, Pat Hingle will star in a new political drama, The Last Hurrah.
--By Robert Simonson