New Belber Play and "House of Mirth" Musical Inaugurates Boston Breaking Ground Festival

News   New Belber Play and "House of Mirth" Musical Inaugurates Boston Breaking Ground Festival Boston's Huntington Theatre Company will present its first Breaking Ground Festival, March 18-21, which will feature readings of four new play commissions — including a new Stephen Belber (Match, Tape) work — and a new musical based on the Edith Wharton novel "House of Mirth."

Commissioned through the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays, the Breaking Ground Festival free readings will take place in Studio 210 (adjacent to the Boston University Theatre).

Kicking off the readings March 18 at 7:30 PM will be Stabbing by Belber. Set in urban America, the play follows the chain of events and the unlikely group of people involved when a heated argument one evening goes awry.

David Rambo's The Ice-Breaker will play next at the space, March 19 at 7:30 PM. In the new work, an unsteady doctoral candidate ventures to find a man (once a renegade leader in her field) who has since become a recluse out in the desert.

March 20 will see three readings: Melinda Lopez's Sonia Flew at 12 PM, John Kuntz's Jasper Lake at 4 PM and Sinan Unel's Pathétique at 8 PM. Sonia Flew finds a Cuban mother of two struggling to understand how her parents sent her unaccompanied, away from the turmoil of her homeland in the early 1960s. Jasper Lake focuses on the events that unravel in an exclusive community surrounding the titular body of water. Pathétique explores the mysterious death of composer Tchaikovsky five days after the premiere of the title symphony.

The Festival condlues March 21 at 3 PM with a reading of the new American musical Lily by Brooks Ashmanskas (music and lyrics) and Peter Flynn (book). The new adaptation, based on Edith Wharton's classic novel "House of Mirth," centers on the title character's rise and fall among high society in New York at the beginning of the 20th century. All readings are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. For reservations, call the Huntington Box Office at (617) 266-0800. Studio 210 is located at 264 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA. For more information on the Huntington Theatre Company, visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.

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