Julie White, Marin Ireland to Star in New Works by Belber, Lopez and More in "Breaking Ground Fest"

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13 Apr 2007

Julie White, Will LeBow and Marin Ireland will appear in new works by playwrights Melinda Lopez, Stephen Belber and more for Huntington Theatre Company's 2007 Breaking Ground Festival of New Play Readings.



The event, which runs April 19-22 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, will feature the Boston playwrights Melinda Lopez, Kate Snodgrass, John Shea and Sinan Unel alongside New York playwrights Stephen Belber and Matt Hoverman.

The play lineup follows:

  • Melinda Lopez's Alexandros (directed by Justin Waldman) - April 19 at 7:30 PM
    "Maritza and her daughter Marty have returned to Miami to celebrate Abuela's birthday. But something isn't right; Abuela thinks the party is for her own funeral, Maritza's brother Tio seems awfully close to the gardener, and Alexandros the dog has gone missing."

  • Stephen Belber's Geometry of Fire (dir. Lucie Tiberghien) - April 20 at 8 PM
    "Lives intersect in a D.C.-area bar, bringing together the lost and 'un-homed.' Mel, a vet recently returned from the front, is haunted by the ghost of his last victim; his father Bob, suspicious of the military, strives to understand his son; and Tariq, a Saudi American, discovers the toxicity of his personal life just might be tied to the contamination of the land around him." Marin Ireland stars.

  • Kate Snodgrass' Parallelogram (dir. Susan Fenichell) - April 21 at 2 PM
    "In the realm of quantum physics, the act of observation decides the fate of the observed, and two universes - containing separate outcomes of the same events - can exist side by side.  Eleanor and Michael, scientists working in very different worlds, find themselves nonetheless connected by a common thread. Can the movement of the stars and planets illuminate the darkness between them?" Julie White stars.

  • Sinan Unel's The Cry of the Reed (dir. Waldman) - April 21 at 8 PM
    "In 2004 a pair of journalists find themselves unexpectedly detained by a band of insurgents, as bombs rain down on an Iraqi landscape. Meanwhile, in Turkey, on the eve of a festival celebrating the great Sufi poet Rumi, an unexpected allegiance is forged in the struggle to secure the journalists' release."

  • Matt Hoverman's Searching for God in Suburbia (dir. Matt August) - April 22 at 2 PM
    "In these seven short plays, the standard suburban universe is turned topsy-turvy.  As interconnected characters go about their daily lives - tucking in their kids at bedtime, dealing with infidelity, making time for the gym  - the unexpected is always just around the corner. Sometimes it's the boogeyman, or an alien invasion, or just the surprise of a true human connection." Thomas Derrah stars.

  • John Shea's Claire Silva (dir. Daniel Goldstein) April 22 at 7 PM
    "In the Monaghan family, the sins of the past are emerging once again. On the eve of the release of a convicted child molester, the media descends on a tight-knit, blue collar Boston neighborhood in turmoil, where truths, long-buried, may finally be revealed." Will LeBow and Karen MacDonald star.

    All readings take place in the Carol G. Deane Rehearsal Hall at the Calderwood Pavilion. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended as seating is limited. For reservations, call the Huntington Theatre Company Box Office at (617) 266-0800 or email tickets@huntingtontheatre.org.

    For more information, visit the Huntington website at huntingtontheatre.org.