The 2023-2024 season at Boston's The Huntington, the first completely programmed by new Artistic Director Loretta Greco, will feature seven productions, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fat Ham and, as previously announced, the Tony-winning musical The Band's Visit.
The new season will launch this fall with Joshua Harmon's Prayer for the French Republic, playing the Huntington Theatre September 7-October 8. Directed by Artistic Director Greco, the drama is set in 2016 Paris, where the Salomon family has made a wonderful home since the 1940s. When their son comes home beaten up because he was wearing a yarmulke, the family is forced to question their safety and sense of belonging.
James Ijames' Pulitzer Prize-winning Fat Ham, which opens on Broadway April 12, will play the Calderwood Pavilion/Wimberly Theatre September 22-October 22. Stevie Walker-Webb directs this queer take on Shakespeare's Hamlet that follows the sensitive Juicy and his Southern family at a backyard barbecue on his mother's wedding day.
The Tony-winning Best Musical The Band’s Visit—featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses—will follow, playing the Huntington Theatre November 10-December 23. The co-production with SpeakEasy Stage will feature direction by SpeakEasy Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault, choreography by Daniel Pelzig, and music direction by José Delgado. Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, the musical follows an Egyptian band of musicians stranded in a small Israeli town after a transportation mix up. The work won Best Musical at the 2018 Tony Awards.
The Heart Sellers—from The Chinese Lady playwright Lloyd Suh—will play the Calderwood Pavilion/Wimberly Theatre November 21-December 23 under the direction of May Adrales. The comedy follows recent Asian immigrants Jane and Luna, who run into each other on Thanksgiving in 1973, find they have much in common, and share their hopes and challenges for making a new life in a new land.
Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight, written and directed by John Kolvenbach, will kick off the new year at the Boston venue, playing the Huntington Theatre's Maso Studio January 20-March 3, 2024. Jim Ortlieb, winner of the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, will again star in the solo show about a man desperate for connection, bent by isolation, and deeply in love with the audience itself.
Kimberly Belflower's John Proctor is the Villain, directed by Margot Bordelon, is scheduled to play the Calderwood Pavilion/Wimberly Theatre February 8-March 10. The new comedy is set in Georgia as a group of teenagers explore Arthur Miller's The Crucible; the young women begin to discover their power and agency, finding a way to hold both the text and their community to account.
The season will conclude May 17-June 16 with Lydia R. Diamond's Toni Stone, directed by the playwright. Inspired by Martha Ackmann's Curveball: The Remarkable True Story of Toni Stone, the play follows the first woman to play professional baseball on a man’s team in the Negro Leagues, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules.
Casting and additional creative team members for the productions will be announced at a later time.
“I am thrilled to unveil the brilliant, entertaining, and life-affirming new plays, a musical, and a reimagined classic that make up the 23-24 season and to introduce you to some of the field’s most exciting theatre writers and makers,” says Artistic Director Greco. “The 23-24 season—my first full season in Boston—makes a passionate case for connection, for us to open our hearts to one another, to see and meet one another where we live, and ask the essential questions of our time.”
Season ticket packages are available at HuntingtonTheatre.org. Single tickets to individual shows will go on sale in the summer.