The Huntington has announced its 2022-2023 season which will be the first season by incoming Artistic Director Loretta Greco. who will be the first woman to hold the position at the Boston theatre beginning in July.
Performances will take place in the Calderwood Pavilian/BCA in the South End as well as the soon-to-reopen Huntington Theatre, which has recently undergone an extensive renovation.
Opening the season will be the previously announced Sing Street, which features a book by Enda Walsh with music and lyrics by Gary Clark and John. Running August 2-October 2, the Broadway-aimed production features direction by Rebecca Taichman and choreography by Sonya Tayeh. Sing Street, a stage adaptation of Carney's film of the same name, follows 16-year-old Conor in 1982 Dublin as he tries to impress a girl while living in a struggling community.
A revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone will follow, running October 14-November 13. The play, set in a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, explores themes of resurrection and self-discovery as Herald Loomis searches for his lost wife at the beginning of the Great Migration. Lili-Anne Brown will direct the production.
Next, Bhangin' It: A Bhangin' New Musical comes to Huntington December 2 with a run through January 8, 2023. The co-production with La Jolla Playhouse features a book by Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza, music and lyrics by Sam Willmott, additional music by Deep Singh, and direction by Stafford Arima. Set at East Lansing University, the musical brings the world of intercollegiate Bhangra to the stage through the story of college senior Mary Darshini Clarke as she becomes the captain of a novice team ahead of the national competition.
Set to run January 13-February 12, 2023, The Art of Burning by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kate Snodgrass explores the trials of parenting in modern America as Jason and Patricia work through a 'conscious uncoupling' and deciding who has custody of their 15-year-old daughter Beth, who seems to have suddenly disappeared. Melia Bensussen will direct the world premiere.
Another world premiere will follow. Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lenelle Moïse's K-I-S-S-I-N-G, directed by Dawn M. Simmons, will run March 3-April 2, 2023. The new play returns to Moïse's hometown Cambridge, Massachusetts with the summer romances of Lala as she pursues twins Dani and Albert among fine art on pizza boxes, David Bowie, bell hooks, and fireworks by the Charles. The work is being co-produced with The Front Porch Arts Collective.
Lynn Nottage's Clyde's, which recently had a Broadway run, will take the stage March 31-April 30, 2023. The play takes place in a truck stop sandwich shop and follows its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff as they being to dream and reclaim their lives while caught between the shop's unsympathetic owner and its unusual chef.
Next spring from April 21-May 21, 2023, Greco will direct the new play Joy and Pandemic by MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac. Set in early 20th century Philadelphia, the work centers on Joy, who is faced with a growing public health crisis that threatens her children's art school—and her dream of it. Joy encounters another mother with conflicting beliefs in an afternoon encounter that will change their daughters' worlds. The play was originally commissioned by San Francisco's Magic Theatre.
The season will close with a final show in summer 2023 which is to be announced.