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News Postponed Streamers, She Loves Me and Two World Premieres to Be Part of Huntington Season The American premiere of the Broadway-bound The 39 Steps, a revival of the musical She Loves Me, the world premieres of Brendan and The Cry of the Reed and works by David Rabe, Wendy Wasserstein and Conor McPherson will fill the new season Huntington Theatre Company.

Outgoing Huntington artistic director Nicholas Martin announced his final lineup at the Boston-based theatre for the coming year. (He will become Artist Emeritus — providing artistic guidance and support — starting June 2008.)

The season (subject to change) follows:

  • The 39 Steps (Sept. 14-Oct. 14) - Boston University Theatre
    Patrick Barlow adapts John Buchan's novel (also a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film) for the stage. Maria Aitken, who helmed the original London production, directs the pre-Broadway U.S. debut of the "whodunit, [which is] part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy.
  • Brendan (Oct. 12-Nov. 11) - Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
    Justin Waldman directs the world premiere of the work by Irish-born Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone. Developed as part of Huntington's 2005 Breaking Ground Festival, the work centers on an Ireland-to-Boston transplant who "misses his family but works hard to fit into his adopted country, earn his American citizenship, and find both love and meaning in his new life."


  • Streamers (Nov. 9-Dec. 9) - B.U. Theatre
    Scott Ellis stages the David Rabe drama, which finds "four young soldiers fresh from boot camp anxiously awaiting orders in 1965 Virginia, watching the Vietnam conflict escalate. As they struggle to make sense of their new life in the army, tensions rise over race, sexuality, and class, culminating in an explosive act that changes them forever." (The work was postponed from the current season due to Ellis' busy schedule on Broadway's Curtains.)
  • Third (Jan 4-Feb 3, 2008) - B.U. Theatre
    Wendy Wasserstein's final play centers on "a revered, 54-year-old English professor at an elite New England college [whose] life and career slowly become unhinged when she meets... a conservative, wrestler-jock student." Director to be announced.
  • Shining City (March 7-April 6, 2008) - B.U. Theatre
    Conor McPherson's Dublin-set drama unfolds as "a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. At the same time, the therapist's own relationship teeters on the brink." Director to be announced.
  • The Cry of the Reed (March 28-May 4, 2008) - Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
    In Sinan Unel's world premiere, "a journalist and her colleague find themselves unexpectedly detained by a band of insurgents as bombs rain down on a war-torn landscape. Her captors offer one telephone call – a chance to reconnect with the mother she hasn't spoken to in ten years, who now lives in Turkey." Director to be announced.
  • She Loves Me (May 16-June 15, 2008) - B.U. Theatre
    Nicholas Martin directs the musical featuring music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joe Masteroff based on the Miklos Laszlo play Parfumerie. The romantic comedy "is the story of two lovesick, anonymous pen pals who work together during the day, blissfully unaware they are writing to each other at night...centering on these unlikely sweethearts and the eccentric colleagues who aid and abet them." Subscriptions to the Huntington's 2007-2008 season are now available by phone at (617) 266-0800 or online at

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