In conjunction with its upcoming production of A Guide for the Homesick, Huntington Theatre Company will host several special events and post-show conversations.
Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to A Guide for the Homesick, available at huntingtontheatre.org/season/2017-2018/a-guide-for-the-homesick, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. A Guide for the Homesick runs through Sunday, November 4 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
LGBTQ+ NIGHT AT A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK
Thursday, October 12 after the 7:30pm performance
Join the LGBTQ+ community for a special night at A Guide for the Homesick followed by a special post-show reception with d’oeuvres provided by Above and Beyond Catering.
A CONVERSATION WITH TIMOTHY LONGMAN FROM BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Saturday, October 14 after the 2pm performance
Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University Timothy Longman will speak about his work and its shared themes with A Guide for the Homesick after the 2pm performance on Saturday, October 14.
Timothy Longman’s current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics. His new book, “Commanded by the Devil:” Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda will be published by Cambridge University Press and is based on his field research in Rwanda in 1992-1993 and 1995-1996. It argues that Rwanda’s churches became implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide because of their historic links with the state, their active engagement in ethnic politics, and the ongoing cooperative ties between leaders of the churches and the state.
HUMANITIES FORUM WITH DR. STEPHANIE KAYDEN, CHIEF OF THE DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND HUMANITARIAN PROGRAMS AT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL
Sunday, October 15 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of A Guide for the Homesick with Dr. Stephanie Kayden from Brigham and Women’s Hospital following the 2pm performance on October 15.
Dr. Stephanie Kayden is the chief of the division of international emergency medicine and humanitarian programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. As director of the Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she trains graduate level students as well as working professionals in global health and humanitarian work. She serves on the editorial board for the American Medical Association’s Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Kayden received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She completed residency training in emergency medicine at Yale University, then a fellowship in international emergency medicine at Harvard University. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kayden helped develop emergency medical care in Bhutan, Fiji, Nepal, Japan, Germany, Serbia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She provided disaster relief to survivors of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, helped rebuild health systems for Burundian refugees in Tanzania, led a team to improve rural public health in Uganda, and published research on the effects of conflict on health in Liberia. She has taught health and human rights issues in more than a dozen countries. In 2010, Dr. Kayden helped establish a field hospital for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.
MIT NIGHT AT THE HUNTINGTON: A CONVERSATION WITH KEN URBAN – A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK PLAYWRIGHT AND HEAD OF THE PLAYWRITING DEPARTMENT AT MIT
Tuesday, October 17 after the 7:30pm performance
Join Ken Urban, A Guide for the Homesick playwright and head of the playwriting department at MIT, for a discussion about the play after the 7:30pm performance of on October 17.
Ken Urban is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and his plays include Nibbler, Sense of an Ending, The Correspondent, A Future Perfect, The Awake, and The Happy Sad. His plays have been produced at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Amoralists Theatre Company, 59E59 Theaters, The Summer Play Festival at The Public Theater/NYSF, Theatre503 (London), and SpeakEasy Stage Company. His awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. Mr. Urban is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a core writer at the Playwrights’ Center. He wrote the screenplay for the feature-film adaptation of The Happy Sad, and his television pilot “The Art of Listening” was optioned by ITV. His upcoming projects include The Remains at Studio Theatre in May 2018. His band Occurrence released The Past Will Last Forever in 2016 and is completing a new album. This fall, he was named a senior lecturer of theatre arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he runs the playwriting program.
A CONVERSATION WITH ERIN KELLY FROM TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Sunday, October 22 after the 2pm performance
Erin Kelly, associate professor and department chair of the philosophy department at Tufts University, will speak about the moral responsibility and choices made by the characters of A Guide for the Homesick after the 2pm performance on Sunday, October 22.
Erin Kelly grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, seemingly destined for medical or law school, and riding horses or being kicked by them. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University; in further pursuit of philosophy, she then went to Columbia University for graduate study before moving to Harvard University, where she earned her PhD. Her research interests are in moral and political philosophy and the philosophy of law, with a focus on questions about justice, the nature of moral reasons, moral responsibility and desert, and theories of punishment. She has a non-academic interest in music, film, the outdoors, and has two young children.
A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MONICA ONYAGO FROM BOSTON UNIVERSITY & SANDRA BUTLER FROM MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Wednesday, October 25 after the 2pm performance
Dr. Monica Onayago, clinical assistant professor of global health at Boston University, and Sandra Butler, senior manager of global business strategy at MGH Global Health, will discuss their work in facilitating community health in populations in Uganda and other foreign countries following the 2pm performance of A Guide for the Homesick on Wednesday, October 25.
Dr. Monica Onyango has over 25 years’ experience in health care delivery and management. At the Department of International Health, she teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, and sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health for 10 years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals and as a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Dr. Onyango is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola, and a refugee camp in Kenya. In South Sudan and Angola, she facilitated the design and implementation of community based health services where there had been no services for several years. At Kakuma refugee camp in North Western Kenya, she helped design the maternal and child health programs for over 20,000 refugees. Dr, Onyango has also participated in providing training for South Sudanese health workers on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus (GNC) at BUSPH with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement, and research. Her current research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health care among populations affected by disasters and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally. She holds a PhD in nursing from Boston College, a master of science (nursing) degree from Boston College, a master in public health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, a diploma in advanced nursing from Nairobi University, a diploma in general nursing and midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.
Sandra Butler currently works for the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health. Prior to joining CAMTech, she worked in the USAID foreign aid space for seven years, including two years living in Kampala, Uganda working on infectious disease outbreaks, where she learned the very important life skill of how to bury hippos that have died from anthrax. Upon returning to Boston, she made a move to the private sector and worked on vaccine readiness as part of the US Government’s pandemic preparedness plan. Ms. Butler now lives in Charlestown, loves being lakeside in Maine, and volunteers with the Mayor’s office to train women in salary negotiations as part of the city’s effort to be the first to close the gender pay gap. She is from Concord, Massachusetts, went to Colgate University for her BA, and Boston University School of Public Health for her MPH.
Thursday, October 26 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, November 1 after the 2pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of A Guide for the Homesick and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum following the performance.
A CONVERSATION WITH DR. VINCENZO BOLLETTINO FROM THE HARVARD HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVE
Sunday, October 29 after the 2pm performance
Join Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino, director of the Resilient Communities Program at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, for a talkback about the themes in A Guide for the Homesick after the 2pm performance on Sunday, October 29.
Dr. Bollettino is the director of Resilient Communities Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Bollettino served for five years as executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Bollettino has 20 years of professional and academic experience in international politics, humanitarian action, civil-military engagement in emergencies, and the security of humanitarian aid workers. He has spent the past 14 years of his career at Harvard University in administration, teaching, and research. Current research focuses on civil military engagement during humanitarian emergencies, the security of humanitarian aid workers, and on the professionalization of the humanitarian aid field. Dr. Bollettino has managed several large training and policy development initiatives related to international humanitarian law, responsibility to protect, and peace building operations and has designed security reporting systems and program evaluations for field security measures in complex emergencies. He has authored several publications related to disaster management and humanitarian assistance and has consulted with numerous international nongovernmental organizations and UN agencies. He has taught courses on research design, peace building, and international politics at the Harvard Extension School. Dr. Bollettino came to Harvard University on a post-doctoral fellowship with the program on non-violent sanctions and cultural survival at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He completed his PhD at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season. An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen led by members of the Huntington staff.
Performances of A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK run now through November 4, 2017: Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm; Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm. Press Opening is Wednesday, October 18, 6:30pm. RSVP online. All performances play the South End / Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston.
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale: online at huntingtontheatre.org; by phone at 617 266 0800; or in person at the Huntington Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson