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Coolidge And Huntington Announce Stage & Screen Series: Four Events In 2017-2018

Monday Sep 11, 2017
Ann Blythe and Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce."
Ann Blythe and Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce."  

Stage & Screen -- a collaboration between Coolidge Corner Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company exploring the depictions of shared themes in Huntington productions and acclaimed films -- announces four upcoming film screenings and post-screening conversations with Huntington artists and experts. Tickets to each screening are $14 ($11 for Coolidge members with member ID and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers with promo code) and may be purchased online at coolidge.org or at the Coolidge box office, located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.

The full program for the 2017-2018 Stage & Screen series is as follows:

"Barton Fink" in conjunction with "Merrily We Roll Along"
Monday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) comes to Hollywood to write a wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block when his neighbor -- jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows (John Goodman) -- tries to help, but a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further. This 1991 comedy, film noir, mystery, horror, drama mash-up by the Coen Brothers is one of their most-acclaimed films, earning three awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. "Barton Fink" and "Merrily We Roll Along" share similar themes on artists seeking commercial success and the impact it can have on the art they create.

After the film, Huntington Playwriting Fellows Miranda and John Adekoje and Director of New Work Charles Haugland will host a talkback on shared themes in "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Barton Fink."

Tickets to the Huntington's production of "Merrily We Roll Along" (September 8 - October 15 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre) start at $25 and are available at huntingtontheatre.org.

"Trouble In Paradise" in conjunction with "Tartuffe"
Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall), a thief, meets his true love in Lily (Miriam Hopkins), a pickpocket. The couple embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized, and Gaston is forced to choose between the two beautiful women. Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch's masterful touch is in full flower in "Trouble in Paradise," a pinnacle of sophisticated romantic comedy, loaded with sparkling dialogue, witty innuendo, and elegant comic invention. "Trouble in Paradise" and "Tartuffe" both explore the practice and technique of being a con-artist.

Tickets to the Huntington's production of "Tartuffe" (November 10 - December 10 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre) start at $25 and are available at huntingtontheatre.org.

"Mildred Pierce" in conjunction with "Bad Dates"
Monday, January 29 at 7 p.m.

In this noir classic and Academy Award-winning film, Mildred (Joan Crawford) is interrogated by police about the death of her second husband, Monte Beragon. Throughout the film, flashbacks reveal the events leading up to his death as well as the details of Mildred's relationship with her spoiled and social climbing daughter, Veda (Ann Blyth). An examination of successful, ambitious women and how they live, "Mildred Pierce" is as relevant as ever. "Mildred Pierce" is referenced in "Bad Dates," and the plays protagonist Haley Walker considers herself to be a modern day Mildred Pierce.

Tickets to the Huntington's production of "Bad Dates" (January 26 - February 25 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre) ) start at $25 and are available at huntingtontheatre.org.

"Working Girl" in conjunction with "Top Girls"
Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is a secretary from Long Island trying to climb the corporate ladder. After working with her new boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), Tess learns that not all women in corporate America support each other. A misunderstanding with Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford), another executive, complicates matters, forcing Tess to choose between ambition with the possibility for love. "Working Girl" is a 1980s classic about self-discovery, determination, feminism, love, and a whole lot of hairspray. "Top Girls" and "Working Girl" both share similar themes regarding women in the workplace and the sacrifices they have to make.

Tickets to the Huntington's production of "Top Girls" (April 20 - May 20 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre) start at $25 and are available at huntingtontheatre.org.

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