'Ain't Misbehavin'' to kick off season

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — “The Paris Letter,” a new play by Jon Robin Baitz, headlines the 2003-04 season of Boston’s nonprofit Huntington Theater Co. Tentative dates for the new play are Oct. 31-Nov. 30.

“The Paris Letter,” to be directed by Jonathan Kent, revolves around a Wall Street powerhouse whose personal and professional lives begin to crumble as the secrets of his past come to light. It’s described by the Huntington as “one man’s journey through his emotional and sexual development and the forces that shaped it.”

The Baitz play is the first the Huntington has commissioned and developed through its Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays.

The season probably will run Sept. 12-June 13, opening with the Fats’ Waller musical revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” It will include the previously announced Royal Theater of Bath, England, production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” directed by Peter Hall. That production will play downtown Boston’s Wilbur Theater from Nov. 11, co-presented by the Huntington and Broadway in Boston/Clear Channel Entertainment.

The other plays, all at the Boston University Theater, are Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw,” directed by Darko Tresnjak; Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo,” directed by Huntington artistic director Nicholas Martin; and a sixth play yet to be announced.

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