Martin to beantown

Obie-winning helmer to top Huntington Theater

BOSTON — Obie Award-winning director Nicholas Martin has been appointed artistic director of the Huntington Theater Co., the 18-year-old nonprofit theater in residence at Boston U.’s 890-seat proscenium Huntington Theater. Martin, 61, will replace the HTC’s founding producing director Peter Altman, who will oversee the remainder of the HTC’s 1999-2000 season before taking up the post of producing artistic director of Kansas City’s Missouri Repertory Theater in August 2000.

Martin will begin planning the Huntington 2000-2001 season immediately, working with the company as a consultant prior to taking up permanent residence in Boston next spring.

Obie winner

His work as a director is known in both New York City, where he won a 1999 Obie Award for his staging of Christopher Durang’s “Betty’s Summer Vacation,” and at the Williamstown Theater Festival, where he has been resident director for the past two summers. This summer he directed Tennessee Williams’ “Camino Real” at the WTF as well as a work-in-progress production of John Guare’s new play, “Chaucer in Rome,” in the WTF’s Stage II.

Martin is considering restaging “Dead End,” which he mounted at the WTF in 1997, as the opening production of his first Huntington season.

At ‘Full Gallop’

After starting his career as an actor and going on to become a member of New York City’s late lamented APA Repertory Co., he gained recognition during his tenure as associate artistic director at NYC’s Playwrights Horizons, notably for his direction of Sherman’s “Sophistry.” He left that post in 1993. One of his most successful productions was Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton’s “Full Gallop,” which he also directed in London and for a national tour.

New York productions he’ll be helming in the coming months will include “You Can’t Take It With You” for the Roundabout and “Time of the Cuckoo” for the Lincoln Center Theater.