Legit helmer ‘Committed’ to Huntington

Martin to become a.d of the Huntington Theater Co.

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Nicholas Martin, who staged New York’s current Off Broadway hit “Fully Committed,” has announced his first season as the new artistic director of the Huntington Theater Co., the nonprofit company in residence at the 890-seat Boston University Theater near Boston’s renowned Symphony Hall.

The season will include two proven shows helmed by Martin: a restaging of his highly successful 1997 production of Sidney Kingsley’s “Dead End’’ for the Williamstown Theater Festival and another production of “Fully Committed,” in association with the commercial producers’ Broadway in Boston/SFX Theatri-cals. Latter show will run at Boston’s downtown commercial 1,250-seat Wilbur Theater.

“Dead End” will open the six-play season, running Sept. 8 to Oct. 8. It will be followed by the New England premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s “A Fair Country,” about white Americans living in South Africa in 1977 (Oct. 27-Nov. 26). Next, at the Wilbur, will be Becky Mode’s “Fully Committed” (Dec. 1-31).

The season will return to the Boston U. Theater Dec. 29 to Jan. 28 with the East Coast premiere of Richard Wilbur’s new verse translation of Moliere’s “Amphitryon.” It will be directed by Darko Tresnjak, who has been proving himself in recent summers at the Williamstown Theater Fest. It will be followed by Tom Stoppard’s play about A.E. Housman, “The Invention of Love” (March 9-April 8). Martin’s first Huntington season will end with James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” (May 18-June 17, 2001) in a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theater. It will be directed by Chuck Smith.

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