EMERGING AMERICA PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release March 7, 2011
A.R.T.: Kati Mitchell, Director of Press and Public Relations
Huntington Theatre Company: Rebecca Curtiss, Communications Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
ICA: Colette Randall, Communications Manager
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.),
Huntington Theatre Company, and
the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)
announce their second joint collaboration
the Emerging America Festival
May 13-15, 2011
Boston, Mass.-The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), Huntington Theatre Company, and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston have joined forces for the second annual Emerging America—a festival featuring groundbreaking performance by American artists.
From May 13 through 15, Emerging America will bring together some of the country’s most promising performers, writers, companies, and directors for a weekend filled with energy, imagination, creativity, and drama.
Emerging America spans Boston and Cambridge with events happening at all three artistic homes throughout the 3-day festival: the A.R.T. at OBERON, 2 Arrow St. Cambridge MA; the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston; and the ICA at 100 Northern Avenue, Boston.
Ticket prices range from $5 to $25, and packages are available for special discounts and experiences across all 3 institutions. For more details and for tickets visit http://www.emergingamericafestival.org.
BELLONA, DESTROYER OF CITIES
Adapted and directed by Jay Scheib after Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren
May 13 at 7:30pm, May 14 at 7:30pm and May 15 at 2pm –
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Jay Scheib brings the dystopic and violent vision of Samuel Delany’s epic sci-fi novel, Dhalgren to the stage. Using smashing choreography and live video action, this sexy cast of characters explores the limits of life at the end of the world. Bellona combines passages from Delany’s novel with original material as well as video and photography by director Jay Scheib and artist Carrie Mae Weems.
BEOWULF - A THOUSAND YEARS OF BAGGAGE by Banana Bag and Bodice
May 13 at 8pm and May 15 at 6pm — A.R.T.’s OBERON
This SongPlay adaptation of the Old English epic poem Beowulf harkens back to the raw and rowdy storytelling of the Scandinavian mead halls. The show features a 7-piece band including dueling trombones, bass clarinet, accordion and saw, combining Weillian cabaret, 40's jazz harmony, indie rock, punk, electronica, and Romantic Lieder into a cacophonous swirl.
PSYCHED by Ryan Landry, featuring Larry Coen
May 14 at 1pm and 4pm — Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Everybody wanted to talk to the mysterious old lady in Alfred Hitchcock's slasher masterpiece Psycho. Now, after the bloodbath, Mrs. Bates pulls back the curtain and tells HER side! Larry Coen stars in Ryan Landry's twisted take on Hitchcock's masterpiece. WARNING: NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!
THE UN-OFFICIAL GUIDE TO AUDIENCE WATCHING PERFORMANCE by Raphael Xavier
May 14 and May 15 at 2pm — A.R.T.’s OBERON
Xavier shifts the rhythms of rap and propels narratives through break dancing to draw parallels between the performer's body, which is inscribed by life's experiences, and the stage itself, putting the audience in one of his shoes laced with stand-up to boot.
GRAND THEFT OVID by Eddie Kim
May 14 at 4pm — A.R.T.’s OBERON
Characters from World of Warcraft, Halo Reach, and Grand Theft Auto 4 perform tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Middle and high school students turn into digital “puppeteers” when they operate projected images of their favorite games. This production combines ancient text with modern technology to create an original theatrical experience.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING by Aaron Landsman
May 14 at 6pm and May 15 at 4pm — A.R.T.’s OBERON
Borrowing tales from half-a-dozen cities where Aaron Landsman sat in on government meetings, as well as improvised testimony from you the viewer, this piece imagines public discourse as art and vice versa. Come early and you could end up as the Mayor of this night. Come late and you may lose your voice.
FORNICATED FROM THE BEATLES by Mikhael Tara Garver and The New Ensemble
May 14 at 8pm — A.R.T.’s OBERON
A generation born to parents who fell in bed to the yearning rhythms of John, Paul, Ringo, and George – searching for their own tune to come together. Born from a moment when the unexplainable power of music rocked the world. Music that resonates still. This club piece asks, “What do we reveal when we come together and we think no one is watching?”
JOIN THE CONVERSATION! BRUNCH
May 15 at 12pm—Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Enjoy live music and mingle with other festival-goers to talk about the weekend’s adventures and experiences. Exciting performers to be announced.
THE MOMENTUM by CollaborationTown
May 15 at 2pm —Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Unhappy? Listless? Broke? Alone? Let the Laws of Attraction massage your vibrations and change your life in the self-help-sploitation THE MOMENTUM. Remember: It’s not self-help if you don’t help self.
FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY featuring THE LISPS
May 15 at 8 p.m. — A.R.T.’s OBERON
The closing party features The Lisps and delightful surprises cooked up by OBERON and its eclectic artists. The Lisps are a New York-based band whose songs borrow liberally from vaudeville, science fiction, and Americana. Their hyperactive performances typically involve bloody tambourines, wrestling, lipstick smeared melodicas, old filing cabinets, and film reels suspended by rusty chains.
THE EMERGING AMERICA AUDIO PLAYS, PODCASTS, AND WALKING TOURS
Following 2010’s creation of 23 audio events, this year’s festival will offer a new batch of dynamic free downloads. The Huntington Theatre Company shares eleven site-specific audio plays written by playwrights from the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program and inspired by locations surrounding each partner institution. The A.R.T. and ICA offers podcasts and walking tours from local artists and festival participants. Listen in and explore, investigate, and imagine the life of places in Boston and Cambridge. More info at http://www.emergingamericafestival.org.
The A.R.T. is one of the country's most celebrated resident theaters and the winner of numerous awards including the Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and regional Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. In 2002 the A.R.T. was the recipient of the National Theatre Conference's Outstanding Achievement Award, and in May of 2003 it was named one of the top three regional theaters in the country by Time magazine. Founded by Robert Brustein in 1980, the A.R.T. during its 30-year history has welcomed many major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes new American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts, and provocative new music theater productions. The A.R.T. has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide in 21 cities in 16 countries on 4 continents. It has presented over 200 productions, over half of which were premieres of new plays, translations, and adaptations. In 2009, the A.R.T. welcomed its new Artistic Director, Diane Paulus. Armed with the A.R.T.'s mission to expand the boundaries of theater, Paulus and her team have engaged thousands of new theatergoers at performances of Sleep No More, The Donkey Show, Gatz, Best of Both Worlds, Johnny Baseball, and Cabaret as well as festivals like Emerging America. Critics and audiences have embraced the immersive environments that have become hallmarks of A.R.T. productions. The Theater has broadened its focus to include the audience's total experience, providing them with a sense of ownership in the theatrical event. Initiatives like the A.R.T.'s new club theater OBERON, which Paulus calls a "second stage for the 21st century," is an example of one initiative that has not only become an incubator for local artists but also has attracted national attention as a groundbreaking model for programming. Through all of its work, the A.R.T. is committed to building a community of artists, designers, technicians, administrators, and audience.
The Huntington Theatre Company, in residence at Boston University, is Boston’s largest professional theatre company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates world-class productions with theatre artists from Boston and Broadway and the most promising new talent and has transferred over a dozen of these productions to Broadway. The Huntington also runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, which the Huntington built in 2004. The Calderwood Pavilion, which includes the 370-seat Wimberly Theatre and the 200-seat Roberts Studio Theatre, houses most of the Huntington’s new works activities and complements its 890-seat, Broadway-style main stage, the Boston University Theatre. The Huntington provides the first-class facilities and audience services of the Calderwood Pavilion to dozens of organizations each year, including some of Boston’s most exciting small and mid-sized theatre companies, at significantly subsidized rates. As a national leader in the development of new plays, the Huntington has produced more than 50 New England, American, or world premieres to date, with two world premieres included in the 2010-11 Season. The Huntington’s acclaimed education programs have served hundreds of thousands of middle school and high school students since 1982, and bring theatre to the Deaf and blind communities, the elderly, and other underserved populations in the Greater Boston area. The Huntington was founded in 1982 by Boston University and separately incorporated as an independent non-profit in 1986. Its two prior artistic leaders were Peter Altman, (1982-2000) and Nicholas Martin (2000-2008). For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for more than 70 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am — 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am - 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am — 5 pm. Admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. ICA Free Admission for Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. Free admission on Target Free Thursday Nights, 5 — 9 pm. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults + children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at www.icaboston.org.