Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Emerging America Festival 2012

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Emerging America Festival

This week, Boston celebrates the third annual Emerging America Festival.
Co-produced by the Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Festival began in 2010 and was immediately successful.
From the website:

"From June 21 through 24, 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 4-day festival: the A.R.T.'s 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."

For the next four days, I'm taking in all the events I can, in and around volunteering for the Theatre Communications Group Conference, for the first time taking place in Boston.
Subtitled "Model The Movement", the conference brings together theatre-makers from around the country in workshops, meetings, "breakout sessions", and, of course a big party!
That's me as Telegin,  in UNCLE VANYA,
This year's party will include a "Fashion Show" of costumes from area designers and theater companies, modelled by actors in character from shows currently running and from the past season.  I will be walking the runway in my Telegin costume, along with Erin Eva Butcher in her Sonya togs,  from Apollinaire Theatre Company's UNCLE VANYA, in designs by Toni Bratton Elliot. (Here's a reminder: Apollinaire's UNCLE VANYA, nominated for three Elliot Norton Awards, and directed by the Norton Award "Outstanding Director/Fringe Theater" Danielle Fauteaux Jacques, will return in a limited engagement in October.  Please visit for information and tickets to the Oct.3-28 return).

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