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Notes From Leadership

Today, March 26th, 2020 was the scheduled start date for Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. To explain how and why the venue will be empty tonight rather than filled with the songs of Bernice and Toshi Reagon, artistic director David Dower explains the conversations and events that led us to this moment over the last few weeks As we moved through the process of decision-making related to our response to…

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A still from Plata Quemada of a man standing behind a see through screen with a black and white projection

There was a moment, in the first week of my junior year of high school, that is the origin story for my life in theatre. It was a small moment, in the scheme of things, but it involved a fork in the road for my self-narrative and I can still replay it in my head, every last detail of it down to the smells and the chill on the night air. An epiphany is a…

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A photo from the Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes. A man in s tripped sweater vest and plaid shirt stands center stage, looking directly up at the audience.

So glad you have chosen to start of the new decade at ArtsEmerson. We kick off the second half of our 10th season with Australia’s Back to Back Theatre. We have been working to get this company to Boston for years and they arrive now with a new work co-commissioned by ArtsEmerson. We are proud to be presenting their Boston debut. Back to Back has been making theatre in Gelong, Australia for 30 years. Some…

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To celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season, Executive Director David Howse sat down with Comcast Newsmakers for an interview to discuss how ArtsEmerson’s beginnings and where we are headed next. Howse discusses our engagement and community building efforts, reimagining how we respond to our audiences, and to continue our mission of celebrate our place in the world and explore how we each can contribute to its transformation through the arts.

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I am of an age that the name Robert Mapplethorpe sets off a visceral reaction in me. I was coming of age as an artist, an activist, a husband, and a father in San Francisco in 1989 when Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment tour erupted into a controversy so heated it threatened the very existence of the National Endowment for the Arts. I was not aware at the time of Boston’s place in that story. Not…

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