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September 22, 2022 | Events, Race and Equity, General, News, Theatre,

Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 Season

ArtsEmerson’s upcoming season includes NINE diverse productions and it is guaranteed that there is something for everyone on our schedule.

Listed below are our upcoming shows accompanied by a short video to pique your interest. We look forward to seeing you at the theater!

DRUMFOLK (Step Afrika!)
October 5 – 16, 2022

Ever wonder about the roots of step dancing? Come see Drumfolk, a Step Afrika! production inspired by the Stono Rebellon of 1739 and Negro Act of 1740, where colonizers tried to further oppress the enslaved by taking away their instruments. Out of that, the step dancing tradition was born as a way to express music through movement. Drumfolk is a percussive exploration of American history, placing a spotlight on the rhythmic cycle of life that binds all of us together.


On Beckett (Bill Irwin)
October 26 – 30, 2022

In On Beckett, world-renowned actor and clown Bill Irwin–known for his roles on The Cosby Show, Sesame Street, and in films like How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)–explores a performer’s relationship to the works of legendary playwright Samuel Beckett.


Theatre for One: We Are Here – Nairobi Edition (Christine Jones)
*This is a virtual production.
November 4 – 20, 2022

The vision of New York-based artistic director Christine Jones, Theatre for One: We Are Here (Nairobi Edition) is an immersive virtual theatrical experience that showcases six micro-plays by female writers/performers from Kenya.

MADE IN CHINA 2.0 (Wang Chong)
February 1 – 12, 2023

Provocative and boundary-erasing director Wang Chong takes audiences on a journey deep inside his personal experiences of creating theatre around the globe, unpacking stereotypes of the global expectations of what China brings to the world stage.


Frankenstein (Manual Cinema)
February 22 – 26, 2023

Using more than 500 handmade puppets, old school projectors, as well as live actors and cinematic elements, Emmy-award winning troupe Manuel Cinema returns to ArtsEmerson (Ada/Ava, The End of TV) to share its explosive, layered interpretation of the classic horror novel, Frankenstein.


Cointelshow: A Patriot Act (Mondo Bizzaro)
March 8 – 13, 2023

Join Special Agent Christian White on a cheerfully creepy, and often grimly funny, tour of the FBI’s notorious Counterintelligence Program.


Shadows Cast (Raphaëlle Boitel)
March 30 – April 3, 2023

A potent mix of dance, circus and cinema, Shadows Cast is a journey into one’s most intimate thoughts, highlighting the perilous dangers of lying to ourselves and others.


And So We Walked (DeLanna Studi)
April 26 – 30, 2023

In Studi’s story, a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the Trail of Tears to truly understand her own identity and the conflicts of her nation.


NEHANDA (Nora Chipaumire)
*This is a virtual production.
May 17 – 21, 2023

With the electric charge of a political rally and the power of a ritual, Nehanda weaves together a powerful portrait of anti-colonial resistance.


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