It’s no surprise that the power of live theatre is especially difficult to experience without the ability to gather together. In the face of these extraordinary circumstances, we're expanding our programming to reach beyond the walls of our theaters and into your homes. We hope this series will present a new, unique opportunity to share stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other, even as we must stand apart. Welcome to Together Apart!
Whether you’re one of our most engaged audience members or brand new to ArtsEmerson, we’re inviting you to experience some of our favorite past productions from around the world streamed directly into your living room. Together Apart will give audiences access to offer high-quality archival videos and unique opportunities to hear from the artists behind them. This series will also include two town hall conversations with artistic director David Dower and executive director David C. Howse. In this time of showing care by keeping apart, we are so grateful and excited to be able to offer opportunities to connect through stories and conversation until we can gather in our theatres once again.
Event ScheduleNew events and activities will be listed as they arise. Please check back!
These events have passed, but the recorded videos are available to watch at any time!
Conversation with Mala’s playwright/star Melinda Lopez and director David Dower
In the four years since Mala's premiere at ArtsEmerson, it has been performed at two other theatres, published, recorded for Audible, translated into Spanish, and is now airing via WGBH. ArtsEmerson Associate Producer Kevin Becerra convenes David Dower and Melinda Lopez to reflect on that journey as well as the experience of Mala reaching new audiences in this very specific moment.
APR 17 @ 12pm
Town Hall #1 with "The Davids"
Over the years ArtsEmerson has found our friends and neighbors that make up our audience to be our strongest collaborators. From focus groups, to town halls, to being pulled aside in the theatre lobby, we shape how we do our work from what we hear from you. In this tradition, our Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David C. Howse are checking in to see what is on people’s minds and how an arts organization can be of service at this time.
APR 23 @ 5pm
Conversation with Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll of The 7 Fingers
Join two of the company’s seven founders, Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll, along with ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower as they connect with audiences in conversation about how the Montreal-based circus troupe created Sequence 8 and how they are navigating their global tours at the moment. The 7 Fingers has become internationally acclaimed and a Boston favorite for its ability to strip down spectacle to its thrilling essence. Submit questions via the blog or #TogetherApartAE on Twitter.
MAY 01 @ 6pm
Town Hall #2 with "The Davids"
Over the years ArtsEmerson has found our friends and neighbors that make up our audience to be our strongest collaborators. From focus groups, to town halls, to being pulled aside in the theatre lobby, we shape how are do our work from what we hear from you. In this tradition, our Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David C. Howse are checking in to imagine how we gather again. What is the future that we want to build together and how does a cultural institution like ArtsEmerson contribute to that effort?
Conversation with Clyde Petersen, creator of Torrey Pines
Two years ago Clyde Petersen came to the Jackie Liebergott Black Box with a group of musicians and an incredible foley artist for a live scored presentation of Torrey Pines. Audiences were delighted by the experience and the show’s merch can be spotted on the backs of laptops and t-shirts around Boston. Join Artistic Director David Dower and Associate Producer Kevin Becerra as they chat with Clyde, learning about where he’s been and what he’s been up to.
MAY 14 @ 12pm
Town Hall #3 with "The Davids"
Where is our season announcement?
Join with ArtsEmerson's The Davids to hear what we are thinking about the organization's programming over the coming year.
Over the years ArtsEmerson has found our friends and neighbors that make up our audience to be our strongest collaborators. From focus groups, to town halls, to being pulled aside in the theatre lobby, we shape how we do our work from what we hear from you. In this tradition, our Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David C. Howse are hosting conversations to hear what is on people’s minds and to better understand how ArtsEmerson can be of service at this time and moving forward.
Conversation with members of Global Arts Corps, creator of See You Yesterday
Anyone who has been to a Global Arts Corps performance or film screening knows how their powerful conversations around art serve as a tool for transformation. This shared value has made them a close collaborator and thought partner to ArtsEmerson since they first came in 2013. We were thrilled and unsurprised when our presentation of their piece See You Yesterday developed with Cambodian circus Phare inspired fantastic discussions in the theatre that rippled out across the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with members of Global Arts Corps and ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower as they reflect on the impact of touring See You Yesterday and what they’ve learned from their conversations around the world.
These events and the timeframe to view them have passed.
This is your chance to see one of the classic performances that turned Montreal's The 7 Fingers into absolute fan-favorites in Boston; from our 2012/13 Season, it's the miraculous Sequence 8 ! Don't miss this dazzling set of awe-inspiring feats of balance, beauty and explosive physical exploits—all achieved by performers whose humanity shines through their graceful stunts and movements. Trapeze acts, improbable juggling tricks, and breathtaking acrobatics—Sequence 8 has it all. Don't miss this stunning production originally created to celebrate the troupe's 10th anniversary.
APR 09–MAY 10
Live broadcast on APR 09 @ 10PM on WGBH 2 and streaming live on YouTube TV
Following the live broadcast, available for streamed viewing at WGBH.org.
Set during a winter of epic snowfall in 2015, Mala is inspired by notes Lopez frantically typed to herself on an iPhone while she cared for her increasingly frail and consistently fierce mother. These short missives ultimately create a moving and generous portrait of the way taking care of family tests, deepens, and changes our bonds to the ones we love. Lopez, a regular on Boston stages, also performs the play, directed by ArtsEmerson’s Artistic Director, David Dower. Although the performance was taped in 2018, it will be broadcast for the first time on April 09. Viewers will be able to experience the humor, honesty, and ultimately cathartic experience of this award-winning play by a celebrated local artist.
APR 27–MAY 10
It's an animated film. It's a live pop-rock band. It's a queer, coming-of-age road trip like none other. It's Torrey Pines , originally presented at ArtsEmerson in Winter 2018. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother who was consumed by conspiracy theories and family dysfunction, award-winning filmmaker Clyde Petersen’s adolescent years unfolded like a surreal and confusing dream. Based on a true story, Torrey Pines tells a trans-queer-punk, coming-of-age story, rich with ‘90s pop culture references—everything from Star Trek to Nintendo. Seattle's own Your Heart Breaks performs the quirky, catchy, and moving score, featuring cellist Lori Goldston, a one time member of such beloved bands such as Nirvana and Mirah.
See You Yesterday
Nineteen Cambodian performers utilize their extraordinary physical skills, including acrobatics and circus arts, to travel back in time and shatter a legacy of silence. Performed by second-generation survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, See You Yesterday explores the fragmented narratives these young artists have inherited from their parents and grandparents.
Since 2012, Global Arts Corps—whose celebrated work brings together people from opposite sides of violent conflicts—have collaborated with these young Cambodian artists as they grappled with the painful history of their country's genocide. While details of the four-year horror have largely gone unexplored by younger generations of Cambodians, the cast of See You Yesterday interviewed their elders (and even a former Khmer Rouge child soldier) to build a stunning performance that is both beautiful and cathartic. The final result, See You Yesterday, is a visually striking theatre experience that left Boston audiences speechless in 2019.
MAY 22 @ 6pm (EDT)
Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: A Concert Experience
Join us for this very special one-night-only streaming of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: The Concert Experience! The event starts with a conversation between Toshi Reagon and a panel of artists and activists from cities where Reagon previously paved the Parable Path. Viewers will then be treated to a stream of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: The Concert Experience followed by an audience talk-back with Toshi Reagon and other performers from the show. Concert is closed captioned and Pre and Post Show Conversations are ASL interpreted.
As we continue to navigate through these unfortunate circumstances, we hope you will consider making a gift to ArtsEmerson. Your generosity will help us deliver inspired programming to the comfort of your own homes while sustaining us for the future when we can commune in our theatres once again.