ArtsEmerson In the News
Edge Media Network | Dec 2018
Best of Boston Theater: 2018 Edition
WET — ArtsEmerson brought Alex Alpharaoh's one-man show about the realities of his life as an American without papers and helped to humanize the ongoing political debate.
The White Card - Co-produced by ArtsEmerson and American Repertory Theater, the world premiere of Claudia Rankine's book was a challenging, timely, and necessary work that deserved both our undivided attention and praise.
The Arts Fuse | Dec 2018
Theater Feature: Best Stage Productions of 2018
WET: A DACAmented Journey, written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh. Presented by ArtsEmerson, Boston,MA.
In his one-act monologue, which reflects today’s headlines, actor/writer Alpharaoh recounts his battle to obtain citizenship, a difficult (and perilous) process faced by most Central Americans seeking asylum in a politically fractured United States. His superb performance dramatized the experience’s sorrow, bravery, heartache, and limited moments of triumph.
Ada/Ava, written and performed by Manual Cinema. Directed by Drew Dir. Score and Sound Design by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman.
The Manual Cinema staging presented by ArtsEmerson at Emerson Paramount Center’s Robert J. Orchard Stage. An inspired re-invention of silent cinema/animation, as well as a refreshing modernization of the venerable art of shadow puppetry.
DIG BOSTON | Dec 2018
Best of Boston Theater: 2018 Edition
Measure for Measure, Cheek By Jowl/Pushkin Theatre at ArtsEmerson: One of Shakespeare’s notorious problem plays was rendered practically perfect in this sleek and stylish production by Declan Donnellan. Breathless, stark, and vividly moving, this production was flat-out electric.
The Boston Globe | Dec 2018
Don Aucoin’s Top 10 in theater in 2018
“Measure for Measure" Pushkin Theatre Moscow and Cheek by Jowl, presented by ArtsEmerson
“The Peculiar Patriot" National Black Theatre and Hi-Arts, presented by ArtsEmerson
WBUR, THE ARTERY | Dec 2018
The Best Theater 2018 Brought To Boston's Stages
ArtsEmerson-presented “The Peculiar Patriot,” a shout-out to disproportionate number of African-Americans who are incarcerated, the urgent concerns of people of color have been addressed...and in “WET: A DACAmented Journey,” a talented Dreamer told his piercingly human story.
The Boston Globe | May 2018
Many Mass. arts organizations to benefit from Barr Foundation initiative
James Canales, president and trustee of the Barr Foundation, said the initiative would enable the foundation and its partners “to come together and elevate a set of issues fundamental to the arts — excellence, relevance, risk-taking, and civic leadership — and to better understand how these concepts mesh to create new impact in communities.”
The Boston Globe | Dec 2017
Put the spotlight on arts in Boston’s conversation on race
By David C. Howse and David Dower
The Spotlight series on racism in Boston lays out painful truths that too many of us would prefer to deny or deflect. An additional chapter could be written on the arts sector.
Edge Media Network | Dec 2017
Clinton Campbell's Top Ten for Boston Theater 2017
"Beauty Queen of Leenane" - Druid Theatre Company's 20th anniversary production performed at ArtsEmerson reunited Tony winning director Garry Hynes with Best Actress winner Marie Mullen, who this time took on the role of the despotic mother. It was an evening of fireworks.
The Boston Globe | Aug 2017
Screens and screams (and stages)
Next month, ArtsEmerson launches its latest “Stage to Screen” series featuring a lineup that includes the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Live, the Old Vic, Stratford Festival, and Stage Russia.
The Boston Globe | Jul 2017
Speaking volumes onstage, often without words
ArtsEmerson, one of the most prominent presenting organizations in the city, opened last season with two consecutive circus productions and will kick off its 2017/2018 season in September at the Cutler Majestic Theatre with the US premiere of “Reversible," by the Montreal-based circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main.
The Boston Globe | May 2017
New Rankine play to highlight ArtsEmerson season dedicated to Cutler
Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard, ArtsEmerson is a presenting and producing organization that operates under the auspices of Emerson College and presents shows at two theaters housed within the Paramount Center (one of them named after Orchard) as well as at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, also owned by Emerson.
The Boston Globe | Apr 2016
Circuses, operas, Melinda Lopez premiere in store at ArtsEmerson
In its 2016-17 season, announced Monday evening, ArtsEmerson will present new works by several theater artists who have previously made memorable appearances on the organization’s stages, while also providing a showcase for an opera trilogy and a new solo play by Boston dramatist-actress Melinda Lopez.
Edge Media Network | NOV 2015
Chopin Without Piano
ArtsEmerson continues to push the boundaries of what to expect out of them
WBUR | DEC 2013
In four short years, [they] have established ArtsEmerson as one of the most important cultural institutions in New England.