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ArtsEmerson and the Future Boston Alliance Present:


Fresh Sound Master Artist in Residence
Launching his memoir, The Graphomaniac’s Primer
OCT 30 – NOV 8, 2015

Walter Mosley
Photo by David Burnett
One of the most versatile and admired artists in America today, Walter Mosley is a critically acclaimed novelist, playwright, screenwriter and visual artist. He is author to more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In celebration of his new autobiography, The Graphomaniac’s Primer, ArtsEmerson and the Future Boston Alliance invite you to The Obsessive Residency, featuring an array of Walter Mosley’s expansive portfolio of fiction, plays, and visual art. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore and celebrate the mind of an artist constantly in creation and heralded as “one of the most humane, insightful, powerful sylists working today in any genre” (The Austin Chronicle).
**Some of the Walter Mosley Residency events are appearing as SOLD OUT. However, tickets may become available! Tickets are frequently returned or exchanged for other performances, so check back later.  Additionally, on the day of a given performance, a waitlist will be started at the Emerson/Paramount Center one hour prior to each curtain and any available tickets will be released for sale beginning a fifteen minutes prior to curtain to the people on the wait list. You must be in person at the Box Office to be placed on the waitlist and when your name is called.**

FRI, OCT 30 @ 7PM

Greene Theatre | Tufte Building

Play Reading of Breath
Directed by Benny Sato Ambush

Four African-American men of a certain age are sharing a hospital room in New York City. How did they all end up here, and when will Cecil stop coughing? Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to hear Walter Mosley turn his talent for the written word towards the theater.


SUN, NOV 1 @ 3PM
Paramount Mainstage | Emerson/Paramount Center

Urban Male: Walter Mosley
in conversation with Malia Lazu

The Urban Male is an on-going conversation with men of color making change in Boston. Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to highlight the amazing work being done in this city by men of color. Join Walter Mosley for a conversation about graphomania and the artist’s need to create.


MON, NOV 2 @ 7PM
Paramount Mainstage | Emerson/Paramount Center

Play Reading of Leading from the Affair
Directed by Akiba Abaka

Leading from the Affair tells the story of a neurotic blogger who is steeped in infidelity. From therapists to girlfriends, everyone’s sneaking around. Funny, surprising, and at times a little naughty – Walter Mosley keeps the audience on its toes as the story unfolds.


TUE, NOV 3 @ 7PM
Jackie Liebergott Black Box | Emerson/Paramount Center

Honoring the Artist: A Gathering of Visual Artists 

So often we put ourselves into boxes. Creative people especially find themselves pigeonholed into what their craft is. Actors act; writers write; etc. This celebration breaks down the boxes. Walter Mosley is a prolific visual artist with an incredible attention to detail. Explore his work, celebrating that the limits of creativity cannot be defined.



WED, NOV 4 @ 7PM
Paramount Mainstage | Emerson/Paramount Center

Interrogating Whiteness (Part 1)

Moderated by Future Boston Alliance
Featuring Walter Mosley
Presented as part of the Public Dialogue Series Naming Ourselves

After the death of Trayvon Martin, Walter Mosley wrote in Newsweek, “If we can see this injustice as the underpinning for a systemic transformation in which we might truly open up the media and investigate our racial, cultural, and economic assumptions, then we will have crossed that great divide from the sexist, classist, and racist 20th century into a world where young men like Martin aren’t in danger from the fear foisted upon us by the very systems that now pretend to seek justice.” Join us as Mr. Mosley expands these ideas and interrogates the notion of Whiteness. The speech will be followed by a facilitated discussion. 


THU, NOV 5 @ 7:30PM
Paramount Mainstage | Emerson/Paramount Center

Book Launch Party

Celebrate the release of Walter Mosley’s delightful and unconventional take on an autobiography, The Graphomaniac’s Primer – A Semi-Surrealist Memoir.  Published by Black Classic Press.


FRI, NOV 6 @ 7PM
Bright Family Screening Room | Emerson/Paramount Center
Co-Presented with The Word Boston
Q&A with Walter Mosley and Donna Latson Gittens following the screening

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

See Walter Mosley’s work translated from gripping novel to a film starring Laurence Fishburne. Socrates Fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his huge, rock-breaking hands. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Working for the Bounty supermarket, and moving perilously close to invisibility, it is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning man: young Darryl, whose shaky path is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a place of violence and hopelessness, Socrates offers up his own battle-scarred wisdom that can turn the world around. 

**This event is currently sold out but tickets may become available. Please check back in the event that tickets are returned. There will also be a waitlist for unclaimed tickets at the Box Office one hour prior to the event.**


SAT, NOV 7 @ 7PM
Bright Family Screening Room | Emerson/Paramount Center

Devil in a Blue Dress

One of Walter Mosley’s most read novels turned adapted into a hit feature film starring Denzel Washington. In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins (Washington) is an unemployed World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore), a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disapperance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head. 


NOV 3 - 8
Jackie Liebergott Black Box | Emerson/Paramount Center

An Exploration of Walter Mosley’s Mind

The Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre will be turned into an exploration of Walter Mosley’s mind. One section will explore his graphomania by giving the feeling of his studio. Other sections may showcase his book covers, his work in film, and other aspects of his creativity.

Open to the public, no RSVP or ticket required