Fort Point Theatre Channel announces its Winter/Spring 2013 Productions

Announcing Fort Point Theatre Channel’s Winter-Spring 2013 Productions. For the first half of 2013, FPTC will present Boston with a set of totally different major productions.
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Nov. 29, 2012 - PRLog -- Announcing Fort Point Theatre Channel’s
Winter-Spring 2013 Productions

“A unique initiative in the performing arts in the city”
—Boston Magazine, in describing Fort Point Theatre Channel
resident playwright Silvia Graziano as a “New Revolutionary”

(Boston, MA) For the first half of 2013, Fort Point Theatre Channel will present Boston with a set of totally different major productions: a classic that brings together two of the greatest playwrights ever; a Boston premiere by a Middle Eastern writer; and an evening of dangerous modern opera. The combination reflects the breadth of creative talent among the 13 core members of this professional company rooted in Boston’s only arts-centered neighborhood.

February 21-March 9, 2013
10 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston
By Bertolt Brecht, Adapted by Tony Kushner

Singly, Bertolt Brecht and Tony Kushner are among the most entertaining and most important playwrights in the history of theater. They combine forces in a script born out of the rise of fascism and adapted to a modern sensibility.  The cast of 18, playing some 30 roles, will be led by two rising young Boston actors. Jaime Carillo (who recently starred in Speakeasy Stage Company’s Motherf**ker with a Hat) will be Wang, the helpless water seller. Emerson College senior Kelly Chick will balance Brecht’s challenging dual role: as Ms. Shen Te, the prostitute, and Mr. Shui Ta, the businessman. The role reflects the conflicting forces at work in the human quest to survive and be good at the same time.

FPTC core member Christie Lee Gibson directs The Good Person of Setzuan. An opera singer, actress, and creator/producer/director/coach of musical-theatrical happenings, Gibson, who is also artistic director of OperaHub, points to the great story that Brecht and Kushner tell. With its wealth of colorful characters, it is a story both compelling and delightful about the impossible choices people face when thrust into a world they did not make.

FPTC visual artist Anne Loyer leads the unique design team for The Good Person of Setzuan. Loyer has been a visual storyteller throughout her career, from two-dimensional fine art, to narrative animations, to public art projects and performances that incorporate audio and video collages based on the lives of real people.

FPTC commix illustrator/painter Nick Thorkelson is the composer, with six songs bringing the Brecht/Kushner libretto to life. Thorkelson has performed in various rock, blues, soul, and reggae bands, including Boston’s first reggae band, Jamaica Hylton. Collaborating with Thorkelson is his brother, Peter Tork, formerly of The Monkees.


May 17-19, 2013

10 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston

FPTC will premier a new play (title to be announced soon) by a leading Middle Eastern writer. This production will be part of Tamziq: Scattered and Connected, a multifaceted collaboration of Middle Eastern and American artists organized and co-curated by FPTC’s Anne Loyer.

FPTC is collaborating with the Odysseus Project and the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston on this production. FPTC is responsible for the theatrical aspects of Tamziq, which include a major art exhibit, staged ibzng readings, and other activities.

Loyer, who directs the Odysseus Project and is artist in residence at the Joiner Center, conceived Tamziq to create opportunities for dialogue and exchange among two communities: Iraqi refugees resettling in Massachusetts and U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  The project includes American and Middle Eastern Artists: A Conversation in Art, March 17-April 27, 2013, at Arsenal Center for Arts, Watertown, MA. This exhibit will feature artists from the United States, the Middle East, and its Diaspora. In addition, an Artist Network is fostering a community of Middle Eastern-born and American-born artists in Boston.

Last spring, as part of Tamziq, Fort Point Theater Channel presented a reading of excerpts from Waiting for Gilgamesh, by Iraqi playwright Amir Al Azraki, at HallSpace Gallery in Dorchester. The evening also featured Danny Bryck, previewing an excerpt from his one-man play, No Room for Wishing, which opened in the fall to acclaim in a co-production of Company One and Central Square Theatre. For more information on Tamziq: Scattered and Connected, see


June 21-23, 2013

Cambridge YMCA Theater
820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Dangerous Ideas is a tribute to the power of ideas to change individuals and the world. The opera selections in this two-part program support that proposition through a modern-day heroine and by retelling the story of Socrates.

Dangerous Ideas features a rare performance of Socrate, by Erik Satie. This meditation on the Greek philosopher’s life and death draws its text from Plato. First published in 1919, the opera begins with a portrait of Socrates and ends with his death, as Socrates is executed as a danger to the youth of Greece. Performing will be OperaHub, an opera company that regularly presents contemporary music theater events. Socrate, written for a four-woman ensemble, will be collaboratively directed and staged by the singers, the pianist, and the stage manager.

Rounding out the program are three excerpts from the opera Jeanne, by FPTC core member Mark Warhol, who is artistic director of Ensemble Warhol. The scenes introduce a secretary and a young engineering intern in a conversation, fueled by strong empathy, that flowers into a remarkable exchange of ideas—ideas that irrevocably alter each of their lives. Performing will be Ensemble Warhol, a group specializing in contemporary classical music.

Of special interest will be the set design for these two opera works. In a tribute to the 1936 production of Socrate by the Martha Graham Dance Company, which featured the first theater set designed by Alexander Calder, a sculptor, James Fuhrman, has been commissioned to create the set. Fuhrman’s sculpture creates unique, meditative spaces, in this case, the performance space for both operas.

And coming in September:


September 2013

10 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston

FPTC contributes to the Generational Legacy Project of the nonprofit On With Living and Learning, led by FPTC member Mary Driscoll. This project weaves together personal testimony and research to explore social justice issues—in this case, for women who have been incarcerated for nonviolent crime and face challenges reentering their communities.

Combining monologues, rap, spirituals, and dance, the play The Hidden Faces of Courage came about by working with women worthy to be honored. It centers on the life of one formerly incarcerated woman and her friends. Their stories symbolize the lives of innumerable woman and children in similar circumstances. Although surrounded by poverty, violence, drug use, and prison, they seek to pass on a legacy of courage.

Last June, as part of this project, Fort Point Theatre Channel hosted the first semi-staged reading of The Hidden Faces of Courage, directed by Jacqui Parker. The full production, featuring the women themselves, is slated for September 2013.
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