ArtWeek Boston 2016 Announces Talkbacks, Forums, Sneak Peeks and More

ArtWeek Boston 2016 Announces Talkbacks, Forums, Sneak Peeks and MoreArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, will host more than 180 events this season, including many partnering with local theater companies. ArtWeek will run from September 30 - October 9 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts.

This season's ArtWeek lineup features many theatrical sneak peeks, open rehearsals, talkbacks, and interactive performances, including:

Actor's Forum, Sunday in the Park with George

Lead Partner: Huntington Theatre Company

Price: FREE

Location: Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston

Monday, October 5 from 4:30 to 5:30PM

Participating cast members of Sunday in the Park with George take the stage, post-show, to talk about their artistic process in performing Stephen Sondheim's classic musical. This Actors Forum is a post-show event. If you do not have tickets to the matinee performance on Oct. 5, you may arrive at 4:30 to see the Actors Forum.

Artist Talk Back after COMPANY

Lead Partner: Lyric Stage

Price: $35

Location: Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston

Saturday, October 8 from 3:00 to 6:00PM

Get up close and personal with artists working on and in Stephen Sondheims COMPANY at a free post-show discussion and Q&A. This special free talk-back (with ticket price) has been added special for ArtWeek. This is an interactive event where attendees have a chance to ask their burning questions to a variety of on-stage and backstage artists.

Backstage with Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Lead Partner: Theatre Workshop of Nantucket

Price: FREE

Location: Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street, Nantucket

Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 to 9:00PM

Join New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand and the cast and creative team behind Theatre Workshop of Nantucket's production of Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore for a post performance talk back. We'll examine the creative process behind bringing this collection of engaging and thought-provoking stories of women's wardrobes to the Nantucket stage featuring local Nantucket artists, including Elin Hilderbrand. Though the talk back is free and open to the public, the preceding 7:00PM performance is not and is a ticketed event. To purchase tickets to a performance (running September 29 - October 9), please visit

Blood: Interactive Performance and Talkback

Lead Partner: Femme Vital

Price: FREE

Location: The Apartment, 108 Powder House Boulevard, Somerville

Sunday, October 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Saturday, October 8 from 7:00 to 9:00PM

Special for ArtWeek, join us for a talk back with the creative team of Blood after the matinee performance on Sunday, October 2 at the Wellesely College Shakespeare House and the evening performance on Saturday, October 8 at The Apartment. Additional performances of Blood will take place on Saturday, October 1, Friday, October 7 and Sunday, October 9 at 7:00PM. Blood is a play of scenes about Shakespearean siblings that take place before their play has started or after it has ended - Kate and Bianca after they're married; Sebastian and Viola the first morning in Illyria; Don John and Don Pedro after there's been Much Ado About Nothing; Goneril, Reagan, and Cordelia before they face their father to bargain for their kingdoms. It explores the bonds and tensions between siblings we don't get to see: the moments before they become the characters we know and as they try to move on after their stories are supposed to be over. In keeping with the familiar nature of the play, Blood will be presented in familiar places - an apartment in Somerville that has welcomed us in and a house on Wellesley College's campus where many Femme Vitale members first connected - two different kinds of homes. Audience members will be invited to engage with these spaces through staging that utilizes each room and to help us create and document the story by taking pictures throughout the show to add to our album of #bloodfamilyphotos.

Golden Girls LIVE On Stage - A Drag Parody Of the 80s Sitcom Now In Its 14th Year

Lead Partner: Peter Mac LLC

Community Partner: Peter Mac LLC

Price: $15

Location: Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 7:30 to 9:30PM

When Ellen Degeneres asked Betty White about the hit drag show Golden Girls LIVE On Stage, she said, "They play them better than we did!" Now, the original cast of Golden Girls LIVE are back with an all-new episode, complete with musical numbers! In "Picture It! Terms of Estrangement," the latest "lost" episode of The Golden Girls, Dorothy and Sophia try to find time for some mother-daughter bonding away from Rose and Blanche. This production at Boston's Club Café will have you humming the theme song all the way home! Special for ArtWeek, join us for a talk back with Peter and John Mac who created this show 14 years ago as a benefit. They are a couple on stage and off. What is it like to do a show that has been running over 1,250 performances? What is the creative process like? Come and ask!

Letters to Medford: A Play About the Future According to the Past

Lead Partner: Two Roads Performance Projects

Community Partner: Medford Historical Society & Museum

Price: $15

Location: Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue, Medford

Saturday, October 1 from 4:00 to 6:00PM

Two Roads Performance Projects presents: Letters to Medford is an original play inspired by a "Letter to Future Medford 2055" that historian, Charles Brooks, wrote in his History of Medford in 1855. In his letter, he described his vision for the transformation Medford would undergo over the course of 200 years. History and the present collide in this production when the ghosts of Charles Brooks, Lydia Maria Child, and Lucy Osgood confront the archivist who wants to protect their history and meet Medford teens who remain anxious about what the future holds for them.

Sense and Sensibility Open Rehearsal

Lead Partner: Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company

Community Partner: Hibernian Hall- Madison Park Developement Corp

Price: FREE

Location: Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St, Boston

Thursday, October 6 from 6:00 to 8:00PM

Join Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company for a look inside the rehearsal process for our upcoming production of Sense and Sensibility. This new adaptation by Kate Hamill of Jane Austen's classical novel will be Austen like you have never seen her- breathless, energetic, and crammed with Boston's most creative young actors and designers. Come check out how we will bring Jane Austen into the 21st century! For this Art Week event you will be able to observe the actors creative movement process, and (if you're brave enough) try some Viewpoints movement work yourself. See how we incorporate improvised modern movement into a classic text and give it a try yourself. You may even give us a few ideas!

Sneak Peek: Selections from Bridge Repertory Theater's MRS. PACKARDS, by Emily Mann

Lead Partner: Bridge Repertory Theater

Community Partner: Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company

Price: FREE

Location: The Weston Library, 87 School Street, Weston

Saturday, October 1 from 2:00 to 3:30PM

Join actors from Bridge Repertory Theater and Playhouse Creatures Theatre Co. for a reading of select scenes from their upcoming co-production of Emily Mann's Mrs. Packard, followed by a Q&A to discuss this fascinating, true, American story. Synopsis of Mrs. Packard: Illinois, 1861. Proclaimed insane, Elizabeth Packard is committed by her husband to an asylum. Inspired by true events, Emily Mann's stunning American drama chronicles one woman's struggle to fight for her life and, in the process, right a system gone wrong.

Studio Sessions: Inside The REVOLT Rehearsal Room

Lead Partner: Company One Theatre

Price: FREE

Location: Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston

Thursday, October 6 from 7:00 to 9:30PM

Part happy hour, part exploration of the rehearsal process, Studio Sessions is an opportunity to interact with our productions prior to opening night. Join the cast of REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. at the Boston Center for the Arts for a night of food, drinks, and community, as well as an inside look into how a Company One performance takes shape.

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Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring more than 150 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Celebrated twice per year, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and has since expanded to serve communities across Eastern Massachusetts. To learn more about the festival and its growth, watch this highlight reel.

Designed to drive neighborhood economic impact and build awareness of the area's creative economy, ArtWeek works with hundreds of community partners throughout Eastern Massachusetts and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ArtWeek also has a network of generous media partners each year that have contributed almost $2 million in advertising and promotional support since its launch including from WCVB, Greater Media, Intersection, Overdrive, and CMT Group for the 2016/17 season. It also has a great network of Community Collaborators, including City Awake, Harvard Business School Art Society, Hubway, HUBweek, Kendall Square Association, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England Museum Association, and Women's iLAB. ArtWeek has received recognitions from the Boston Globe, BostInno, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and Americans for the Arts. For more information, visit

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $165 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, visit

Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation's foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For more information, visit

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