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Boston Center for the Arts lists a busy October line up

Posted by Your Town  October 9, 2012 08:04 AM

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A look at the October lineup at the Boston Center for the Arts, "Where working artists create, perform and exhibit...'' Courtesy of the South End News.


Now or Later
by Christopher Shinn
October 12 - November 10
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Directed by Michael Wilson

On election night, the son of a Presidential candidate sends his father’s political team into crisis mode when controversial photos of him at a college party spread over the internet, potentially sparking an international incident. Smart and timely, Christopher Shinn’s searching new play examines religion, freedom of expression, and personal responsibility.

"Riveting, thrillingly paced, and effervescent with wit and intelligence. URGENT AND UNMISSABLE!" - The Times of London

Presented by Huntington Theatre Company

The Death of Tintagiles
by Maurice Maeterlink
October 26 - November 17
Plaza Black Box Theatre
Directed by Matthew Woods

The Queen’s Handmaidens cordially invite you to court, where they will spin for you the dark and grisly tale of little Prince Tintagiles. But be forewarned...The Queen is a real monster, and a visit to the castle could prove fatal.

This fall, Maurice Maeterlinck’s chilling chamber play receives a stunning retelling by the imaginary beasts’ ensemble.

Come to the castle. We dare you.

Presented by imaginary baests, an Emerging Theatre Company at the BCA

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Written by Alex Timbers
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
October 19 - November 17
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Directed by Paul Melone
Musical Direction by Nicholas James Connell
Choreography by Larry Sousa

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recreates and reinvents the life of ’Old Hickory,’ from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier, to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. Using an anachronism-filled, emo-rock score, the show tells the story of America’s first maverick president, who kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards, all in the name of these United States.

Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, a Resident Theatre Company at the BCA

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
by Rajiv Joseph
October 19 - November 17
BCA Plaza Theatre
Directed by Shawn LaCount

In war-torn Baghdad, the dead aren’t quiet; in fact, they never seem to shut up! Among them stalks the ghost of a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets, looking for meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the ruins. Rajiv Joseph’s groundbreaking new American play (starring Robin Williams) ignited Broadway and explores the perils of human nature through bold black humor and an ethereal vision of war and the afterlife.

Presented by Company One, a Resident Theatre Company at the BCA

44 Plays for 44 Presidents
by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg
October 27 - November 11
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Directed by Jeff Mosser

44 Plays for 44 Presidents is a fast-paced romp highlighting the lives of all the American presidents. Comprised of short, biographical scenes, their mistakes and successes are celebrated in under two hours. This production is a part of a national Plays for Presidents Festival.

Presented by Bad Habit Productions

The Fakus - A Noir
by Joe Byers
Through October 6
BCA Plaza Theatre
Directed by Joe Antoun

Atlantic City, New Jersey. Late September 1957. Leland Novak and Harry Galvin strike up a conversation and instantly become best friends. Enter Mrs. Joseph Patrick Paul Costello who has a plan involving $100,00.00 and needs a good catholic man. And we’re off! Nothing’s what it seems and every heart has its price tag. The Fakus invokes the stylized narrative of mid-century American cinema to tell a fresh new story of betrayal and redemption.

Presented by Centastage

The Motherf**ker with the Hat
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Through October 13
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
By Popular Demand - Performance Added - Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm. Tickets on Sale Now.
Directed by David R. Gammons

A 2011 Tony nominee for Best Play, The Motherf**cker with the Hat is a ferociously funny play about love, fidelity, and facing one’s demons. Ex-con Jackie thinks he has finally turned his life around now that he’s sober and has a new job. But when he finds a strange hat in his girlfriend’s apartment, he is back on the brink in this razor-sharp new comedy from the author of Jesus Hopped the ’A’ Train and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.

Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, a Resident Theatre Company at the BCA

A Bright New Boise
by Samuel D. Hunter
Through October 20
BCA Plaza Theatre
Directed by David J. Miller

Prepare yourself, in the parking lot of a mega craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning the Rapture. Samuel D. Hunter’s heartbreakingly funny reckoning between a father and son will shatter your preconceptions about the sacred, the profane, and the secret lives of big-box retailers. A Bright New Boise is a quietly affecting drama that delves into the always thorny issues of faith, forgiveness, and second chances with great eloquence and compassion.

Visual Arts

The Future of the Past:
Encaustic Art in the 21st Century
October 5 - December 2
Mills Gallery
Opening Reception
Friday, October 5 | 6pm
Curated by MassWax and International Encaustic Artists (IEA) Members
Barb Cone & Harriet Chenkin

The Future of the Past: Encaustic Art in the 21st Century features an expansive collection of 37 emerging, established, and historical artists that primarily utilize the medium of encaustic in their artwork.

Image credit: Francisco Benitez, Body Remember, 2011, encaustic on panel

Summer Art on the Plaza

Jeanne Williamson’s
Fence/Curtain 2.0
Through October 14
BCA Plaza
Image Credit: Jeanne Williamson, Fence/Curtain 2.0
Photo by Thomas Vannatter

Massachusetts-based artist Jeanne Williamson combines the spontaneous energy of yarnbombing with a painter’s eye for detail in her large-scale fabric installations. Using the BCA Plaza Garden as a backdrop, Jeanne’s Fence/Curtain 2.0 will be on view through October 14, 2012.

The BCA’s Visual Arts Programs are generously supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Public Programs

The Physics of Dance
Dance Workshop
October 21 | 3-4pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Come learn what Physics can explain about dance and the natural forces that are a dancer’s invisible best friend with BCA Dance Residency company Quicksilver Dance of Cambridge, MA!

Families Connect
Move! With Quicksilver Dance
October 27 | 10-11:30am
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Photo Credit: Cara Brostrom
$5 per family/$15 for the whole series

Explore how to use your body to communicate without words. Tell a story or show an emotion through movement.

For more information, contact Cynthia Woo at or 617.426.1119.


The Ellis Boston Antiques Show
October 18 - 21
Cyclorama at the BCA

From museum-quality works to eclectic finds! The Ellis Boston Antiques Show features 40 dealers from United States and Europe in antiques, jewelry, fine art, ceramics, and more.

The show opens Thursday, October 18th with a Gala Preview benefiting Ellis Memorial - Tickets are $250. Weekend show hours: Friday, October 19| 1 - 8pm, Saturday, October 20 | 11am - 8pm, Sunday, October 21 | 11am - 5pm. Admission is $15 (under 12 free) and includes admission to all special programs


Support the BCA

Support the BCA by Participating in the 36-Hour Giving Common Challenge starting at 8am on Wednesday, October 10th!

The BCA is participating in the Giving Common Challenge, which will take place over 36 hours, beginning at 8am on October 10th and ending at 8pm on October 11th. We will be joining over 500 Boston area nonprofits to raise money together and compete for prizes that range from $1,000 to $25,000.

Gifts between $25 and $5,000 made on the BCA’s Giving Common Challenge website on October 10th and October 11th will count towards the challenge. In addition to supporting the BCA we’re also asking OUR friends to tell THEIR friends about the challenge on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media outlet.

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