Tempest Reconfigured

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Boston arts and community organizations are collaborating with Fort Point Theatre Channel to explore the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The public is invited to preview the 15-minute vignette FPTC is creating for Tempest Reconfigured. Come see this work-in-progress:

Sunday, August 25 @ 6pm
Midway Production & Performance Lab
15 Channel Center Street
Fort Point, Boston

Using a variety of art and performance forms, the partners and FPTC are creating short works drawing on themes from The Tempest, such as the consequences of colonialism, racism, gender stereotypes, immigration, and climate change.

Tempest Reconfigured seeks to foster connections across partners, neighborhoods, and constituencies—connections that benefit all participants and the city. The project intentionally embraces diversity of races, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, neighborhoods, interests, and socioeconomic levels.

A key theme of Tempest Reconfigured, of The Tempest, and of FPTC’s strategic direction is the transition into a culture that is diverse, inclusive, equitable, intergenerational, and rooted in community.

Tempest Reconfigured is funded in part by a Live Arts Boston grant.


  • Artists’ Theatre of Boston, artiststheater.org

  • House of Escada, facebook.com/The-House-Of-Escada-928783877178206

  • Luminarium Dance Company, luminariumdance.org

  • OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, originationinc.org

  • Petrichor Performance Collective, facebook.com/PetrichorPerformanceCollective

  • Documentation Partner: The Loop Lab, thelooplab.org

FPTC selected partners based on such criteria as mission, interests, neighborhoods, constituencies, and capacity to collaborate in creating performance pieces. Each partner is creating a 10-minute vignette drawing on The Tempest and exploring themes of their choosing.


Tempest Reconfigured will culminate in fall 2019 with community-based and citywide performances.


Community-based performances will take place in the partners’ facilities or nearby. Each performance will include the piece created by the host partner and one or two others. Dates and places will be announced.

Citywide performances, bringing together the works of all partners will take place at:

  • Black Box Theatre at Codman Square Health Center, and 637 Washington Street, Dorchester, November 7 @ 7pm

  • Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, November 14 @ 7 pm