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.

Click here to read about the project in The Boston Globe:
“At Fort Point, they’re taking ‘The Tempest’ by storm”

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.

On Sunday, August 25, FPTC presented "Meet Me on the Brink: A Parable of Climate Change," a work-in-progress for Tempest Reconfigured. Playwright Letta Neely collaborated with the devising team of Amanda Farrington, Manuel Aquiles Lopez Torres, Anne Loyer, Christine Noah, and Beatrice Perez-Arche. Photos at the right by Roberto Mighty

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