HYSTERIA: Boston at Old South Church

Hystria is an immersive Halloween experience of ghost stories and dances inspired by women who were shut away after being diagnosed with HYSTERIA. Placed in the famous, historical Old South Church in Boston, this project will raise funds for The Lucas Flint Memorial Scholarship at Emerson College for a student in need majoring in Visual Media Arts.

This performance will include Emerson College students performing alongside NPC company members and assisting in crew and admin support positions. This gives young theater makers professional credits with our company as well as experience and inspiration in devising theater that in turn goes to support someone in need. It’s a powerful circle of creating good while we keep Lucas’ name alive.

The Lucas Flint Memorial Scholarship was founded in January, 2019, in honor of Emerson VMA student Lucas Flint who was a pedestrian when he was struck and killed by a hit and run drunk driver. This production will be an annual event to raise funds to keep Lucas’ name alive on the Emerson campus and to creatively support a student who, like Lucas, holds a passion to attend Emerson College.

The Clearing

What happens when justice isn’t just? This passionate, poignant and powerful historical drama tells the story of an English aristocrat and his Irish wife whose love is challenged, loyalties tested and lives forever changed by the divisive politics and long held prejudices of their time. Set in Ireland during “the curse of Cromwell,” Edmundson uses a historical lens to capture the horror of today’s ethnic cleansing and forced transplantation. Full of treachery and treason, The Clearing adeptly funnels an intimate love story into a national tragedy presenting a political and moral dilemma that still resonates today.

Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at each performance for local charities

Appropriate for ages 12+
Contains mature themes and sexual violence

For more information please visit our webpage at www.hubtheatreboston.org

Peter and The Starcatcher

Come experience The Neverland you never knew!

Before Wendy, before Tinkerbell, and before The Lost Boys, there was a friendless boy, a determined girl, and a journey that would change them both forever. Filled with music, mermaids, mayhem, and magic, this Tony Award-winning prequel to Peter Pan tells the incredible story of how a lonely orphan became the boy who never grew up and a precocious young girl taught everyone to believe. With an ensemble cast of twelve actors portraying over 100 roles and employing inspired stagecraft, Peter and The Starcatcher will have you hooked from the moment this funny, fantastical tale takes flight. Come be a part of the adventure and embrace the endless possibilities of imagination, friendship, and love.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can!  The means we don’t decide the price, you do! Our “sweet spot” would be about $20 per person; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Donations of new and gently loved toys and books will be collected at each performance for local charities

For more information please visit our webpage at http://www.hubtheatreboston.org/

Literary Death Match Boston

After three-and-a-half years away, Literary Death Match returns to Boston for a genius night of weirdness and literary triumph, with much comedy and much hijinks to boot! Plus, the lineup is out-of-control brilliant. Click here for the full lineup or preorder now!

What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

* Literary Merit: Min Jin Lee, Guggenheim Foundation fellow and author of Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
* Performance: Bethany Van Delft, comedian (Comedy Central, 2 Dope Queens), MOTH StorySlam host
* Intangibles: Sean Sullivan, one of Boston’s fastest-rising comedy stars (so says the Boston Globe), listen to his album Song and Dance Man through Comedy Dynamics now!

Round 1:
* Rachel Klein, humorist/essayist who’s written for McSweeney’s and The New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs
* Serina Gousby, poet/essayist and Dev. Assistant & Boston Writers of Color Group Coordinator at GrubStreet

Round 2:
* Nina MacLaughlin, writer, carpenter and author of Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter
* Jonathan Escoffery, award-winning short story writer and recipient of a 2018 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga (check out his debut novel Collision Theory today!)
Produced by Kirsten Sims

Show at 8pm, Doors at 7pm

It’s Now or Never: My Life in the Late Middle Ages

Boston-based writer and storyteller and GrubStreet instructor JUDAH LEBLANG presents the premiere of his one-man show  “It’s Now or Never” on Thursday evening June 21, 7:30 pm at Turtle Studios, 213 California Street in Newton. This is a special preview before he takes it on the road to fringe festivals in Canada. The show is a (mostly) humorous look at getting older, living a creative life, and dealing with times when ‘man planned, and God laughed.’ The show grew out of his memoir, “Finding My Place.” Copies of the book ($15) will be on sale at the event.

Don’t Just Stand There and Read It! Performing Your Writing | ¡No te pares ahí leyendo sin hacer nada! Interpretando tu escritura en vivo

Are you ready to share your writing–live? While spoken word artists write in a tradition that is oral, musical, performative, AND literary, what about performing our stories, essays, and poems that were written primarily for the page? How can we amp up the potential of the literary reading to connect with audiences and bring new dimensions to our work? We’ll talk about how to select material to read aloud, timing, pacing, projection, and eye contact. We’ll also look at examples of poets and writers who are compelling performers and have introduced elements of sound, music, theater, film and visual and performance art into their readings. Bring up to 3 pages of finished work. We especially encourage past Write Down the Street participants to attend this workshop.

This workshop welcomes participants comfortable in English, Spanish, or both.

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative.  We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

This class takes place at the Boston Public Library’s Egleston Square branch, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119. If you have any difficulty signing up online, please call 617-695-0075.

¡No te pares ahí leyendo sin hacer nada! Interpretando tu escritura en vivo

sabado 23 de junio, 11:30am-1:00pm

Listo para compartir tus escritos–¿en vivo? Mientras los artistas spoken word escriben dentro de una tradición que es a la vez oral, musical, literaria, y performativa, ¿que tal de traer al escenario nuestros cuentos, crónicas, y poemas escritos para la página? ¿Como podemos explotar las potenciales de la lectura literaria para conectar con públicos y añadir nuevas dimensiones a nuestras obras escritas? Nuestra discusión abarcará temas como seleccionar material, el tiempo, el ritmo, la proyección de la voz, y contacto visual. También veremos ejemplos de escritores y poetas que son intérpretes fabulosos y que han introducido a sus lecturas elementos de sonido, música, teatro, cine, performance, y arte visual. Debes traer hasta 3 páginas de tu obra escrita. En particular le animamos a los que han participado anteriormente en Write Down the Street a asistir a este taller.


Son bienvenidos en este taller los participantes que se sienten cómodos en inglés o español.

La clase tomará lugar en el sucursal Egleston Square de la Biblioteca Pública de Boston, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119. Cualquier dificultad para inscribirse en linea, favor de llamar a 617-695-0075.

Dire Literary Series: with PAUL BECKMAN, TONY MCMILLEN and Izikhotane

The Dire Literary Series is back with PAUL BECKMAN and TONY MCMILLEN, and the musical troupe, Izikhotane,

PAUL BECKMAN lives in a small shoreline town in Connecticut with his wife Sandra. Their blended family of five children has to date produced ten grandchildren. In 1999, Paul received his MFA from Bennington College while working full time in the real estate business from which he now retired. His recently had a collection of Flash and Micro Fiction published in print and online “Maybe I Ought to Sit In a Dark Room For a While” and continues to write and have his work published both in print and online. His first published collection was Come! Meet My Family and other stories. He is a member of PEN USA.

TONY MCMILLEN is the author of the novels Nefarious Twit and An Augmented Fourth. He is also the artist behind both books’ interiror artwork and has created the cover artwork for a few other novels he hasn’t written.

Story Club Boston

A monthly storytelling/reading show in Jamaica Plain. This month’s theme: I Forgot – stories about forgetting and the aftermath. Featured storytellers and an open mic where audience members can tell their own 5 minute story, written or from the page.

Story Club Boston

Story Club Boston is a monthly storytelling/reading event featuring guest storytellers and an open mic portion where members of the audience can tell their own first-person, true, 5-minute story. Unlike most storytelling events, Story Club Boston permits stories told from memory AND from the page. Writers are also welcome and highly encouraged to participate in our show. This month’s theme: Young and Old: Stories about being young, old, both and everything in between. Whatever the theme means to you. Suggested donation: $5

STEVE ALMOND on “Bad Stories” at Porter Square Books

Join STEVE ALMOND and musician ALISTAIR MOOCK for an evening of reading, agitation, and protest music.

Like a lot of Americans, STEVE ALMOND spent the weeks after the 2016 election lying awake, in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn’t just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America had elected a cruel, corrupt, and incompetent man to the Presidency. Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country is Almond’s effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots that go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces. Almond looks to literary voices–from Melville to Orwell, from Bradbury to Baldwin–to help explain the roots of our moral erosion as a people.

The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. To understand how we got here, we have to confront our cultural delusions: our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism. Bad Stories is a lamentation aimed at providing clarity. It’s the book you can pass along to an anguished fellow traveler with the promise, This will help you understand what the hell happened to our country.

STEVE ALMOND is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short StoriesThe Pushcart PrizeBest American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.