The Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston have joined forces for the second annual Emerging America — a festival featuring groundbreaking performance by American artists.

From May 13 through 15, Emerging America will bring together some of the country's most promising performers, writers, companies, and directors for a weekend filled with energy, imagination, creativity, and drama.

Emerging America spans Boston and Cambridge with events happening at all three artistic homes throughout the 3-day festival: the A.R.T. at OBERON, 2 Arrow St. Cambridge MA; the Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston; and the ICA at 100 Northern Avenue, Boston.

The Huntington will be hosting three events at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA including: Psyched, a twisted take on Hitchcock's Classic, The Momentum, a self-help/help self-sploitation by CollaborationTown, and a Join the Conversation Brunch, where you can enjoy live music and mingle with other festival-goers to talk about the weekend's adventures and experiences.

Special Events


Following 2010's creation of 23 audio events, this year's festival will offer a new batch of dynamic free downloads. The Huntington Theatre Company shares eleven site-specific audio plays written by playwrights from the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program and inspired by locations surrounding each partner institution. The A.R.T. and ICA offers podcasts and walking tours from local artists and festival participants. Listen in and explore, investigate, and imagine the life of places in Boston and Cambridge. More info at


The Gist:
Clues are posted online. You and your team solve clues, and take photographic evidence of your solutions. Think of it as a photography scavenger hunt. You post photos on Facebook and are awarded points. The team with most points wins.

What’s in it for you:

  • FOOD. All participants can earn themselves an invitation to the Join the Conversation Brunch on Sunday, May 15. It’s a really easy way to see some cutting-edge site specific work. And eat.
  • PRIZES. The winning team will be awarded a prize package that includes tickets to shows at the A.R.T., the Huntington Theatre Company, and I.C.A.
  • SATISFACTION. Of knowing you stood up and gave your all for this great nation.

  • Teams must be limited to 8 people, and must have a team captain that will serve as the point person for the competition.
  • Register your team here. Registration is open now through 9:00 a.m. Sunday, May 15.
The Clues:
  • The clues will be released in three waves on the website and via email. The three waves will go out on May 1, May 7, and May 12 respectively.
  • You may complete the clues in any order, but point bonuses will be awarded to the teams who complete the clues first.
Posting the Photos:
To receive points for your photo, you must go through the correct posting procedure:
  • Upload your photographic clue solution to Facebook.
  • Tag your team member(s) in the photo (at least one member must be in every photo).
  • “Share” the photo on your wall; in the “What’s on your mind?” box, tag the Emerging America Event, and mention the clue you are responding to. If you have questions about this, contact Ben Walsh at
  • For an example, check out the Emerging America Festival Event Page. Make sure you are “Attending” the event, to make tagging easier.
  • The competition officially ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. All photos must be posted by then to be eligible for final scoring.
The Points:
  • Point values will be assigned to the clues when they are posted based on their difficulty.
  • Points will be credited to teams only once the correct posting procedure has been followed (see above).
  • There will be a one point bonus for the teams who are able to solve, photograph, and post any given clue first.
  • Score updates will be emailed to team captains periodically.
  • After 6:00 p.m. on Sunday May 15, the hunt will officially be over and the remaining points will be tallied. The team with the most points will deemed Grand Champion of the Photo Hunt, and will receive recognition and their prize package at the Festival Closing Party.


Email Hunt-Master Walsh at

Schedule of Events

    Bellona, Destroyer of Cities

    Adapted and directed by Jay Scheib after Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren
    May 13 at 7:30pm, May 14 at 7:30pm and May 15 at 2pm
    The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Jay Scheib brings the dystopic and violent vision of Samuel Delany’s epic sci-fi novel, Dhalgren to the stage. Using smashing choreography and live video action, this sexy cast of characters explores the limits of life at the end of the world. Bellona combines passages from Delany’s novel with original material as well as video and photography by director Jay Scheib and artist Carrie Mae Weems.

    Beowulf — A Thousand Years of Baggage

    by Banana Bag and Bodice
    May 13 at 8pm and May 15 at 6pm
    A.R.T.’s OBERON

    This SongPlay adaptation of the Old English epic poem Beowulf harkens back to the raw and rowdy storytelling of the Scandinavian mead halls. The show features a 7-piece band including dueling trombones, bass clarinet, accordion and saw, combining Weillian cabaret, 40's jazz harmony, indie rock, punk, electronica, and Romantic Lieder into a cacophonous swirl.


    by Ryan Landry, featuring Larry Coen
    May 14 at 1pm and 4pm Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    Everybody wanted to talk to the mysterious old lady in Alfred Hitchcock's slasher masterpiece Psycho. Now, after the bloodbath, Mrs. Bates pulls back the curtain and tells HER side! Larry Coen stars in Ryan Landry's twisted take on Hitchcock's masterpiece. WARNING: NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!

    The Un-Official Guide to Audience Watching Performance

    by Raphael Xavier
    May 14 and May 15 at 2pm
    A.R.T.’s OBERON

    Xavier shifts the rhythms of rap and propels narratives through break dancing to draw parallels between the performer's body, which is inscribed by life's experiences, and the stage itself, putting the audience in one of his shoes laced with stand-up to boot.

    Grand Theft Ovid

    by Eddie Kim
    May 14 at 4pm
    A.R.T.’s OBERON

    Characters from World of Warcraft, Halo Reach, and Grand Theft Auto 4 perform tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Middle and high school students turn into digital “puppeteers” when they operate projected images of their favorite games. This production combines ancient text with modern technology to create an original theatrical experience.

    City Council Meeting

    by Aaron Landsman
    May 15 at 6pm and May 15 at 4pm

    Borrowing tales from half-a-dozen cities where Aaron Landsman sat in on government meetings, as well as improvised testimony from you the viewer, this piece imagines public discourse as art and vice versa. Come early and you could end up as the Mayor of this night. Come late and you may lose your voice.

    Fornicated From the Beatles

    by Mikhael Tara Garver and The New Ensemble
    May 14 at 8pm
    A.R.T.’s OBERON

    A generation born to parents who fell in bed to the yearning rhythms of John, Paul, Ringo, and George – searching for their own tune to come together. Born from a moment when the unexplainable power of music rocked the world. Music that resonates still. This club piece asks, “What do we reveal when we come together and we think no one is watching?”

    Join the Conversation! Brunch

    May 15 at 12pm
    Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    Enjoy live music and mingle with other festival-goers to talk about the weekend’s adventures and experiences. Exciting performers to be announced.

    The Momentum

    by CollaborationTown

    May 15 at 2pm
    Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    Unhappy? Listless? Broke? Alone? Let the Laws of Attraction massage your vibrations and change your life in the self-help-sploitation The Momentum. Remember: It’s not self-help if you don’t help self.

    Festival Closing Party featuring THE LISPS

    May 15 at 8pm
    A.R.T.’s OBERON

    The closing party features The Lisps and delightful surprises cooked up by OBERON and its eclectic artists. The Lisps are a New York-based band whose songs borrow liberally from vaudeville, science fiction, and Americana. Their hyperactive performances typically involve bloody tambourines, wrestling, lipstick smeared melodicas, old filing cabinets, and film reels suspended by rusty chains.

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