Theatre KAPOW
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The past never returns, what returns is not the past,  but a present that has distant roots.
Luigina Sgarro

 

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In January 2021, it was truly a dark winter, but theatre KAPOW was finding our footing and gathering strength. We were rehearsing the fourth in a season of six live-streamed productions. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we held the very first of our Expanding the Canon play reading circles over Zoom to discuss works by Black playwrights. By the end of April, we started to resume some in-person connection.  We brought artists together in small numbers with safe distance and masks to create and film Hidden in Plain Sight for the NH Business Committee for the Arts virtual gala. By July, we got even closer to what we had been missing when we spent two weeks at Andy’s Summer Playhouse creating original theatre with young artists for audiences to enjoy outdoors. 

Finally, in the Fall, we returned to fully in-person rehearsal and performance for the long-delayed premiere of the new play The Bøyg by A.J. Ditty. With vaccine requirements for artists and audiences, we returned to the intimate performance venues we love. In October and November, we returned to in-person Open Training. Return is our theme for this current season, and it is indeed an apt one.

But returning does not mean “leaving behind.” What have we brought with us on this return? We bring with us a removal of geographic barriers: in our second Expanding the Canon program we continue to meet over Zoom so that circle can include participants from Washington state to Texas and from Henniker, NH to London, England. We bring with us the technology we embraced and learned during last season: we used three cameras to film a performance of The Bøyg to stream to audiences who could not join us in person.
We also bring with us the questions we began to ask ourselves in 2020: Where are we now? What voices should we amplify? What artists need opportunities? What lens are we looking through? Are we creating equitable and inclusive spaces?

We are launching into 2022 with a production of Dance Nation by Clare Barron led by an artistic team of entirely women and featuring the most diverse cast in terms of race, age, sexuality, bodies, and souls that tKAPOW has brought together in its 14 seasons. The return to a communal space allows audiences and artists to share the power of live theatre that asks important questions and sparks challenging conversations about equity, diversity, relationships, responsibility, and more. 

After so many months of isolation, fear, and loss, the opportunity to connect and heal is particularly important. As we make a strong return, your support is more important than ever. Right now, a gift of any size will support theatre KAPOW’s work to include more audiences and more artists in exercising empathy. We believe that theatre has the unique ability to bring people together and with your generosity we can continue to do just that.

Thanks for all that you do to support our work,
Matt Cahoon, Artistic Director

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