Capricorn 24° (January 14) 98
Dear So and So
Hello I’m Quinn Cox.
I’m founder, with John Cameron Mitchell, and director of the not-for-profit Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, which takes stage each September. Entering its eighth year, Afterglow’s mission has been to preserve and champion Provincetown’s birthright as the birth place of modern American theater. Something of a spiritual “Save Provincetown” campaign in the face of gross gentrification, it is our aim not only reclaim important stage space for experimenting, evolving and emerging artists, innovative talents changing the face of theater and performance as we know it, but to help develop and proliferate important new works and acts being premiered or progressed in Provincetown.
Playing host to artists around the country and abroad, Afterglow has strengthened Provincetown’s exsiting spiritual bonds with both the Greenwich Village, NYC and Cambridge, MA theater and performance communities via partnerships, repectively, with Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and the Oberon stage at the American Repertory Theater.
In it’s third season, Afterglow’s critically acclaimed collaborative Glowberon series with the American Repertory Theater, brings artists and their works, primarily originated at Afterglow, to the Oberon stage, from September to May. Glowberon has energized subscribers to A.R.T. and audiences from all around the Boston metropolitan region and garnered great praise from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and PBS-WGBH’s Open Studio, to name a few. We also staged a small Glow Festival at Oberon in summer, 2017.
Our non-profit enterprise is now in a place where I am reaching out to other select theaters and arts arenas in and around New England that might likewise be interested in collaborating with Afterglow to produce and present our various artists, whether as a series or as a loose collection of solo-act performances over the course of the year or during certain seasons. As we present many emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to great success and wider even more mainstream notoriety—Bridget Everett, Justin Vivian Bond, John Early, Taylor Mac, Our Lady J, Drew Droege to name several—it is Afterglow/Glow’s curation that New England audiences have come to trust as we carefully nurture our press profile, audience build efforts, promotion and social media.
Our goal in partnering with like-minded venues throughout the region is at leas three-fold: To provide the surpassingly talented artists, working in various forms all under the heading of performance a wider platform to reach audiences in places they otherwise wouldn’t reach; to provide the increasingly savvy and eager audiences in these key places the kind of surpassingly entertaining and transformative perfomances these artists deliver; and to establish new spiritual homes for these artists with willing venues who might thrill to present works by artists and acts on the edge of stage craft, theater and performance in these various forms.
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