Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Autobiographical doc to screen at the MFA, Boston Dec. 5 & 9 and Medicine Wheel Productions, South Boston Dec. 13 as part of MFA Thesis Screenings

The legacy of the 1960s and the broken bonds of a multiracial family…

Flower Child © Angela M. Counts, 2013. Video Production Still. 
Pictured: Dell Hamilton and Susan Lloyd McGarry.

In the late 1990s, Angela Counts was a Van Lier Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop in New York City. She was commissioned to write a new play, and thus began the journey of Flower Child

Written during boom economic times, the play questioned the collapse of “The American Dream”, the legacy of the 1960s, and the broken bonds of a multiracial family. 

In 2012, Angela rediscovered Flower Child and began filming rehearsals of her play and rediscovering the sources of its inspiration. In spite of her efforts to reconstruct the play she is drawn into an examination of herself. 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Alfond Auditorium

December 5 @ 12:30 pm 

December 9 @ 12:30 pm

465 Huntington Avenue, 
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300, www.mfa.org
Free ticketed event at museum ticket counter.

Medicine Wheel Productions, South Boston 

December 13 @ 7:00 pm

110 K Street - 2nd Floor, South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-6700, www.mwponline.org
MBTA: Redline Broadway Stop
#9 City Point Bus to K Street
Street parking. 
Free and open to the public.

**Master of Fine Arts Thesis Screenings School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Northeastern University

Flower Child © Angela M. Counts, 2013. Video Production Still. Pictured: Angela Counts.

Angela Counts is a filmmaker, performing artist, and writer whose dramatic plays have been presented across the country, including LaMama ETC and Theatre for the New City, in New York; Jubilee Theater in Texas; and the Prop Thtr Festival of New Plays in Chicago. 

Her short films have appeared in several group exhibitions in the greater Boston area, including Open Source at the New England Conservatory of Music. Angela is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry award for her play, Hedy Understands Anxiety, which was published by Dramatic Publishing Company.

With Flower Child, an autobiographical documentary, Angela completed the Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Northeastern University, College of Media, Arts and Design. She holds a B.A. in Communications and M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Southern California.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Flower Child: "I've been away, but I'm back..."

Dear Readers,

I've been away but not idle... I've been creating but not posting so much, so I've wanted to update you on a major project I'm working on, and I hope you will follow me as I continue my journey as an artist -- from poetry, performance, and plays to film and video and back again!

The project that has taken so much of my time is called Flower Child... 

In 2008, as some of you know I made a visit to Italy for a reunion with my father whom I hadn’t seen in 17 years. I brought along a camera and an artist sketchbook and began a journey into a multi-media way of expressing the complications of identity, family history, and language. I also started this blog in earnest after a second trip to Italy in 2009 by myself.

The reunion with my father and the processing of trying to express it all through images, text, and sound led me to the post-Bacc program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the fall of 2010.  The following year I enrolled in the MFA Studio Arts program, where I found my way back to my play, Flower Child, which was commissioned by New York Theatre Workshop when I was a playwright living in New York City back in the day. At SMFA, I decided to film the play as a means of tracing my evolution as an artist, and to transform the themes of the play and its non-linear structure into a visual story with multiple streams of narratives -- race, class, 60s activism, youthful idealism, artistic dreams, family disconnections, and redemption through finding ones voice. Please stay tuned... I plan to update the site as I go along... Thanks as always for following!

And may you always be inspired to be your true authentic, self.