A Black History Month Celebration

February 2021

Presented by Mass General Hospital and the Front Porch Arts Collective

About

Mass General Hospital is excited to partner with organizations and groups throughout the Greater Boston area to celebrate and honor Black History Month. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the organization which helped establish Black History Month, has chosen this year’s theme as, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Stay tuned for a full list of programming throughout the month, which will connect MGH and the Greater Boston community, highlighting our shared history, the importance of wellness, engaging innovators and displaying rich talent in the arts.

A Black History Month Celebration is presented as part of the 2020–21 MIT Performing series, a prototyping and presenting series programmed by Jay Scheib, professor for Music and Theater Arts, and presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. The series is supported in part by the Council for the Arts at MITMIT Performing promotes a research-based artistic practice and serves as a new platform for contemporary performance.

Events

Past Events

Soul Break with Front Porch and Fam

February 22, 2021 / 7:30pm
Join us for this digital concert featuring the work of Porch Fam and Friends, Castle of Our Skins, Hipstory, and BAMS Fest.

Hipstory’s Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a short psychological suspense/thriller that tells the story of a doctoral student who is guest lecturing a series on the inequalities/disparities for African Americans in media representation. This movie, directed by Cliff Notez, follows this student navigating the day after a traumatic event has happened. We will walk our way through their psychotic break, trying to piece together clues that will point us to its cause. Vitiligo hopes to highlight Black mental health, structural racism as it relates to mental and physical health of the oppressed, and the continuous struggle of conscience duality.

Castle of Our Skins’s Soundbath for the Solar Plexus Chakra
“Every single moment of surrender is a peace treaty with my soul.” In South African composer Monthati Masebe’s Soundbath for the Solar Plexus Chakra, you are invited to surrender and let go of what holds you back. With dance and choreography from VLA Dance, this Castle of our Skins production was performed in November 2020 as part of its “Black Love” project: a multimedia healing journey through music, poetry, and dance.


Young Nerds of Color (a work in progress)

February 23, 2021 / 7:30pm

When and how did you fall in love with science? Who are the people who opened doors for you (or, conversely, got in your way)? What are your most personal hopes? Your wildest dreams? What challenges should science tackle now, and how? Why is diversity in professional science important?

Young Nerds of Color (YNOC) is a new play in development, written by Melinda Lopez and commissioned by Central Square Theater through their Catalyst Collaborative@MIT program, the nation’s longest-running partnership between a professional theater company and a world-class research institution. YNOC was created to respond to the growing lack of representation of people of color, young people, and women in science. Created from over 60 interviews, the inaugural production will be in Spring 2022. YNOC brings to the stage deeply-felt stories of people passionate about science for whom the journey has been complex. Dawn Simmons, Artistic Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective (The Porch) is the play’s director. The Porch is a theater-in-residence at Central Square Theater.

Learn more at CentralSquareTheater.org


Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine, by Lynn Nottage

February 25, 2021 / 7:30pm

Fabulation is a social satire about the ambitious and bougie Undine Barnes Calles, whose husband suddenly disappears after embezzling all of her money. Pregnant and on the brink of social and financial ruin, Undine retreats to her childhood home in Brooklyn’s Walt Whitman projects, only to discover that she must cope with a crude new reality. Undine faces the challenge of transforming her setbacks into small victories in a battle to reaffirm her right to be.