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Two Plays, Two Languages, Three Weeks, One Goal: Bring Bilingual to the Bridge
Two Plays, Two Languages, Three Weeks, One Goal: Bring Bilingual to the Bridge
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Apollinaire in the Park is New England's only free, outdoor, bilingual summer theater.

Apollinaire Theatre Company is one of a kind. From fall to spring we put on great shows as a professional theatre company. Then, in the summer, we go outside to entertain our audiences in both English and Spanish, for free, in Chelsea's beautiful Mary O'Malley Waterfront Park. There’s nobody else who is doing the work that we’re doing (Check out our reviews. Seriously. They’re awesome. Really awesome).

"Each act is in a different location through out Mary O’Malley Park with the audience following the actors during intermission. The sunset, view of the river, docks, mural, and brilliant staging make a surprisingly fitting backdrop..."-New England Theatre Geek

Our summer show draws both English and Spanish speaking audiences from across the region, often people who would have no access to performing arts otherwise. this is our 11th year of production. Every year, we depend on donations to help us mount the production. It is only possible with your support — help bring bilingual to the bridge!

Why Kickstarter?

Your donation makes this show possible! We have started rehearsals, and we need your support to ensure we don't go into the red and can continue to create great free theatre for our community. We have chosen Kickstarter because it has been successful for us in the past, and through it we can engage a wide range of people. But if we do not make our goal of $7,500 here on Kickstarter, we will receive no money at all.

La Llorna in ¡Bocon!
La Llorna in ¡Bocon!

What will the money go towards?

This year, the total cost of the show comes out to $34,000. Your donations will go towards:

  • Mobilizing a fantastic team of 14 actors, many of whom are returning from past summers and our stellar season. 
  • Compensating our talented design team to transform the park into something magical. 
  • Hiring four stage managers and house managers to run four locations throughout the park.
  • Building masks, costumes, and prop pieces, some of which we're offering as rewards!
  • Painting a mural backdrop, which remains in the park all year.
  • Acquiring park permits and insurance, and covering rehearsal costs. 
  • Promoting our show through postcards, posters, and social media. 
Invasion!
Invasion!

When is it happening?

Our show dates are July 9th-27th, Wednesdays through Sundays, at 7:30 PM. Our shows this year are "Invasion!" by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and, for young audiences, "¡Bocón!" by Lisa Loomer. Invasion will be performed in English and Spanish, "¡Bocón!" is written to be understood in both languages.  Here's the performance calendar:

As you can see, we have a lot to do, and we're excited to do it — we'll see you in the park!

“I can’t remember having a more enchanting and lively summer eve in all the years I have lived in Boston.” - EdgeBoston

About the Plays

At once hilarious, disturbing, and poignant, "Invasion!" centers around a mysterious name: Abulkasem. First encountered in the historical epic “Signora Luna,” Abulkasem has many meanings. It becomes the perfect all-purpose word, and the name of a gay Lebanese dancer, a radical feminist Muslim theatre director, an asylum seeking apple-picker, a stuttering telemarketer, and the world’s most sought after potential terrorist. Swedish playwright Khemiri looks at our fear of The Other from an ever shifting kaleidoscopic array of perspectives. 

"¡Bocón!," a fable filled with humor and mysticism and song, tells the story of twelve-year-old Miguel who flees a repressive military regime. A natural storyteller and irrepressible "big mouth" or bocón, Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken and begins a metaphorical journey north to the City of Angels. Along the way he meets up with an unusual traveling companion, La Llorona, the legendary "Weeping Woman" of Mexican and Central American mythology. Through their magical friendship, Miguel finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life. Miguel's story is relevant to immigrant children from all parts of the world... and to any child who is learning the many meanings of finding one's own "voice."

"Having discovered a gem in Apollinaire Theatre Company… whatever they produce will be worth seeing."

-The White Rhino Report

Risks and challenges

The weather is always a challenge. Join us early in the run so you don't miss a show due to rain! (rain date for the Opening Weekend Party is Sunday July 13th)

Your continued support will ensure another successful summer in the park, and keep the traditional alive so that we can come back next year!

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    BIG THANKS — For $5, you will receive a big shoutout on our Facebook page as a friend and supporter of Apollinaire in the Park

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    CHELSEA FIRE — An Apollinaire souvenir will be waiting for you in the park + Big Thanks

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    SNAIL MAIL — We will mail you a post card from the show + Big Thanks.

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    HEADLINER — An official Apollinaire Theatre Company hat waiting for you in the park + Souvenir + Big Thanks

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    FANCY EATS — You are invited to our (very fun) opening weekend, post-show cast Party on Sat. July 12th. Free drinks and eats at the theatre with the cast! + Big Thanks

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    PICTURE TIME —Take a photo with cast members, and we'll email you a digital copy + Souvenir + Big Thanks

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    FANCY EATS x 2 — Two tickets to our (very fun) opening weekend, post-show cast party on Sat. July 12th. Free drinks and eats at the theatre with the cast! + Big Thanks

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    FOR OUR FARAWAY FRIENDS — Can't make it to the park? We'll miss you! But we'll mail you a signed program, plus, we'll send you a personalized video of the cast thanking you for your support.

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    BLANKET STATEMENT — We will have a blanket waiting for you in the park front and center for the first act + Big Thanks

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    FOR YOUR COMFORT — We'll have two chairs waiting for you in the park, front and center for the first act & 2 tickets to our opening weekend cast party on Saturday, July 12

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    MYSTIC ENGAGEMENT— With up to nine of your friends, take a private tour of Chelsea's award-winning Mystic Brewery, and afterwards, enjoy a flight of their famous brews.

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    ROOM THERAPY — A two-hour sessions with Sarah Krieger, an interior designer and decorator and long-time friend of Apollinaire. For more information and before/after photos, visit http://www.theroomtherapist.com/

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    TOSCANINI'S — You and up to four friends get to create a flavor at the world-famous Toscanini's Ice Cream! Take a tour of the kitchen, and then design a flavor to be sold in the store with master Ice-Cream maker Gus Rancatore. Plus, you get 4 pints!

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    ¡BOCÓN! — You will receive a costume or set piece as memorabilia + Four Tickets to our Party + Four Chairs + Photo + Hat + Souvenir + Big Thanks

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    ¡BOCÓN! Y MÁS — You will receive a costume or set piece as memorabilia + Unlimited Tickets to our Party + Unlimited Chairs + Photo + Hat + Souvenir + Big Thanks

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    INVASION! —You can take part in the performance for one night as a walk-on, and we will announce you as our "featured performer" for the night! + a costume or set piece as memorabilia + Unlimited tickets to our party + Unlimited chairs + Photo + Hat + Souvenir + Big Thanks

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