Boston Theater Company, a leader in new theater works and educational arts programming in the Greater Boston Area, today announced the launch of the Artist Athletic Association (AAA). The AAA will bring together artists and patrons of the arts from various backgrounds who believe in teamwork, dedication, and commitment both in the arts and in sport.
The ideas for AAA spurred when Boston Theater Company producing artistic director Joey Frangieh ran the Boston Marathon in 2017. While many consider arts and sport opposite disciplines, both share dedication to teamwork, dedication, and commitment are. The AAA will strive to promote health and wellness through physical activity while breaking down the perceived societal barriers between sport and art. The group will also recognize sports’ performative elements by dedicating teams’ participation in sporting events to onstage legends, and will also embrace inclusivity by welcoming participants regardless of ability or body type.
“As artists we are constantly training our minds, bodies, and hearts and we work tirelessly to accomplish a unified goal,” said Frangieh. “Whether it’s crossing the finish line or mounting a world premiere, we are always working together to achieve something greater than ourselves. To me, arts and athletics are very similar in nature and I look forward to bridging the gap between them.”
The inaugural AAA event will be the 2017 Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday, November 19, 2017. A group of artists will run under the team name “The Lupones of Patti,” celebrating Broadway diva Patti Lupone as they undertake the 13.1 mile run through the city of Cambridge – adorned with plenty of glitter, and perhaps singing a showtune or two, along the way. But the Cambridge Half Marathon is only the beginning for the AAA – members of the group also plan to run more races around Boston and beyond, as well as create team training workshops and host their own events.
For more information about the AAA or to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website bostontheater.org/aaa. To watch the team in their kick-off run, come to the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday, November 19. Visit https://www.cambridgehalf.com/ for a map of the course and to cheer on the Lupones of Patti as they run by.