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Fort Point Stage


A Fort Point Farewell
to Susan Orlean and John Gillespie

Tuesday June 12th at 8 PM
35 Channel Center Street

Join us, rain or shine,
for an indoor film screening
and discussion with Susan and John

Seating at 8:00 PM -- bring your own chair
35 Channel Center Street (need directions?)
FREE, Handicap Accessible

Susan Orlean has authored many wonderful novels and magazine articles, including the recent "My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere." Susan traveled around the world, but when it came to finding a home she and husband John Gillespie settled in Fort Point. Their baby boy Austin was raised largely in and around Wormwood Park and their Spaniel, Cooper, spent more time monitoring new developments along the Harborwalk than the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Join us for this Special Event as we bid farewell to our neighbors and friends, Susan and John, as they relocate to the Hudson River Valley and Los Angeles.

At 8:00 PM, we'll present a screening of Adaptation, the film adaptation of Susan's acclaimed novel The Orchid Thief, directed by Spike Jonze and starring Meryl Streep (as Susan), Nicholas Cage and Chris Cooper. After the screening, we'll have a discussion and Q&A. By the way, John's knowledge of film and filmmaking really kicks ass, so things should get interesting if we can convince him to ask Susan a few questions... does the bullfighter really check her makeup? Hmm.

This Special Event is made possible by the generous support of the residents of 35 Channel Center, property owner Jim Rogers, Barkan Management, Cheryl Forte and Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. (FPAC).


Adaptation (2002) / 111 min.
Directed by Spike Jonze
starring Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
Writer (book "The Orchid Thief"): Susan Orlean
Writer (screenplay): Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman

Despite the success of his first produced script, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman (Cage) is plagued by insecurities, both in his career and his personal life. When he is hired to adapt The Orchid Thief, a non-fiction book about a fanatical orchid breeder, John Laroche (Cooper), he is completely stumped. Though, on the surface, the book is about Laroche’s flower poaching adventures in the Florida Everglades, on another level it’s also about the desire in all of us to experience passion. This longing plagues the book’s author, Susan Orlean (Streep) and, Charlie realizes, himself as well. (from