SOLOs, Episode 4: William Forchion’s “Spirit Dance, A conversation with the ancestors”

BRATTLEBORO William “Bill” Forchion takes us on a philosophical and spiritual journey in “Spirit Dance: A conversation with the ancestors” in Episode 4 of SOLOs, a co-production of the Hooker-Dunham Theater and The Rock River Players. The Hooker-Dunham and the Rock River Players are proud to have the opportunity to present Forchion’s unique show during Black History Month.

William Forchion in  "Spirit Dance, A conversation with the ancestors"
William Forchion in “Spirit Dance, A conversation with the ancestors”

Forchion’s “Spirit Dance” premiers on February 5 at 7:30pm on YouTube and Brattleboro Community Television (Channel 1075) with an Q&A immediately following at 8:25 via zoom. The link to the YouTube Premiere is To get the zoom invitation, please email Information and links are also available on the Hooker-Dunham website (

As a talented circus performer, Bill Forchion has performed with the Cirque du Soleil among many others. In addition to being an actor and filmmaker, Bill has long been a philosophical writer as seen in his book and his one-person show, “Billosophy.”

According to Hooker-Dunham Director, Jon Mack,“The SOLOs series is a bit of a play on words, since it is the effort of many people working together. This is a period in our lives where all forms of art are needed more than ever, but in person attendance isn’t viable. Local actors have connected with local directors to create excellent solo performances rehearsed and filmed on the Hooker-Dunham Theater stage. Many of our area’s directors have taken on pieces including Jessica Gelter, Christopher Coutant, Karla Baldwin, Annie Landenberger, Adrienne Major, Carrie Kidd, Michael Nethercott as well as Bahman Mahdavi (co-producer of the series) and myself.” Noting the collaborative nature of the series’ production, Mack continues: “It’s the combined efforts of the theater, The Rock River Players and BCTV working together that keep the project thriving. We’re all excited to see the broad audience the SOLOs series is attracting. ”

Next up in the SOLOs series is a music interlude with Travis Laplante, brilliant young tenor saxophone recording artist and frequent contributor of solo saxophone performances at Yellow Barn in Putney. Travis’ performance premiers Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30. Mack notes:“The sounds that Travis evokes from the saxophone are like the wind. A marvelous and innovative player.”

Two more shows of short theatrical pieces are in final rehearsals with March show dates. Episode 6 features all original material, while Episode 7 includes roles that challenge gender role stereotypes and the nonsense poetry of Lewis Carroll.

For more information, check out the websites of the Hooker-Dunham ( or Rock River Players (

FRIDAY, Feb. 5: BCTV & YouTube at 7:30; Q & A via Zoom at 8:25
All performances are free of charge.

CONTACT: Jon Mack,