UPCOMING: Family History Discussion Series


The Flying Carpet Theatre, is embarking on a new kind of exploration of how our family history impacts our sense of self. In the first phase of this work, we are hosting a series of web-based discussions with people who’ve built family trees from scratch and had epiphanies when they learned about their ancestors and family histories. The program will initially be web video conversations with a diverse array of guests. Due to the selection of guests, we anticipate robust conversations about oppressors, bystanders, victims, the hidden, the brash, the loud, the hard work, the racism, the brave exodus, and everything else that makes up the our American patchwork quilt…Because it’s all in our family stories….

The series will be alternately hosted by Dr. Peter Candler and FCT Artistic Director, Adam Koplan.

Listen to them describe the series on Atlanta’s WABE 90.1 City Lights with Lois Reitzes here.


Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 – 1:30pm

In the first episode, series hosts Adam and Pete will interview each other about their own respective journeys in learning about family history. Pete (now based in Asheville) has been using his encounters with family history to be the anchor of much of his activism and artistic creation. In doing so he’s created a series of photographs and essays called, “A Deeper South.” He and a have been traveling across the South and documenting the trips – places they thought they knew but now look at afresh. They describe it thusly: “A Deeper South is a literary-photographic quest along the backroads of the Deep South. The vision of A Deeper South is rooted in the idea that the spiritual, political, and cultural health of a nation, region, city, town, or person depends upon an honest and unflinching memory; that the gravest danger to our cities and ourselves is a willful amnesia; that hope is to be found through the work of active remembrance, putting back together the fragments of personhood scattered by a culture of selective memory.”

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 – 7:30pm

John Hearn first discovered genealogy when he was 9 years old.  That year he traveled solo from his home Pittsburgh to join his grandmother on a family fact-finding mission in Alabama. Together, they examined miles of microfiche in the State Archives, explored crumbling cemeteries, and visited long-forgotten farmsteads. It was the beginning a years-long fascination, rooted in a profound love of history, and spurred by a curiosity about the wild mash-ups that comprise the American story. Genealogy gave John a much-needed sense of being grounded as he grew up in the industrial North—with a father descended from a dozen generations of Southern farmers, and a mother who immigrated to New York from Prague in 1953. That feeling of context continues to serve him well as he ventures into uncharted territories as an entrepreneur and consultant. John is a Managing Partner of Stimulus, a New York-area incubator of new businesses and an advisor to existing ones. He studied politics and economics at Swarthmore College.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 – 1:30pm

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In the second episode, series hosts Adam and Pete will interview Joel Johnson. Joel Johnson is a Black writer and veteran ad agency executive. He has worked in agencies in New York, Chicago, and London and currently co-owns Admirable Devil, an agency in Washington, DC. He’s researched his family lineage since 2005 and recently began telling the stories of his ancestors on his blog, Struggle and Progress. He is primarily interested in researching the lives of his free and enslaved Black ancestors prior to and throughout emancipation, and during the period known as Reconstruction. His research has identified his biological European ancestors as well. Joel is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Goldsmiths College in London, and Northwestern University.

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