LEFTOVERS

By Josh Wilder
Directed by Summer L. Williams
Developed by C1 PlayLab

July 21 – August 18, 2018
@ The Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Boston)

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Jalil and Kwamaine just want their family to be “Cosby Show Happy,” but that kind of life doesn’t seem to be in the cards—until an enormous dandelion sprouts in front of their South Philly home and wishes start falling from the sky. Seizing the possibility of no longer feeling like the city's leftovers, the brothers begin to dream their way out of the cycle of poverty that has governed their lives, and find themselves on an adventure they never could have imagined.

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C1's Take

Company One Theatre is producing LEFTOVERS to AMPLIFY:

Ways to address the historical and systemic inequities that have led to today’s cycle of poverty.

Forgiveness, and the dangers of perpetuating the “absent black father” myth.

That the power to dream, wish, and be the hero of your own journey is not reserved for white people.

The vital role local organizations have in combating gentrification and revitalizing communities from within.

“Yes we can!” for black and brown young men in a world that says “no you can’t.”

 

Growing up in the inner city as a young Black man I felt like my dreams and my environment were at war … Writing this play helped me understand why people in my neighborhood gave up, and it helped me heal the wounds I accumulated in my pursuit of my own dreams. Josh Wilder

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STRAND THEATRE
543 Columbia Road
Boston, MA 02125
United States

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Cast




PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCTION STAFF


  • Kadahj Bennett
    Kadahj is psyched for another C1 experience. Recent credits include HYPE MAN (2018 Elliot Norton Award), PEERLESS, THE T PARTY, AN OCTOROON, DRY LAND, HOW WE GOT ON (Company One); AKEELAH AND THE BEE (Wheelock Family Theatre); and a feature in THE HALLS web series (Beyond Measure Productions). Hamilton College & the Boston Arts Academy grad; Kadahj is a Teaching Artist in the Boston Area. Bennett serves as the writer/lyricist/vocalist for Dancelujah (hiphop/fusion). Luminary Artist for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

  • Lyndsay Allyn Cox
    Lyndsay Allyn Cox (Raquelle) is returning to Company One having previously been seen in THE OVERWHELMING. Recent Boston credits include CROSSING FLIGHT (TC Squared), MEN ON BOATS (SpeakEasy Stage) BARBECUE, BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK (Lyric Stage), ZOMBIE DOUBLE FEATURE, IT HAPPENED...WE CAN’T SAY WHEN (New Exhibition Room), DEARLY DEPARTED, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, INTIMATE APPAREL , ALL IN THE TIMING (The Footlight Club), THE HEIDI CHRONICLES (The Longwood Players), climACTS (The Theater Offensive). Lyndsay studied acting at Appalachian State University and the University of Florida. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Membership Candidate Program.

  • Colgan Johnson
    Colgan B. Johnson is a Dorchester based artist, writer, and freelance photographer. He studied and performed some theater at Amherst College and graduated with a B.A. in Classics. He is a former teacher and coach in the Boston Public School System. He is extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity with Company One.

  • Irvin Scott
    Irvin Scott was born in Lancaster, PA. Irvin took up acting in his second semester at the College of the Holy Cross eventually earning him a role in a one act performance of Amiri Baraka's THE DUTCHMAN where he starred as Clay. In 2017, Irvin attended the Identity School of Acting in London for 4 months. Irvin was signed to Identity's Talent Agency that fall. His hobbies are writing poetry, songs and stories as well as playing swimming and football.

  • Christian Scales
    Christian is a rising senior at Boston University pursuing a BFA in Acting and a minor in filmmaking. He has been lucky enough to also attend the North Carolina School of the Arts and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He is an avid reader, writer and traveller whose most recent credit is Boston University’s GEM OF THE OCEAN, and most recent film is a short he wrote and directed titled NIGHT.

  • Josh Wilder
    Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. His work has been developed at various theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and Milwaukee Rep. Recent commissions include, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and SHE A GEM for The Kennedy Center. He is the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award, Lorraine Hansberry Award, and an ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. Josh is a former 2014 Jerome Fellow and 2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center; has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre; Sundance at UCross; and served as Co-Artistic Director at The Yale Cabaret. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

  • Summer L. Williams
    Summer L. Williams is a Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Company One Theatre in Boston. Her most recent directing credits include Smart People at the Kitchen Theatre, Barbecue at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. at Company One Theatre, Bootycandy at SpeakEasy Stage Company, An Octoroon and Colossal with Company One Theatre--Winner of the 2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for both productions. Regional credits: Intimate Apparel at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Shiv as a part of The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy, Shelter of Last Resort by Miranda Craigwell as a part of XX PlayLab 2014 and the New England Premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero Of Namibia, Formerly Known As Southwest Africa From The German Sudwestafrika Between The Years 1884-1915, Idris Goodwin's How We Got On and Lynn Nottage's By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet as part of The Brother/Sister Plays (2012 Elliot Norton Award nominated for Outstanding Production and winner of the 2012 IRNE Award for Best Play), Neighbors, Grimm, The Good Negro, Voyeurs De Venus (Winner of 2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director), The Bluest Eye (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award nominated), The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, Spell #7 (IRNE nominated), Jesus Hopped The A Train (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Best Fringe Production) Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (IRNE nominated). Ms. Williams has also directed for the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Clark University, Brandeis University, The Theatre Offensive and Huntington Theatre Company.

  • Tatiana Gil
    Please view Tatiana's bio on the C1 Staff page.

  • Miranda Giurleo
    Miranda's previous Company One designs include PEERLESS, DRY LAND, SHOCKHEADED PETER, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, LOVE PERSON, NEIGHBORS, GRIMM, THE GOOD NEGRO, and AFTER THE QUAKE. Area credits include: THE CONVERT, MATCHLESS & THE HAPPY PRINCE, ROOTS OF LIBERTY (Underground Railway Theater); THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (SpeakEasy Stage Company); CHILL, THE ROYALE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); RICHARD III, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, AS YOU LIKE IT (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); THE EFFECT, TOTALITARIANS, THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Gloucester Stage Company).

  • Aja Jackson
    This May, Aja completed her M.F.A at Boston University. She also holds a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln in lighting design. Recently Aja designed HEAR WORD! NIJA WOMAN TRUE TALK at the American Repertory Theatre. Other shows include SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Omaha Playhouse), THE LAST WIFE (WAM Theatre), and are the designer for the site-specific company, NOURISHMENT. She has also worked with The Santa Fe Opera (NM), The Public Theater (NYC), The Lighting Design Group (NYC), The Huntington Theatre Company (BOS) and the Boston Lyric Opera (BOS).

  • Kailey Bennett
    Kailey graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014 with a B.A. in Visual Arts and minor in Earth and Oceanographic Sciences. Since moving to Boston, she has worked with numerous opera and theatre companies including, Guerilla Opera, Opera Del West, Odyssey Opera, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, TC Squared Theatre, Boston Baroque, and Wheelock Family Theatre. She works primarily in Stage and Production Management, and in Properties. Highlights from 2018 include: Crossing Flight (TC Squared Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Wheelock Family Theatre), Fidelio (Boston Baroque), and Sweeney Todd (Theater UnCorked). This is her first production with Company One Theatre.

  • Erik D. Diaz
    Erik is thrilled to be back at C1 working with Summer on LEFTOVERS. Regional credits: DOUBT - IRNE Nom. (OSTC), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Playhouse on the Square), MOTHERS AND SONS - IRNE Nom. (Speakeasy), KING AND I, (NSMT), IN THE HEIGHTS (CMT-San Jose), HENRY V (Kingsmen Shakespeare), LUMBERJACKS IN LOVE - IRNE Nom. (GBTC), SPAMALOT (Sharon Playhouse). TV: HGTV's DESIGNED TO SELL, CBS–WBZTV. Proud member of USA Local 829. Erik lives in Attleboro with his wife, Holly, and sons, Ezra and Zander. www.DESIGNBYDIAZ.com

  • Anna Drummond
    Recent: PROWESS, Brown/Trinity Rep; EURYDICE, Brown/Trinity Rep; MORTALITY PLAY, Emerson Shakespeare Society; IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, Flawless Brown; Anna has received 4 nominations and 3 EVVY wins for the category of Outstanding Sound Design for the Stage (2015 – A PLANET ALL YOUR OWN, 2016 – ALCHEMY OF DESIRE/DEAD MAN’S BLUES, 2017 – THE HOBBIT, ECHO) Anna is a graduate of Emerson College with a Sound Design/Audio Post-Production whose freelance work includes voiceover narration, podcast, audiobook editing, production, mixing and SFX curation.

  • Carmen Alfaro
    Carmen is a Boston-based Latinx stage manager, assistant lighting designer and electrician. She strongly believes in the power of diverse work, and is grateful to have been a part of this production. She is a recent graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Stage Management & Lighting Design. Recent stage management credits include PELLEAS ET MELISANDE (Boston University Opera Institute), INITMATE APPAREL and AUORA BOREALIS 16 (Boston University). carmencalfaro.com

  • Baron Pugh
    Baron is a recent scenic design MFA graduate from Boston University. Select credits include: Lyric Stage Company of Boston: THE WIZ; Threshold Stage Company: THE CLEAN HOUSE; Barnstormers Theatre: DRIVING MISS DAISY; Boston University: GOD’S EAR, FAITHLESS, GHOSTS, THE HOTHOUSE, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey – Next Stage Ensemble: THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE, ROMEO AND JULIET. BaronPughDesign.com

  • Nada Shaaban
    Nada is a senior at Framingham State University. She’s thrilled to be back with Company One Theatre as an Assistant Stage Manager for LEFTOVERS, having previously worked at C1 as a Production Apprentice and a program supervisor. Nada is currently the Technical Chair for FSU’s theatre organization, The Hilltop Players. Her various production and technical work have gotten her nominated as a Stage Manager in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her aspirations include an endless supply of vegan desserts and Tim Burton aesthetics!

  • Sarah Shiner
    Sarah received her degree in Sociology and Theater Production from the University of Connecticut. She has worked on productions such as HAIRSPRAY, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, and CHICAGO and has a background in new play development. Sarah is excited to be a part of her first production with Company One Theatre!

  • Kyle Hicks
    Kyle is very proud that his first professional theater experience is with Company One on the LEFTOVERS production team. He is a rising senior majoring in Communication at Framingham State University. After acting in school productions - OUR TOWN, 12 ANGRY MEN, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL to name a few - he was an assistant stage manager for A PIECE OF MY HEART as well. Kyle is so humbled to have sat next to super talents and see this beautiful piece to fruition.

  • Karly Foster
    Karly Foster studies Theater and Psychology at Bridgewater State University where she recently designed costumes for THE SWAN, masks for CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS, worked wardrobe for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and has assisted in costume construction and crafts for several other productions. In addition to her work in costumes, Karly has appeared onstage at BSU in CLOSET LAND in the role of The Woman, and as Ensemble in GYPSY.

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