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can i touch it?

can i touch it?

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
by Francisca Da Silveira
directed by Summer L. Williams
dramaturgy by Afrikah Smith

in partnership with the
City of Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture

July 22 – August 13, 2022
The Strand Theatre
(543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester)

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Want!
($0 minimum)

A hyper-local conversation-starter by Boston’s own Francisca Da Silveira, can i touch it? examines Black hair politics, the racial inequities faced by Black-owned businesses, and the tangled web of approaches necessary to create real social change. 

One of WBUR’s top theatre picks this summer!

ny One Open Circuit Programs  Virtual Open-Write: Exercises in Writing Comedy with  Kirsten Greenidge, C1 Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright  and  Eliana Pipes, Writer, Filmmaker, and Performer

BRANCH OUT WITH C1

Our Hair, Our Crowns: Black Hair in the Frame

Thursday , June 30 at 4pm 
BPL Roxbury Branch
(149 Dudley St, Roxbury)

Join Boston-based social justice project for kids Wee the People and Company One Theatre co-founder and director Summer L. Williams for an interactive story time and workshop to explore the activism in a children’s book and in C1’s upcoming production can i touch it? 

Inspired by Lorraine O’Grady’s “Art Is…”, an art installment that featured informal photo portraits of Black Americans holding gold frames, celebrate Black hair during this workshop as you design and decorate a gold frame to highlight your look or the people important to you.

Using this frame, you can take a portrait at our instant Polaroid station to either bring home or have it on display during Company One’s can i touch it? at the Strand Theatre!

ny One Open Circuit Programs  Virtual Open-Write: Exercises in Writing Comedy with  Kirsten Greenidge, C1 Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright  and  Eliana Pipes, Writer, Filmmaker, and Performer

can i touch it?
STUDENT MATINEE

Friday, July 29 at 10am 
The Strand Theatre
(543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester)

Do you have a student group who would be interested in joining us for the show this summer at the Strand Theatre? Fill out the RSVP form below! 

Questions? Reach out to Nikki Olusanya, Education Program Manager for more information at nolusanya@companyone.org.

Please note that this “can i touch it?” student matinee is recommended for students in grades 9-12.

ny One Open Circuit Programs  Virtual Open-Write: Exercises in Writing Comedy with  Kirsten Greenidge, C1 Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright  and  Eliana Pipes, Writer, Filmmaker, and Performer

can i touch it?

TEEN NIGHT OUT 

Friday, August 5 at 6pm
Pre-Show Event prior to 7:30pm Performance 

The Strand Theatre
(543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester)

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Want! ($0 minimum)

C1’s Teen Night Out event brings together teens from across the city to experience the play can i touch it? in community at the Strand Theater, while considering how theatre can be utilized as a tool for social change in your own communities.

Questions? Reach out to Nikki Olusanya, Education Program Manager for more information at nolusanya@companyone.org.

Welcome to our community, where every audience member, artist, student, and supporter has the opportunity to fight for social justice.

Founded in 1998, Company One has situated itself as a home for social justice and artistic excellence by connecting Boston’s diverse communities through live performance, the development of new plays and playwrights, arts education, and public engagement programming. By establishing a dedicated space for marginalized and alternative narratives to thrive and working with partners and collaborators across the city, Company One has become a local leader in the ongoing conversations that continue to define the era of social change in contemporary America.

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Jared Bowen, WGBH

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