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“With a slate of shows that consistently capture the zeitgeist, Company One is the city’s most vital and diverse small-theater troupe. The past season was highlighted by Every 28 Hours, a vast project consisting of 80 one-minute plays penned by more than 40 authors, all highlighting the shocking statistic of how often an African-American person is murdered by a vigilante, security guard, or police officer.” – Boston Magazine

“A company that consistently punches above its weight, Company One Theatre lived up to the name of its latest season, “Break Every Boundary,” bringing dynamic drama to unexpected settings. They presented the first-ever full-scale production at the Boston Public Library with Peerless, a modern take on Macbeth starring mean-girl twins with perfect SAT scores and deadly ambition. For the New England premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Really, a play set in a photography studio, they turned a South End gallery into an intimate theatrical space, one that allowed audiences to take in a complementary photography exhibition after the show. And they brought 80 one-minute plays to the MFA for Every 28 Hours, a performance in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We’re on the edge of our seats for season 19.” – Improper Bostonian

As we wrap up our expansive eighteenth season — one that has humbled us and earned us the recognition of Best of Boston — we want to shine light on the collaborators and partners who made this season possible, and thank them for taking a chance on >>What’s Next.

We extend an enthusiastic hat-tip to our core collaborators Boston Center for the ArtsBoston Public LibraryBCNC Pao Arts CenterMatter & Light, A.R.T.’s OBERON, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as all of the individual actors and organizations (Boston Arts AcademyCentral Square Theater, Harvard University’s Black CAST and the The Theater Offensive) who joined us on-stage for The Every 28 Hours Plays – Boston.

AND OF COURSE, a big huge thank you to our donors, subscribers, and audiences who continue to bring the love. We couldn’t do it without you!

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>> STUDIO SESSIONS | peerless at One Chinatown

APRIL 4, 2017 | 7 – 8:30pm
@ One Chinatown, 99 Albany Street, Boston MA

Part happy hour, part exploration of the rehearsal process, Studio Sessions is an opportunity to interact with our production of PEERLESS by Jiehae Park prior to opening night.

We will be meeting at One Chinatown for snacks and a cash bar, followed by an open rehearsal of PEERLESS. After the rehearsal, we’ll be diving into a conversation with the cast and artistic team about the play and our exciting collaboration with the Boston Public Library.

Free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space!
Complimentary snacks, cash bar.

Twin high school seniors L and M are dead-set on attending not just an Ivy League school, but the Ivy League school. With their perfect SAT scores, perfect hair, and “perfect” minority status,  they think acceptance should be guaranteed. When a rival student emerges with a personal tragedy to make an admissions officer weep, however, the twins will do anything to knock out the competition. Does that include murder most foul? Mean Girls meets Macbeth in this dark comedy, which sets one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays against the backdrop of competitive college admissions.


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March 8th  | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
@ the Museum of Fine Arts

Artivism: How Does the Creative Community Motivate Boston to Take Action?

Artivism provides creators with opportunities to address social issues through art, building and promoting community action. Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a discussion inspired by themes in “Political Intent,” on view through July 30.

Our moderator will be C1’s Director of New Work, Ilana M. Brownstein. 

Panelists include:
• Summer L. Williams, associate artistic director, Company One Theatre
• Lori Lobenstine, program design lead, Design Studio for Social Intervention
• Stella Aguirre McGregor, founder and executive artistic director, The Urbano Project

>>Click Here to Learn More!


January 11th | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Gallery Kayafas and Matter & Light Fine Art

Part happy hour, part exploration of the rehearsal process, Studio Sessions is an opportunity to interact with our productions prior to opening night. We will be meeting at Gallery Kayafas first at 7pm, and headed to Matter & Light at around 7:30pm for the rehearsal and conversation with the cast and artistic team. Join us for a portion of the evening, or the entire event.

Free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space>>



With a significant change in our country’s leadership, there is concern for our city and nation’s most vulnerable communities. Since many of us at times can feel powerless, our dramaturgs and engagement staff are continually compiling resources that may empower us all to fight against our changing government. We will periodically share this ever growing list of events, protests, volunteer opportunities, and community meetings  many of which are hosted by our peers in the #BosArts community so that together we can set our nation on a course towards inclusivity and safety for all its citizens. These lists will include a range of post-election resources, from concrete action items to performances centered around issues of social justice. If you would like to submit an event or resource, please email




Want to extend your #RevoltWithC1 experience? There will be post-show programming following every Thursday evening performance and select matinees!

>>Performing the Revolution: A Conversation with Director Summer L. Williams and the #RevoltWithC1 Cast

Thursday, October 27th, following the 7:30pm performance

Curious about the artistic process of #RevoltWithC1? Stick around after the show to speak with Summer L. Williams and the cast. 


>> PlayLab Panel and Kick-off Party

Sunday, October 30th, following the 2:00pm Pay-What-You-Want performance

Join incoming PlayLab participants for a panel discussion on all things playwriting, followed by a kick-off party for the new play program.


>> Smashing the Patriarchy: A Panel

Thursday, November 3rd, following the 7:30pm performance

Stick around after the show for a panel discussion on the themes of REVOLT – A little #MasculinitySo Fragile, some #EffYourBeautyStandards, and a whole lot of #SmashThePatriarchy. Panelists include: Linda Luz-Alterman from Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Nicole Mazzeo from Pleasure Pie, Day Marcucci of Boston Feminists for Liberation, and Professor Erika Williams from Emerson College.


>> Zine-Making Workshop

Thursday, November 10th, following the 7:30pm performance

Feeling woke? Feeling creative? Channel that energy in a zine making workshop led by our friends at Pleasure Pie and Boston Feminists for Liberation.


>>Smashing the Patriarchy (Again): A Panel

Thursday, November 11th, following the 7:30pm performance

Stick around after the show for a panel discussion on the themes of REVOLT – A little #MasculinitySo Fragile, some #EffYourBeautyStandards, and a whole lot of #SmashThePatriarchy. Panelists include: Linda Luz-Alterman from Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Day Marcucci and Nicole from Boston Feminists for Liberation, and Professors Erika Williams and Claudia Castaneda from Emerson College.

>>Imagining our Future: A Conversation with Summer L. Williams

Company One Theatre production Dramaturg Jessie Baxter sat down with Director Summer L. Williams to talk about the Revolt. She said. Revolt again. rehearsal process and what life might look like for women in a world without patriarchy.

What grabbed you when you first read the script and made you think, “This is a project I need to work on?” 

SLW: I love when I read something and it feels like I don’t actually know how to read anymore — that was my first experience reading this piece. On the page it made wonder who was meant to be speaking, and who I wanted to be speaking. It made me think about the bodies that the words inhabit, and the effect those bodies have on the words. I loved that it was so open, because I could create a vision for it in my head. It was so malleable that it was scary, and anything that’s super scary feels like the thing I want to do.

What do you think the expectations might be for audiences coming to see this play? What ideas do you hope to upend?

SLW: I think the expectation might be that this is a play about some badass women who are doing some badass things in the name of feminism or women’s rights. What one might not expect is the darkness that surrounds all that. I think Alice is offering an entry point into a conversation about what it means to be a woman, and the particular ways society feels women should behave, but that idea can’t actually be explored without including the nastiness behind all of it.

It’s about walking that line of confident badassery, but also showing the vulnerability. There has to be both.  

SLW: Right. This is not necessarily the emblem I hold highest for feminism, but the thing that struck me about Beyoncé’s recent, acclaimed visual album Lemonade was here she is, hot sauce in her bag, skipping around in her Oshun yellow dress, owning shit and kicking ass. But also, several moments later, she wants to reconcile with this man who hurt her so deeply, but who she loves so profoundly. And she understands that it’s cyclical, because she watched her father do the same thing to her mother, but understands the love they carried for each other and for their children. It’s a really full package, and we don’t always talk about how heavy that package is: to want to walk confidently and boldly in the world, but also needing to reconcile your heart within all of that too.

I think this play also asks us to think about what life as a woman looks like now, versus x-number of years from now. How are you thinking about that question?

SLW: It makes me think of a text exchange between a mother and daughter that recently went viral, where the mother prompts the daughter at the end of the exchange, “Which is why we…?” And the daughter responds, “SMASH THE PATRIARCHY.” That feels wildly new to me, and I’m not that old, so I know that means something about the time we’re in now and about the time that the play is maybe urging us towards. In thinking about the history of women, or the history of any group of people who have been marginalized or objectified in some way, there have been points in time where it feels like, “Now is the time to seize this new thing, to further whatever it is we are trying to do.” This feels like one of those moments to me, to smash the patriarchy. I don’t think I knew what patriarchy was when I was thirteen.

When we look at mainstream feminist history, and how it’s separated into waves, those waves were generally confined to a single generation. There’s something about this current moment, and I’m sure social media is a huge part of it, where women from different age groups, geographic regions, economic backgrounds, and racial backgrounds are connecting more than before. It feels like there’s a real conversation happening about what it means to be intersectional – to take race, class, and ability into account as we discuss gender dynamics – and I wonder how that will play out in the years to come. As we’ve been talking about that possible future in rehearsal, we’ve been exploring the ideas of AFROPUNK and AFROFUTURISM. Can you talk about why those concepts are important to this process?

SLW: Number one, it has a lot to do with my own lens, right? As a black woman, the first time I read the play I thought, “This is an awesome play, but I don’t hear or see myself in it.” I had to think about what I, conceptually, needed to be able to see or hear myself in it. That’s what brought me to afropunk and afrofuturism. The afrofuturism piece helps me see myself in it. I want to know that, even if we’re moving to a total dystopian future, I want to know that I’m there! I don’t want to be in District Eleven (the district where the black citizens live in The Hunger Games, a dystopian adventure trilogy of books and films). I want to know that I’m part of something; we’re all in something together.

Afrofuturism creates the opportunity to recognize how the past has influenced our path, and how we can make different choices to get to a better future. One of the core tenets in afropunk is there are no phobias; the idea is that you are welcome as the exact person you are in this moment, come as you are. That idea feels important to the feminist future and feels deeply resonant to me. One of the ways we all figure out who we are is in how we present ourselves to the outside world, in terms of our style and our choices. Some people want brightly colored hair, and some people want to wear skirts that are down to their ankles, right? And there has to be room for both to exist in the same space, without one being critical of the other.

One of the big questions we have been asking in this process is, what does the world look like if patriarchy doesn’t exist? What might a feminist utopia look like to you?  These are some big questions.

SLW: I think my very simple answer is, if sometime in the not so distant future, every single female-born or female-decided person, from the moment of their conception, whatever that is for them, understands that their worth is not measured by anything that has to do with their body. That the value of their life doesn’t have to pass some sort of test. If every single person can feel, immediately and continually, that they were enough. That, as a start, is my feminist utopia. And that’s not to say that I don’t think men grapple with those issues, I believe that they do, but I think when women are grappling with those issues they tear themselves up inside. If we could just figure out how to eradicate the mechanisms that have been created that make us want to tear ourselves up inside, that would, in my mind, be the place we are trying to go. So it’s not at all about women and their relationships to men. It’s about edifying, fortifying women and their relationship to themselves, so they are able to hold the space they are in confidently, without external forces trying to chip away at it.

Great, I think we nailed it. Let’s go do that.

 REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. By Alice Birch, Directed by Summer L. Williams. Oct. 21-Nov. 19. Company One Theatre. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, Tickets start at $15.

>>Grown-Up StoryTime + WE’RE GONNA DIE at Oberon

Company One Theatre is teaming up with GUST to host a night of storytelling at ART’s Club Oberon in Harvard Square after a performance of WE’RE GONNA DIE, featuring Obehi Janice, on Wednesday, October 5th! WE’RE GONNA DIE is the first half of the evening. GUST is taking over for the second half. What does this mean? For one – mark you calendars for October 5th. Two – Get your tickets.

Rules for GUST are the same: Under 1800 words (hint: even shorter tends to read better), fact or fiction (or everything in between) is welcome. Send them in to by Wednesday, September 28th. Feel free to message us or email us with any questions. Can’t wait.

New to GUST? Here are the deets:
BooTown Boston presents GUST: an hour of funny, heartwarming, crazy, amazing stories read aloud. We take short stories (fact, fiction, and everything in between) written by local writers and pair them with local readers who bring them to life once a month at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA.


Thursday, October 6th | 7 – 9:3ish
Cocktail hour: Masa, 439 Tremont Street, Boston
Open Rehearsal: Deane Hall, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 537 Tremont Street, Boston

Part happy hour, part exploration of the rehearsal process, Studio Sessions is an opportunity to interact with our productions prior to opening night. Join the cast of REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. at Masa for food and drinks before heading over to Deane Hall at the Calderwood Pavilion for a look into how a Company One performance takes shape.

This event is free, but registration is required to ensure your space. Click HERE to RSVP.
Snacks are free, cash bar.


C1_TTO_Gender Play After Party

The Theater Offensive and Company One invite you to The Gender Play After Party! Linger with the TTO misfits on Wednesday, August 10 as we continue the celebration after Company One’s newest ’90s prom hit THE T PARTY. Burlesque sensations Madge of Honor and McKersin Previlus and guest DJ Manu will tantalize your eyes, get your body moving, and throw all gender norms to the wind.

The bar will be open, and guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite 90s prom attire. Remember: gender “rules” do not apply.

A ticket to the 7:30 PM showing of THE T PARTY is required for entry and can be purchased here:

About the show
The party to redefine all parties is coming to Boston — and you’re invited. Shake things up. Bend the rules. Break the binary. Through an exhilarating series of scenes that blur the line between audience and actors, real stories and fantastical satire, THE T PARTY casts an exuberant, kinky, and surprisingly tender look at gender expression and sexuality. This wild mash-up of a performance will sweep you off your feet and take you for a ride. The only house rule? Leave your expectations at the door.

About the performers 

Madge of Honor is a queer performance artist whose work centers the body as a site of both socialization and rebellion. Madge uses femininity, sexuality, and spectacle to expose and confront social conventions, constructions, and our collective fantasies/pathologies about race and gender. Their practice evolved from and continues to incorporate the nightclub traditions of drag and burlesque.

After graduating from MMMMaven, manu. hasn’t stopped exploring sounds. His sets usually include deep, bass, techno and experimental music, and dynamic shifts where unexpected beats interact with sensual vibes. He is also known for his continued collaborations with art and dance projects in Boston, including Urbanity Dance, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Houseboi, Zuesday, Boyfriends. manu. is also the music director of Darkroom, a platform to display photography using unconventional forms at alternative spaces and combining photography with other artistic expressions.

Growing up without the means for dance classes, McKersin started absorbing every form of dance he could find from patient friends and eventually a youth program while in High School. With Ethnic-Haitian dance already in his vocabulary, he started building a bigger arsenal with Hip-Hop, Jazz and Tap. In college he started trading work hours for classes and started studying Ballet and modern intensively. At the moment, he is leading workshops throughout various parts of the country orientated towards social justice, the roots of African American culture and movement, all while working with the city to implement more youth and arts programs. He is currently aiming to launch a project next fall that shows the connection between the stigmatization of mental illness among men in inner city communities and crime, using the arts.