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Meet Better Future Creative Producer Jasmine Brooks

What’s your role at C1? What project are you most proud of?

I am the Artistic Associate and NNPN Producer in Residence. I am one of 6 Producers in Residence in the National New Play Network’s program that places early career producers at different companies across the country. My position at C1 has allowed me to work in casting, assistant directing and producing.

Working on our fundraiser production of Hype Man is something that I am very proud of. I curated all of the post shows for the three nights. The first evening was a conversation with Hpe Man’s playwright, Idris Goodwin and Violence in Boston’s Monica Cannon-Grant, moderated by Kirsten Greenidge. The second evening was a night of Idris Goodwin’s break beat poetry from his book Can I Kick it? The final evening was a performance from Kadahj Bennet (Verb in Hype Man) and his band Dancelujah. It felt like each evening was unique, but was paired so nicely with the production. I am proud of the flow of the evenings and the content I was able to curate. 

We’re talking about a ‘Better Future.’ What’s your vision for a better future in Boston?  

I would love to see a Boston that is more unified. As someone who is relatively new to this city (went to Boston University for undergrad and have lived here for two years after graduating), I still feel like I am getting to know this city. What I have experienced is that this city is very divided. There is a lot of richness in Boston that I wish was highlighted more. My hope is that there is a greater sense of community and listening to others.

What is a play you’d love to direct and why? 

In Issa Rae’s book The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, she has a great quote: “Girls, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls. What do they all have in common? The universal gender classification, “girl,” is white. In all three of these successful series, a default girl (or two) is implied and she is white. That is the norm and that is what is acceptable. Anything else is niche.” This quote feels really core to my work as a director and producer. I am really invested in telling stories that get at the specific issues that black women face, but also subvert the idea that our narratives are “niche.” For me, that’s with comedy. I would love to do what Issa Rae is doing with TV for theatre. BLKS by Aziza Barnes is play I would love to dig into. When watching interviews with Barnes, I know she is engaging with writing black women in the same vein as Issa Rae.

I also really want to develop a movement/ensemble based piece on black women and music. Growing up, I was an athlete along with being an actor. Being someone who is fully in their body is something that comes naturally to me. Not sure what the piece would be about yet, but I am interested in exploring.

This episode of Better Future focuses on summertime—what would you be up to as a teen during the summer? 

As a teenager, I was actually a camp counselor for several summers. I started working at 16 – I have always been very hardworking. The school I went to from first to eighth grade also had a summer camp and I used to look forward to going back to that community. I had a group of friends who were also counselors and we used to all go back and work there together. I consistently worked as a counselor for 4th grade students. I always loved working with kids and ensuring they had the best summer possible. 

Besides working all summer, I also made room for fun too! I grew up in a suburb, so there is a lot less to do than there is in a city. Me and my friends would always catch every movie and get froyo. Looking back at my experience with my campers and as a teen, I recognize how much privilege we all had. I was able to live a leisurely summer with friends and work a job that didn’t pay a ton. In my work now, I want to ensure that all kids have the access and fun that I had during the summer growing up.

COVID-19 Response Plan

Dance Nation and Black Super Hero Magic Mama shift to 2021

In light of the necessary and continuing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Company One Theatre is postponing the remaining productions of Season 21, Clare Barron’s Dance Nation and Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama. Both productions will shift to 2021 and become part of Season 22.

At C1, we believe art can change the world, that by telling stories that challenge oppressive systems, we can work towards justice. This crisis has reinforced many of the existing inequities of our city and our country. We stand vehemently against the racist attacks on Asians and Asian Americans, and we recognize that low-income families and communities of color are being disproportionately affected by the economic repercussions of this moment. When our community is hurting, our impulse is always to gather together, and while the current crisis doesn’t allow us to gather together in person, our mission drives us to create opportunities to continue our work in the digital realm. 

Our teaching artists have successfully pivoted to working digitally with students in 6 Boston Public Schools, and both our playwright development and professional acting classes for the community are now meeting virtually as well. Beyond those programs, we are working on ways to keep making art to share with you online in the coming weeks and months, beginning with a virtual Open-Write on April 11 led by C1 Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and C1 PlayLab alum David Valdes, with whom we collaborated last season on Downtown Crossing: The Boston (un)Documented Project. 

We are committed to sharing the vital stories of Dance Nation and Black Super Hero Magic Mama with you, and supporting the incredible creative teams we have assembled around those stories. Although these productions will no longer happen this season, every artist contracted will still receive at least 50% of their originally planned payment this year. All of our current staff members will remain on board at their usual pay rate, and no one will be laid off or furloughed.

Like many of you, this time is hitting us hard, but we are doing our best to navigate it with hope, transparency, and responsibility. We are all about building community, and losing two productions this season means our opportunity to build that community gets a lot smaller. 

To sustain that community, we are going to need your help. Here are some steps you can take:

  • – You can make a donation online here. Given the cancellation of our spring fundraiser, The Jam, we need to raise $50,000 to weather this storm and keep our organizational budget on track. Every dollar helps us work toward a more just and equitable Boston, fed by the arts! 
  • – You can also become a C1 Member for as little as $25. Members typically receive a year of benefits, but as a special offer, if you sign up or renew your Membership today, we will extend your benefits through the end of next season. That means you will get access to our Community Action Newsletter, special event invitations, early access to discounted tickets for all C1 productions, and more — all through August of 2021. 
  • – You can join C1 and MassCreative in taking action to support the creative community by encouraging your local, state, and federal representatives to include arts and cultural organizations, artists, and independent contractors in all government stimulus, emergency funding, and economic recovery efforts. 

Thank you for being a part of our community. Let’s continue in this fight together. 

With love and hope,

The C1 Team

LEFTOVERS: A PlayLab Public Reading

Sunday, July 9th | 2:30 – 5:00 pm
@ Dudley Cafe, Roxbury

Join us as we ramp up to next summer’s production of LEFTOVERS by Josh Wilder! Get a sneak peek at the script-in-development and meet the playwright at this free public reading — part of C1’s groundbreaking PlayLab program. Your participation helps guide the continued development of the play leading up to its Company One premiere next summer.

Free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space! CLICK HERE to RSVP.

About LEFTOVERS:
Weeds are a given in the heart of South Philly, but when a giant dandelion sprouts overnight and wishes start falling from the sky, one family begins to see a way out of the cycle of poverty that has governed their lives. For brothers Jalil and Kwamaine, hope is running thin as they wait for the arrival of their absent father—and in time, discover the power of their own dreams and the transformative influence of forgiveness. Seizing the possibility of no longer feeling like the city’s leftovers, the two brothers find themselves on an adventure they never could have dreamed of.

Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia, PA. His work has been developed at various theaters and festivals across the country including Company One Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. His play LEFTOVERS was the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award at The Great Plains Theatre Conference and will be receiving its World Premiere at Company One Theatre in Boston this season. Recent commissions include, Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and THE HIGHWAYMEN at The History Theatre. Josh is a former Jerome Fellow and Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre; and is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama.

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THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD: A PlayLab Reading & Closing Celebration

Wednesday, August 2 | 7:00 pm
Location: Boston Center for the Arts

Join us for a special C1 reading and PlayLab closing celebration! First, get a sneak peek at THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD, a script-in-development by C1 PlayLab Fellow Liana Asim. Chat with the playwright about her writing process, then join us in celebrating the hard work of this year’s PlayLab cohort with a celebration like no other!

Free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space. Click here to RSVP!

The King of Love is Dead by Liana Asim
A C1 Reading & PlayLab Closing Celebration

It’s 1968 in Gateway City — a momentous year in American history in an “everyone knows everyone” town. All over the country, the riots, sit-ins, and marches of the Civil Rights Movement rage on; a plea for equality echoing through streets, homes, and hearts. The Jones’ — the epitome of a loving, respectable church going family — find themselves struggling to navigate and uphold a normal life as they are confronted by hate, police brutality, and political corruption. Told through the narration of Crispus, the youngest son in the family, The King of Love is Dead explores whether or not the love of family can prevail when challenged by a discriminatory society trying to tear them apart.

About the playwright:
Liana Asim is a playwright/actor/director. She recently directed the world premiere of family musical, The Hairy Scary for The Outside the Box festival 2016. She was recently seen on stage as Mai Tamba in The Convert at Central Square Theater (winner of the Elliot Norton Award for most Outstanding production.) And also played Marcus Lycus in the Stoneham Theatre production of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum. A 2015 BCA and Company One PlayLab Fellow, her full-length plays include Bedfellows, The King of Love Is Dead, Slut Walk or A Play About Marilyn Monroe, The Hairy Scary (musical co-written w/J. Asim and Joshua Stephen Kartes.) Her work has been developed at BCA/Company One, Boston Theatre Marathon, Fresh Ink Theatre, Davenport Studios NYC, Playwright’s Platform and Emerson College in Boston, MA. She has studied performance art at Northwestern University and screenwriting and playwriting at Emerson College. She is the proud wife of author Jabari Asim, mother to five brilliant children and a grandmother of two delightful grandbabes. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of LIVE theatre to change the world.

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>> STUDIO SESSIONS | peerless at One Chinatown

APRIL 4, 2017 | 7 – 8:30pm
@ One Chinatown, 99 Albany Street, Boston MA
>>CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

About PEERLESS:
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.

THE CITY TALKS AT THE MFA | artivism

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

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!

>>STUDIO SESSIONS | REALLY AT SOWA

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>>http://bit.ly/2j8gkwv

>>POST-SHOW PROGRAMMING | REALLY

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.

>>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 BostonGUST@bootown.org 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.

>>STUDIO SESSIONS | REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.

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.