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>>WHAT CAN WE DO RIGHT NOW? | POST-ELECTION ACTION ITEMS

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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 hspivey@companyone.org.

 

 

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

Better Future Series: Episode 01 — The Chinatown Imperative

C1’s Better Future Series is a multi-part digital gathering bringing together Boston’s artists, community leaders, and policymakers to understand the needs of our neighborhoods and reimagine the future of our city, both in response to the current pandemic and our ongoing fight against the deep-rooted culture of white supremacy.

Episode #1 — The Chinatown Imperative
Friday, June 12 at 1pm
Artists: C1 PlayLab Pao Fellows Kit Yan and Melissa Li
Community Leaders: Ben Hires, newly appointed CEO of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and Cynthia Woo, Director of Pao Arts Center
Policymaker: Boston City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu

 

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BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA

by Inda Craig-Galván

directed by Summer L. Williams

July 17 – August 15, 2020 The Strand Theater

A high-flying adventure that refuses to be held down by the gravity at its core.

“Impressively daring.” — LA Times

DANCE NATION

by Clare Barron

directed by Shana Gozansky

May 15 – June 13, 2020 Loeb Ex @ American Repertory Theater

A brimming cauldron of adolescent rage and joy.

“I have seen the future and it is Dance Nation.” — The Washington Post

WOLF PLAY

by Hansol Jung

directed by Summer L. Williams

January 30 – February 29, 2020 Rabb Hall @ Boston Public Library

A deeply theatrical hunt for familial connection in the wilds of 21st century America.

“Jung is in a class of her own.” — Broadway World

HYPE MAN: a break beat play

by Idris Goodwin

directed by Shawn LaCount

November 14, 15, 16 @ OBERON

Returning for 3 NIGHTS ONLY after acclaimed runs in Boston and Minneapolis, Hype Man asks: who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice?

“★★★★★… Hype Man is theater at its urgent, vital best. See it and see it again.” — DigBoston

Community Film Screening: QUEST

Company One Theatre and ZUMIX present a one-night-only FREE community film screening, in conjunction with C1’s production of LEFTOVERS, to amplify another Philly-based story that showcases themes of disappointment, hope, and forgiveness.

QUEST Documentary
directed by Jonathan Olshefski
produced by Sabrina Schmidt-Gordon

WHEN: Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30pm 
WHERE: ZUMIX (260 Sumner St, East Boston)

RSVP >> goo.gl/forms/NWaltYU1CguCznzI2

Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family from North Philadelphia. Beginning during the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest,” raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their basement home music studio. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America and a testament to love, healing and hope. 

Watch the trailer >> www.pbs.org/pov/quest/

Official Selection, 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 
A co-production of ITVS and American Documentary | POV. 

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. www.pbs.org/pov

ARTivists Activated

Company One Theatre is proud to launch ARTIVISTS ACTIVATED, a neighborhood-driven program that connects artists, activists, organizers and community members who are interested in igniting change in Boston.

Inspired by Company One’s participation in the Museum of Fine Arts’ THE CITY TALKS on Artivism: How Does the Creative Community Motivate Boston to Take Action?, we are looking to hear how Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists can work together to support/create community action. We welcome anyone interested in helping to shape ARTivists Activated to our kick off community conversation.

October 18 6:30p-8p 
Museum of Fine Arts
Druker Community Room

RSVP today to reserve your spot!

SEASON 19 LAUNCH PARTY

Thursday, October 26th | 6:30pm
@ Urbano Project
(29 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)


COME SEE HOW WE GET DOWN.

In our groundbreaking 19th season, Company One Theatre aims to amplify the brilliant, bold, and oft-untold. We’re showcasing >>What’s Next in American Theatre, and we want you to be there from the beginning.

Join us for our season kick-off party: an evening of performances, games, and a celebration of C1’s 2017-18 programming. Mingle with the artists and get an insider’s look at all that Season 19 has to offer!

This event is totally free and open to the public. Please RSVP so we know you’re coming!

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