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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.

 

 

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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COMPANY ONE NAMED BEST OF BOSTON AND BOSTON’S BEST IN 2017

“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!

>>To support Company One’s work, please click HERE.

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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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Young Person’s Guide

Young Person’s Guide to:

peerless by Jiehae Park

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Twin high school seniors L and M are dead-set on attending not just an Ivy League school, but the Ivy League school, and they think their acceptance is guaranteed. When a rival student emerges, the twins will do anything to knock out the competition—but does that include murder? 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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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

How do you handle rejection?
Should family equate loyalty? Why or Why not?
What scares you the most when you think about your future?
How do you deal with stress?
What causes you stress?
What does a successful student look like to you?

 

DRAMATURGY BLOG

Want a peek into the rehearsal room? Click here to check out our dramaturgy blog for insight into the play and production process. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask a dramaturg!

RESOURCES FOR THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Boston Public Library’s College Planning Center
The ASA College Planning Center at the Boston Public Library offers guidance on choosing a college, applying for financial aid and scholarships, managing money, and choosing a major or a career.

College Board 
College Board is dedicated to providing students with resources regarding choosing colleges, applying for financial aid, and registering for the SAT.

Common App
Common App guides students through the College Application process for 700 colleges and institutions.

Early Action V. Early Decision
College Boa
rd article describing the differences between Early Action and Early Decision

 

Here is a list of C1 community partners for peerless that work mainly with youth and/or offer youth programs. Click on the organizations’ names below to learn more about the resources they offer!

Hyde Square Task Force
Breakthrough Greater Boston
Boston University’s Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE)
ASPIRE
Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services
Actors’ Shakespeare Project
Boston GLOW

Additional community partners:

Asian American Commission
Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis
Korean Cultural Society of Boston
Pao Arts Center

 

 

 

 


>> For more information about Company One Theatre’s production of peerless, please visit the production page.

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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