Season 19

HYPE MAN: a break beat play

a new play by Idris Goodwin
directed by Shawn LaCount

Jan 26 – Feb 24, 2018
@ Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre



01/26/2018 - 02/24/2018 @ BOSTON CENTER

C1's Take

I want to use the theatre as a venue to wrestle with our national sicknesses but also a place to nod heads in unison, as we collectively imagine towards liberation. HYPE MAN, this latest entry into my break beat plays series, exemplifies this desire.” – Idris Goodwin, playwright

>> Download the HYPE MAN Mixtape!

Now available on Bandcamp, the HYPE MAN Mixtape features music from the play, as well as additional tracks from associated artists, including playwright Idris Goodwin, actor/music director/beatmaker Kadahj Bennett, and more!


By Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, BRO/SIS plays)
Directed by Summer L. Williams
Presented in Association with the A.R.T. as part of OBERON Presents series

April 27 – May 13, 2018


04/27/2018 - 05/13/2018 @ A.R.T.'s OBERON

C1's Take

“Astonishing … the gutsy, pulsing portrait of uptown drag queens and the men who love them” – New York Times, Critics’ Pick


By Josh Wilder
Directed by Summer L. Williams
Developed by C1 PlayLab

July 20 – August 18, 2018
@ The Strand


07/20/2018 - 08/18/2018 @ STRAND THEATRE

C1's Take

Growing up in the inner city as a young Black man I felt like my dreams and my environment were at war … Writing this play helped me understand why people in my neighborhood gave up, and it helped me heal the wounds I accumulated in my pursuit of my own dreams. Josh Wilder