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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.

 

 

APPLY FOR PLAYLAB UNIT!

We welcome applications for Season 21’s PlayLab Unit through Monday, December 9 at 11:59pm. Ideal for writers looking to enhance their understanding of the craft of playwriting in a supportive lab-style setting. 

>> Apply now!

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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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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