can i touch it?



a new play by Eliana Pipes
adapted from the Hoops Project by Nicole Acosta

directed by Tonasia Jones
dramaturgy by afrikah selah

in partnership with Boston Playwrights’ Theater and the City of Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture

Jul 12 - Aug 10, 2024

The Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Dorchester)

FREE with Pay-What-You-Want tickets!



Hoop earrings are way more than just an accessory. They represent family, resilience, and self-expression. They represent the freedom to shine in a world that’s constantly trying to dim the lights. From Chicago to Oaxaca to right here in Boston, these earrings shout “I’m here, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Eliana Pipes brings 5,000 years of history to life with Hoops, a joyous celebration of Black, Latine, and Indigenous culture. Based on a series of intimate interviews, this vibrant and playful collage of self-adornment and heritage shows off just how much power a pair of hoops can hold.

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Producing Partners


Company One Theatre is producing
Hoops to AMPLIFY:

  • our fourth year of Public Art for Public Good at The Strand Theatre, where we continue to premiere new work by BIPOC artists and create unique, dynamic events for all ages.

  • unwavering expressions of self as powerful tools for resistance, ancestral reclamation, and collective and personal liberation.

  • the intertwined personal and communal histories that have passed between generations and shape our understanding of culture, status, and evolution.

  • community partners and organizations who expand our definitions of beauty, foster authentic gender expression, and celebrate a subversion of the dominant culture.

  • accessible creative development programs like PlayLab (of which playwright Eliana Pipes is an alum) that create opportunities for emerging theatremakers to hone their craft and become civically-engaged artists.

Connectivity Partners

  • more to come!


  • Check back closer to the production for a list of resources and action steps!




Eliana Pipes, Playwright

Tonasia Jones, Director

afrikah selah, Lead Dramaturg

Raqael Duarte Hunt, Co-Dramaturg


Eliana Pipes she/her

Eliana Pipes is a playwright and filmmaker based in her hometown of Los Angeles. Her plays include BITE ME (world premiere off-Broadway WP Theater & Colt Coeur); DREAM HOU$E (world premiere co-production Alliance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and Baltimore Center Stage, published by Concord Samuel French); HOOPS (world premiere commission Milwaukee Chamber Theater). She holds commissions from Two River Theater and South Coast Repertory. Her work has been developed or presented at the New York Theatre Workshop Dartmouth Residency, Playwright’s Realm Scratchpad Series, South Coast Repertory Pacific Playwright’s Festival, NNPN National New Play Showcase, Old Globe Powers New Voices Festival, Fire This Time Festival, and Drama League DirectorFest. Her writing awards include the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, Alliance Kendeda Prize, Leah Ryan Prize, KCACTF Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award, National Latine Playwrights Award, and Dr. Floyd Gaffney Award. BA English Columbia University, MFA Playwriting Boston University.

Tonasia Jones she/her

Regional Credits include BLKS (Speakeasy); 3Miles (Huntington); The Elephant in The Room (Central Square); Proclamation (A.R.T); Raza (Front Porch); Legends, Statements, and Stars (The Theater Offensive); The Tempest (Wittenberg University); It’s a Wonderful Life (Greater Boston Stage);  Pay No Worship (Flat Earth); Octavia & Kleopatra. Assistant Director credits include How I Learned What I Learned (Huntington); The Revolutionists (Central Square); and Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyrics Stage).  Tonasia has a BFA in from Emerson College, and trained at Shakespeare Theatre Company D.C. She is located primarily in Boston and travels for freelance opportunities.

afrikah selah they/them

afrikah selah is a Boston-based cultural worker specializing in dramaturgy, new play development, and arts journalism. With a passion for dialogue and a desire to explore new ideas in innovative ways, they value creative collaboration that strives to build community towards a more equitable world. Currently, they hold the position of NNPN New Work Producer in Residence at Company One Theatre, and are also a 2023-24 TCG Rising Leader of Color. You can find out more at

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

^ Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829