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


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

Company One Debut! Recent Theatrical Credits: THREE MUSKETEERS (Madam de Treville) with Greater Boston Stage Company, WITH GLITTERING EYES (Coral) with Hibernian Hall, FOR COLORED GIRLS (Lady in Purple) with Praxis Stage, FINISH LINE (Lee Ann Yanni) with Boston Theater Company, DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP (Martha) with Fresh Ink Theater Company, FULL TERM (Chrissy) with Artist’s Theatre of Boston, MOTHER HICKS (Alma & Ensemble), and LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE (Niobe) with EMERSON STAGE. Staged Reading & Workshop credits: UNTITLED PLAY ABOUT MEASUREMENT (Nidia) and COMMON GROUND (Ensemble) with Huntington Theater, THE RIOT PLAY (Game Master) with ArtsEmerson, DIASPORA (Sunny) with Speakeasy Stage Company, THE CAVE (Yevi) with Huntington Theater, THE LAST CATASTROPHIST (Marina) with Company One, and QUEEN OF SAD MISCHANCE (Kym) with New Repertory Theatre. She holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College.

afrikah selah they/them

afrikah selah is the 2022-23 NNPN New Work Producer in Residence at Company One Theatre, and a Boston-based cultural worker with a focus on producorial dramaturgy, new play development, and arts writing. Outside of producing, collaborating, and supporting new work in development, they are a freelance writer who has written for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), New England Theatre Geek, The Public Theater, and 3Views on Theater. As a cultural worker, their mission is to create intentional work that activates and bridges community action and dialogue at the intersections of identity, time and space, social change, and healing-centered engagement for artists and audiences. You can learn more about their work at

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

^ Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829


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