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Written by Jason Grote
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
July 15 – August 13, 2011
The Plaza Theatre @ The Boston Center for the Arts

A seductive fever-dream of a play, Grote’s kaleidoscopic reinvention of the “Arabian Nights” proves to be a timely tale as America reflects on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. 1001’s rich fantasia conjures a storybook world that dissolves, at a moment’s notice, into an apocalyptic, 21st-century landscape. Stories like “Sinbad the Sailor” and “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” come to life, making 1001 an explosive, brilliant work about America, the power of story, and identity.

EXPLOSIVE... BRILLIANT... work about America, narrative, the Middle East and identity.
- Time Out New York
...funny, moving... Like Scheherazade’s tales, 1001 is endlessly compelling
- Boston Globe
...always fascinating... '1001' is an ambitious and risk-taking play
- Los Angeles Times
Endlessly compelling!
- The Boston Globe
Dynamic, intellectually agile 1001, a postmodern epic about the cultural narratives that shape our lives.
- Time Out New York


Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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Calderwood Pavilion at the
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  • Jason Grote
  • Megan Sandberg-Zakian
  • Shannan Smith
    Stage Manager
  • Jennifer Samel
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Annie McGuire
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Cristina Todesco
    Set Designer
  • David Roy
    Lighting Designer
  • Arshan Gailus
    Sound Designer
  • Elisabetta Polito
    Costume Designer
  • Jason Ries
    Props Designer
  • Arielle Kaplan
    Fight Choreographer
  • Murshida Khadija (Chishti) Goforth
    Semazenbashi/Dance Master
  • Phil Berman
  • Liz Hayes
    Dialect Coach
  • Mark Abby VanDerzee
    Technical Director
  • Michael Best
    Assistant Technical Director
  • Alyssa McKeon
    Production Manager
  • Karthik Subramanian
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Joseph Thomas
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Jeff Ryder
    House Manager
  • Jessi Milch
    Sound Engineer

  • Lauren Eicher

  • Ben Gracia

  • Nael Nacer*
    *Member of Actor's Equity Association

  • Ruby Rose Fox

  • Lonnie McAdoo

  • Hampton Fluker

  • Jason Grote
    Jason Grote is a Brooklyn-based playwright, screenwriter, humorist, and librettist. His best-known play is 1001, a deconstruction of the tales of the Arabian Nights. 1001 has received seventeen productions since 2007, at The Denver Center Theater, Page 73 Productions (New York), Theater @ Boston Court (Los Angeles), The Contemporary American Theater Festival (West Virginia), Mixed Blood Theater (Minneapolis), Collaboraction (Chicago), Company One (Boston), Rorschach Theater (Washington DC), Just Theater (Berkeley), New York University, UC San Diego, DePaul University, The New School, Montclair State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, St. Lawrence University, and Howard Community College. 1001 was previously developed or read at Soho Rep, The Denver Center, The O'Neill, Page 73, New York Theater Workshop, New Dramatists, Baltimore Centerstage, and Shotgun Players, and a published version is currently available from Samuel French. It has been honored with an SF Bay Area Critics Circle Award; an Ovation Award from The Denver Post; and "Best New Play" (for 1001) from Westword. 1001 has also been included in critics’ year-end top ten lists in The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Boulder Daily Camera, was nominated for Best New Play of 2008 by L.A. Weekly, and was listed as the 72nd Most Important American Play in a national poll of theater professionals conducted by The Denver Post. It is currently being adapted into a musical, Scheherazade, with book and lyrics by Grote and music by Marisa Michelson, with support from New Dramatists, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), Montclair State University's New Works Initiative.

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July 26, 2011
Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001 by Maddy Myers, The Boston Phoenix

July 22, 2011
'1001' AT COMPANY ONE by Jason Rabin, Blast Magazine

July 20, 2011
'1001' N.E. PREMIERE by Shani Brown, The Kay Bourne Arts Report

July 20, 2011
The power of a story by Emily Cataneo,

July 19, 2011
The never-ending lure of a never-ending story by Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe

July 18, 2011
FROM THE AISLE: 1001 by Jonathan Clark, DigBoston

July 15, 2011

July 14, 2011
'1001' LAYERS IN COMPANY ONE'S LATEST by Nora Dunne, The Boston Metro

July 17, 2011
Multi-story construction by Scott Kearnan, STUFF Boston