Colossal

A NNPN Rolling World Premiere
by Andrew Hinderaker

Directed by Summer L. Williams

July 17 – August 15, 2015
Roberts Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion
at the Boston Center for the Arts

Contains strong language – recommended for high school age and above. 

“Exhilarating” — Washington Post

The lights burn bright. The smell of turf hangs thickly in the air. The crowd erupts in thunderous applause. The beauty and brutality of football seduce Mike to stray from the path his father had mapped out for him, but when a snap decision results in a career-ending injury, Mike must tackle the past and make peace with the man he dreamed he would be. Played in four quarters with a half-time show, dance company, and a drumline, COLOSSAL’s explosive theatrical storytelling and full-contact physicality carries this unmissable summer event all the way to the end zone.

C1's Take

Company One is thrilled to be producing Colossal as part of its National New Play Network rolling world premiere with four other companies across the country. A truly epic play where the athleticism and grace of football collide with the emotion of a heartfelt love story, Colossal is sure to inspire, leaving you cheering in the stands.

Highly entertaining ... Williams and her team march it downfield with Belichick-ian precision, toward a big emotional score at the end.
- The Boston Globe
A compellingly physical new work.
- WBUR's The ARTery
Dominates.
- Theater Mirror
This is no flowery-tongued, special-effects-laden work. This is football. This is reality. This is raw, human, stumbling, staggering truth.
- HowlRound

Full Price: $25-$38

Students w/ ID:
$15

Pay-What-You-Can Performances
($6 min – CASH ONLY):
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015


BOSTON CENTER
FOR THE ARTS

The Roberts Theatre,
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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or requests, please contact
Summer L. Williams at
swilliams@companyone.org

Cast




PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCTION STAFF


  • Cameron Allen
    Cameron Allen, born and raised in Buffalo, NY, is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory. As a dancer, he is interested in art as a medium for sociopolitical change regarding the constitution of gender. This is Cameron's first performance beyond the collegiate level.

  • Aaron Dowdy
    Aaron Dowdy is very excited to working with Company One as a Team Member in their production of COLOSSAL! This is his first professional venture and up until now he has been an actor in training at Boston University School of Theatre. He is an Acting major in the class of 2017. He sends a special thank you to the COLOSSAL cast and crew as well as the professors of the BU School of Theatre.

  • Anthony Goss
    Anthony is thrilled to suit up and join the Company One team for this project. A Boston Native, Anthony began acting with Company One’s Personal Development for Actors Class (PDA). He played both college basketball at Bridgewater State and 2 seasons of Semi-Pro football for the Randolph Oilers. He wishes to bring that same intensity and team spirit to the stage. He attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory in NYC. Productions: ROMEO & JULIET, Tybalt. Thanks to family and friends

  • Matthew Grina
    Matthew Grina is a percussionist and music educator from Mansfield, Massachusetts. A 2015 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Matthew has been teaching and performing in the marching arts since high school and is excited to contribute as a part of the drumline in this production. Matthew also enjoys performing and composing as a jazz vibraphonist, pianist, and drummer, as well as teaching instrumental and choral music in secondary schools. This is Matthew’s first production with Company One.

  • Nick Liddie
    Nick was born in Manhattan but spent majority of his life living in Long Island, NY. Luckily, surrounded by a well supported urban community arts program, Nick easily pursued his passion for music and working with peers to exceed expectations. Since elementary school Nick has been studying multiple approaches, genres, and techniques for both drum set and total percussion. He has participated in many ensembles and marching percussion groups in DCA(Drum Corp Associates) such as The Bushwhackers and Sunrisers. He is also a 2012 WGI (Winter Guard International) World Class Finalist Snare Drummer and the founder of Berklee College of Music's first Drumline. Nick is finishing his Degree in Music Education, while continuing to pursue his career as an educator, performer and freelance musician.

  • Greg Maraio
    Greg is thrilled to return to Company One Theatre for his sixth production, having previously been seen in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, MR. MARMALADE, THE GIBSON GIRL, THE GOOD NEGRO, and SPLENDOR. A Boston Native, Greg has been acting on local stages for the past ten years. Most recently he was seen as Matty in THE MISADVENTURES OF SPY MATTHIAS (Theatre on Fire) Victor/Clint in John Kuntz's NECESSARY MONSTERS (SpeakEasy Stage), and Doalty in TRANSLATIONS (Bad Habit Productions). Thanks to his family and friends for their constant support, and especially to Jared, Sophia, Emma and Casper for being his heart.

  • Alex Molina
    Alex is thrilled to join the Company One team for this hard hitting project. He played college football at UCONN and played 2 seasons professionally with Denmark’s Triangle Razorbacks. He hopes to layer his experiences with team culture and injury into Andrew Hinderaker’s wonderful play. He has just completed his MFA training at the A.R.T Institute at Harvard. Productions: “THE LIGHT PRINCESS” the Prince, “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” Claudio, “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” Brick (Flock Theatre). Thanks to family and friends.

  • Tommy Neblett
    Tommy Neblett is a dancer, choreographer, educator and administrator. He is Associate Director of Dance at The Boston Conservatory, and co-Director (with Diane Arvanites) of Prometheus Dance and The Elders Ensemble (dancers ages 64-93). They have received a NEA Creativity Grant, six MCC Artist Fellowships, and a Citation for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from Governor Deval Patrick. Tommy has performed in concerts, films, fashion shows, nightclubs, operas and musical theatre; his choreography has been presented throughout the eastern United States, and in Spain, France, Denmark, Venezuela, Ecuador and China.

  • Chris Pittman
    Chris Pittman is originally from East Dublin, Ga. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he is thrilled to apart of this production of Colossal, his first with Company One. Chris has been seen in recent productions of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE WIZ, A CHORUS LINE (Richie), A LITTLE PRINCESS (Head Man), RAGTIME , Ryan Landry & the Gold Dust Orphans': MARY POPPERS , The LITTLE PRICKS, & ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Christoper would like to thank his parents and family for their unwavering love & support, his friends for their encouragement and listening ears, and all of those who have shown him love throughout his career thus far.

  • Seth Pumilia
    Hailing from Collegeville Pennsylvania, this is Seth's first production with Company One Theatre and couldn't be more excited to be performing with the drum line. 13 years of experience in drumming and performing, and currently a senior at the Berklee College of Music studying performance and music business, Seth is looking forward to many "colossal" performances throughout the summer.

  • Ben Salus
    Ben Salus is a rising senior at Boston University pursuing his BFA in Theatre Arts. Regional: ROMEO VS. JULIET (Anthem Theatre Co.) LES MISERABLES (Cortland Repertory Theatre) OUR CLASS (Boston Center for American Performance) Educational: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Mark Antony) THE WHITMORES (Tom Whitmore; ArtsImpulse Best Student Actor 2014 nom.) He looks forward to playing Walter Wells in Julie Marie Myatt’s THE HAPPY ONES at BU in late August. Thanks Mom, Dad, and Katey, his Philly friends, and the Broeds.

  • Marlon Shepard
    Marlon is ecstatic regarding his opportunity to work with Company One. Marlon XC Skied in college at the University of New Hampshire and represented the United States nationally and abroad for one season on its National Adaptive XC Ski Team. He recently completed Company One’s Professional Development for Actors Class this May. Being a paraplegic for the past 7 years Marlon hopes to pull from his experience and raw emotion to fully embody the character of “Mike” in Colossal.

  • Damon Singletary
    Damon is excited to be making his Company One debut. Favorite Boston area stage roles include dual roles as Big Six and Dr. Mandril in CITY OF ANGELS (Lyric Stage Company), Sgt. Waters in A SOLDIER’S PLAY (Roxbury Repertory Theater), Luther Bradley in NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH (Zeitgeist Stage), and Glen in WONDER OF THE WORLD (Titanic Theatre Company). Damon is a member of StageSource, and he lives in Cambridge with his wife Laurie (also an actor) and their teenage son Sterling.

  • Henoch Spinola
    Henoch is a native of Cape Verde Islands. He began his classical training with JOSE MATEO'S BALLET THEATRE, graduating from the Young Dancers Program in 2006 to become a full company member in 2007. In 2010, Henoch travelled to Sibiu, Romania to dance with TEATRUL DE BALET SIBIU for one season. After returning to Boston, Henoch began work with PROMETHEUS DANCE from 2011–2012. Soon after, He moved to NYC to dance at the METROPOLITAN OPERA from 2013-2014. He is now a Master of Fine Arts candidate within the Dance Professional Practice Pathway at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

  • Kai Tshikosi
    Kai is thrilled to be making his Company One debut. Local credits include Cyclops in CYCLOPS: A SAYTR PLAY (Oberon), and Jack in IFS AND OUGHTS (Boston Theater Marathon). Kai is a recent graduate of Emerson College where he received his BA in Acting and Stage Combat. He would like to thank his mom and loved ones for their wisdom, care, and support.

  • Andrew Hinderaker
    ANDREW HINDERAKER is a Resident Playwright of Chicago Dramatists, an ensemble member of the Gift Theatre in Chicago, and a three-time Jeff Award Nominee. His plays include, I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD, DIRTY, KINGSVILLE, and SUICIDE, INCORPORATED, which premiered at the Gift in 2010 and was subsequently produced Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre. Hinderaker’s newest play, COLOSSAL, featuring a dance company, a drumline, and a fully-padded football team, was the recent recipient of multiple awards from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Hinderaker has been hailed as “a hugely-exciting, risk-taking young writer” by the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones, and as an author of “stupid, soapy melodrama” by a critic he’d prefer not acknowledge by name. His plays have been produced and/or developed by Manhattan Theatre Club, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, the Araca Group, the Alliance Theatre, Mixed Blood, No Rules Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Rattlestick, Stage Left, and several others. He currently holds commission from the Roundabout Theatre Company and Marc Platt Productions, and recently completed his M.F.A. in Playwriting at the University of Texas in Austin. Hinderaker is a member of the 2013-2014 Playwrights’ Unit at the Goodman Theatre.

  • Summer L. Williams
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  • Ramona Ostrowski
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  • Eva Bond
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  • Kathryn Lieber
    Kathryn, a recent transplant to the Boston area, is excited to be making her Company One Theatre debut with COLOSSAL. She has worked from coast to coast with projects in Pennsylvania, New York, Chicago, San Diego and more. Recent projects include GROUNDED with The Nora Theatre, MARIA CELESTE with Pioneers Go East Collective, and SWEENEY TODD with Saint Ann's School. She has an MFA in Scenic Design from UC San Diego. Credits include JUNE MOON, THE DYBBUK, and HEDDA GABLER. thekathryn.com

  • Darby Smotherman
    Darby Smotherman is the resident sound designer and engineer at The Boston Conservatory where recent designs include COOLSVILLE, THE PAJAMA GAME and ON THE TOWN. She has worked around the world, from Hong Kong to New Zealand, from Alaska to the Dominican Republic. Locally, she has also designed shows for the American Repertory Theatre and ArtsEmerson, among others. She received her Masters Degree in sound design from Boston University and is currently designing MARY POPPINS for New Bedford Festival Theatre.

  • Meggan Camp
    Meggan Camp is currently in her 15th season, serving as the Syracuse University Drama Department’s Costumer and as Adjunct Faculty. Her most recent credits include WOLFSKINDER (SU Drama) DAMN YANKEES (Merry Go Round Playhouse) THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (Weston Playhouse) SEUSSICAL (SU Drama) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY(Weston Playhouse Other Stages) LYSISTRATA, AS YOU LIKE IT, BLOOD WEDDING, VIOLET, CRADLE WILL ROCK, CHICAGO, STEEL PIER, MY ONE AND ONLY, INTO THE VERGE, INTO THE WOODS, SWEET CHARITY, ARMS AND THE MAN. North Carolina School of the Arts, MFA.

  • Annie Wiegand
    Annie is a freelance lighting designer who happens to be Deaf. Boston: THE TASTE OF SUNRISE (Wheelock Family Theatre); PHEDRE, OTHELLO (Actors Shakespeare Project), THE FORGETTING CURVE (Bridge Repertory), TRIBES (Speakeasy Stage Company); YOU FOR ME FOR YOU, LOVE PERSON (Company One). New York City: SQUARE PEG, ROUND HOLE (Tectonic Theatre Project, associate); MISS NOWHERE DINER (Akadēmeia Theatre) (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Best Lighting Design Nominee); THE MEDICINE SHOWDOWN (The Flying Carpet Theatre Company); A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED (Astoria Performing Arts Center, associate). Adjunct Professor, Theatre Arts Department, Gallaudet University; Producing Director, New York Deaf Theatre; Lighting Director, The Acting Company Tours 2010-2013. www.anniewiegand.com

  • Molly FitzMaurice
    Molly is a recent import from Chicago thrilled to make her Company One debut. Properties credits include CASCABEL (Lookingglass), THOU PROUD DREAM (Northwestern), HIT THE WALL (The Inconvenience), GHOST BIKE (Buzz22), THE GLASS INWARD (The Island), and NIGHT OF THE MAGICIAN (Screen Door). Her other Chicago loves are Salonathon, a weekly alt-cabaret and arts incubator, and First Floor Theater, where she is an Artistic Associate. A dramaturg by day, Molly is the Literary Apprentice at Huntington Theatre Company.

  • Samantha Layco
    Samantha Layco is excited to be working on her second production with Company One Theatre. Her stage management credit includes CompanyOne: DISPLACED HINDU GODS TRILOGY-SHIV (Assistant Stage Manager), Actors’ Shakespeare Project: MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Assistant Stage Manager), HENRY VI PART 2 (Assistant Stage Manager), Boston Public Works: FROM THE DEEP (Assistant Stage Manager) and Nomadic Theatre Company (Portland, OR): ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Stage Manager). She has enjoyed her first theatre season in Boston and is grateful for working with such an amazing community. She studied theatre management at the University of Portland, Portland, OR.

  • Ashley Welp
    Ashley is thrilled to be on her first Company One show. She is a rising Senior at Emerson College. Past credits include ANYTHING TO DECLARE?, XDANCE 2015, FEFU AND HEr FRIENDS, and THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE with Emerson Stage. She has been a production assistant on AWAKE AND SING! with the Huntington Theater and THE DONKEY SHOW with the A.R.T. She would like to thank her Advisors and friends for their continued support and guidance.

  • Stephanie Hettrick
    Stephanie is a recent transplant to Boston, being originally from Atlanta, GA. She is a graduate of Reinhardt University with a BA in Technical Theatre. She currently works as the Associate Production Manager at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. She has recently done the props design for Lyric Stage’s Production of CITY OF ANGELS as well as assisting on INTIMATE APPAREL. She also works as a freelance stage manager.

  • Rachel Neubauer
    This is Rachel's first production with Company One. Regional: All Shook Up; Mac-Haydn Theatre. Woman In Black; SRT. I Am My Own Wife; NHTP. Fame, Songs for a New World; PDP. Rachel works at Patrick Dorow Productions as Technical Director/Sound Designer, at Mac-Haydn Theatre as Resident Sound Designer, and as a freelance designer and technician throughout New England. Rachel would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support. For more info and upcoming projects visit www.sounddesignbyrachel.org.

  • Matt Cost
    Matt Cost began his career in theater as an undergraduate at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Since graduating in 2001 he has worked everywhere from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Macau, China, while currently residing in Quincy, MA. Lighting design is one of his passions, with many credits in Boston, New Hampshire, Maine and beyond. Matt is also a freelance electrician in the greater Boston area, and has been working with Company One for several exciting years now.

CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS PACKET

Students and teachers! The Education Department at Company One Theatre is pleased to share our Curricular Connections Packet for the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, by Andrew Hinderaker. The articles, lesson plans, and discussion questions in this packet are designed for you to explore the world of the production.

DRAMATURGY BLOG 

Want a peak into the rehearsal room? Click HERE to check out our dramaturgy blog for insight into the play and production process. Don’t see what your looking for? Ask a dramaturg!

Playwright Andrew Hinderaker and Dramaturg Ramona Ostrowski discuss the journey and appeal of “this pressure-cooker of a play.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

July 7, 2015 6:30 PM- STUDIO SESSIONS

Join us for a sneak peek at C1’s summer show, COLOSSAL by Andrew Hinderaker. We will start the night with an hour of mingling, bites, and booze (cash bar) before we move to an open rehearsal of the show. Guests will have the opportunity to watch the work in the room and chat with the director and cast. CLICK HERE for more information.

July 19, 2015 3:15- POST-SHOW DISCUSSION WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT

Join us after the first Pay-What-You-Want (tickets available at the door. $6 minimum) performance for a conversation with COLOSSAL playwright Andrew Hinderaker and director Summer L. Williams, led by dramaturg Ramona Ostrowski. CLICK HERE for more information.

July 22, 2015 6:00 PM- BosTEEN ARTIST NIGHT

Company One’s BosTEEN Artist Night is BACK! Join us for a night of activities, conversation and a performance of COLOSSAL by Andrew Hinderaker! Like any other, this BosTEEN Artist Night gives young, civically-engaged artists and community members an opportunity to see the show, discuss the underlying themes in the work, and get creative with each other and the cast at a social featuring free refreshments, entertainment, and interactive artistic activities. This time, Company One Theatre will engage students in physical activities and verbal discussions about accessibility, teamwork and allyship. CLICK HERE for more information.

July 26, 2015 3:15 - POST-SHOW DESIGN SHOWCASE

Join us after the second Pay-What-You-Want Sunday matinee for a special behind-the-scenes peek into the making of COLOSSAL! Our talented designers will be on hand to let you into their process through sketches, renderings, and models and to answer questions. CLICK HERE for more information.

July 31, 2015 8:00 PM- CAHLLEGE MIXAH

Join ONERush and college students from all over Boston on Friday, July 31st, for Company One Theatre’s Cahllege Mixah Night, a night to hang out with other college students from around the city. This time, catch a performance of the rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL by Andrew Hinderaker, a play in four quarters with a half-time show, dance company, and a drumline. Then, stick around for our post-game party! CLICK HERE for more information.

August 6, 2015 9:00 PM- POST-SHOW PANEL OF EXPERTS

Join us for a post-show discussion with dramaturg Ramona Ostrowski and members of the incredible community cohort who helped us put this show together: Noe Montez from Tufts University, Sidney Monroe from The Theatre Offensive, and Adrian Hernandez from Boston College High School. The conversation will focus on the themes of the play, giving you insight into both the story and production process! CLICK HERE for more information.

August 13, 2015 8:45- POST-SHOW DISCUSSION WITH THE CAST

Stick around after the show for a discussion with the cast of COLOSSAL! CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Reviews

July 20, 2015

July 28, 2015

July 21, 2015

July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015

July 22, 2015
'Colossal': A Review by Sheila Barth, Theater Mirror

July 30, 2015
"Testing love through the fourth quarter" by Jules Becker, Bay Windows