GREATER GOOD

by Kirsten Greenidge (Splendor, Milk Like Sugar)
directed by Steven Bogart
dramaturgy by Ilana M. Brownstein
in collaboration with American Repertory Theater
presented as part of A.R.T. Breakout
with support from the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program
administered in partnership with HowlRound
 
July 17 – August 17
Commonwealth School 
(151 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
#GetSchooledWithC1
 

Welcome to Gleason Street—where the teachers are underpaid, the head of school is overwhelmed, and we do NOT talk about that thing that happened at the last parents council meeting (so don’t bother asking about it).

As the audience tours the struggling elementary school, each classroom explored and each encounter witnessed could upend our assumptions about the ways we educate, govern, and collectively strive toward the greater good. Equal parts playful and provoking, Obie Award winner Kirsten Greenidge’s Greater Good is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

“Greenidge seems to have an uncanny sense of the world around her.” 
— The Boston Globe

C1's Take

>> Company One Theatre is producing Greater Good to AMPLIFY:

– that “access” isn’t equal for all, especially at the intersections of education, governance, and democracy.

– questions about who holds the keys to power, from the local PTA, to the highest political offices.

– institutional and individual struggles to live up to a mission.

– the ways liberalism and progressivism often avoid the convergence of race and class.

– the culmination of Kirsten Greenidge’s 3-year term as C1’s Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright, celebrating the ways she breaks theatrical and narrative norms regarding representation and inclusivity.

Full Price: $25-$45


Commonwealth School
151 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Just outside Copley Square

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Cast




PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCTION STAFF


  • Dev Blair
    www.devblair.com
    Dev Blair is a playwright, poet, performer, and ‘professional’ star-gazer. They are thrilled to be acting in their second production with Company One and are from all over the occupied land known as the Southeast US. All of their work (from writing to performance) is in service of their primary artistic goal: to change the culture. Boston credits: Straight White Men (New Repertory Theatre), This Place/Displaced (Artists’ Theatre of Boston), Wig Out! (Company One Theatre).

  • Dominic Carter
    Dominic is super excited about performing in this great production called GREATER GOOD. It’s been a pleasure for him to come on and join a great cast, director, crew and stage manager. He is a local actor in the Boston area and his love for acting has always burned a strong desire in his heart. He has been in the Lyric Stage Company production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Hovey Players' Jesus Hopped The A Train, Praxis Stage's All My Sons, The Underling Theater Company's Romeo & Juliet as Paris and Tybalt, Julius Caesar as Artemidorus, and many other production in the greater Boston area. Dominic is very grateful for this opportunity with Company One.

  • Blyss Cleveland
    Blyss is honored to make her Company One debut. Recent production credits include WIT and THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE (Hub Theatre Company of Boston); GOOD PEOPLE (Hovey Players); and FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (Pariah Theatre Company). She has participated in numerous readings and workshops with the Huntington Theatre Company and Fresh Ink Theatre and has studied acting at Tufts University.

  • Rachel Cognata
    Rachel is excited to work once again with Company One. Other credits with the company include HYPE MAN (2018 Elliot Norton Award winner for Best Production) and REALLY. She was most recently seen in New Repertory’s New England Premiere of CARDBOARD PIANO. A graduate of both the Boston Arts Academy and Tufts University, she is from and resides in the Boston area.

  • Shahjehan Khan
    Shahjehan is thrilled to join the cast and crew of Greater Good. When he's not starring in corporate diversity training videos, strange commercials, or doing silly and serious voiceovers, you can probably find him touring the world with the South Asian American punk rock band The Kominas or doing behavioral health consulting research work around the opioid crisis, homelessness, and drug courts.

  • Becca A. Lewis
    Becca is gladdened to be working with Company One on another play by Kirsten since performing in SPLENDOR in 2013. Previous C1 credits also include VOYEURS DE VENUS, GRIMM, and REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. (Dig Boston’s best performance). Becca co-created and acts in THE PINEAPPLE PROJECT (pineappleproject.org) with Queer Soup, an original piece for kids celebrating gender diversity. This summer, Becca can be seen by day at the Old State House as Dorothy Hancock in Patrick Gabridge's CATO & DOLLY.

  • Raijene Murchison
    Raijene is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She has studied Theatre For Social Justice at Eastern Nazarene College. Raijene is excited to be returning to Company One Theatre in Boston. She is honored to be a part of this important story! Her Favorite credits include "Pearl" in Company One's Production of MISS YOU LIKE HELL, THE AUDACITY with Sleeping Weazel , and the 2018-2019 Tour of THE BIBLE WOMEN'S PROJECT with Pariah Theatre Company.

  • Christine Power
    Christine is pleased to return to C1 where she appeared in THE SUPERHEROINE MONOLOGUES and NEIGHBORS (Norton nomination). Recent local credits include DELICATE PARTICLE LOGIC (Flat Earth - IRNE award), THE CHRISTIANS; GREENLAND (Apollinaire - IRNE nomination), THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS (Nora Theater), LOST GIRLS (Take Your Pick), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (SpeakEasy), BARBECUE (Lyric), FAITHLESS (Boston Playwrights'), GOOD; THREE VIEWINGS (New Rep), EQUUS (Off the Grid). Next: MY FASCINATION WITH CREEPY LADIES with Anthem.

  • Brooks Reeves
    www.BrooksReeves.com
    Brooks is thrilled to work with Company One again, having previously appeared in AN OCTOROON and SHOCKHEADED PETER. Recent other productions include THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and THREE SISTERS with Apollinaire Theatre, LOVE VALOUR COMPASSION, BOYS IN THE BAND, and BENT, with Zeitgeist Stage, and ARABIAN NIGHTS and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, with Central Square Theatre. He has also recently directed both THE CHRISTIANS and WINTER SOLSTICE at Apollinaire Theatre Company.

  • Steven Bogart
    Bogart has directed for the American Repertory Theater(CABARET), (THE BOSTON ABOLITIONIST PROJECT), Boston Playwrights’ Theater(Ginger Lazarus’s, BURNING, Dan Hunter’s, LEGALLY DEAD, Company One(SHOCKHEADED PETER, Ruby Rae Spiegel’s, DRY LAND, and Jeehae Park’s PEERLESS), and Wheelock Family Theatre(PINOCCHIO). Currently, he is developing a new musical with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley at the Public Theater in NYC, and in the fall he is directing THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT for Hub Theatre Company of Boston.

  • Ashmita Malkani
    Ash is a recent graduate from Emerson College, and is so excited to be working with Company One again! Professional credits include The T Party (SM Intern) and Wig Out (ASM) with Company One, and Exit the King (ASM) with Actor’s Shakespeare Project. You can find her next (probably, although who’s to say where the world will take her) in Providence!

  • Chelsea Kerl
    Chelsea is excited to be back with Company One, after previously being the Assistant Costume Designer on GRIMM. Chelsea graduated with an MFA in Costume Design from Boston University; select recent credits include JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Wheelock Family Theatre at BU), TWELFTH NIGHT (Actor's Shakespeare Project/Lyric Stage Company of Boston), and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (New Repertory Theatre). Chelsea is also the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and costume professor at Wellesley College and Wellesley Repertory Theatre.

  • Cristina Todesco
    Cristina is pleased to work with Company One again having previously designed Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, The Flick, The Aliens, 1001, Grimm, The Good Negro, The Pain and the Itch, The Bluest Eye, and Mr. Marmalade. Theater companies include: ASP, ART Institute, Culture Project, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre, Boston Playwrights, Merrimack Repertory, New England Conservatory, Newrep, Olney Theater, Poet's Theater, Shakespeare and Company, Speakeasy, Summer Play Festival, Trinity Rep, Wheelock Family Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival. She has designed for the BSO at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. She is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards and an IRNE Award for outstanding design and is a recipient of the Lois Roach Award for outstanding contribution to the Boston theater community. She earned an MFA in scenic design from BU’s School of Theatre Arts, where she currently teaches.

  • Lee Schuna
    Lee is a sound designer, composer, music producer, and alum of the Music Industry program at NU. Credits include HYPE MAN, PEERLESS, REALLY, and THE T PARTY (Company One); STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, TWO JEWS WALKED INTO A WAR, LONELY PLANET (New Rep); EVERY BRILLIANT THING, GRAND CONCOURSE, and SIGNIFICANT OTHER (SpeakEasy). He performs and records with fellow queer musicians Sir Babygirl and Anjimile, and releases his own music under the alias Kid Quiet at http://humannaturerecords.com

  • Justin Paice
    Justin is the Lighting Supervisor for OBERON at the American Repertory Theater, and is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Theater, Dance, and Media program. He has designed several shows with Company One including MISS YOU LIKE HELL, SHOCKHEADED PETER, and ASTROBOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS. Other notable credits include: CLAIRVOYANCE! (A.R.T), ENDLINGS (A.R.T - Assistant Design), THREE AMERICANISMS (Harvard TDM), CELEBRATE 28 (Harvard University), THE PULITZER 100 (Niemann Foundation).

  • Kelly Smith
    Kelly is delighted to return to Company One, having previously designed for VIETGONE. Select properties designs seen at Fresh Ink, Sleeping Weazel, Titanic Theatre, BrownBox, Hub Theatre, and PF Pictures among others. Directing: Second Act Productions (SISTER ANONYMOUS), Hub Theatre (ROBYN IS HAPPY), AKA Theatre (IN THE FOREST, SHE GREW FANGS). Selected writing: theatreKapow (RAINING ALUMINUM), ShotzBoston, Story Club Boston, and 1MPF. Kelly produced the Irish backroom bar series SOLAS NUA, GROWNUP STORYTIME at Aeronaut Brewery, and founded AKA Theatre.

  • Rosalind Bevan
    Rosalind recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts Design & Production from Boston University. At BU, Rosalind directed REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. by Alice Birch, AM I BLUE by Beth Henley and new play, BONES LIKE DUST by Gina Femia. She has taught at Boston University’s Summer Theatre Institute as a teaching assistant and spent a summer as an Arts Administration intern at SpeakEasy Stage Company. Rosalind is also a contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery.

  • Jolie Frazer-Madge
    Jolie Frazer-Madge is a rising senior studying Stage Management with a Concentration in Performance and a Minor in Political Science at Boston University. She is very excited to be working on her first professional show in Boston, especially after having spent the previous semester studying abroad in Dublin. Educational credits include Winter People at Boston Playwrights' Theatre (ASM), and Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika at Boston University (SM). She is thrilled to be working on this incredible piece!

  • Jake Mariño
    Jake is thrilled to be joining Company One for GREATER GOOD. Jake is a recent graduate of Suffolk University, having obtained his Bachelor's in Theatre. Boston stage management credits include ONE STATE, TWO STATE, RED STATE, BLUE STATE (Suffolk University), A GOOD DEATH (AKA Theatre), and WAITING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT (Hub Theatre Company). Other assistant stage management credits include NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM (Actors' Shakespeare Project) and, NOT MEDEA and THE NETHER (Flat Earth Theatre).

GREATER GOOD Studio Session

This is your chance to get a sneak peek into the rehearsal process of Greater Good, a brand new site-specific theatrical experience that will move audiences through the halls and classrooms of Back Bay’s Commonwealth School this summer.  

Join us at minni, a creative community space in the heart of the SoWa art and design district, on Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm.

Learn about this one-of-a-kind immersive play from C1’s OBIE Award-winning Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge, how it will move audiences from space to space throughout the performance, and why C1 is so excited to bring it to life this summer. 

 

Studio Sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space.

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