GRIMM

Written by Lydia R. Diamond, Marcus Gardley, Melinda Lopez, Kirsten Greenidge, John Kuntz, John ADEkoje and Gregory Maguire
Directed by Shawn La Count and Summer L. Williams
July 16 – August 14, 2010
Roberts Theatre @ The Calderwood Pavilion

The most exciting theatrical event of the season! GRIMM is a brand-new collection of short plays by Boston’s most celebrated playwrights inspired by their favorite Grimm’s fairytales. Looking for a sweet, soothing tale to carry you away toward dreamland? Look somewhere else. These stories, originally by the Brothers Grimm, have been remixed, re-imagined and given a fresh Boston twist! Featuring new work by Melinda Lopez (SONIA FLEW), Lydia R. Diamond (STICK FLY, VOYEURS DE VENUS), Kirsten Greenidge (THE LUCK OF THE IRISH), Marcus Gardley (DANCE OF THE HOLY GHOSTS), John Kuntz (SALT GIRL), John ADEkoje (6 ROUNDS/6 LESSONS) and Gregory Maguire (WICKED)!

Delicious, seductive and surprising. You do not want to miss this sensational world-premiere!

a fanciful and entertaining flight of imagination
- The Boston Globe
Alternately serious, silly, creepy, soulful, and surreal
- The Boston Globe
envelope-pushing as ever...
- The Boston Globe
emotionally absorbing
- The Boston Globe
Company One's lively new stage adaptation of some of the tales by the Brothers Grimm, are as different as the battery of seven Boston-area playwrights who mobilized their talents for this ambitious undertaking
- The Boston Globe
instantly intriguing
- EDGE Boston
The fairy tales they tackle are deep and perplexing, full of lust and danger--perfect fodder for contemporary reinvention.
- EDGE Boston
note-perfect!
- EDGE Boston
it’s a glossy, funny revisitation of a popular literary means for sorting through life’s terrors--warts, evil step-mothers, and all.
- EDGE Boston

Awards

IRNE Award Winner - Best Supporting Actress, Drama


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

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Cast




PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCTION STAFF

  • Lydia R. Diamond
    Playwright
  • Marcus Gardley
    Playwright
  • Melinda Lopez
    Playwright
  • Kirsten Greenidge
    Playwright
  • John Kuntz
    Playwright
  • John ADEkoje
    Playwright
  • Gregory Maguire
    Playwright
  • Shawn LaCount
    Director
  • Summer L. Williams
    Director
  • Alycia Marucci
    Stage Manager
  • Michael Best
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Corey Williams
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Ben Elkin
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Sarah Cohan
    Production Manager
  • Greg Josselyn
    Artistic Associate
  • Alyssa McKeon
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Jillian Levine
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Karthik Subramanian
    Production Assistant
  • Mark Abby VanDerzee
    Technical Director
  • Cristina Todesco
    Set Designer
  • Miranda Giurleo
    Costume Designer
  • John R. Malinowski
    Lighting Designer
  • Arshan Gailus
    Sound Designer
  • Joa Stenning
    Props Master
  • Liana Thompson
    Dramaturg
  • Chelsea Kerl
    Costume Assistant
  • Joel Turnham
    Master Electrician

  • Lonnie McAdoo

  • Mark Abby VanDerzee

  • Raymond Ramirez

  • Becca A. Lewis

  • Keith Mascoll

  • Kris Sidberry

  • Mason Sand

  • Molly Kimmerling

  • Nicole Prefontaine

  • Tasia Jones

  • Victoria Marsh

  • Yurie Collins

  • Lydia R. Diamond
    Lydia Diamond’s plays include: Stick Fly (’08 Susan S. Blackburn Finalist, ‘06 Black Theatre Alliance Award – Best Play), Voyeurs de Venus (’06 Joseph Jefferson Award – Best New Work, ‘06 BTAA – Best Writing), The Bluest Eye (’06 Black Arts Alliance Image Award – Best New Play, ‘08 AATE Distinguished Play Award), The Gift Horse (Theadore Ward Prize, Kesselring Prize 2nd Place), Harriet Jacobs, and Lizzie Stranton. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Co., Kansas City Rep, L.A. Theatre Works, Long Wharf, McCarter Theatre Co., MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Providence Black Rep, Steppenwolf, TrueColors, The Matrix, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Lydia has been commissioned by: Steppenwolf, McCarter, Huntington, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville/Victory Gardens, Humana, Boston University, and Roundabout. Stick Fly and Harriet Jacobs are published by NU Press, Bluest Eye, Gift Horse, Stage Black - Dramatic Publishing. Lydia was a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an 06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, 2009 NEA/Arena Stage New Play Development Grant Finalist, is a TCG Board Member, and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Lydia is on faculty at Boston University.

  • Marcus Gardley
    Marcus Gardley is a multiple award-winning poet-playwright who recently won the prestigious 2008 Helen Merrill Award and a Kesselring honor. His most recent play And Jesus moonwalks the Mississippi was produced at the Cutting Ball Theater and received both critical acclaim and two sold-out extensions. His Bay Area plays This World in a Woman’s Hands (October 2009) and Love is a Dream House in Lorin (March 2007) have been hailed as the best in Bay Area theater. The latter was nominated for the National Critics Steinberg New Play Award. He has had six plays produced including: dance of the holy ghost at Yale Repertory Theatre (now under a commercial Broadway option,) (L)imitations of Life, at the Empty Space and like sun fallin’ in the mouth at the National Black Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of the SF Bay Area’s Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center. Gardley, a native of West Oakland, was recently chosen as one of 50 writers to watch by Dramatists Magazine. His play On the Levee will premiere at Lincoln Center in July and his other new work, Every Tongue Confess will open Arena Stage’s new theater in November directed by Kenny Leon. Gardley teaches Playwriting and African-American studies at Umass Amherst.

  • Melinda Lopez
    Melinda is a playwright and actress. Her plays include ORCHIDS TO OCTOPI, (Central Square Theatre), CAROLINE IN JERSEY (Williamstown Theatre Festival), ALEXANDROS (Laguna Playhouse) and SONIA FLEW, which won the Elliot Norton Award for “Best New Play”, and the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) for “Best Play” and “Best Production”. It premiered at the Huntington Theatre (dir. Nicholas Martin), and has subsequently been performed in numerous cities, and for radio broadcast. Melinda is also the author of GARY (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory, Boston Playwrights Theatre,) and a translation of BLOOD WEDDING, (Suffolk University.) Her other award winning plays include GOD SMELLS LIKE A ROAST PIG (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award-- Outstanding Solo Performance,) MIDNIGHT SANDWICH/MEDIANOCHE, (Coconut Grove Playhouse), THE ORDER OF THINGS (CentaStage, Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays) HOW DO YOU SPELL HOPE? (Underground Railway Theatre.) Ms Lopez was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American Theatre”. She has received commissions from the Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and the National Institutes of Health. Ms. Lopez has served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts, and has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, UCROSS Foundation, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop and Harvard University. She teaches theatre and performance at Wellesley College, and playwriting at Boston University. Ms. Lopez has also appeared in regional theatres across the country, and works in film and radio. She makes her home in Boston

  • Kirsten Greenidge
    Formerly a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, Kirsten Greenidge’s recent work includes, Milk Like Sugar (Fall 2011 at La Jolla Playhouse), Bossa Nova (November 2010 at Yale Repertory Theatre), Rust (The Magic Theatre), Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land (Humana Festival/Actor’s Theatre of Louisville) and The Luck of the Irish. Kirsten’s work combines elements of magical realism with a pronounced use of language: the result is a body of plays that possess a heightened sense of realism while exploring how race, class, and culture intersect in these United States of America. She has enjoyed experiences at Woolly Mammoth (NEA/TCG Playwright in Residence), Sundance (Utah and Ucross), National New Play Network, Cardinal Stage, South Coast Rep, Madison Rep, Page 73, Hourglass, Bay Area Playwrights, Playwrights Horizons, The Taper, A.S.K., the O’Neill, the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Moxie, Clubbed Thumb and New Georges. Last fall Kirsten was awarded Sundance’s Time Warner Award for Bossa Nova. Kirsten attended Wesleyan University and received her MFA from the University of Iowa where she was a Barry Kemp Fellow. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York and Rhombus here in Boston. She is thrilled to be working with Company One, which has produced numerous plays by Kirsten, including 103 Within the Veil (2005 IRNE for Best New Play), A More Perfect Union, At the Ready, and The Gibson Girl as well as frequent ten minute plays in Boston’s Theatre Marathon. A thousand thanks to Ron, Ariel “Grangee” Greenidge, all babysitters, and Katia and Hunter.

  • John Kuntz
    John Kuntz is a founding company member of the Actors Shakespeare Project, where he was seen as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Nights Dream, multiple roles in Timon of Athens, Don Pedro/Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, Trinculo in The Tempest, Pandaulf in King John, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Lucio/Froth in Measure for Measure, Sebastian in 12th Night, Bertram/The Clown in All’s Well That Ends Well, and the title role in Richard III. NY credits include Mrs. Daigle in The Bad Seed (Ohio Theatre), Kurt in Jump/Rope (which he also wrote) with Square Peg Productions at Urban Stages, and his one-person shows Starfuckers (Ohio Theatre and NY Fringe) and Freaks! (Solo Arts Group). Recent Boston credits include Heisenberg in Copenhagen and multiple roles in the world premiere of The Communist Dracula Pageant (ART); Janet and Frick in After School Special (which he also wrote) and the title role in Mr. Marmalade (Company One); numerous productions of The SantaLand Diaries (IRNE Award – Best Solo Performance); Katurian in the New England premiere of The Pillowman, Estragon in Waiting for Godot, the title role in Scapin, Austin in True West and the Emcee in Cabaret (all with The New Repertory Theatre), Aston in The Caretaker, 20 roles in How I Got That Story and multiple roles in Mere Mortals (all with The Nora Theatre Company); Jane/Lord Edgar in The Mystery of Irma Vep, Carl in The Baltimore Waltz, Nathan Leopold in Never the Sinner, and 40 roles in Fully Committed (all with The Lyric Stage), Voice #1 in Betty's Summer Vacation (The Huntington Theatre Company) and three seasons with Commonwealth Shakespeare, appearing in Henry V (Fluellen), 12th Night (Sir Andrew) and Hamlet (Guildenstern/Osric). Film: The Red Right Hand (Roger), Anathema (Neil; Best Actor Award - Festival Du Cinema du Bruxelles). John is the author of 14 full-length plays, including The Superheroine Monologues (co-written with Rick Park), Sing Me to Sleep, Freaks, Starfuckers, After School Special, My Life with the Kringle Kult, Miss Price, The Blue Hotel, Glitterati, Emerald City, Jasper Lake, Jump/Rope and Actorz with a Z. He received both an Elliot Norton Award and New York International Fringe Festival Award for his solo show Starfuckers and his plays Sing Me To Sleep and Freaks! both received Elliot Norton Awards for "Outstanding Fringe Production". He was an inaugural Playwrighting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and a Fellow at the O’Neill Center in 2007. His play Jasper Lake received both the Michael Kanin and Paula Vogel National Playwrighting Awards, with productions at the Kennedy Center (Washington DC) and the New York Fringe Festival. His newest solo show, The Salt Girl, was recently performed at the Boston Playwrights Theatre, directed and designed by David Gammons. He teaches at Suffolk University and is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory.

  • John ADEkoje
    John Oluwole ADEKoje is a graduate of Humboldt State University where he earned a MFA in Dramatic Writing and a MA in Film Production. John’s awards include being a national award winner of The Kennedy Center’s ACTF Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for the play SstreetHawker; as well as the 2006 recipient of The Roxbury Film Festival’s Emerging local Filmmaker award for the documentary “Street Soldiers”, which also showed at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France, and The World Film Festival-Montreal. Most recently John was the winner of the National Tri Annual New Play Competition for Professional Writers, has received the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award for his documentary “Street Soldiers” and is a 2009-2010 Surdna Fellow. His short play “Love Jones” was produced at the Boston Fringe Festival- Company One, Boston Theatre Marathon, and the winner of the Strawberry One Act Festival –Hollywood. Company One has also produced a full-length mounting of his play, “6 Rounds 6 Lessons” at the Boston Center For The Arts; he made his acting debut in Company One’s production of The Overwhelming by, J.T. Rogers; and most recently Boston Arts Academy mounted a workshop production of A Sing Song Show; John’s most recent work. John is also a Playwright-In-Residence at Company One, an Artist in Residence at UMASS Boston, and an Affiliate Artist at the Providence Black Repertory Company where his play “Shoe Shine Safari will be Produced in the 2009-2010 Season.

  • Gregory Maguire
    Gregory Maguire is the author of a number of novels for children, five adult novels, and several short stories, picture books, essays and reviews. His children’s novels include: MATCHLESS (featuring his own illustrations) WHAT-THE-DICKENS (a New York Times Bestseller 2007) MISSING SISTERS OASIS The Hamlet Chronicles: SEVEN SPIDERS SPINNING SIX HAUNTED HAIRDOS FIVE ALIEN ELVES FOUR STUPID CUPIDS THREE ROTTEN EGGS A COUPLE OF APRIL FOOLS ONE FINAL FIRECRACKER THE GOOD LIAR THE DREAM STEALER I FEEL LIKE THE MORNING STAR LIGHTS ON THE LAKE THE DAUGHTER OF THE MOON THE LIGHTNING TIME Some of the titles are available in paperback. His adult novels include three New York Times bestsellers WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, SON OF A WITCH, and A LION AMONG MEN, the first three volumes of The Wicked Years, as well as national bestsellers CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER, LOST, MIRROR MIRROR. A new novel, THE NEXT QUEEN OF HEAVEN, was released by Concord Free Press in a free edition in October 2009, and will be forthcoming in a commercial edition in Fall 2010.

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Reviews

August 1, 2010

July 30, 2010
Get me remix by Carolyn Clay, The Boston Phoenix

December 31, 1969
Company One's "Grimm" Pickin's by Beverly Creasey, The Theatre Mirror

July 28, 2010
Local Playwrights Revive Brothers Grimm by Caleb Daniloff, BU Today

July 26, 2010
Mascoll in GRIMM by Kay Bourne, The Kay Bourne Arts Report

July 25, 2010
The Brothers' Tales Remixed & Re-Imagined by Nancy Grossman, Talkin' Broadway

July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010
GRIMM AT COMPANY ONE REVIEWED by Jason Rabin, Blast Magazine

July 22, 2010
Grimm by Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

July 22, 2010
From ‘Wicked’ To A Much Smaller Stage by Felicia R. Lee, The New York Times

July 20, 2010
Not necessarily happily ever after by Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

July 17, 2010
Refurbished fairy tales by Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe

July 16, 2010
Maguire's fairy tale by Jenna Scherer, The Boston Herald

July 12, 2010
Grimm and bear it by Scott Kearnan, STUFF Boston