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LEFTOVERS

By Josh Wilder
Directed by Summer L. Williams
In Development With Company One’s PlayLab

We regrettably announce that our final production of season 18, LEFTOVERS by Josh Wilder, will be moved to season 19 due to significant construction to the Comm Ave bridge that will impede access to Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (our planned venue). However, in moving the production, we hope to increase access to this remarkable, original, and timely new work.

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Weeds are a given in the heart of South Philly, but when a giant dandelion sprouts overnight and wishes start falling from the sky, one family begins to see a way out of the cycle of poverty that has governed their lives. For brothers Jalil and Kwamaine, hope is running thin as they wait for the arrival of their absent father—and in time, discover the power of their own dreams and the transformative influence of forgiveness. Seizing the possibility of no longer feeling like the city's leftovers, the two brothers find themselves on an adventure they never could have dreamed of.

C1's Take

Over the course of this current season, Josh, director Summer L. Williams, and C1 Director of New Work Ilana M. Brownstein have developed a vision for this play that is inclusive of people who don’t often hear their own stories on stage, and don’t often feel welcome in the theatre. In the Company One spirit of turning challenges into opportunities, the artistic team looks forward to leveraging C1’s robust community engagement initiatives to create new paths of access for audiences from across Boston’s rich collection of neighborhoods.





PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCTION STAFF

  • Hayley Spivey
    Please view Hayley's bio on the C1 Staff page.

  • Ilana M. Brownstein
    Please view Ilana's bio on the C1 Staff page.

  • Miranda Kau Giurleo
    Miranda Kau Giurleo's previous Company One designs include PEERLESS, DRY LAND, SHOCKHEADED PETER, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, LOVE PERSON, NEIGHBORS, GRIMM, THE GOOD NEGRO, and AFTER THE QUAKE. Area credits include: THE CONVERT, MATCHLESS & THE HAPPY PRINCE, ROOTS OF LIBERTY (Underground Railway Theater); THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (SpeakEasy Stage Company) MEASURE FOR MEASURE, AS YOU LIKE IT, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); TOTALITARIANS, LETTICE AND LOVAGE, THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM, FIGHTING OVER BEVERLY, OUR SON'S WEDDING (Gloucester Stage Company).

  • Chris Brusberg
    Christopher is happy to return for his fourth Company One show. Christopher has designed lights for other area companies, including: NewRep Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Central Square Theater, Guerilla Opera, A.R.T. Institute, Cabora (at A.R.T), Boston Midsummer Opera, Boston Center for American Performance, Boston Opera Collaborative, & Gotham Early Music in NYC. Chris has also worked on projects at Worcester State University, Northwestern University, Cal Lutheran University, and Vassar University. Please visit ctblighting.com for upcoming projects.

  • Erik Diaz
    Erik Diaz is excited to be designing again for Company One having previously designed, She Kills Monsters. Regional credits: Doubt (2017 IRNE Nominee) and Billy Elliot (BroadwayWorld Award Winner 2016 - OSTC), Peter and the Starcatcher (Playhouse on the Square), Mothers and Sons (IRNE Nominee: SpeakEasy Stage), Mary Poppins (CSFAC), Guys and Dolls (NSMT), Marry Me A Little (New Rep), In The Heights (CMT-San Jose), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Kingsmen Shakespeare), Lumberjacks in Love (IRNE Nominee: Stoneham Theatre), TV: HGTV's Designed to Sell. Member of USA Local 829. www.DESIGNBYDIAZ.com

  • Cesara Walters
    Cesara Walters is an American and British trained production stage manager and properties designer/fabricator residing in Boston. Previous stage management credits include REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. and THE T PARTY with Company One theatre, CABARET and HAIRSPRAY with Brazos Valley Players, LES MISERABLES and SPAMALOT with The Theatre Company, and THE CRUCIBLE and VINEGAR TOM with Rose Bruford College. Cesara has designed props for productions by Boston Children's Theatre, Bred in the Bone Theatre Company, and the Royal Academy of Music.

  • Micaela Slotin
    Micaela is excited to be working with C1 again on LEFTOVERS, after working as an ASM for REVOLT this past fall. She has worked with the 2017 tour of KULTAR’S MIME, Barrington Stage Company, The Huntington, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. She is a (very recent) graduate of Tufts University with a BA in Drama.

  • Ashmita Malkani
    Ashmita Malkani is currently an undergraduate student at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and is studying Stage and Production Management. She is originally from Singapore, and has recently worked on productions such as THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE (Emerson Stage), and THE T PARTY (Company One), and LIVING WILL (Emerson Stage). She is happy to be joining Company One again this summer as the Assistant Stage Manager.

>> COMPANY ONE THEATRE RESCHEDULES SUMMER PRODUCTION DUE TO COMM AVE CLOSURES AND TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY

BOSTON — Company One Theatre (C1) regrettably announces that their final production of season 18, Leftovers by Josh Wilder,  will be moved to season 19  due to significant construction to the Commonwealth Avenue bridge this summer that will impede access to Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (the planned venue). However, in moving the production, C1 plans to increase access to this remarkable, original, and timely new work by Josh Wilder. At this time, exact dates and new venue details are pending, but will be shared in a forthcoming Season 19 announcement.

Developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2015 and presently through PlayLab (C1’s new play incubator),  Leftovers combines wit, whimsy, big weeds, and brotherly love into an affecting journey through inner-city experiences in a forgotten corner of Philadelphia.

“It’s not often that a play comes along and manages to create something so current and fresh and energetic,” says C1 Artistic Director Shawn LaCount. “There’s magic here Wilder’s most recent draft leaps off of the page and demands an audience. However, being at the Boston Public Library with our current production of peerless an entirely Pay-What-You-Want program  has affirmed for me that it is our duty at C1 to break down barriers to attendance to the best of our ability with each project we do. We are making moves towards radically inclusive programming and unbridled access and unfortunately the closures, detours, and limitations put in place by the construction make that impossible.”

The decision to postpone is driven by more than just a philosophical belief in accessible, inclusive theatre. The precarious nature of arts funding at this particular moment makes producing a summer show with such catastrophic obstacles to attendance a financially irresponsible endeavor for the organization at this time.

A recent article in the Boston Globe details the closures saying, “It will affect nearly every mode of transportation, altering bus and train routes and eliminating most traffic on a 1.5 mile stretch of Commonwealth Avenue and the Boston University Bridge, and choking the turnpike below.” The article confirms that Comm Ave will indeed be open to bike and foot traffic, but restrictions and congestion in the surrounding area will make reaching the venue too difficult for audiences, designers, actors, and staff. As the Globe reports, it is likely that the second phase of construction on Comm Ave will take place next year, so C1 is ruling out BPT as a future venue for this production as well. At this time, venue and date negotiations are still taking place and more information will be available in the coming months.

“It’s particularly unfortunate timing because after completing two very exciting workshop weeks with Josh, we were eager to see the play in the context of the impending Bill Cosby trial this summer, given its connection to the storyline,” says Summer L. Williams, Associate Artistic Director of C1 and the director of Leftovers. “But we are energized to use this time to develop new artists (true Company One fashion) to give Josh a proper introduction to the City, and to roll out the red carpet when we bring it to the stage in 2018!”

“This is a blessing in disguise,” says playwright Josh Wilder. “The premiere of Leftovers in 2018 is going to be a triumphant one. Radical access is what this play needs and I think every playwright deserves that opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an audience. Plus I’ll be finished with my MFA at Yale School of Drama and can really take charge of this opportunity to bring the play to Boston. ”

Over the course of this current season, Josh, Summer, and Director of New Work Ilana M. Brownstein have developed a vision for this play that is inclusive of people who don’t often hear their own stories on stage, and don’t often feel welcome in the theatre. In the Company One spirit of turning challenges into opportunities, the artistic team looks forward to leveraging C1’s robust community engagement initiatives to create new paths of access for audiences from across Boston’s rich collection of neighborhoods.

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