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Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Summer L. Williams
January 14 – February 5, 2011
The Plaza Theatre @ The Boston Center for the Arts

The most controversial and brilliant play of the season.

Have you seen the new neighbors? Richard Patterson is not happy. The family of black actors that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. And they are not just invading his neighborhood—they’re infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entirely post-racial lifestyle. This wildly theatrical, explosive play on race marks the major debut of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, member of NYC’s Public Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group.

NEIGHBORS includes explicit language and sexual content and is inappropriate for children.

COMPANY ONE'S excellent Boston premiere production of NEIGHBORS by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a real slap upside the head...Go. I dare you.
- Joyce Kulhawik
this intriguing blend of over-the-top satire and family drama serves emphatic notice that its young writer is a force to reckon with
- The Boston Globe
Director Summer L. Williams’ seamless staging in this local production allows the play to provoke and amuse simultaneously
- The Boston Herald
It's smart, funny, shocking, discomfiting, and extremely entertaining. It seems to me that's what theatre should be


Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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Calderwood Pavilion at the
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  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
  • Summer L. Williams
  • Sarah Cohan
    Production Manager
  • Joey Thomas
    Stage Manager
  • Jarrod Bray
    Technical Director
  • Larry Sousa
  • Meron Langsner
    Fight Choreographer & Production Dramaturg
  • Lisa Thompson
    Historical Dramaturg
  • Andrew Remillard
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Madeleine Laupheimer
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Benjamin Williams
    Lighting Designer
  • Julia Noulin Merat
    Set Designer
  • David Wilson
    Sound Designer
  • Miranda Giurleo
    Costume Designer
  • Liz Panneton
    Properties Designer
  • Lance Norris
    Dialect Coach
  • Matthew Gordon-Martin
    Assistant to the Director
  • Michael Best
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Karthik Subramanian
    Assistant Production Manager

  • Japonica Brown

  • Tory Bullock

  • Johnny Lee Davenport

  • Equiano Mosieri

  • Christine Power

  • Valerie Stephens

  • Lori Tishfield

  • Jesse Tolbert

  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays include Neighbors (The Public Theater), Appropriate (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre in New York, Spring 2014), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, Spring 2014), and War. He is currently a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at The Juilliard School. Additionally, his work has been or will be seen at the Vineyard Theatre, The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, Company One in Boston, and the HighTide Festival in the United Kingdom. He has taught at New York University and Queens University of Charlotte, and his honors include a Paula Vogel Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He holds an M.A. in Performance Studies.

Post-show discussion facilitation services provided courtesy of Melinda Weekes, Interaction Institute for Social Change, (Fridays – January 21 and 28, and Sundays January 23 and 30.)

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January 27, 2011
Won't You See The 'Neighbors'? by Nick Dussault, The Boston Metro

January 21, 2011

January 19, 2011
"Neighbors" digs deep into prejudice by Chantal Mendes,

January 18, 2011
Neighbors by Joyce Kulhawik,

January 18, 2011
Nothing hidden from ‘Neighbors’ by Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

January 17, 2011
Neighbors by Jonathan Clark, Dig Boston

January 17, 2011
Company One Wants You to Meet the 'Neighbors' by Nancy Grossman,

January 14, 2011
“NEIGHBORS” AT COMPANY ONE by Jason Rabin, Blast Magazine