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The Overwhelming

The Overwhelming

Written by J. T. Rogers
Directed by Shawn LaCount
October 30 – November 21, 2009
The Plaza Theatre @ The Boston Center for the Arts

Company One presents the Boston premiere of THE OVERWHELMING, an exotic thriller from award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers (Madagascar, White People). Seizing the opportunity to do research for his new book, Jack Exley uproots his family and moves to Rwanda in early 1994. As Jack, his wife and his teenage son encounter foreign culture and eye opening politics, they each find their own brand of trouble. Realizing that in this place no one is exactly what they seem, his family begins to unearth unexpected truths about this tiny, troubled nation... and about themselves.

Stop the presses! There’s finally a play in town that makes thinking a pleasure again.
- Variety


Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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Calderwood Pavilion at the
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527 Tremont St.
Boston University Theatre
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  • J.T. Rogers
  • Shawn LaCount
  • Jillian Levine
    Stage Manager
  • Sean Cote
    Set Designer
  • Arshan Gailus
    Sound Designer
  • Kathleen Doyle
    Costume Designer
  • Kenneth Helvig
    Lighting Designer
  • Sarah Cohan
    Production Manager
  • Mark Abby VanDerzee
    Technical Director
  • Olivia MacFadden-Elliott
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Christine DeLima
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Anne Morgan
  • Christine Hamel
    Dialect Coach
  • Danny Bryck
    Assistant Dialect Coach
  • Max Mondi
    Assistant to the Artistic Director
  • Rachel Cardillo
    House Manager
  • Lauren Glover
    Master Electrician

  • Chima Chikazunga

  • Fedna Jacquet

  • Gabe Goodman

  • John ADEkoje

  • Lyndsay Allyn Cox

  • Mason Sand

  • Obehi Janice

  • Peter Brown

  • Tory Bullock

  • Doug Bowen Flynn

  • Cedric Lilly

November 13, 2009 - Meet the Playwright!

J.T. Rogers, playwright of THE OVERWHELMING, will be joining us for our post-show talkback on Friday, November 13th!  He’ll also be signing copies of his script that will be for sale in the lobby. If you can’t join us on the 13th, pre-order your signed copy today by emailing

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November 6, 2009
Two for two at the BCA by Brandon Simes, South End News

December 31, 1969
"The Overwhelming" by Larry Stark, The Theatre Mirror

November 3, 2009
No easy answers in tragedy of Rwandan genocide by Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

November 2, 2009
The Overwhelming by Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

November 1, 2009
Bringing the Rwandan genocide home by Joel Brown, The Boston Globe