The T Party

The T Party
A New England Premiere by Natsu Onoda Power
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power

July 15-August 13, 2016
Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts

The party to redefine all parties is coming to Boston — and you’re invited. Shake things up. Bend the rules. Break the binary. Through an exhilarating series of scenes that blur the line between audience and actors, real stories and fantastical satire, THE T PARTY casts an exuberant, kinky, and surprisingly tender look at gender expression and sexuality. This wild mash-up of a performance will sweep you off your feet and take you for a ride. The only house rule? Leave your expectations at the door.

"Bracingly original and head-spinning ... “The T Party’’ is infused with an embracing warmth that insists on the right of all people not just to live, but to live happily." — The Boston Globe

"Excellent ... Company One has come up with an ace, versatile and multicultural ensemble." - WBUR's The ARTery

C1's Take

We are thrilled to be collaborating again with Natsu Onoda Power, an artist of enormous vision and heart. Her new play, THE T PARTY, is an exuberant, playful look at gender expression in America. This summer, come party with Company One Theatre as we celebrate community, love, and acceptance.

Pre-show starts 15 minutes before all performance times

Full Price: $25 – $38

Students w/ ID:
$15

Pay-What-You-Want Performances ($6 minimum):

Friday, July 15 at 8 pm (Preview Night)
Sunday, July 17
Sunday, July 24  at 2pm



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Cast




PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCTION STAFF


  • Kadahj Bennett
    Kadahj is daring to attempt a C1 hat-trick (#3Shows1Season)! Recent credits include AN OCTOROON, DRY LAND, HOW WE GOT ON (Company One) as well as a feature role in THE HALLS web series (Beyond Measure Productions). A Posse Scholar and graduate of both Hamilton College & the Boston Arts Academy, Kadahj is currently a Teaching Artist in the Boston Area. When not acting, Kadahj serves as the writer/lyricist/vocalist for two bands, Dancelujah (Boston) & the Downbeat Keys (Brooklyn).

  • David J. Castillo
    David J. Castillo is thrilled to be making his Company One debut. Recent credits include BLOOD WEDDING (Apollinaire Theatre Company); THE GREAT WAR THEATRE PROJECT (TC Squared Theatre Company); THE PINEAPPLE DIARIES (web series, La Gringa Loca Productions); ORIGIN (Bearwalk Productions, presented at Boston Fashion Week 2015); THE SHAKESPEARE PROJECT, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL and CHANGES OF HEART (Boston University). Currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at Boston University, David is a model and actor native to Boston, MA. Special thanks to Company One and Natsu Onoda Power for this opportunity, and his peers at BU School of Theatre for their love and support.

  • Matthew Dray
    Matthew Dray is a Boston based actor and fight choreographer. He is very excited to work with Company One. Previous credits include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Classic Repertory Company), ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (New Brooklyn Theater), METAMORPHOSIS, and THE TRAVELING LADY (Boston University). He has a BFA Theatre Arts Performance from Boston University.

  • Alex Jacobs
    Alex is a Boston based theatre artist originally from Aylesbury, England. Alex is thrilled to make his Company One debut in such a special production. Previous credits include DR JEKYL & MR HYDE & ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER (New Hampshire Theatre Award winner, Best Supporting Actor) (Hampstead Stage Co.), 39 STEPS & NOISES OFF (Winnipesaukee Playhouse) THE END OF THE WORLD (Boston Actors Theatre). BA in Theatre from Leeds University England, MFA in Acting from Brandeis.

  • Mal Malme
    Mal Malme has been a theater artist in Boston for twenty years and is a proud member of the StageSource Board. Mal is a cofounder of Queer Soup Theater, works include HOME (IRNE Nomination), WE ALL WILL BE RECEIVED, and currently, THE PINEAPPLE PROJECT, a new show for kids that celebrates gender creativity. Mal has also worked with Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BURNING, MATTER FAMILIAS), Boston Public Works, (TURTLES) The Theater Offensive (OEDIPUS AT PALM SPRINGS), and Mill 6 (THE T PLAYS). This is Mal's first adventure with Company One.

  • Jade Sylvan
    Jade Sylvan is a writer, producer, and performing artist called a "queer icon" by BDCWire. Their book Kissing Oscar Wilde (2013 Write Bloody) was nominated for several awards. Jade's performed regularly for the past three years at Oberon in Cambridge, and in Cynthia von Buhler's SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE in Manhattan. Jade cowrote and starred in the feature film, TEN (2015 Launch Over), available on VOD and DVD. Jade is currently co-producing Spider Cult the Musical, running June 24th-26th at Oberon.

  • Alyssandra Taylor
    Aly is from Boston, and is super excited to be working with Company One for this amazing production. She was recently in CHARM (Mixed Blood Theater). Other credits include #OVERTHERAINBOW, THE RHYTHMIC CHAOS OF LOVE, VOICES FROM THE GROUND,STORIES FROM THE ROOTS, and LOUDER THAN WORDS (The Theater Offensive), and two original productions with Flawless Brown at Emerson College.

  • Gigi Watson
    Gigi Watson is extremely jazzed to be doing her first show with Company One! Boston credits include THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and MACBETH with Brown Box Theatre Project, RENT and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with Fiddlehead Theatre Company, MEET ME IN ST LOUIS with Stoneham Theatre, CORIOLANUS with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and CAFE VARIATIONS with ArtsEmerson/SITI Company. BFA Musical Theatre, Emerson College. www.gigiwatson.com

  • Tori Clay
    This is the first role for Tori Clay. Tori was formerly known as Vic Clay, a member of SAGAFTRA with an extensive resume before she started living as a transgender female just a couple months ago. Vic had a resume of 70 films and 24 plays with credits for directing, producing, writing, coaching, shooting, standup, comedy improv, voiceovers, and stunts, and had done anything one can do for the big or small screen, stage, audience, or radio and is an ex-musician. Tori enjoys playing tennis and her motorscooters and most cultural events and hopes to do more work with Company One and the Boston Center for the Arts.

  • Natsu Onoda Power
    Natsu Onoda Power is a Washington DC-based playwright/ adapter/ director/ designer. Recent plays include A Trip to the Moon (writer/ director/ illustrator, Synetic Theatre), Astro Boy and the God of Comics (writer/ director, The Studio Theatre; Company One Theatre). Directing credits include David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face (Theatre J) and Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (The Studio Theatre). Her set design has been seen at Company One, Imagination Stage, Forum Theatre, Synetic Theatre, and The Hub Theatre, among others. She is an Associate Professor in the Program in Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University, where she has adapted/ directed War with the Newts (adapted from Karek Capek), On the Origin of Species (adapted from Charles Darwin), The Omnivore’s Dilemma (adapted from Michael Pollan), Madness and Civilization (adapted from Michel Foucault), and other productions. Natsu holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and is the author of God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post World War II Manga (The University Press of Mississippi, 2009). She is a member of the Forum Ensemble (Forum Theatre) and the Studio Cabinet (The Studio Theatre).

  • Phaedra Scott
    Please visit the Company One Theatre Staff page to view bio.

  • Joey Frangieh
    Joey is a director and designer. This year he was on Broadway twice as the assistant projection designer for ON YOUR FEET: THE STORY OF EMILIO AND GLORIA ESTEFAN and ALLEGIANCE. He is the designer for the Boston Theater Critics Association, who produce the Elliot Norton Awards. He is the producing artistic director of Boston Theater Company, and the director of the documentary play FINISH LINE: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE 2013 BOSTON MARATHON, which opens April 2017. wwww.JoeyFrangieh.com

  • Madie Hays
    Madie Hays is an aspiring set and production designer local to the Boston area. Her credits so far include THE FOURTH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE, THE SHIPMENT AND THE LEAR, A BIG MESS, and THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY? (A.R.T. Institute). She has also acted as production designer on several short films produced by both RedTere Productions and RebMad Pictures. This is her debut production with Company One. Madie holds a BA from Harvard University.

  • Tyler Kinney
    Tyler returns to Company One after costume designing for ASTRO BOY & THE GOD OF COMICS (Elliot Norton Award for Design) Other costume design credits include MERCHANT OF VENICE (Shakespeare & Co.); RICHARD II, OTHELLO, HENRY VI PART 2, HENRY VIII (IRNE Award, Best Costume Design) FAST COMPANY, ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS, THE TEMPERAMENTALS, MEET VERA STARK (Lyric Stage Company); APPROPRIATE, BAD JEWS, NEXT TO NORMAL, STRIKING 12 (SpeakEasy Stage Company); TESTAMENT OF MARY, MUCKRAKERS, COLLECTED STORIES (New Rep); SWEET CHARITY, MEET ME IN ST LOUIS, MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (Stoneham Theatre); BENT, BOYS IN THE BAND (Zeitgeist). Mr. Kinney is a graduate of Emerson College. He also designs for local universities and works in the Massachusetts film industry TylerKinney.com

  • Justin Paice
    Past C1 Shows include: WE'RE GONNA DIE, SHOCKHEADED PETER , ASTROBOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS. Other credits include: SEARCHING FOR SIGNAL(Touch Performance Art), ACOUSTICA ELECTRONICA (Touch Performance Art), THE SHIPMENT (ART Institute), A BRIGHT NEW BOISE (ART Institute), THE FOURTH GRADERS PRESENT (ART Institute), and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Gold Dust Orphans/Oberon). He is thankful for everyone, but most of all for his wife Ashley.

  • Lee Schuna
    Lee Schuna is a sound designer, composer, producer, and recent graduate of the Music Industry program at Northeastern University. New to the world of theatre, his first production was THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary (Northeastern Theatre Dept.). He has also created music for short films, including Jamie Schefen’s IMAGINARY LINES and Theji Jayaratne’s COURAGE. He is currently working on an album under the alias Analogue Self to be released on his pet record label, Human Nature Records.

  • Haley Fluke
    Please visit the Company One Theatre Staff page to view bio.

  • Eileen Herman-Hasse & Raul Nieves
    Eileen and Raul, owners of Dance Caliente are very actively encouraging the world to Latin and Ballroom Dance via local group and private lessons, interactive performances, and collaborations. Recently they were Lead Teachers for opening night of Boston Celebrity Series, ‘let’s Dance Boston’ on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; Hosts of Boston Center for the Arts, ‘Fred and Ginger Dance Party’; Recipients of 10 Massachusetts Local Cultural Council Grants to choreograph and perform ‘Dancing through the Decades with Dance Caliente’ (designed for senior populations) and ‘Dance Caliente’s Children’s Latin Dance Workshops’ (using animal imagery!). Eileen holds an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University and Raul is a former medal winner of Latin Competitions and the force behind ‘Oon ka Ah’. To learn more: www.DanceCaliente.com

  • Cesara Walters
    Cesara Walters (Stage Manager) is making her backstage Boston debut with Company One. Previous stage management credits with theatres in Texas and London include LES MISERABLE, SPAMALOT, AMOUR, CABARET, HAIRSPRAY, WEST SIDE STORY, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Cesara is currently finishing her BA in Stage Management at Rose Bruford College in London, England.

  • Billy Cowles
    In May, Billy graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Stage and Production Management. Boston Ballet credits include: CLOSE TO CHUCK REPERTORY, CINDERELLA, THIRD SYMPHONY OF GUSTAV MAHLER, 50th ANNIVERSARY GALA. Huntington Theatre Company credits include: SMART PEOPLE, CAN YOU FORGIVE HER. Emerson Stage credits include: LIZZIE STRANTON, MIDDLETOWN, BIG LOVE, O BEAUTIFUL. Other credits include CYCLOPS at Oberon Night Club. This is Billy’s first show with Company One, and he’d like to thank everyone involved in the production.

  • Hatim Azly
    Hatim is excited to join the Company One Theatre team as a first-time Assistant Stage Manager! This will be his first experience working on a professional theatre production, but he brings 4+ years of stage management experience from a performance venue space. He has primarily worked with independent NY/NJ artists and groups, including for SNAPSHOT, TALKING BAND, NJ’s SHAKESPEARE LIVE, CLARENCE DARROW TONIGHT!, GOOD MORNING ANITA HILL, TEDDY TONIGHT! and many more.

  • Ashmita Malkani
    Ashmita 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 OEDIPUS AND EURYDICE (SAS), THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE (Emerson Stage), and TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (Emerson Shakespeare Society). She is happy to be joining Company One this summer as their Stage Management Intern.

 >>POST-SHOW PROGRAMMING | Immediately following listed the showtime

Closing the Gap: A Conversation on Intergenerational LGBTQ History

Thursday, August 4th at 7:30pm

Join the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis’ John Rosario-Perez and cast members of THE T PARTY for an engaging, intergenerational panel on the history of the gay rights movement, from the Stonewall riot to present-day challenges and triumphs.

 

THE T PARTY Cahllege Mixah

Saturday, August 6th at  8pm

The celebration isn’t over after The T Party! You’re invited to a spoken word open mic event sponsored by Company One’s ONERush, happening immediately after the August 6th performance and open to all college students. Come share your own story or just sit back and listen to the skills of our featured artists as they share their own experiences of gender and sexual identity expression – spoken word style. Participate by providing support and enjoying complimentary refreshments, or get up there and share your own story! Student tickets only $15 – get yours now!

 

Join the Party: An Interactive Experience

Sunday, August 7th at  2pm

Curious about everything that goes into bringing a performance to life? Enter THE T PARTY set after the performance to check out specific design elements from the show, and learn more about how they were created.

 

Gender Play After Party with The Theatre Offensive

Wednesday, August 10th at 7:30pm 

Ain’t no party like a C1 party, cause a C1 party don’t stop! Join us after the performance to dance, eat, laugh, play, and have your expectations challenged with members of The Theatre Offensive family, the cast of THE T PARTY, and your fellow show attendees.

RSVP HERE: http://www.thetheateroffensive.org/happenings//5783db5b3f5f8903008c01b2

 

>>DRAMATURGY BLOG 

Want a peak into the rehearsal room? Click here to check out our dramaturgy blog for insight into the play and production process. Don’t see what your looking for? Ask a dramaturg!

 

Stay tuned for information on special events!

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Reviews

July 21, 2016
We Party On: You’d be a fool to miss it by Christopher Ehlers, DigBoston

July 19, 2016
At This 'T Party,' All Genders Are Welcome by Carolyn Clay, WBUR's The ARTery

July 17, 2016

July 20, 2016

July 18, 2016