Reproductive Liberty and Body Justice for All 

a digital event featuring responsive short plays by
Cris Eli Blak, Pampi Das, Cayenne Douglass, and Rawchayl Sahadeo

Prompted by the recent dismantling of the protections laid out in Roe v Wade, four of Company One Theatre’s Volt Lab playwrights — all playwrights of color, all rising voices of the American theatre — have each chosen one item from the National Network of Abortion Funds’ list of demands as a jumping off point for a short play and exploration of the actions we can take together for a more just society.

Join our digital watch party on Thursday, October 13 at 7pm ET to watch the plays in community and take action with us!

‣‣ Inspiration

We know that the repeal of Roe v. Wade will have repercussions that extend far beyond the status of abortion laws. Reproductive justice is a broad issue that includes everything from family planning, to trans-inclusive and gender-affirming health care, to reducing maternal mortality, to increasing access for care in systemically under-resourced communities. C1’s Volt Lab writers are interested in how we tell stories and take action in a post-Roe world.

As part of that exploration, we looked to documentation of what reproductive care in Boston was like in the years before Roe v Wade legalized abortion nationwide. Abortion and Women’s Rights 1970 is a short, groundbreaking film telling real-life stories of people seeking abortions at a time when their fates were decided by predominantly white, male doctors and legislators. The film follows two women, one middle-class and one-working class, in pre-Roe v. Wade Massachusetts. As the filmmakers note: nationwide, more than 800,000 people had illegal abortions in 1970 — 300,000 suffered complications and up to 8,000 died. Poor women of color were 90% of those who died, and their maternal mortality rate was (and is) four times that of white women. The four women who made this film did so as a call to action — we take inspiration from them as we bring you Reproductive Liberty and Body Justice for All. 

‣‣ About Volt Lab

Company One Theatre’s PlayLab Circuit Volt Lab provides mentorship opportunities for pre-professional playwrights to practice and enhance their craft while actively engaging with our productions and community engagement programming. The Volt Lab Cohort meets monthly online as a group with our Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge, during which they present and develop a writing project of their choice, learn best practices for giving and receiving feedback, and more. 

About the Plays

If Hearts Be Glass, The World Will Let Them Break
by Cris Eli Blak
directed by Dawn M. Simmons
featuring Victoria Omoregie and Regine Vital

Cris Eli Blak
Dawn Meredith Simmons
Dawn M. Simmons
Victoria Omoregie
Victoria Omoregie
Regine Vital
Regine Vital

not going back
by Pampi Das
directed by India Nicole Burton
featuring Emily Eldridge-Ingram, Tatiana Isabel Gil,
Julie Hennrikus, 
Trevor Hosteen McChristian 

Pampi Das
India Nicole Burton
Emily Eldridge-Ingram
Emily Eldridge-Ingram
Dawn Meredith Simmons
Tatiana Isabel Gil
Dawn Meredith Simmons
Julie Hennrikus
Trevor Hosteen McChristian
Trevor Hosteen McChristian

A Scene from Untitled Horror Story
by Cayenne Douglass
directed by Dawn M. Simmons
featuring Schanaya Barrows, Mason Sand, Victoria Omoregie, Regine Vital

Cayenne Douglass
Dawn Meredith Simmons
Dawn M. Simmons
Schanaya Barrows
Schanaya Barrows
Victoria Omoregie
Victoria Omoregie
Victoria Omoregie
Mason Sand
Regine Vital
Regine Vital

Small Town Demands: Reproductive Rights
by Rawchayl Sahadeo
directed by Summer L. Williams
featuring Schanaya Barrows and Anderson Stinson, III

Rawchayl Sahadeo
Rawchayl Sahadeo
Summer L. Williams
Summer L. Williams
Schanaya Barrows
Schanaya Barrows
Anderson Stinson III
Anderson Stinson, III
Greer Hamilton
Greer Hamilton
Greer Hamilton
Ilana M Brownstein
Greer Hamilton
Afrikah Selah

Plus: a partner conversation with Greer Hamilton,
Board Member of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund

Dramaturgs: Ilana M Brownstein & Afrikah Selah
Produced by Afrikah Selah
Stage Managed by Liz Diamond


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Watch the streaming documentary Abortion and Women’s Rights 1970


Learn about, and donate to the Neighborhood Birth Center. Opening in 2023, and dreamt into existence by Nashira Baril MPH, the NBC is a non-profit, Boston-based reproductive health organization that centers people who are often at the margins of the healthcare system. 


Participate in nationwide advocacy for reproductive protections:


Get educated about self-managed abortions, clinic abortions, reproductive justice, and the legal landscape in post-Roe America:


Engage with the National Network of Abortion Funds:

  • Download their “Heart-to-Heart” conversation toolkits to support your personal and political dialogues about abortion.
  • Sign on in support of NNAF’s list of demands
  • Donate or become a member
  • Volunteer with your local Abortion Fund chapter — find them here. Massachusetts is served by: 


Explore the Shout Your Abortion collective:


Join the Plan C public health campaign, whose vision is a near future in which the ability to end an early pregnancy is directly in the hands of anyone who needs it:

  • Request or print campaign stickers, signs, and flyers to spread awareness.
  • Male-identifying folks can join #teamplanc to amplify and info-share around options accessing safe, healthy ways to end an early pregnancy at home in all 50 states.
  • Check out Plan C’s Dialogue Toolkit and Ambassador program. These are packed with social media templates, talking points, and resources that can support you in dialogue with people whose views differ from yours and with people who are coming to you for information and support.


Cris Eli Blak (he/him)
Cris Eli Blak is a playwright whose work has garnered him recognition from The Negro Ensemble Company, Kairos Italy Theater, Austin Film Festival, Barrington Stage Company, TEDxBroadway, and Ignition Arts. His work has been produced Off-Broadway and around the country; on university stages; as well as in London, Australia, Ireland, and Canada. He is currently the recipient of the Emerging Playwrights Fellowship from The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, and was a resident playwright with Fosters Theatrical Artists Residency, Paterson Performing Arts Development Council, and La Lengua Teatro en Español/AlterTheater Ensemble; the recipient of the Michael Bradford Residency from Quick Silver Theatre Company; a member of Company One Theatre’s S23 Volt Lab; and was in the inaugural class of fellows for the Black Theatre Coalition.

Schanaya Barrows (she/her)
Schanaya made her Company One debut this past summer in can i touch it? She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance with a minor in dance at Salem State University 2021. Her recent credits include The Colored Museum (hair designer) directed by Pascale Florestal at The Umbrella Arts Center; Once on This Island (hair designer) directed by Pascale Florestal at SpeakEasy Stage; Dream Love Escape directed by Kate Kohler Amory (Helena, Peter Quince, choreographer) at The Ridiculous Project; Machinal by Sophie Treadwell (Adding Clerk, Lawyer of Defense, Reporter, Bridesmaid, choreographer) Salem State University; The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (choreographer); Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (choreographer); Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn (female swing, fight captain); Gunplay: A Play About America by Frank Higgins (George Washington, Shante Johnson, Lois Milberger, Woman, Announcer); Ragtime by Terrence McNally (Sarah’s Friend, Harlem Ensemble, dance captain); Poison of Choice by William Cunningham (Haley/Chavez) Salem State University; A Free Man of Color by John Guare (Melpomene, Leda, Margery Understudy, dance ensemble) Salem State University. Awards: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 Irene Ryan Best Scene Partner (2019), Merit Nomination for best ensemble (Ragtime). Irene Ryan Nominee Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival (2019).

Ilana M Brownstein (she/her)
Ilana M Brownstein is the Director of New Work at C1, and a parent-artist specializing in new plays, social justice, and public advocacy. She is the Founding Dramaturg at Playwrights’ Commons. Previously, she created the Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Festival at The Huntington; led the dramatic literature and dramaturgy curriculum at Boston University for 10 years; and has served as a freelance dramaturg for new play festivals, including The O’Neill, New Harmony, and the Kennedy Center among others. Dramaturgy with C1 includes works by Kirsten Greenidge, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Young Jean Lee, Aditi Kapil, Natsu Onoda Power, Lauren Yee, Mia Chung, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Josh Wilder, Kristoffer Diaz, A. Rey Pamatmat, Qui Nguyen, and Idris Goodwin. She is the senior dramaturg for the C1 PlayLab program, which has provided script and professional development to 60+ playwrights over 11 seasons. She is a member of the 2019 NAS Creative Community Fellows Cohort, artEquity’s 2017 anti-racism facilitator cohort, and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Yale. Ilana has been a Kilroys nominator, served on the National Advisory Board for HowlRound, and is a two-time winner of the LMDA Elliott Hayes Award for excellence in dramaturgy.

India Nicole Burton (she/her)
India Nicole Burton is an actress, director, playwright, devisor and producer. She is a native of Akron, OH and graduated from The University of Akron in 2011 with a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis on performance. Upon graduating, India founded Ma’Sue Productions, an African American theatre company located in Akron, Ohio. She has directed, produced, and performed in several of Ma’Sue’s plays and was co-artistic director until 2015. India’s most recent role was in a virtual national tour of American Dreams by Leila Buck in 2020, where she played the role of Briana Coffman. She originated this character when it had its world premiere at Cleveland Public Theatre in 2018. India’s directing credits include for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf (Heads Up Productions), The Laramie Project (Heads Up Productions), Daybreak’s Children (Ma’Sue Productions), A Happening on Imperial (Ma’Sue Productions) Fire on the Water (Cleveland Public Theatre, co-directed; Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation (in development at Cleveland Public Theatre), “inside out” by Francisca Da Silveira (Company One, as part of Remaking America) Welcome to the Taj Mahal (Motel) By Riti Sachdeva, The Playwrights Center (Workshop). India’s assistant directing credits include the 2014 production of The Color Purple at Karamu House, A brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre’s Barbecue and Good at Heart, featured in BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival. India is a board member for New World Performance Lab, a two-year recipient of the NNPN Producer in Residence program for Cleveland Public Theatre and a 2021 recipient of the NNPN Bridge Program grant. She was the Artistic Coordinator for Cleveland Public Theatre, in this role she produced over 15 festivals, and several plays. She was also a cast member of American Dreams, which was nominated for a Drama League Award in 2021. She was a Room in the Mu 2021/22 Fellow at The Karamu House Inc. India is currently receiving her MFA in playwriting from The University of Nebraska’s Creative writing program. She is also the recipient of The National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere for her play Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation. India is currently the Artistic Manager at Story Catchers Theatre in Chicago, IL.

Pampi Das (they/them)
A 24+ year newcomer-settler of Turtle Island (currently on land known as Agawam, stewarded by the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc nations), Pampi is a darker-skinned nonbinary second-genx casteD-Bengali culture worker who plays at the intersection of healing and popular education:  in community they develop community-centered art that releases creative potential and drives change-making. They lean on poetry, dance theater, and gardening to help message the intersectional shifts in thinking we must embrace to center liberation. It took thirty years for Pampi to realize that the pieces they write and perform are essentially contemporary takes of the natak of their early childhood. For them, the natak, a Bengali community musical dance drama form, has become a catalyzing tool for opening, engaging, and encouraging delicate, interconnected and challenging conversations in community on subjects as grave and volatile as ecological, economic, and racial violence. A 2022 Playwriting Fellow at Company One’s Volt Lab, Pampi is a champion of community production such that the process of stewarding culture-making may be reclaimed by our communities: This past August, with their phenomenal cast, Pampi community-produced a staged reading of their first full-length play, Misadventuring Lotus Brothers, at Off-Kendrik’s First South Asian American Theater Festival. Current pursuits include developing the scriptbook for The Buffalo Prince and our Hibiscus Heart, and inspiring composer Mattia Maurée to write music for the SputterBox trio through experimental video capturing their dancing body interpreting the wind and simultaneously making marks with ink. 

Liz Diamond (they/them)
Liz is delighted to be once again working with Company One. This is their 3rd show with C1 in 2022 and the latest Zoom reading they have been involved with. Liz is deeply passionate about new theater and grateful and excited to be once again sharing their artistry with new works.

Cayenne Douglass (she/her)
Cayenne Douglass has had work developed and/or produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Theatre Masters, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Dixon Place, The Tank, Clutch Productions, City Theatre Miami, FEAST: A Performance Series, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre. She has participated in The First Stage Residency through The Drama League, The Barn Arts Residency, and The Emerging Artists Residency at Tofte Lake. Cayenne has been a semi-finalist for WP, received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers Prize, and was a finalist for The Bay Area Festival and The Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship three years in a row. She has been published by Smith & Kraus and Concord Theatricals/Sam French. Cayenne is currently in The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Company One Theatre’s Volt Lab, and The Exquisite Corpse Company Writers Lab. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. For more information visit: or follow Cayenne on IG: bruteful_theatre.

Emily Eldridge-Ingram (she/her)
Emily Eldrige-Ingram has been acting around the Boston area since she was five years old. She earned her BFA in Acting and holds a music theatre concentration from Boston University. While there she spent her junior year abroad studying Commedia dell’arte and physical theatre at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Emily has worked with Shakespeare and Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, New Rep BCAP, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Central Square Theatre, The Asian American Playwright Collective, Open Theatre Project, Fresh Ink Theatre, Collective Hysteria, Boston Conservatory, Creative Arts, and Theatre Espresso. When not acting Emily can usually be found off the grid hiking and backpacking.

Tatiana Isabel Gil (she/her)
Tatiana Isabel Gil is an actor, playwright and dramaturg with a passion for new play development and art that decolonizes communities into healing. She is currently a first year MFA candidate for Dramatic Writing at the University of New Mexico. She is also the co-literary director at Fresh Ink Theater. She has made a career in new play development, and production since 2017 wearing a variety of different artistic hats from producer, to dramaturg, to playwright. Favorite acting credits include Betty #3 in Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage: a Play in 5 Betties, and Kit in Alexis Sheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord.

Greer Hamilton (she/her)
Greer Hamilton is current board member of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. When not working on EMA Fund related tasks she is a PhD candidate at Boston University School of Social Work. While much of her time is spent on the EMA Fund, research and teaching, she enjoys wine, reading, hikes with her dog Birch, and traveling.

Julie Hennrikus (she/her)
Julie Hennrikus has worked in the performing arts for over thirty years wearing many hats, mostly administrative. She is currently the executive director of Sisters in Crime, an organization dedicated to supporting marginalized crime writers. She is also a published mystery author. Her tenth book, The Plot Thickets, which she writes as Julia Henry, will be released this fall.

Trevor Hosteen McChristian (He/She/They)
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Trevor Hosteen McChristian now resides with his partner in Lynn! When not performing, Trevor is a Mail Program Manager with the Voter Participation Center based in D.C., a non-profit focused on increasing minority representation in government on all levels. Past favorites include: Jack Kelly (Newsies, MTWichita), Riff (West Side Story, Lexington Theatre Company), and Tony Manero (Saturday Night Fever, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts). Proud two-spirit member of the Navajo Nation. Thanks to all cast, crew, friends, and family!

Victoria Omoregie (she/her)
Victoria Omoregie is excited to take part in Company One’s Reproductive Liberty and Body Justice for All! She is an actor who grew up right in Dorchester, an urban community in Boston. She recently graduated with a BA in Acting from Boston University ‘22. Some of her previous credits include: The Bomb-Itty of Errors (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Anthony and Cleopatra (New York Classical Theatre), LORENA: a Tabloid Epic (Boston Playwrights Theatre), The Legend Of Georgia McBride (Boston University), In The Red and Brown Water (Boston University) and more. Outside of the theatre, Victoria is a lover of Jazz, The Blues, Hip-Hop, writes poems, and sometimes short raps. To learn more and/or to connect with Victoria, visit her website:

Rawchayl Sahadeo (she/her)
Rawchayl Sahadeo was born and raised in New York City. She completed her 8-12th grade years in a small rural town outside of Tampa, Florida. She currently lives in Everett, Massachusetts, where she resides with her husband and two children. She has proudly served as an educator in the Boston Public Schools since 2001. During the COVID stay home mandate of Spring 2020, she renewed her interest in creative writing and began writing short stories. At the age of 42, she became a “blooming” playwright when accepted to the Hibernian Hall Playlab in the Spring of 2021. Rawchayl Sahadeo’s first full-length play Two Fools, One Saint and a Robin was featured in the Hibernian Hall Playlab Showcase in June 2021. Her work centers topics such as a discovery of long lost family, family secrets, health, and forgiveness. Currently she is working on a short play about infertility and pregnancy loss in the BIPOC community which she began in the TC Squared Theatre Company Fall Playlab 2021. Rawchayl loves to focus her playwriting on personally-relatable topics that provide her audience a uniquely creative and cathartic experience. She enjoys reading, traveling, watching tv, and spending time with her family.

Mason Sand (he/him)
Mason Sand is a proud founding member of Company One, where he has acted in over a dozen productions including: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Uday); Assassins (Sam Byck, IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (El-Fayoumy); Den of Thieves (Flaco); Jesus Hopped the A Train (Valdez, 2004 Elliot Norton Award, for Best Fringe Production); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (IRNE nomination, Best Ensemble Cast). Also in Boston: Sugan Theatre Company: Talking to Terrorists; Zeitgeist Stage: Flesh & Blood; A.R.T.: Three Sisters; New Repertory Theatre: Romeo & Juliet; A Girl’s War (IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor). Regional: Gloucester Stage Company: The Heidi Chronicles. Mason holds an MFA in Theatre Education from Boston University.

Dawn M. Simmons (she/her)
Dawn M. Simmons is a Director, Playwright, Administrator, Cultural Consultant and Co-Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective. She has worked regionally with, JAG Productions, Play On Shakespeare, The Hangar Theatre and WAM Theatre. Locally she has worked with Central Square Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Bad Habit Productions, New Exhibition Room, Boston Public Works, Fresh Ink Theatre, The Theater Offensive, Our Place Theatre Project, and Fort Point Theatre Channel. Dawn is also a co-founder of New Exhibition Room with A. Nora Long, a co-director with Arts Connect International, and a proud member of StageSource.

Afrikah Selah (they/them)
Afrikah Selah is a Queer, Black multi-hyphenate cultural worker based in Boston, MA, working in dramaturgy, arts criticism, and new work development. Their work centers community, identity, and dialogue, often experimenting with devising, adaptation, and ritualistic theatre processes. A third culture kid born & raised by military parents, Afrikah has grown up with the value and mission of expanding worldviews and creating change through performance art. They are dedicated to uplifting the voices and stories of communities marginalized by white supremacy, with thoughtfulness, empathy, and care. They are an alum of the BIPOC Critics Lab and the Front Porch Arts Collective’s Young Critics Program. Currently, they serve as the New Work Producer at Company One Theatre, whose mission is to build community at the intersection of art and social change.

Anderson Stinson, III (he/they)
Anderson Stinson, III is an actor from Atlanta, Georgia. He recently graduated from Brandeis University with high honors in both Film and Theater degrees in 2021. His most recent credits include Antipholus of Syracuse in The Bomb-Itty of Errors with Actors’ Shakespeare Project and Flat Joe/Black Superman in Black Super Hero Magic Mama with Company One. He also was an understudy, bartender, and marketing apprentice for Gloucester Stage Company’s 2021 season! Enjoy!

Regine Vital (she/her/hers)
Regine Vital is a theatre artist, administrator, educator, scholar, and storyteller from Somerville, MA. As an actor, director, dramaturg, and coach, she has worked with several Boston area theatre companies, including The Huntington, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, ArtsEmerson, Company One, Central Square Theatre, Boston University School of Theatre, Moonbox Productions, HUB Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Flat Earth Theatre. She teaches performance studies, composition, literature, and public speaking at the college level; text and performance to high schoolers; and has taught continuing adult education classes in literature. She is a board member of Playable Theatre and TC2 Theatre Company; she is also a frequent collaborator with Green Door Labs on the interactive theatre-game production, Club Drosselmeyer. Currently, she is the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction in The Huntington’s Education department and a part-time instructor at Boston area universities. Regine holds degrees from Boston University, UMass Boston, and studied Shakespeare at King’s College, London and Shakespeare’s Globe. When she isn’t telling stories on stage or talking too much about Shakespeare, Regine loves a good book, a good show, a good dance, and a great chat with great friends. Merde, folks! 😉

Summer L. Williams (she/her)
Summer L. Williams is an award-winning director and Co-Founder/Associate Artistic Director of Company One Theatre in Boston. Her most recent directing credits include can i touch it? at Company One Theatre; sandblasted by Charly Evon Simpson with Vineyard Theatre and WP Theater (Off-Broadway); The Arboretum Experience at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T); Daddy Issues at Salt Lake City Acting Company New Play Sounding Series; and the Digital World Premiere of Downtown Crossing at Company One Theatre. Regional credits: Wolf Play at Company One Theatre; School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Miss You Like Hell with Company One Theatre and OBERON at American Repertory Theater; the World Premiere of Leftovers at Company One Theatre; Wig Out! with Company One and OBERON at A.R.T.; Smart People at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY and Geva Theater in Rochester, NY; Barbecue at Lyric Stage Company of Boston—Winner of the 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director; Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. at Company One Theatre; Bootycandy at SpeakEasy Stage Company; An Octoroon and Colossal with Company One Theatre—Winner of the 2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for both productions. Intimate Apparel at Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Shiv as a part of The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy; Shelter of Last Resort by Miranda Craigwell as a part of XX PlayLab 2014; the New England Premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero Of Namibia, Formerly Known As Southwest Africa From The German Sudwestafrika Between The Years 1884-1915; Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On; Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston; The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet as part of The Brother/Sister Plays (2012 Elliot Norton Award nominated for Outstanding Production and winner of the 2012 IRNE Award for Best Play); Neighbors, Grimm; The Good Negro; Voyeurs De Venus (Winner of 2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); The Bluest Eye (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award nominated); The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot; Spell #7 (IRNE nominated); Jesus Hopped The A Train (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Best Fringe Production); and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (IRNE nominated).