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INTRODUCING SEASON 22

A virtual exploration of undocumented life in Boston. A local favorite filmed up-close-and-personal for a national audience. A technicolor comic-book world brought to life onstage. Expansions of our Better Future, Stage One, and PlayLab Circuit programming.

Company One Theatre’s Season 22 digs deep and doubles down: focusing on long-term relationships with artists and partners, making space for both collective action and community-fueled joy, and recommitting to C1’s vision of a Boston defined by justice, equity, and artistic innovation.

As we process this year of disconnection, Season 22 reminds us of the power of people coming together to work Toward a Better Future.

SEASON 22 PRODUCTIONS

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Virtual Exploration of Undocumented Life in Boston
DOWNTOWN CROSSING
by David Valdes
directed by Summer L. Williams
in partnership with Northeastern University and Boston Public Library
with support from the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University

A Digital World Premiere
Streaming October 22-25, 2020

On Marathon Monday, seven undocumented Bostonians cross paths on the Orange Line. When their train is delayed due to police action at Downtown Crossing, they share their stories — both hopeful and heart wrenching — in intimate, intersecting monologues that spotlight what it’s like to build a life while holding your breath. 

Downtown Crossing is the culmination of C1’s two-year Boston (un)Documented Project, during which C1 PlayLab alum David Valdes — supported by a partnership between Company One and the Boston Public Library — interviewed current and former undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients, immigrant rights advocates, community organizers, and family members of the undocumented from the Greater Boston area. With this fully realized virtual production — rehearsed and performed entirely via Zoom — C1 brings its long commitment to the pioneering of new theatrical forms to the digital space. 

All tickets to Downtown Crossing are Pay-What-You-Want, with no minimum! 

 “Makes you sit up and pay attention.”  Broadway World on David Valdes’ Last Catastrophist

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Filmed Up Close And Personal  
HYPE MAN: a break beat play
by Idris Goodwin
directed by Shawn LaCount

Premiering Winter 2021

This Boston favorite returns in a bold new format: filmed up close and personal, C1’s world premiere production is transformed into an intimate, cinematic experience in collaboration with an exciting cohort of partner organizations to be announced soon, bringing this vital story of friendship, hip-hop, and protest to a broader audience than ever before. 

A hip-hop trio is on the verge of making it big — until the police shooting of an unarmed Black teenager shakes the group to its core. Hype Man asks: who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of injustice?

“★★★★★… Hype Man is theater at its urgent, vital best. See it and see it again.” — DigBoston

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C1 Returns to The Strand Theatre!
BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA
by Inda Craig-Galván
directed by Summer L. Williams
in partnership with the City of Boston’s Office of Arts & Culture

Summer 2021
The Strand Theater*

In all the books that Sabrina Jackson reads to her son Tramarion, tragedy’s just an origin story, something to propel the heroes into wondrous new worlds. When tragedy strikes in her own life, Sabrina launches herself into a fantastical, technicolor universe where she gets to be the hero. 

A high-flying adventure that refuses to be held down by the gravity at its core, Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama is a powerful refutation of the disproportionate expectations placed on Black mothers and their sons.

All tickets to Black Super Hero Magic Mama are Pay-What-You-Want, with no minimum! 

*This production is currently planned as a socially distanced in-person theatrical experience at the Strand Theater. We are working with the city to secure space for an outdoor production of Black Super Hero Magic Mama if it is not yet safe to convene indoors by next summer.

“Impressively daring, the play escapes into a comic-book universe to better come to grips with an overwhelming — and all too real — American horror.” LA Times

BETTER FUTURE PROGRAMMING

BETTER FUTURE SERIES 2.0
curated by Jasmine Brooks

Building on the conversations begun in summer 2020, the Better Future Series returns to delve deeper into the needs of often ignored communities in Boston and across the country. This season we continue to celebrate the vibrancy and multiplicity of Black lives, experiences, and narratives, as we highlight ways to build and invest in our communities, despite the systems that are actively trying to tear us apart.

BETTER FUTURE: WELNESS & JOY PROGRAM
in partnership with The Theater Offensive

We’ve all been through a lot this year. That’s why this winter, C1 and The Theater Offensive will dedicate our energy toward making space for health, relaxation, and artistically-fueled joy, with participatory workshops as varied as our community: from Drag Story Hour to skin care consultations, from zinemaking to game nights. You’ve kept us going through a pandemic, and we want to be there for you too.

 

 

EXPANDED PLAYLAB CIRCUIT PROGRAM

C1 PlayLab is now C1 PlayLab Circuit, a two-pronged approach to new play development that supports writers at all career stages, and provides community-centered professional development opportunities: Writing Labs and Open Circuit.

Our PlayLab Circuit Writing Labs each serve a different population: The Flux Lab Writers work on plays that are being developed towards production, including C1’s residencies and commissions; The Surge Lab brings together artivist-playwrights who receive micro-commissions to write responsively on themes we’re tackling in our Better Future programming; finally, the Volt Lab Writers (formerly PlayLab Unit) are a cohort of early career playwrights who meet monthly in a supportive lab-style setting.

Our Open Circuit programs are free artistic and professional development opportunities, including our Virtual Open Write events, and our Field Work convenings (formerly known as PlayLab Bootcamp).

This year’s Flux Lab Writers include:
Kirsten Greenidge, C1 Resident Playwright supported by the Mellon Foundation
Inda Craig-Galván* with Black Super Hero Magic Mama
Francisca DaSilveira* supported by the National New Play Network
Idris Goodwin* supported by the National New Play Network
David Valdes with Downtown Crossing
Kit Yan & Melissa Li with the C1 PlayLab Pao Fellowship
*also Surge Lab Writers

 

 

EXPANDED STAGE ONE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

After 20+ years of education at C1, our Stage One programs are focused on Reimagination and Expansion.

We are building community with the students and schools we partner with and responding to their needs, even through our Zoom screens. 

We are providing meaningful and ongoing professional development for our teaching artist staff in order to create dynamic engagement opportunities for students online. 

We are deepening the infrastructure of our department with new staff positions, expanding our In-School Program into eight Boston Public Schools, enhancing our Professional Development for Actors program, and creating a new slate of professional development opportunities for educators and organizations. 

As always, in service to C1’s mission, we remain committed to providing teens with the opportunity to train as civically engaged artists and artistically engaged citizens.

 

 

 

 

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