Theatre as public art — that’s the name of the game this season at C1, with fully Pay-What-You-Want offerings across our events, including our first in-person productions since early 2020!

These two plays unapologetically center Black women and their unique lived experiences in America today. Both will be brought to life by incredible writer/director teams of Black women artists.

Plus: C1 will continue to offer robust virtual programming at the intersection of art and social change — scroll down to learn more!


Black Super Hero Magic Mama

by Inda Craig-Galván

directed by Monica White Ndounou

dramaturgy by Ilana M Brownstein and Regine Vital

in collaboration with American Repertory Theater,
Boston Public Library, and Boston Comics in Color Festival

April 22 – May 21, 2022
Rabb Hall @ Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square
All tickets are Pay-What-You-Want ($0 minimum)

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.

Black Super Hero Magic Mama Educator Night Out: Thursday, April 28 

C1’s new Educator Night Out event brings together educators from across the city. Experience Black Super Hero Magic Mama in community, while considering how theatre can be utilized as a tool for social change in your own classroom. Featuring a curated pre-show experience with hands-on theatre games, exercises, light refreshments (Covid-protocols permitting), and more!

Student Matinees: Friday, May 6 & 13 at 10am

More special events to be announced!

can i touch it? artwork

can i touch it?

by Francisca Da Silveira

directed by Summer L. Williams

in partnership with the City of Boston’s Office of Arts & Culture

July 15 – August 13, 2022
The Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Boston)
All tickets are Pay-What-You-Want ($0 minimum)

Shay is many things – a business owner, a single mom, a community leader – but there’s one thing she’s definitely not: a pawn in United Bank’s efforts to buy up foreclosed real estate in the heart of Boston’s black community. At risk of losing her own store to the bank, she is forced to choose between a personal fight for her family’s livelihood and a moral fight against gentrification. When pushed to her limits, Shay finds herself in the fantastical peaceful place where women of color have to recede into when they get asked stupid ass questions. can i touch it? examines themes of black hair politics, social exclusion and the racial inequity black owned businesses face every day.

Casting and ticket information will be announced at a future date!


can i touch it? Educator Night Out: Thursday, July 21

Student matinee date and other special events to be announced!


Better Future Series

C1’s Better Future Series is a multi-part digital gathering bringing together Boston’s artists, community leaders, and policymakers to understand the needs of our neighborhoods and reimagine the future of our city. So far in Season 23, C1 has explored the unique concerns of distinct voting blocs in Boston, spotlighted a radical vision for Trans and Queer folx of color in Boston, in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, and showcased artists’ resolutions for personal and collective action in 2022

Stay tuned for the next installment of the Better Future Series this March, ARTivism in Boston: Case Studies on the Intersection of Art & Social Change, featuring guests from The Flavor Continues and more organizations to be announced!


we and other queer goddexxes

Curated by C1 Artist in Residence and PlayLab Circuit Flux Lab writer Micah Rose, alongside co-artist/dramaturg Alison Yueming Qu, we and other queer goddexxes is a season-long series of gatherings that will uplift communal storytelling through ritual, memory, solidarity, and action centering Boston’s 2SQTBIPOC (Two Spirit, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. we and other queer goddexxes will culminate in a multi-disciplinary performance by Rose in summer 2022. Stay tuned for more details about upcoming gatherings!

Open Circuit Programs

C1’s Open Circuit programs, including Field Work and Virtual Open-Writes, provide free public gatherings for people who make new plays who want to grow their skills and vision. Guests and rsvp links to be announced at

>> Virtual Open-Writes

Bi-monthly digital writing workshops. Run by C1’s Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge, along with a professionally recognized guest artist who provides writing exercises and guidance for attendees, and holds space for writing time.

April 16 — Exercises in Writing Toward Community

June 18 — Exercises in Comedy

Aug 20 — Exercises Outside Realism

>> Field Work

Bi-monthly digital professional and creative development workshops for people who make new plays. Moderated by C1’s artistic staff, local and national guest artists provide valuable insights and advice for attendees in a roundtable + interactive discussion format.

March 19 — Navigating Audio & Digital Creation for New Play Folks

May 21 — Crossing Genres & Connecting to Culture: novels, screenplays, and the theatre artist

July 23 — Beyond Realism: Collaborations, Creations, Processes

Professional Development for Actors Virtual Spring Showcase

Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm ET

C1’s Professional Development for Actors (PDA) course is designed to empower participants to be creative and collaborative, while developing their voice and building their skills. Eight weeks of class work culminate in this virtual showcase. Save the date — RSVP link coming soon!

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