can i touch it?

PAST PRODUCTION | SEASON 25

The Interrobangers

a new play by M Sloth Levine

directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden

dramaturgy by Regine Vital

in partnership with the Boston Public Library and
The Theater Offensive

Jan 26 - Feb 24, 2024

Rabb Hall @ Boston Public Library, Central Branch

FREE with Pay-What-You-Want tickets!

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Something’s lurking deep in the woods of Foggy Bluffs. And as usual, it’s up to four groovy teens and a dog to get to the bottom of it. But in order to solve the mystery, the old friends must delve into their chilling past and uncover their town’s darkest secrets.

M Sloth Levine puts a thrilling new spin on a classic tale with The Interrobangers, a queer coming-of-age story about exploring identity, creating community, and finding that men in masks are the scariest monsters of all. And they might have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for these meddling kids!

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

This production includes depictions of substance use, swearing, and brief references to child abuse, abduction, and trauma, as well as sequences of flashing lights.

Approximate run time: 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission

Updated Masking Policy

Press and Buzz

Program notes by afrikah selah and Regine Vital. For reprinting permissions, or more information, please contact info@companyone.org

To cite these program notes:

selah, afrikah & Regine Vital. Program Notes for Company One Theatre, The Interrobangers. M Sloth Levine, playwright. January 26 – February 24, 2024. Accessed [include your access date here]. URL https://companyone.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/The-Interrobanger-Program.pdf.

Producing Partners

AMPLIFYING ACTION

Company One Theatre is producing
The Interrobangers to AMPLIFY:

  • Public Art for Public Good at the Boston Public Library, where all are welcome, in the face of rising censorship, book banning, and anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation across the country.

  • joy, nostalgia, and curiosity as transformative tools for nurturing intergenerational connection, the exploration of identity, and how we navigate and cope during uncertain, dark times.

  • unapologetic visibility of our queer, trans, and non-binary community onstage, backstage, in our audiences, and in our neighborhoods.

  • community partners and organizations who celebrate queer youth as their truest selves through the creation of safe spaces, mental health resources, and supportive programming in Boston.

  • accessible creative development programs like C1’s PlayLab (of which playwright M Sloth Levine is an alum), that create opportunities for emerging theatermakers to develop their unique voice and become civically-engaged artists.

RESOURCES & ACTION STEPS

BRANCH OUT WITH C1

Weird New Worlds

Monday, Jan 22 at 4pm

Weird New Worlds

a writing workshop wih M Sloth Levine

Join Company One Theatre at the Boston Public Library’s Teen Central for a writing workshop led by playwright M Sloth Levine, a playwright, director, and designer whose plays are sour gummy worms, sharp and sticky sweet! Sharpen your genre skills and get some tips on how to craft a twisty tale and infuse your writing with personal style. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

Sharing Stories, Finding Liberation

Sunday, Feb 4 at 12pm

Sharing Stories, Finding Liberation

an LGBTQ+ oral history workshop

Join Company One Theatre and friends for a collaborative exploration of LGBTQ+ history! Participants in this intergenerational workshop will learn the art of oral history, how to collect personal and community stories, and ways to document the rich history of queer life in Boston. This event is open to LGBTQ+ folks of all ages, and brings together members from partner organizations around the city.

ABOUT THE TEAM

CAST

Anderson Stinson, III*

Anderson Stinson, III*

Zodiac DuMaurier

Jay Connolly

Jay Connolly

Hank Mason

Jenine Florence Jacinto

Jenine Florence Jacinto

Luna Jaffe

Schanaya Barrows

Schanaya Barrows

Dani Bundy

Jupiter Lê

Jupiter Lê

Hoover

Chris Everett

Chris Everett

Bettie Roswell/Tess Mason

Michael J. Blunt

Michael J. Blunt

Sheriff Craig/Kai at The Jackalope

Alex Jacobs

Alex Jacobs

Mr. Dahl/Nathan Hobart

PLAYWRIGHT AND PRODUCTION TEAM

M Sloth Levine, Playwright

Josh Glenn-Kayden, Director

Regine Vital, Lead Dramaturg

afrikah selah, Staff Dramaturg

Des Bennett, Associate Director

Liz Diamond, Production Stage Manager

Erin Lerch, Rehearsal Stage Manager

Becca Cottrell, Assistant Stage Manager

Melee Lee, Assistant Stage Manager

Danielle DeLaFuente, Scenic Designer

E. Rosser, Costume Designer

Elmer Martinez, Lighting Designer

Narissa "Nars" Kelliher, Assistant Lighting Designer

Anna Drummond, Sound Designer

Maria Servellon, Projections Designer

Amanda Gibson, Puppet Designer

Amy West, Assistant Puppet Designer

Kelly Smith, Props Designer

Kevin Parker, Technical Director

Grace Kroeger, Projections Technician

Ae Jee Booth, Audio Technician

Baz Kouba, Production Electrician

Elijah Brown, Wardrobe Supervisor

Shira Helena Gitlin, Intimacy Director

Cagen Luse, Comics Consultant/Designer

Peter Duerst, Production Assistant

BIOS

Anderson Stinson, III* he/they

Anderson Stinson, III is ecstatic to return to the Boston Public Library as Zodiac to solve mysteries and explore cryptozoology with Company One! Anderson is an Atlanta born actor and voice actor. However, once graduating from Brandeis University with high honors in film and theater, he became a local to the northeast. Recent theatrical credits include: Bud in Bud, Not Buddy with Wheelock Family Theater, MC Antipholus in The Bomb-Itty of Errors with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and Flat Joe/ Black Superman in Black Superhero Magic Mama with Company One, which was a performance that was nominated for a 2023 Elliot Norton Award. Anderson loves the weird and cryptic and his pet hedgehog currently named “The Hedgehog” is proof. This stellar group of teens will pull the mask off this production and reveal the true beauty of this piece. Enjoy! www.thethirdanderson.com

Jay Connolly he/him

Jay Connolly is an actor, director, producer, and fight choreographer, based out of Boston. Since receiving a BFA in Performance from Salem State, Jay has been acting and teaching theatre throughout Massachusetts. Jay is also a professor of Theatre and Stage Combat at Endicott College. Some previous acting credits include: Through The Big Times and Back, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Hamlet, The Critic. Jay would like to thank you his family, friends, and all for coming to support live theatre!

Jenine Florence Jacinto they/them

Jenine Florence Jacinto is making their Company One Theatre debut! Jenine Florence is a nonbinary California raised Filipino-Chinese American actor/creative now turned New England native. Recent credits include Izzy/Boy in Middleton Heights (Umbrella Stage Company), Chris in Swan (Moonbox Productions), Green in Skinless (Chuang Stage), Kit/Ellery in Lyric Back Stage (Lyric Stage Company), Hoku Bayani in Of Kith and Pen (queeRPG), and Sam in The Kasha of Kaimuki (Kumi Kahua Theater). When not acting on stage or producing with queeRPG, you can find them playing board games with friends or crocheting. Special thanks to all those who have supported them through their acting journey! Instagram: @jenine.florence

Schanaya Barrows she/her

Schanaya Barrows is excited to be working with C1! She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance with a minor in Dance and composition at Salem State University 2021. Her recent credits include The Color Purple (U/S Squeak, Olivia) The Umbrella Arts Center, Dance Nation (Ashlee) The Apollinaire Theatre, Can I Touch it? (Meeka, Beth) by Francisca Da Silveira at Company One (Won an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance 2023), The Colored Museum (Hair desinger) by Pascale Florestal at The Umbrella Arts Center, Once on This Island (Hair Desinger) by Pascale Florestal at SpeakEasy Stage, Dream Love Escape by Kate Kohler Amory as (Helena, Peter Quince, Choreographer), The Ridiculous Project, Machinal by Sophie Tredwell (Adding clerk, Lawyer of Defense, Reporter, Bridesmaid, Choreographer) Salem State University. The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (choreographer),, Much A Do 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
Freeman of Color by John Guare (Melpomene, Leda, Margery Understudy, Dance ensemble) Salem State University,

Awards: Elliot Norton Winner (2023), 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)

Jupiter Lê he/him

Jupiter Lê is a queer transmasculine Vietnamese-American theatre-maker, a child of immigrants born, raised, and based on the lands of the Massachusett people, known as Boston, MA. Education: BA in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology (Northeastern University). Recent credits: ‘SKINLESS’ (CHUANG Stage), ‘SWAN’ (Moonbox Productions), ‘IN THE CAMPS: A REFUGEE MUSICAL’ (reading w/ HowlRound Theatre Commons), ‘ISABEL (reading w/ NAATCO & Long Wharf Theatre), ‘Interstate’ (East West Players).

Chris Everett she/her

Chris Everett  is an Elliot Norton Award nominated actor, singer, writer, and voiceover artists based in Boston. She is psyched to be working with Company One again on the debut performance of The Interrobangers and to work with such an amazing cast and crew.

Recent theater and reading credits include Break, Break (Legion Theater Project), Stew (Front Porch Art Collective), Bud, Not Buddy (Wheelock Family Theater) and the debut performances of Confidential Informant (TC Squared), I’ll Be There for You (2nd Act), and can i touch it? (Company One). Television credits include, Kevin Can F*** Himself (AMC), SMILF (SHOWTIME), and Castle Rock (Hulu). Film credits include Don’t Look Up, I Care A Lot (Netflix), About Fate, Godmothered (Disney+), The Good House, and TED. Chris is also the lead singer for the blues, funk & soul band, Umami.

Michael J. Blunt they/them

Michael J. Blunt is so excited to be making their Company One premier! Based in Salem, and signed to Model Club, Inc, Michael participates in a variety of theatre and independent films throughout the northeast. Past theatre credits include; Break, Break” (Legion Theatre Project), Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Firehouse Center for the Arts), Skinless (CHUANG Stage) A Nutcracker Panto (Theater in the Open), As You Like It (Third Citizen Theatre Co.), and many more! Enjoy the show! www.michaelblunt.com

Alex Jacobs he/him

Alex Jacobs is delighted to be returning to C1 after appearing in 2016’s The T Party. A Boston based teaching artist some of Alex’s other credits include, John Deserves To Die (Fresh Ink), The Rocky Horror Show (Moonbox), Baskerville (Gloucester Stage), Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (Greater Boston Stage), The Lyons (Titanic Stage Co.) Steve (Zeitgeist), The End of the World (Boston Actors Theatre), 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). Alex holds a BA in Theatre from Leeds University England, MFA in Acting from Brandeis and is an Assistant Professor at Salem State University.

M Sloth Levine they/them

M Sloth Levine is a playwright, director, dramaturg, and designer. Sloth’s plays have been developed at thousands of coffee shops and several theatre companies including Roundabout Theatre Company, Parity Productions (Parity Development Award Winner 2021), Central Square Theatre, and Theatre [Untitled]. They were the Script Supervisor on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella and a former barista at Flour Bakery + Cafe. Sloth’s been a long-time fan and collaborator of Company One, as a member of the VoltLab and PlayLab writing groups, and assistant director for Wig Out! In 2020 their live web-series Tales from Camp Strangewood was produced with a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Boston. mslothlevine.com

Josh Glenn-Kayden he/him

Josh Glenn-Kayden is a Boston based director, the Artistic Producer and Casting Director at Company One Theatre, and a co-producer of the Legion Theatre Project. Josh‘s work centers around new plays that help us imagine a more equitable and just world together.

Recent directing projects include Break, Break by Erin Lerch (Legion Theatre Project & Artists’ Theatre of Boston), Muse by Sarah Wendy Burman (Wellesley College), Shrike by Erin Lerch (Fresh Ink Theatre), Wild Flowers by Tatiana Isabel Gil (Company One Better Future series), Visionary Futures: Science Fiction Theatre for Social Justice Movements (consisting of new plays by Phaedra Michelle Scott, M Sloth Levine, and Jaymes Sanchez) at UMass Amherst, Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge (UMass Amherst), workshops of Walden by Amy Berryman and The Interrobangers by M Sloth Levine (UMass Play Lab), Greater Good by Kirsten Greenidge (A.R.T. & Company One, associate director), the world premiere of This Place/Displaced (Artists’ Theater of Boston, ArtsFuse Best Stage Productions of 2018), The Lyons by Nicky Silver (Titanic Theatre), and Don’t Give Up the Ship by Laura Neill (Fresh Ink Theatre). Josh is also the director and co-producer of The Legion Tapes, a sci-fi podcast written by Erin Lerch.

Josh has directed and developed new work for the A.R.T., Company One Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Artists’ Theater of Boston, the Museum of Science, UMass Amherst, Wellesley College, and Hub Theatre, among others. Josh holds a BA in Drama from Tufts University and an MFA in Directing from UMass Amherst.

Regine Vital she/her

REgine Vitalis a storyteller, theatre artist, educator and current Associate Producer at Actor’s Shakespeare Project. Most recently, she was seen onstage in ASP’s productions of As You Like It (Celia) and Seven Guitars (Louise). As an actor, director, dramaturg, teaching artist, and coach, she has worked with several theatre companies, programs, and schools. She teaches performance studies, composition, literature, and public speaking at Boston area universities; text and performance to high school students; and has taught continuing adult education classes in literature. A hometown girl from Somerville, MA, she is the previous Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at The Huntington. Regional credits: The Huntington, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, American Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, ArtsEmerson, Company One, SpeakEasy Stage, Central Square Theatre. Fringe/Local: Fresh Ink Theatre, Boston University School of Theatre, Moonbox Productions, Plays In Place, Flat Earth Theatre, HUB Theatre of Boston, Open Theatre Project, Concord Players, Birch Tree Productions, Green Door Labs. NYC/Podcasts/Film: The Huntington, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Broadway Podcast Network, The Penumbra Podcast, Revolutionary Spaces. Education: BA, Boston University; MA, University of Massachusetts, Boston; MA candidate, King’s College London/Shakespeare’s Globe. “Merde, folks! 😉”

afrikah selah they/them

afrikah selah is the 2022-23 NNPN New Work Producer in Residence at Company One Theatre, and a Boston-based cultural worker with a focus on producorial dramaturgy, new play development, and arts writing. Outside of producing, collaborating, and supporting new work in development, they are a freelance writer who has written for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), New England Theatre Geek, The Public Theater, and 3Views on Theater. As a cultural worker, their mission is to create intentional work that activates and bridges community action and dialogue at the intersections of identity, time and space, social change, and healing-centered engagement for artists and audiences. You can learn more about their work at itsafrikah.com.

Des Bennett they/them

Des Bennett is honored to be back at Company One Theater with their dear friend Sloth Levine! Their recent directing work includes: Dear Helena (The Front Portch); we and other queer goddexxes (Company One); True Colors Troupe (The Theater Offensive); Sunday Swings an Old-New Gospel (Huntington); Common Ground: Revisited (Ass. Dir., Huntington); My Body Is a A Season (SpeakEasy); and Scenes From Metamorphoses (Northeastern University). Des is currently the Queer (Re)Public Programs Manager at The Theater Offensive, and a co-leader of Gender Explosion, a coalition of trans* artists across the country empowering, advocating, and creating space for trans* artists in theater and the performing arts sector locally and nationally. Des holds a BA in Theater and a minor in Psychology from Northeastern University.

Liz Diamond they/them

Liz is delighted to be returning to work with Company One. They’ve recently been with Central Square Theatre ASMing on Rocky Horror and with Real Live Theatre as the PSM on Pussy Sludge. They have loved working with C1 on can i touch it? and Black Super Hero Magic Mama and are excited for this upcoming season!

Erin Lerch they/them

Erin is a Boston-based playwright and stage manager who can’t/won’t stop writing deeply queer sci-fi. They appeared on ArtsBoston’s July 2020 list of 10 Boston Playwrights You Should Know. Most recently, Erin produced their play Break, Break with Legion Theatre Project and Artists’ Theatre of Boston in September 2023. Erin’s play Shrike received its world premiere production with Fresh Ink Theatre in February 2022, directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden. Their first play, Crossing Flight, first in the Legion Cycle, received its premiere with TC Squared Theatre Company in January 2018. Erin is also the writer and co-producer of The Legion Tapes, a sci-fi podcast/audio drama series. As a stage manager and technician, Erin has worked with many Boston theatres including TC Squared, ART’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, Emerson College, Company One, Escena Latina Teatro, and more. They are excited to be back with Company One to help this spooky story come to life! Follow Erin on NPX or on their website at erinrlerch.com.

Becca Cottrell

Becca is excited to return to Company One on The Interrobangers as an Assistant Stage Manager! Recent credits include Production Manager for The Fortune Teller with Chuang Stage, Substitute Wardrobe Supervisor for POTUS with SpeakEasy Stage, and Special Effects Design for Break, Break with the Legion Theatre Project. Congratulations to this wonderful mystery gang‽

 

Danielle DeLaFuente she/her

Danielle DeLaFuente is thrilled to return to Company One as the Set Designer of The Interrobangers. Her recent design credits include The Sitayana (The Tank), The Boy Who Kissed the Sky (Company One), and While We Wait (The New School). Her recent associate design credits include The Covenant (Roundabout Theatre), Bulrusher (McCarter Theatre), and Proof (American Players Theatre). She would like to thank Company One and this wonderful team for this process!

E. Rosser she/her

E. Rosser is thrilled to be choosing the clothes, rather than supervising the clothes, for this one! Rosser has been behind the scenes for several Company One projects, including Greater Good, Hype Man, Black Superhero Magic Mama, can i touch it?, and The Boy Who Kissed the Sky. Rosser works magic as a freelance costume designer, puppet enthusiast, and general theater wizard in the Boston scene for such varied groups as Speakeasy, the A.R.T., the Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company, and Moonbox Productions. See more at erosser.com!

Narissa "Nars" Kelliher she/they

Phillis in Boston (Revolutionary Spaces); Old Jake’s Skirts and Next to Normal (Emerson Stage); Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Mercutio Troupe); sub (RareWorks Theatre Co.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Emshakes); Fefu and Her Friends (Full Fathom Productions). BFA Emerson College.

Anna Drummond they/them

Anna Drummond is a Boston-based sound designer specializing in live theatre and SFX curation for professional theatre companies and educational institutions. Credits Include: Front Porch Arts Collective – Chicken & Biscuits; The Huntington – K-I-S-S-I-N-G (Elliot Norton Award) and Dream Boston: 3 Miles; SpeakEasy Stage – BLKS and Pass Over; Company One (C1) – Leftovers, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, and can i touch it?; Fresh Ink Theatre – Shrike and Truth or Consequences; Trinity Repertory Company/Brown University – Eurydice, Prowess, soul tapes, and The Book of Lucy; Harvard University – Married or Made, Cells; Boston Conservatory at Berklee – Everybody, Machinal, and As You Like It; Northeastern University – Deferred, This Is Treatment, Problem Play, and Sisterhood of the Survivors; Emerson College – Paris. Anna holds a BA with Honors in Sound Design/Audio Post-Production from the Visual & Media Arts Department of Emerson College. Love to Dyl, Eleanor, Jeremy, and the Bad Luck Crew for everything, always.

Maria Servellon she/her

Maria Servellón is an award-winning filmmaker, multimedia artist, educator, and arts advocate from Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from UMass Boston, and her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Art from Emerson College. Her expertise lies in film and digital media, including projection, installation, photography, and design. Maria’s work explores the synesthetic relationships between art, music, and dance in shaping identity.

Maria’s work has been recognized through numerous screenings and exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, California, Oregon, the UK, and Mexico thus far. One of her most lauded works to date is the magic-realist short film, Hyphen (2018). In recent years, she was named one of 2018’s “Latinos 30 Under 30” by El Mundo Boston, a 2019 New England Film Star Award finalist, a 2020 Amplify Latinx “Latina Leader”, a 2020 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Young Leader” honoree, and has won grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Boston Mayor’s Office Of Arts & Culture, Boston Arts & Business Council, Boston Public Schools, Boston Dance Theater, Danza Orgánica, and Mass MoCA. Maria is a part-time faculty member at Emerson College and Northeastern University.

Amanda Gibson she/her

Amanda Gibson is an artist and craftsperson living and working in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Utilizing her illustrative skills, she has been working as a puppet maker and scenic builder in the world of theater. Not her first time working with Company One, she built the puppet for their past production of iWolf Play. Recently, she worked on White Snake Projects’ Monkey: A Kung Fu Puppet Parable and Harvard University’s The Poacher. She also worked on UConn’s award-winning show, Feel Your Best Self.
Storytelling has always been a driving force in Amanda’s work and a major reason for her study of illustration and later pursuit of the field of puppet building and puppetry. Outside of theater, she creates cosplays, draws portraiture, and enjoys gardening.

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is a multi-hyphenate artist with a new work focus, having ushered in over 30 world premieres in New England. Selected credits include: Props: Company One/A.R.T. (GREATER GOOD, VIETGONE), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING), Hub Theatre (WIT), Fresh Ink (SHRIKE, THAT TIME THE HOUSE BURNED DOWN), Legion Theatre Project (BREAK BREAK), Titanic Theatre, Sleeping Weazel, PF Pictures, and Brown Box among others. Writing: RESET, THE WHITE ROOM (Flat Earth Theatre), RAINING ALUMINUM (theatreKapow – Best Drama Finalist, NH Theatre Awards), ShotzBoston, StoryClub Boston, 1MPF, and others. Directing: Second Act Prod. (SISTER ANONYMOUS), Hub Theatre (ROBYN IS HAPPY), AKA Theatre (IN THE FOREST, SHE GREW FANGS), and shorts for Playbill Virtual Theatre Festival, Open Theatre Project, Boston Theatre Marathon, and 1MPF. In addition to stage managing all over, Kelly produced the raucous Irish backroom bar series Solas Nua, the heartwarming Grownup Storytime at Aeronaut Brewery, and founded Also Known As Theatre Theatre. www.kellyesmith.com `

Kevin Parker he/him

Kevin is glad to rejoin Company One Theatre for this production. He has worked with performing arts organizations across New England for the past decade, including production roles on projects with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, North Shore Music Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Gloucester Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, and many others. He has mentored aspiring theatre artists through performing arts education programs, including at Merrimack College, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Northeastern University, Concord Academy, and Melrose, Wakefield, Wilmington, and Burlington Public Schools. During the academic year, he teaches STEAM courses at Pingree School. BS Northeastern, M.Ed. Salem State, www.kdeaneparker.com

Ae Jee Booth they/them

Ae Jee Booth is ecstatic to be joining company one for the first time. They are a nonbinary, queer, Asian freelancer in audio and lighting for theatre and production. They are stand-in board operating for projections and sound for multiple shows. aejbooth.wixsite.com/aej-sound

Elijah Brown they/he

Elijah is so excited to be working with C1 on this amazing show! Elijah is a recent graduate of Emerson College with their BFA in Acting and has been working in wardrobe for about 5 years now. Credits include shows such as; A Beautiful Noise (Broadway in Boston), Anastasia (Broadway Tour), Hadestown (Broadway Tour), and Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker! Enjoy the show 🙂

Shira Helena Gitlin they/them

Shira Helena Gitlin is a trans nonbinary director, gender consultant, intimacy director, and musical theatre enthusiast. Shira most recently worked as the intimacy director for Legally Blonde at Moonbox Productions and The Rocky Horror Show at Central Square Theater. They have worked in various artistic capacities for Moonbox Productions, Central Square Theater, New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Flat Earth Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and more. As a gender consultant, Shira has held Transgender Inclusion workshops for theatres, universities, and organizations across the US and Canada. Shira is a member of the Gender Explosion Initiative, a graduate of the Arden Professional Apprentice Class 26, an alumni of Directors Lab North in Toronto, Canada and previously served as an Artistic Fellow at SpeakEasy Stage Company. They have a BA from Hampshire College in directing with an emphasis on musical theatre studies. For more information, please visit shirahelenagitlin.com.

Cagen Luse he/him

Cagen Luse is a Boston based visual artist and entrepreneur. He is the artist and author of two comic series, the 2021 Association of Alternative Newsmedia award-winning LunchTime ComiX and The Market. They have been published in local Alt-weeklies DIG Boston and the Boston Compass as well as various social media platforms. He also runs his own business, 950design, that produces hand-made items such as tee shirts, art prints, buttons, and note cards featuring his original artwork. Cagen is the co-founder of Comics in Color, a monthly meet-up event series, and the Boston Comics in Color Festival, an annual comic arts festival for enthusiasts, artists, and writers of comics by and about people of color.

Peter Duerst he/him

Peter is thrilled to be helping out as a Production Assistant on his first-ever Company One project! Peter has previously worked with the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble and Theater Arts department in a plethora of roles, including carpentry, technical directing, and video engineering. He also acted with Theatre@First and the Post Meridian Radio Players last year, and he’ll be acting in the Comedy of Errors with the Quannapowitt Players this March! He’d like to thank Company One, his partner Tal, and everyone who takes the time to read these bios (especially Robert). You can read more about what Peter’s up to at peter.duerst.me

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

^ Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

 

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

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OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION PHOTOS

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PRESS & BUZZ

February 14, 2024: Joyce Kulhawik, “SEE ‘THE INTERROBANGERS'”

A celebration of the magical, diverse human condition.

February 7, 2024: The Sleepless Critic, “REVIEW: Company One Theatre with The Theater Offensive explores the power of friendship and an absorbing mystery with ‘The Interrobangers'”

Set designer Danielle DeLaFuente with projections designer Maria Servellon has carved out Foggy Bluffs, an impressive and realistic fictional town with rolling fog, haunting landscapes, and lively and colorful hangouts.

January 31, 2024: The Berkeley Beacon, “Emerson alum M Sloth Levine’s ‘The Interrobangers’ explores queer survival through a culturally recognizable lens”

This show’s impact spans far beyond what is written in the script. The opening night audience was filled with queer and trans youth who watched as Levine’s relatable and inspiring work played out.

January 30, 2024: The Boston Globe, “In Company One’s ‘The Interrobangers,’ the truth is out there . . . in the woods”

The Interrobangers serves as a reminder that theater is a communal experience… it could even be seen as an act of protest.”

January 30, 2024: WBUR, “What are friends for? Plays at SpeakEasy and Company One have some answers”

“Terrific and delightful… an engaging coming-of-age and accepting-of-self play and production.

January 30, 2024: The New England Theatre Geek, “Maybe the real cryptids were the trauma bonds we made along the way: ‘The Interrobangers'”

“An effective, thoughtful art piece… The Interrobangers is a queer play for the queer community.

January 30, 2024: The B-Side, “The play that makes you go ?!?!?!”

“It’s silly, sweet, and serious all at once. It has all the camp of Scooby Doo injected with authentic conversations surrounding identity, friendship, and growing up. The set and special effects are particularly fun, too, including the giant dog puppet who I forgot was just a puppet at times.

January 25, 2024: WBUR, “5 things to do this weekend, including casual Friday at the BSO and Company One’s ‘The Interrobangers'”

There’s a mystery that needs solving in a place called Foggy Bluffs, and four “groovy” teens and a dog take it upon themselves to crack the case. One key difference between this new play and the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon is that this mystery tale has an introspective, queer, coming-of-age spin.”