2020 – 2021 Productions

Each year, our department offers a variety of production projects, covering a wide spectrum of genres and styles. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our production program in Fall 2020 stretched the limits of what we understand as performance. We will continue this exploration in Spring 2021 and invite the Northeastern community to experience our outstanding students, faculty and professional guest artists.

DEFERRED: An Episodic Radio Play

NOW Streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcasts & Podbean

An auditory theatrical experience.

Inspired by Langston Hughes poem Harlem and Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, Deferred is an episodic radio play that follows the residents and staff of 20 Sahara Drive. A community rocked by a tragic loss and deadly virus leaving their lives and dreams changed forever. What happens when your dream is deferred? How do you move forward?

Episode 1: Going Up

Meet the residents and staff of 20 Sahara Drive, trying to rebuild their lives after immense change due to a deadly virus that wreaked havoc on the world.

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Episode 2: The Funeral

Maya gets some unsettling news and Kay confronts June about her behavior while Miles tries to comfort Adrian.

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Episode 3: Secrets, Secrets, Secrets

Christine’s funeral causes tension between Maya and Charlie while Michael reveals to June the real reason their marriage fell apart.

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Episode 4: Make Them Listen

Maya and Charlie get into a huge fight, while June, Michael and Kay begin to mend their broken relationships.

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Episode 5: 911

We find out how Adrian’s mother passed away, June and Michael reconcile their relationship and Kay makes a big decision about their career.

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Episode 6: The letter

Four years later.

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Created and Directed by Pascale Florestal

Written by Grace Campbell, Riley Cohen, Allegra D’Virgilio, Pascale Florestal, Kate Kelly,

                          Ames Noble, Rayan Perera, Adam Regenstreif, and Liddy Wade

Sound Design by Anna Drummond

Assistant Sound Designer – Grace McNamara

Podcast Manager – Hannah Marks

 

Characters Voiced by:

Hilary, Mom and Mrs. Kensington……………………………..Grace Campbell

Adrian…………………………………………………………………………………Riley Cohen

Cameron, Alex/Intercom, Claire………………………………Allegra D’Virgilio

Maya……………………………………………………………………………………..Kate Kelly

Kay…………………………………………………………………………………….Ames Noble

Charlie & Miles………………………………………………………………..Rayan Perera

Elevator Voice, Ronnie, Michael, 911 Operator, Radio Voice, &

Additional Narration…………………………………Adam Regenstreif

June……………………………………………………………………………………Liddy Wade

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SENSITIVE GUYS

Written by MJ Kaufman

Streaming March 3 – 7

A Live Streamed Digital Theatrical Experience.

Sensitive Guys is a comedy where two student-led support groups work to confront and eradicate toxic masculinity and sexual violence on a small liberal arts college campus. The Men’s Peer Education Group works to challenge the norms and perspectives around male privilege, and the Survivor Support Group provides a place where survivors of assault have a place to reach out and help take action. With this comes challenges within and outside the two groups as allegations surface and each is faced with the realities of gender identity and influences of power.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Director:  Sam Richert Boehm

Assistant Director:  Megan Warshofsky (’21)

Scenic & Lighting Designer:  Oliver Wason

Costume Designer:  Margaret Koerber

Sound Designer:  Aubrey Dube

 

CHARACTERS

Men’s Peer Education Group:

  • DANNY: Facilitator. Founder. Senior. White. Upper middle class. –double-cast with DIANA
  • TYLER: Co-Facilitator. Founder. Senior. Black. Middle class. -double-cast with TRACY
  • JORDAN: Senior. White. Hippy. Well-off. -double-cast with KATIE
  • PETE: Sophomore. Working class. Latino and/or Asian-American. –double-cast with AMY
  • WILL: New guy. Freshman. Working class. White. -double-cast with LESLIE

Survivor Support Group:

  • DIANA: President. Founder. Upper-middle-class.
  • TRACY: Co-President and founder. Working class.
  • KATIE: Vice President. Working class.
  • AMY: Secretary. Well-off.
  • LESLIE: New girl. Working class.

Adults:

  • Admissions Officer: understudy track LESLIE/WILL
  • Dean: understudy track AMY/PETE
  • Jones: understudy track KATIE/JORDAN

AS U LIKE IT

Written by William Shakespeare

Streaming April 6 – 11

AS YOU LIKE IT is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and most accessible comedies: a play about love, identity, and becoming your true self. The play addresses gender identity, gender expression, sexuality on a spectrum, and many aspects of human desire.

 

Creative Team

Director: Melinda Lopez

Scenic & Lighting Designer: Jeffrey Petersen

Costume Designer:  Chelsea Kerl

Sound Designer:  Aubrey Dube

 

Characters

Rosalind

Orlando

Celia

Oliver

Jacques

Adam/Phebe

Duke Frederick/Duke Senior

Charles/Silvius

Le Beau/Amiens/Corin/Hymen


COMPLETED PRODUCTIONS

DOWNTOWN CROSSING
by David Valdes

Streaming October 22 – 25

A digital world premier presented by Company One Theatre in partnership with Northeastern University and Boston Public Library and with support from the Center for Humanities at Tufts University.

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 C1 and the BPL — interviewed current and former undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients, immigrant rights advocates, community organizers, and family members of the undocumented from the Greater Boston area.

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.

Company One Theatre is producing Downtown Crossing to AMPLIFY:

● the experiences and bravery of those whose voices are silenced due to immigration status or fear of deportation
● Boston’s history and position as a border city
● actions we can take to combat xenophobia and the “rising costs” of naturalization
● organizations like Agencia Alpha, MIRA and RAICES who work to support and defend immigrant rights
● institutions like the Boston Public Library and all public libraries who provide access to all, no matter their status, race, class or creed
● the fight to guarantee the right to vote as a human right

Performance Schedule

Thursday, October 22 @ 7pm EDT (PRESS OPENING)
Friday, October 23 @ 7pm EDT
Saturday, October 24 @ 7pm EDT
Sunday, October 25 @ 2pm EDT

CAST

LUPE: Venuz Delmar
JACI (JACINTA): Graciela Femenia Tully
SAROM: Eiko Yamamoto
BOLADE (BO): Jean Philippe Darang ^
ADILSON: Thomas Vorsteg
DECLAN: Ben Harris ^
ELEANOR (YINGXIA): Christina R. Chan

PRODUCTION TEAM

Playwright: David Valdes
Director: Summer L. Williams
Dramaturg: Jessica Scout Malone
Development Dramaturg: Ilana M. Brownstein
Assistant Director: Tarik Jones^
Assistant Dramaturg: Anna Birnholz^
Virtual Visual Designer: Leanna Keyes
Costume Designer: Danielle Domingue Sumi
Sound Designer: Aubrey Dube
Design Assistant: Victoria Rojo^
Props Manager: Bianca Estensen-Tijerino^
Stage Manager: Emma Nafz^
Production Manager: Mads Massey

^Northeastern Student

 

 

SHE KILLS MONSTERS
by Qui Nguyen

Streaming October 27 – November 1

A digital completion of our anticipated Spring 2020 production.

Join the world of fantasy role-playing with Agnes, who is on a quest to understand her younger sister Tilly after her tragic death. When she finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, Agnes enters a weird and wondrous world that was a refuge from Tilly’s “normal” life. In this high-octane, battle-filled comedy laden with demons, dragons, homicidal cheerleaders, and 90s pop culture, Nguyen creates a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

“Deceptively breezy and rather ingenious… It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” – The New York Times

Directed by Darren Evans
Scenic Designer: JiYoung Han (Guest Artist)
Costume Designer: Marissa Wolf ’20
Lighting Designer: Connor O’Brien ’17
Sound Designer: Dewey Dellay (Guest Artist)
Monster Designer: Eric Propp (Guest Artist)
Animation Designers: Caroline Burzynski, Wendy Jia, & Emily Huang

Production Stage Manager:  Emily Cornicello
Assistant Stage Managers:  Julia Lee & Tim Scalzo
Props Director:  Ivy Caithlin Kee
Assistant Props Director:  Mollie Parkinson
Monster Artisans:  Isabelle Bushkov, Fabienne Dessalines, Alexis Hill, Carla McDonough, Jason Rosenthal, & Beth Whitlow
Head Electrician:  Elise Cooke
Electricians:  Meredith Brown & Lara Graber-Mitchell

CAST LIST

Agnes………………………………………………………Ashley Lyon
Tilly………………………………………….………………Bea Tolan
Chuck……………………………………….……………..Dan Lutz
Miles……………………………………….………………Jupiter Le
Kaliope/Kelly…………………………………………..Marisa Lijoi
Lilith/Lilly………………………………………………..Julia Barksdale
Orcus/Ronnie……………………………….………….Donovan Holt
Vera/The Beholder……………….………………….Pavithra Rajesh
Narrator/Farrah the Faerie……….…………….Isabelle Bushkov
Steve………………………………………………………..Ben Simon
Evil Tina/Tina…………………………………………..Arielle Greenspan
Evil Gabbi/Gabbi…………………….………………..Amanda Brea

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RULES OF PLAY:  COLLEGE EDITION

Written and Directed by:  Kate Franklin (’21)

Streaming November 16 -22

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Rules of Play is a comedic, Brechtian theatre piece (filmed due to COVID) that dramatizes Greek life and hookup culture on college campuses to illuminate the harms associated with these patriarchal systems and the part they play in the pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses.

 

Playwright/Director:  Kate Franklin

Production Stage Manager:  Elaine Mangelinkx

Lighting Designer:  Ciara McAloon

Sound Designer:  Ben Harris

Graphic Designer:  Sam Krot

Videographer/Editor:  Artie Ghosh

Videographer:  Alexis Mendelsohn

Editors:  Adam Regenstrief & Hannah Wong

Choreographer: Nora Gallo

 

CAST:

Player 1……………………….Elise Piliponis

Player 2……………………Devon Whitney

Player 3………………………Aidan Bradley

A……………….Erin Elizabeth Devereux

Stage Hand…………Elaine Mangelinkx

SCENES FROM METAMORPHOSES
based on the Myths of Ovid

Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman

Streaming November 16 – 29

An episodic digital imagining.

Love, identity, and divine intervention: Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation explores Ovid’s myths through a contemporary, feminist lens. This production will highlight the unique creative problem solving of digital performance, and aims to celebrate the identities of LGBTQIA+ artists.

Directed by Desiré Bennett (’20)
Lighting & Scenic Designer:  Oliver Wason (Faculty)
Costume Designer:    Frances McSherry (Faculty)
Sound Designer: Jesse Timm (Guest Artist)
Digital Experience Designer:  Matthew Hosking

Production Stage Manager: Erin Solomon
Props Director:  Miranda Acosta
Production Assistant:  Josephine Ojakli
Video Editing:  Julia Chase & Riley Cohen
Costume Assistant:  Rachel Erwin

CAST LIST:

1st Laundress, Narrator 1, Sailor, Lucina…………………………………………………………………………………….Alyse Clinton

Midas, Sailor, Erysichthon, Cinyras, Eros………………………………………………………………..Christian “Mish” Culbert

Alcyone, Eurydice, Erysichthon’s Mother, Nursemaid……………………………………………………………….Maddie Elsea

3rd Laundress, Narrator 3, Scientist, Hunger……………………………………………………………………………..Kaitlyn Fiery

Therapist, Poseidon, Oread, Sleep, Fate, Woman at the Door, Narrator 4………………..Ella “Pluto” Garfunkel

Midas’ Daughter, Sailor, Spirit of the Tree, Phaeton………………………………………..Catherine “KitCat” Giorgetti

2nd Laundress, Narrator 2, Narcissus………………………………………………………………………………………….Peri Griffiths

Woman at the Water, Ceres, Myrrha, A, Hermes………………………………………………………………….Sydney Maloney

Aphrodite, Fate, Baucis, Buyer……………………………………………………………………………………………Carla McDonough

Iris, Persephone, Q, Pomona, Narrator 5………………………………………………………………………………………Rory O’Neill

Servant, Ceyx/Morpheus, Orpheus, Apollo………………………………………………………………………………………Evan Penn

Bacchus, Hades, Sailor, Psyche, Philemon…………………………………………………………………………..Somaiya Rowland

Silenus, Sisyphean, Vertumnus, Zeus……………………………………………………………………………..Madi Vespa Williams

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