Event 11/27

23 Nov

Hello Blog Readers!

We’ve been in a quiet mode for a few months, but are about to be back with a vengeance.

We begin this new phase with an exciting event this Sunday, November 27 featuring local playwright (now on Broadway) Lydia R. Diamond in conversation with Tarell Alvin McCraney and Ilana Brownstein (Founding Dramaturg, Playwrights’ Commons).  Attend in person at the Wimberly Theatre, or online at #NewPlay TV and on twitter.

Here’s the complete event listing:

In celebration of Company One’s current production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays, we invite you to join us in person and online for a dynamic conversation between McCraney and Boston playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, currently on Broadway), moderated by dramaturg Ilana M. Brownstein. The event will feature questions from the audience, and will be simultaneously broadcast on #NewPlay TV, a web channel curated by The American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, (livestream.com/newplay).

Admission to the event is free and open to the public: Sunday November 27, 5:00pm in the Wimberly Theatre at Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion. Those who cannot attend in person are encouraged watch online and participate via twitter with the hashtags #NewPlay and #C1Bos.  The event is part of Company One’s new play outreach programming, and marks the first collaboration between Company One and #NewPlay TV.


5:00pm, Sunday, November 27
In the Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
– Online at livestream.com/newplay
– On twitter: #newplay / #C1Bos / @DturgsC1 / @company_one

Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s plays include Wig Out! (Sundance Theatre Lab, Vineyard Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre) and The Brother/Sister PlaysIn the Red and Brown Water(Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition; premiered at the Alliance Theatre), The Brothers Size (premiered at The Public Theater in association with the Foundry Theatre and in London at the Young Vic), and Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet (premiered in a coproduction by McCarter Theatre Center and The Public Theater). Other productions of The Brother/Sister Plays include those by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and The Studio Theatre, among others. McCraney is a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble, New Dramatists, and Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami. He is the international writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company; was nominated for London’s Olivier Award for The Brothers Size; and has received the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, a 2009 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Play, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Whiting Award, the first Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.

Lydia R. Diamond’s plays include: Stick Fly (currently on Broadway; ’10 Irne Award – Best Play, ’10 LA Critics Circle Awards, ’10 LA Garland Award – Playwriting, ’08 Susan S. Blackburn Finalist, ‘06 Black Theatre Alliance Award – Best Play), Voyeurs de Venus (’06 Joseph Jefferson Award – Best New Work, ‘06 BTAA – Best Writing), The Bluest Eye (’06 Black Arts Alliance Image Award – Best New Play, ‘08 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award), The Gift Horse (’05 Theadore Ward Prize, Kesselring Prize 2nd Place), Harriet JacobsStage Black, and Lizzie Stranton (2008 Boston University Playwriting Initiative Commision). Diamond was a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an 06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, 2009 NEA/Arena Stage New Play Development Grant Finalist, is a TCG Executive Board Member, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Pine Manor College, and a recent recipient of the Huntington Theatre’s 2011 Wimberly Award.

Ilana M. Brownstein is a dramaturg and director specializing in new play development. She is the Founding Dramaturg at Playwrights’ Commons, the Director of New Work at Company One, and a professor of dramatic literature and dramaturgy at Boston University’s School of Theatre. For seven years she was the Literary Manager and dramaturg at The Huntington Theatre Company, where she created the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program and the Breaking Ground Festival of New Play Readings; and ushered new plays to premiere at the Huntington, on Boston stages, and on Broadway. In 2008, she won the Elliott Hayes Award, an international prize given yearly by Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas for innovation and excellence in dramaturgy. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and a BA in Directing from The College of Wooster.

Company One, in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts, is mission-driven to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and the development of civically engaged artists. Founded in 1998, the organization has become a nationally known, award-winning company whose extensive education and outreach programs that have served over 10,000 students to date. Company One’s production history encompasses more than 45 plays, including the Boston premieres of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye adapted by Lydia R. Diamond; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Neighbors, J.T. Rogers’ The Overwhelming; Enrique Urueta’s Learn to be Latina; Annie Baker’s The Aliens; Pig Pen’s Mountain Song; and the upcoming productions of Aditi Kapil’s Love Person and Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Company One is the recipient of seven Elliot Norton Awards, three Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, was recently recognized with a National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theater Wing, and featured in a Theater Communications Group video titled “Stage Matters.”  The Boston Globe also called Company One “one of the city’s most important small companies” for its ability to convene diverse theatre-viewing audiences at the Boston Center for the Arts.

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