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Company One Theatre in residence at Strand Theatre

July 17, 2018

Arts and Culture

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Company One Theatre will premiere Leftovers, a new play written by Josh Wilder and directed by Summer L. Williams, from July 21 - August 18, 2018.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture today announced Company One Theatre is in residence at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester this summer. Company One Theatre will premiere Leftovers, a new play written by Josh Wilder and directed by Summer L. Williams, from July 21 - August 18, 2018.

“The City of Boston is thrilled to have Company One Theatre take up residence at this iconic theater in Upham’s Corner,” said Mayor Walsh. “I look forward to seeing how their performance resonates with the local community, and brings new life to the Strand as it approaches its centennial.”

The Strand Theatre recently completed a $3.4 million renovation project included in Mayor Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 Capital Plan, consisting of safety renovations including an elevator, accessibility upgrades and fire prevention. The theater is celebrating its centennial on November 11, 2018. This is the first theater residency at the Strand since Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s residency in 2013.

“The timing couldn’t be better for a production like this, as we continue to work towards establishing Upham’s Corner as an Arts and Innovation District, and continue to think about ways we can elevate the Strand Theatre to its fullest potential,” said Kara Elliott-Ortega, interim Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. 

Leftovers tells the story of Jalil and Kwamaine, two brothers living in poverty who just want their family to be “Cosby Show Happy.” When an enormous dandelion sprouts in front of their South Philly home and wishes start falling from the sky, they seize the possibility of no longer feeling like the city's leftovers and begin to dream their way out of the cycle of poverty that has governed their lives.

Company One Theatre has created award-winning, thought-provoking theatre in Boston for nearly 20 years.

"We are delighted to produce the world premiere of Leftovers at the historic Strand Theater in collaboration with the city of Boston," said artistic director Shawn LaCount. "We are grateful to Mayor Walsh and his team for their dedication to dynamic performance and diverse voices. Thanks to the support of the City of Boston, the Krupp Family Foundation, and The Boston Foundation, this summer's five week run of Leftovers will be an entirely Pay-What-You-Wish production, ensuring that ticket price will be no barrier to seeing this great work!"

All tickets for Leftovers are Pay-What-You-Wish, and tickets can be purchased online.