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Company One Theatre in collaboration with the Boston Public Library presents peerless

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

A play by Jiehae Park, Directed by Steven Bogart

April 27 – May 27, 2017 | Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square | 85 min

Radically inclusive, totally affordable. All tickets for peerless are Pay-What-You-Want


Boston, MA — Company One Theatre (C1) and the Boston Public Library are thrilled to enter into a collaborative venture that brings a full-scale, all-ages, pay-what-you-want theatrical production of Jiehae Park’s Peerless to Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square—the first fully-staged theatrical run ever to be staged in the space. Performances begin Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and continue through May 28, 2017 in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

“To stage the first-ever live theatre run at the BPL is an honor,” says C1 Artistic Director Shawn LaCount. “And it marks what we hope will be an example to the rest of Boston’s artistic and cultural institutions of what we can achieve together as an intersectional community.”

“The City of Boston is proud to support Boston’s flourishing arts community through Company One Theatre’s production of Peerless at the Boston Public Library,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston. “The collaboration between the two organizations to bring Rabb Hall to life as a theater performance space is both innovative and exciting.  We look forward to this being one of the first of many performances there.”

“Today’s library spaces can be brought to life with innovative partnerships. In our first year post-renovation, this pilot program with Company One Theatre’s performances will undoubtedly bring new energy and dynamism to the Central Library for all to enjoy,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “It’s yet another way of making Shakespeare come to life.”

Company One Theatre and the Boston Public Library are dedicated to making art and information accessible to all. In this spirit, all tickets to PEERLESS are Pay-What-You-Want. By removing the financial barrier to attendance, we hope everyone who wishes to can engage with this work.  No minimum contribution is required to attend PEERLESS, though a $10 ticket donation goes to Company One and directly contributes to the future of financially accessible theater in Boston.   Thanks to our generous Lead Sponsors, Boston Public Library Foundation, and the Highland Street Foundation, as well as the Liberty Mutual Foundation, and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for helping us make boundary-breaking art accessible to all.


Twin high school seniors L and M are dead-set on attending not just an Ivy League school, but the Ivy League school. With their perfect SAT scores, perfect hair, and “perfect” minority status,  they think acceptance should be guaranteed. When a rival student emerges with a personal tragedy to make an admissions officer weep, however, the twins will do anything to knock out the competition. Does that include murder most foul? Mean Girls meets Macbeth in this dark comedy, which sets one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays against the backdrop of competitive college admissions.

Hailed by the Hartford Courant as a “bright, loud, colorful and caustic comedy,” PEERLESS dives headfirst into the contemporary war zone of college admissions—which, as any high school senior will tell you, is a no-holds-barred battleground. Exploring unbreakable familial bonds and casting a critical eye on the world of top-tier educational institutions (with a hearty dose of Shakespearean tragedy, of course), PEERLESS is “about anger and cruelty and danger and life and death. It’s also about coming-of-age and coming to grips with mortality.”



Thu, April 27 – 07:00 PM – PREVIEW

Fri,  April 28 – 10:00 AM – STUDENT MATINEE

Sat, April 29 – 02:00 PM – PREVIEW

Sat, April 29 – 07:00 PM – OPENING NIGHT

Sun, April 30 – 02:00 PM

Thu, May 4 – 07:00 PM  

Fri,  May 5 – 10:00 AM – STUDENT MATINEE

Sat, May 6 – 02:00 PM  

Sat, May 6 – 07:00 PM

Sun May 7 – 02:00 PM

Thu, May 11 – 07:00 PM  

Fri,  May 12 – 10:00 AM – STUDENT MATINEE

Sat, May 13 – 02:00 PM  

Sat, May 13 – 07:00 PM

Sun May 14 – 02:00 PM

Thu, May 18 – 07:00 PM  

Fri,  May 19 – 10:00 AM – STUDENT MATINEE

Sat, May 20 – 02:00 PM  

Sat, May 20 – 07:00 PM

Sun May 21 – 02:00 PM

Thu, May 25 – 07:00 PM  

Fri,  May 26 – 10:00 AM – STUDENT MATINEE

Sat, May 27 – 02:00 PM  

Sat, May 27 – 07:00 PM – CLOSING NIGHT

Radically inclusive, totally affordable. All tickets for peerless are Pay-What-You-Want.

$0 minimum, $10 suggested, $50 you’re a hero.

**Press Performance: Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 7pm (CLICK TO RSVP)


Jiehae Park, Playwright

Jiehae Park’s plays include peerless (Yale Rep premiere, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Marin Theatre Co, Barrington Stage, Company One, Moxie, First Floor) and Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival premiere, 2017).  She is one of the writers of Wondrous Strange (2016 Humana/ATL). Development:  Sundance Theatre-Makers, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, the Public’s EWG, I73, NYTW, Old Globe, Dramatists Guild Fellowship,  Ojai Conference, Playwrights Realm, BAPF, and the amazing Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Awards/recognitions: Leah Ryan, Princess Grace, Weissberger, ANPF Women’s Invitational (Grand Prize), two years of the Kilroys List. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, McCarter, Williamstown, Geffen, OSF. Residencies: MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect and 2016-17 Hodder Fellow at Princeton.  As a performer: La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Tiny Little Band, REDCAT, and most recently Sleep(Ripe Time/The Play Co) and Every Angel Is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks). BA, Amherst; MFA, UCSD.

Steven Bogart, Director

Steven Bogart is a playwright, stage director, teacher and visual artist. He also leads workshops in collaborative playwriting around the state of Massachusetts and has created over 50 devised theatre pieces. Bogart has directed for the American Repertory Theater (Cabaret, The Boston Abolitionist Project), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Ginger Lazarus’s BURNING, Dan Hunter’s LEGALLY DEAD), Company One Theatre (Shockheaded Peter), Liars & Believers (Lunar Labyrinth), Brandeis University (Cabaret), and Wheelock Family Theatre (Pinocchio). He has collaborated on projects with Robert Brustein, James Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Kate Snodgrass, and Amanda Palmer. He is a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow in playwriting, and was a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant recipient in playwriting. He has participated in the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, and The Freedom Art Theatre Retreat where he worked with other playwrights, designer and dramaturgs. He lives with his wife, Amory, in Maynard, Massachusetts.


Brenna Fitzgerald, Dirty Girl

Brenna Fitzgerald is thrilled to return to Company One. Recent local credits include Mika in LAB RATS with Brown Box Theatre, Rose in THE FLICK with Company One (Nominated Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress In A Small Company), and 44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS with Bad Habit Productions. Brenna holds a BA in theatre education from Emerson College and is an SAFD certified actor-combatant (unarmed combat). She would like to thank the entire company for their amazing work and her friends and family for their unwavering support.

James Wechsler, D

James Wechsler earned his B.F.A. degree in theatre performance at Salem State University. Recent credits include Cloten in Brown Box’s “Cymbeline”, Skylar/Dreaming Man in Gloucester Stage’s “The Flick”; Franz Kafka in Salem State’s original production, “Kafka in Tel Aviv”, for which he received a national Outstanding Performance award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; Prince Hal in SSU’s “Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2”; and Malcolm/second murder in Marblehead Little Theater’s “Macbeth”. James was also the winner of KCACTF’s Region 1 Irene Ryan Fellowship competition in 2014, and the Best Actor in a Ten Minute/One Act Play award the following year.

Khloe Alice Lin, L

Khloe is delighted to make her Company One debut in PEERLESS. Her recent Boston credits include DRIVE BUY (SLAMBoston/Open Theatre Project) and BEAR PATROL (Vaquero Playground). She was in the original cast of the Chinese premier of VAGINA MONOLOGUES, and has performed extensively in Beijing in her native tongue, Mandarin. She is grateful for the steadfast support of her family and friends, especially her husband Tyler, who always told her to follow her heart.

Kim Klasner, M

Kim is thrilled for the opportunity to make her Company One debut in PEERLESS. Her recent credits include MISS PENITENTIARY (Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company) and LANGUAGE OF ANGELS (Happy Medium Theatre). She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts- Amherst and currently works at a Boston based non-profit in Product Development. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support, especially the light and love of her life, B.

Kadahj Bennett, BF

Kadahj is delighted to be returning to the C1 stage. Recent credits include AN OCTOROON, DRY LAND, HOW WE GOT ON (Company One) as well as a feature role in THE HALLS web series (Beyond Measure Productions). A Posse Scholar and graduate of both Hamilton College & the Boston Arts Academy, Kadahj is currently a Teaching Artist in the Boston Area. When not acting, Kadahj serves as the writer/lyricist/vocalist for two bands, Dancelujah (Boston) & the Downbeat Keys (Brooklyn).

Designers: Emmett Buhmann, (Lighting Designer), JiYoung Han (Scenic Designer), Lee Scuna (Sound Designer), and Miranda Giurleo (Costume Designer)


Dubbed Boston’s Best Fringe Theatre by Boston magazine, Company One Theatre is Boston’s theatre for the people. Founded in 1999, Company One‘s mission is to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through socially provocative performance and the development of civically engaged artists. The award-winning company has been instrumental in bringing younger and more diverse audiences to see and participate in socially and politically relevant theatre.


Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit


All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. From September 2016 to June 2017, discover the Bard’s lasting legacy with two exhibitions at the Central Library in Copley Square and dozens of programs system wide connecting audiences to theater and the dramatic arts.

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Boston Public Library Restores Treasured Artwork Using Unprecedented Conservation Technique

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

desktop296Philosophy Panel Returns to the Grand Staircase at the Central Library in Copley Square

Artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ Philosophy panel, approximately 14’ x 7’ in size and 160 pounds, has been successfully restored and returned to its location on the walls of the grand staircase in the McKim building at the Central Library in Copley Square. This section of the Chavannes’ mural was conserved using an unprecedented innovative technique and returned to its alcove after months of careful restoration. The ambitious procedure has rarely been attempted on a marouflage canvas, as artwork adhered in this way is not expected to be removed once permanently affixed to its backing structure.

“Preserving Boston’s dynamic arts and culture will always be an important part of our city’s heritage,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Visitors at the Central Library can once again enjoy the Pierre Puvis de Chavannes mural in its entirety. I welcome all to visit the mural, and see a great work of art in Boston.”

French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is considered one of the preeminent European artists of the 19th century, and the Central Library contains his only mural installation outside of France. Philosophy is one of eight allegorical scenes – each depicting an academic discipline – that surround the Central Library’s grand staircase. Other panels in the cycle include Astronomy, History, Chemistry, Physics, Pastoral Poetry, Dramatic Poetry, and Epic Poetry. A ninth, broader panel flanks the entrance to Bates Hall and depicts “The Muses of Inspiration Welcoming the Spirit of Light.” (more…)

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Library Celebrate Central Library Renovation Opening Today

Posted on July 9th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Library celebrated the grand reopening of the Central Library Renovation today with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting. The grand reopening marks the completion of the second and final phase of the renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square, which has been managed by the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department. This second phase of work includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972. The Central Library Renovation puts the Boston Public Library on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library.

“The reopening of the Central Library’s Johnson building represents the investments we make in the future of all Boston residents, as our libraries are critical resources where residents gather to exchange and seek knowledge and information,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m grateful to all who contributed to the success of this project, and I look forward to Boston’s residents and visitors enjoying the library’s enhancements.”

Highlights of the second phase of the renovation include removal of the granite plinths that covered the Johnson building windows – reconnecting the building to the street; a revamped lecture hall for author talks and programming, a new innovation center, new Mac and Windows computers for the public computing area, a hi-tech community learning center, an enlarged Fiction section and new ways of book browsing, digital stacks to explore the BPL’s digitized collections, a state-of-the art Welcome Center, a digital imaging suite, and major landscape components along Boylston Street, including a civic table and new trees. The enterprise retail space at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets will feature The Newsfeed Café, opening mid-summer and operated by The Catered Affair, and a WGBH News satellite bureau and studio. Patrons will move seamlessly between the enterprise retail space and the Library. (more…)

Mayor Walsh Launches Adams Street Branch Library Project

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

Mayor Walsh’s Building a Better Boston Capital Plan Invests over $90 million in Library Projects throughout the City

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched the Adams Street Branch Library Project and highlighted capital investments planned at libraries across the Boston Public Library system, which total over $90 million in his FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan. A community celebration for the announcement was held at the Adams Street Branch in Dorchester, where the $12.6 million project will renew the branch library, reflect the Boston Public Library Compass principles and support the needs of the neighborhood.

“Investing in the Boston Public Library means investing in the futures of all Boston residents; our libraries are critical access points where we gather as one community to seek information and knowledge,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am committed to reinvigorating our locations throughout the city.”

The FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan continues to demonstrate Mayor Walsh’s strong commitment to revitalizing the Boston Public Library’s historic Central Library in Copley Square and its branches throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. Investing in Boston’s neighborhood branches helps ensure a vital and vibrant community. In today’s society, libraries serve as conduits for information, spaces in which citizens and neighbors meet and collaborate, and of course, as access points for reading and literacy. Among a range of services for life-long learning, the Library offers Boston’s youths a safe place to learn and access additional educational opportunities, and provide today’s citizens with resources for furthering skills and exploring new job opportunities. (more…)

Boston Public Library Celebrates Money Smart Week April 23-30

Posted on April 21st, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

moneysmartFree programs offered at Central Library in Copley Square, Codman Square Branch

Boston Public Library celebrates Money Smart Week April 23-30, a national initiative designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Adult programming at the Central Library in Copley Square is presented by the BPL’s Kirstein Business Library; please register for these by contacting 617.859.2142 or

“Basic financial literacy is an essential life skill that everyone needs, for everyday planning like managing your paycheck or a weekly budget, to decisions regarding buying a first home, starting a small business or planning for retirement,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “BPL is committed to providing resources that can make a difference in our users’ lives, helping everyone be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that come their way.” (more…)