Field Work: Beyond Realism

By Company One Theatre (other events)

Saturday, July 23 2022 11:00 AM 1:00 PM EDT

Join us Saturday, July 23 from 11am-1pm ET for a free online experience led by C1 Director of New Work  Ilana M Brownstein with guest artist Lawrence E. Moten III, an award-winning scenic designer whose work includes C1's stage and film productions of HYPE MAN: a break beat play, Broadway's Chicken and Biscuits, and this summer's Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production of Much Ado About Nothing on the Boston Common.

Join us for a moderated conversation and attendee Q&A exploring how playwrights and designers can collaborate to bring new ideas to the stage, featuring one of our favorite past collaborators whose imaginative scenic work helped take Hype Man to new heights. This session is ideal for anyone who makes new plays, and may be especially interesting to playwrights and designers.

This edition of Field Work coincides with our opening of can i touch it? by Francisca Da Silveira, a new play that similarly explores breaking realism. Spend the morning on Zoom attending Field Work, then join us in-person for the 7:30pm opening night at Boston's historic Strand Theatre, with Pay What You Want tickets starting at $0.

RSVP required; this is a Pay-What-You-Want experience with $0 minimum. All proceeds support C1's mission to build community at the intersection of art and social change.

>> About the Guests 

Ilana M Brownstein (she/her) is the Director of New Work at C1, and a parent-artist specializing in new plays, social justice, and public advocacy. She is the Founding Dramaturg at Playwrights’ Commons. Previously, she created the Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Festival at The Huntington; led the dramatic literature and dramaturgy curriculum at Boston University for 10 years; and has served as a freelance dramaturg for new play festivals, including The O’Neill, New Harmony, and the Kennedy Center among others. Dramaturgy with C1 includes works by Kirsten Greenidge, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Young Jean Lee, Aditi Kapil, Natsu Onoda Power, Lauren Yee, Mia Chung, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Josh Wilder, Kristoffer Diaz, A. Rey Pamatmat, Qui Nguyen, and Idris Goodwin. She is the senior dramaturg for the C1 PlayLab program, which has provided script and professional development to 60+ playwrights over 11 seasons. She is a member of the 2019 NAS Creative Community Fellows Cohort, artEquity’s 2017 anti-racism facilitator cohort, and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Yale. Ilana has been a Kilroys nominator, served on the National Advisory Board for HowlRound, and is a two-time winner of the LMDA Elliott Hayes Award for excellence in dramaturgy.

Lawrence Moten (he/him) is a New York City based designer for plays, musicals, live events and installations.

His design work, often new plays and world premieres, has been seen in New York City at Circle in the Square, with Page 73 Productions, 59E59 Theaters, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and Houses on The Moon as well as The New School and Marymount Manhattan College. Regionally his work has been seen at Portland Center Stage, Round House, California Shakespeare Theater, American Conservatory Theater, The Old Globe, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Everyman Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, UCCS Theatreworks, Children’s Theatre Company, Company One, and the theatre departments at Dartmouth and Princeton University.

He has been the Resident Scenic Designer for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center where he works with Playwrights like Beth Henley, Cori Thomas, Benjamin Benne, Enid Graham, Charly Evon Simpson, Craig Lucas, George Brant, Anna Ziegler and others developing their new works from a design perspective.

Lawrence was raised in Seattle, WA and San Antonio, TX and gained an appreciation for design, art, and music at a young age. He pursued his passion for design, earning his BFA in Theatrical Production Arts: Design from Ithaca College. He lives in Brooklyn and freelances across the country.


>> About C1's Open Circuit Programs

C1's Open Circuit Programs are free, alternating monthly Saturday morning meetings open to all theatremakers dedicated to new work. Virtual Open-Write months feature guest writers who lead attendees through exercises and writing time. Field Work months feature a professional development topic relevant to building a career as a civic-minded theatre artist, with guest artists providing a teach-in on that theme, and time for attendees work on their own materials.

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