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This Place/Displaced

What is distinctive about this production is that it is truly rooted in our community. (Not an outing for one of the regional theater industry’s ‘flavor of the month’ scripts.)

Bill Marx, The Arts Fuse

ATB will begin our season embarking on a year-long volunteer project, combining the shared missions of several incredible organizations as we work together to normalize conversations about sexual assault and healthy and unhealthy relationships through education and action-oriented projects for people of all ages. Participants will create short videos imagining what healthy conversation and practice about difficult topics actually can look like, tackling themes ranging from sexual assault to getting consent to getting rejected. We will kick off our season creating 10 videos geared towards adults, and spend the year working with a group of youth to create a dozen more videos geared at teenagers, with screenings of both video series to follow in the winter and spring!

We are honored to work with The Uncomfortable Conversation, One Love, and Company One Theatre’s Stage One program on this exciting project.

See below to learn how YOU can get involved!

The Project

This Place/Displaced is a new documentary-esque theatre project giving voice to stories of displacement, gentrification, and housing inequity in Boston. In June, we paired 8 local playwrights with community members from various Boston neighborhoods. The goal: to start a dialogue about space and place that would culminate in the creation of a new theatrical event. Woven together artfully by original compositions from Max Kennedy, This Place/Displaced opens the doors to discussion as our characters invite us into their hearts and homes. Please join us for an evening of theatre/activism to engage with our community like never before.

Playwrights

Stephanie K Brownell is a multidisciplinary artist holding an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. She publishes in fiction, poetry, and drama and teaches writing at Bentley University and GrubStreet Writing Center. http://skbrownell.com/
Kirsten Greenidge is an Obie-winning playwright, Assistant Professor of Theater at Boston University’s Center for Fine Art, and resident playwright at New Dramatists. Her work shines a strong light on the intersection of race and class in America.
MJ Halberstadt is a playwright, educator, and Antarctica enthusiast based just outside Boston. He is an Adjunct Professor of Writing for Film & TV at Emerson College, Playmaker Emeritus of Bridge Repertory Theater, and Dramatists Guild member.
Manuel Aqulies Lopez Torres holds a dual degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) and Theater. MORIR SOÑANDO (DIE DREAMING) was part of The Next Stage Festival of New Work.
Jaymes Sanchez is a Texan playwright, actor, director, and educator who lives and works in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Jaymes’s work portrays the complex, poetic, and underrepresented lives of people of color and the urban working class.
David Valdes Greenwood is the award-winning author of plays staged across the US and abroad. The son of a Cuban refugee, he is doing research for a project on narratives of the undocumented experience in Boston.
Livian Yeh is a playwright and translator based in Boston, MA. Livian is a fellow at Company One Theatre’s PlayLab. She was born in the U.S. and raised in Taiwan. She studied Dramatic Writing at NYU and playwriting at Boston University.

Community Partners

Janet Herrera
EGLESTON SQUARE
Ronel JF Remy
Brockton
Lisa Bridges
DORCHESTER
Romaine Cummings
WEST CODMAN HILL / WEST LOWER MILLS
Yvonne Ellen Christian
JAMAICA PLAIN
Sheri Bridgeman
MATTAPAN
Julia Tripp
ROXBURY

Remount Cast

Inés de la Cruz is a Boston based actor. She has performed in various productions with TC Squared Theatre Company, is a member of the Boston Straeon Acting Studio, and is a Board Member and actor for the Spanish language theater troupe Escena Latina Teatro. She has been featured in various student films, as well as ESL and Spanish language educational videos. You can catch Inés as Catalina De La Cruz in seasons one and two of the comedic web series “The Pineapple Diaries” on YouTube.


Oye Ehikhamhen is excited to be a part of the This Place / Displaced cast. She recently returned from a year working abroad in Shanghai, where she had the opportunity to explore the richness of Chinese culture, as well as work on productions such as The Motherf*cker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Victoria). She graduated from Brandeis University, where she studied Business and Health: Science, Society and Policy. During her time there, she acted in Fires In The Mirror (Ntozake Shange), Angels in America (Belize/Angel), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Lady in Red), Alice In Wonderland (Queen of Hearts), and directed Ruined by Lynn Nottage. She is thrilled to return to the US and dive into social justice theater, like This Place / Displaced.


Keith Nolen is a native of Boston, dancer, actor, former preschool & middle school teacher, and now public health warrior. Keith graduated from Denison University, a small private liberal arts school in Granville, Ohio. Currently, Keith works as a medical case manager for individuals who are chronically homeless and living with HIV, and hopes to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner one day to offer individualized therapy specifically to disenfranchised communities of color.

Keith is involved in a variety of different activities ranging from being a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, INC to serving as the chair in a committee that prioritizes and evaluates the services available for for people living with HIV by way of the Ryan White Planning Council. Keith’s latest role was in a play called Uncommon Ties written by Liz James, a theatre resident and award recipent of “The Theatre Offensive” Outhood festival in 2017. Keith also performed with Artists’ Theater of Boston in 2014 as”Ray” and “Bob” in Trojan Women: A Love Story, by Charles Mee. Some of Keith’s earlier work includes Bobrauschenbergamerica also by Charles Mee, The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and more Shakespeare plays than he can count, such as Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Keith jumped at the opportunity to perform again with ATB! Besides helping others, nothing makes Keith happier than being on stage and dawning a new life on stage.


Maurice Palmer is a Boston based actor from Las Vegas, they are dedicated to using performance as a medium for civic engagement, and as a means to provide representation to culturally diverse communities. Recent credits include: My Children! My Africa (Thami Mbikwana); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine); and As You Like It (Amiens). Maurice holds a BA in Theatre with a concentration in Stage and Screen acting from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.


Ariana Teixeira is honored to be part of the remount production of This Place/Displaced. She is a graduate of Malden High’s class of 2018 and during the course of her three years at the high school, she was part of the schools own Play Production class where she took part in many of the plays and musicals and even self-scripted plays. Her roles included playing the lead female character, Ti Moune in Once on this Island, self made characters such as Emma in the class’s own original play Hoboken, NJ and Lisa in another class original, Umbrella: an Exhibition. Both characters earned a Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild award during the drama festival season along with her role as Ti Moune earning a MET musical award for lead actress. She’s also participated in the Shakespeare Monologue competition as state finalist as Lady Anne along with tackling more shakespeare during summer of 2017 where she took part in the Young Company of the Actors Shakespeare Project playing the role of Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. Ariana is also talented singer who for four years was part of the Malden High Choral Arts Society. She is thrilled to be part of a show that speaks volume on societal issues and hope to educate others on real life problems.


Kadahj Bennett is psyched to join in on such a timely piece of Boston Theatre. Recent credits include WITH LITTERING EYES (Hibernian Hall) HYPEMAN, PEERLESS, THE T PARTY, AN OCTOROON, DRY LAND, HOW WE GOT ON (Company One), AKEELAH AND THE BEE (Wheelock Family Theatre) and a feature in THE HALLS web series (Beyond Measure Productions). Bennett also has musical director credits with Company One and the Front Porch Arts Collective. Hamilton College & the Boston Arts Academy grad; Kadahj is a Teaching Artist in the Boston Area. Bennett serves as the writer/lyricist/vocalist for Dancelujah (hiphop/fusion). Luminary Artist for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Kimberly MacCormack is excited to be back collaborating with ATB after their workshop reading of Chop! at Dorchester Art Project this past July. Recent credits include: The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (ACME Theater), Hardly Soft (MFA Late Nights), Top Girls (Ghost Light Players), How the Other Half Loves (Hovey), The Secret Button (Playwrights’ Platform), (We Are) The Antarcticans! (Flat Earth Theatre.) Upcoming: Tanya in Chop by Stephanie Brownell as part of the ‘She Said’ Festival at the BCA on 3/23. Graduate of Emerson College, B.A. Theater Studies.

Original Cast

Jasmine Brooks is thrilled to make her debut with Artists’ Theater of Boston. Jasmine is a graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts. Her favorite credits include INTIMATE APPAREL (Boston University), BALTIMORE (Boston University), DIASPORA! (reading, SpeakEasy Stage). In addition to being an actor, Jasmine is a director and directed FINAL FLIGHT for her senior thesis at BU. She has also worked at Company One Theatre as their College Coordinator. Jasmine is excited to be apart of this project and work on important new work! Visit her website at 


Dominic Carter is super excited to make his Artists’ Theater of Boston debut in “This Place/Displaced.” It’s been a great pleasure for him to  join a wonderful cast and production team. He is a local actor in the Boston area and his love for acting has always burned strongly in his heart. Favorite roles include Paris and Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet and Artemidorus in Julius Caesar, as well as many other productions in the greater Boston area. Dominic is very grateful for the opportunity that has presented itself and will never give up on following his dreams!


Inés de la Cruz is a Boston based actor. She has performed in various productions with TC Squared Theatre Company, is a member of the Boston Straeon Acting Studio, and is a Board Member and actor for the Spanish language theater troupe Escena Latina Teatro. She has been featured in various student films, as well as ESL and Spanish language educational videos. You can catch Inés as Catalina De La Cruz in seasons one and two of the comedic web series “The Pineapple Diaries” on Youtube.


Blair Nodelman is thrilled to make her ATB debut! Previous credits include Sleeping Weasel: Picture This (Self); TC Squared Theatre Company: Crossing Flight (Laoine); FUSION Theatre Company: The Harsh (Hannah) and Humble Boy (Rosie Bye); Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Measure for Measure (Pompey); Tufts University: Clytemnestreia (Clytemnestreia/Dionysus), The King Stag (Leander), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Kayleen), Macbeth (Witch), and Eleemosynary (Echo). She is a recent graduate of Tufts University and will be heading to Emerson College this fall for her MA in Political Communication. She is currently the Marketing Fellow at ArtsEmerson and Marketing Coordinator at Fresh Ink Theatre. Much love to her friends and family for all their support!


Adrian Peguero is excited to be joining Artists’ Theatre of Boston and this ensemble for such a relevant labor of love. Adrian studied at Salem State University earning his BFA in Theatre Performance. Past credits include: Othello (New Rep Classic Repertory Company), To Kill a Mockingbird (New Rep Classic Repertory Company), and Clybourne Park (Salem State University).


Trinidad Ramkissoon is excited to be making his debut with Artists Theatre of Boston in their production of This Place/Displaced. He floated through the doors of Central Sq Theater (CST) at the tender age of 13. The journey that began at CST propelled Trinidad to Boston and beyond— including Broadway where he represented the area as a finalist in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Locally, he was last seen in Company One’s production of Wig Out. In addition to acting, you will find him collaborating with The Huntington Theatre Company, Company One, and ArtsEmerson as a Teaching Artist serving Boston Public School students. Shoutout to all my babies!!!!


Tenneh Sillah is a Boston-based actress and photographer. She became a part of the Boston theater community about one year ago. Before coming to Boston, Tenneh studied acting at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where she had the opportunity to play roles such as Brighella in Servant of Two Masters, Sam in 1918 and Ursula in Much Udo About Nothing. Tenneh is also a playwright who has had two of her short plays–Who Would You Like to Speak To and The Outlines They Live–premiere at the Abingdon Theater and The Barrow Group. When she is not acting or working Tenneh spends her time photographing and editing photos. She is extremely excited to be a part of This Place/Displaced and the powerful story this production has to tell.

Remount Production Team

  • Joshua Glenn-Kayden – Director
  • Jacob Watson – Associate Director
  • Kelsey Brown – Production Stage Manager
  • Kaleigh Ryan – Assistant Stage Manager, Props Master
  • Steven Rosario – Production Assistant
  • Brian Mukasa – Production Assistant
  • Max Kennedy – Composer & Sound Designer
  • Ben Lieberson – Set and Lighting Designer
  • Stephanie K Brownell – Costume Designer
  • Grace Trapnell – Graphic Designer & Sound Designer
  • Anneke Reich – Producer
  • Maurice Palmer – Associate Producer
  • Tom King – Zine Author, Connectivity

Production Team – August 2018

  • Joshua Glenn-Kayden – Director
  • Dev Blair – Dramaturg & Movement Director
  • Emily Bahm – Production Stage Manager
  • Katie McGoff – Stage Manager
  • Kaleigh Ryan – Assistant Stage Manager, Props Master
  • Max Kennedy – Composer & Sound Designer
  • Ben Lieberson – Set and Lighting Designer
  • Alex Jacobs – Fight Choreographer
  • Stephanie K. Brownell – Costume Designer
  • Grace Trapnell – Graphic Designer & Sound Designer
  • Anneke Reich – Producer
  • Maurice Palmer – Associate Producer
  • Julia Davidovitz – Connectivity
  • Tom King – Zine Author, Connectivity

Special Thanks

Charlestown Working TheatreHabitat for Humanity ReStore

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