Thursday, August 5, 2010

GRIMM Youtube Trailer

Have you seen our trailer on youtube? There's a discount code for GRIMM at the end!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Opening Party Pics

Have you seen the photos from our opening party for GRIMM?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

GRIMM is up and going!

And we've had some really great feedback!

"Once upon a time, there was a little theater company that wanted to stage something ambitious for its summer show..."
Boston Globe

"Company One’s lively new stage adaptation of some of the tales by the Brothers Grimm, are as different as the battery of seven Boston-area playwrights who mobilized their talents for this ambitious undertaking: Gregory Maguire, Lydia R. Diamond, Kirsten Greenidge, Melinda Lopez, Marcus Gardley, John Kuntz, and John ADEkoje."
Boston Globe

An interview with playwright, Gregory Maguire
Boston Herald

"Despite the title, most of the remixed and re-imagined fairy-tales of Company One’s latest production, Grimm, are clever and comedic."
Boston Lowbrow

Another interview with GRIMM playwright, Gregory Maguire
Edge Boston

"do our early dreams and desires ever completely let us go?"
Edge Boston

And even the famous fairytale site, SurLaLune, likes us!

We hope you like the show as much as the critics! Subscribe and be one of the first to see our youtube video!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Interview with castmember Yurie Collins

What is the first fairytale you remember reading? Why?
Rapunzel. My dad used to tell it to me before I went to bed. He used to read me a bunch of stories, but Rapunzel was always my favorite.

What do you remember most about that story?
When I hear the story now, like many fairy tales, I realize how morbid and quite disturbing the plot line is. But I wonder if I noticed any of that when I heard the story at such a young age. And now I'm wondering if parents expose their kids to these stories on purpose.

How do you connect to the stories of GRIMM?
I feel like the original Grimm fairy tales have found a way to cling onto everyone's minds, especially if you grew up reading them or hearing your parents tell them to you. I'm pretty sure I'm the same way. That's one way how Company One's re-written GRIMM stories can play tricks on you. You're so used to the plot line, until the highlighted and emphasized details make you realize "Woh. That was written for kids?"

What's the most potent lesson in a fairtytale for you?
Don't wait around for some traveling prince.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

All things Beyonce

Something you might all enjoy: Beyonce's Single Ladies video.

We're not going to tell you how this relates to GRIMM... yet. But for now, watch and enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Interview with playwright, Kirsten Greenidge

Kristin Greenidge, author of Thanksgiving (part of Company One's GRIMM)

What is the first fairytale you remember reading?
We had a very old copy of this version of sleeping beauty. The illustrations were all in silhouette. I loved it. It is probably why I became especially drawn to and enamored by the artist Kara Walker's work.

I also remember a version of Cinderella that our school librarian read to us in first grade. I loved it so much, and was fascinated how it was so different from the animated version.

What do you remember most about that story?
I remember the idea of her getting her finger pricked and how it seemed beauty and youth were these peculiar conditions that had such profound effects. Which is powerful when you are young because you think, that is what I could grow up to be. As I grew up into my more feminist self, this made me angry, but I think that is what I really recognized in this story: beauty and youth and position are powerful things.

If you could be any fairytale character, who would it be? Why?
Cinderella. What a wonderfully karmic existence. And she has small feet, which I seriously envy.

Interview with castmember, Becca Lewis

What is the first fairytale you remember reading?
The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I think mostly because the women were so independent. They had such a saucy secret and that made them powerful.

What do you remember most about that story?
The version that I made my mother read to me every single night for 7 years differs from the Grimm's version in that instead of the old soldier choosing the eldest sister for his bride after he discovers their secret, he tells the king that he is an old man and nothing would make him more happy than to see each princess marry their prince. The king then says, "Your wish is granted, but surely you would like something for yourself." The soldier then thinks back to the pig he caught and returned to the old lady (the witch who gave him the invisibility cloak so that he could solve the princess's shoe mystery) and says, "Well, Your Majesty, I've always liked pigs. I think I'd like a few pigs and a piece of land to raise them on and live out the rest of my days in peace." Pigs! I loved that part because you totally forget about the pig in the beginning of the story and then it comes back in at the end. Pigs. That's just great.

If you could be any fairytale character, who would it be? Why?
I think I would really love to play an evil villain, a wicked witch or sorceress. I think it would be incredibly challenging to discover what it is that makes someone truly wicked in their soul. That being said, I'm loving playing a dwarf in GRIMM. Oh, and Grimm's gooses are always fun. They sing songs and come up with the weirdest plot twists. "Now see, what you need here is to take this goat liver and wear it as a hat, princess." Oh, to be a talking, magical goose!

What's the most potent lesson in a fairytale for you?
Be true to yourself? It seems like so often fairytale women (mostly) are lead astray because they are taking the advice of people (or animals) who do not have their best interests at heart. This could be interpreted as "Don't trust anyone" as well, but I don't think that captures everything either. Do research. A talking goose is not always who they appear to be. If someone offers you a basket of jewelry, someone is probably missing a basket of jewelry somewhere. Don't be so naive. Everyone is inherently selfish. Take a self-defense class. Just because you're pretty doesn't mean you have to be stupid. Often times, reading a fairytale is like watching the first girl about to get killed in a horror movie. You want to scream, "What the hell are you doing?! Don't go in there!"