Dramaturgy

As a dramaturg in production, I seek to build bridges between the playwright, production artists, audience, and community. I use research, real-life learning experiences, and complementary art to maximize and deepen the impact of the play.

Black Superhero Magic Mama

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By Inda Craig-Galván, at Company One Theatre

directed by Summer L. Williams
in partnership with the City of Boston’s Office of Arts & Culture

In all the books that Sabrina Jackson reads her son Tramarion, tragedy’s just an origin story, something to propel the heroes into wondrous new worlds. When tragedy strikes in her own life, Sabrina launches herself into a fantastical, technicolor universe where she gets to be the hero.

A high-flying adventure that refuses to be held down by the gravity at its core, Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama is a powerful refutation of the disproportionate expectations placed on Black mothers and their sons.

“Impressively daring, the play escapes into a comic-book universe to better come to grips with an overwhelming — and all too real — American horror.” — LA Times

Wolf Play

Photo: Andrew James Wang

by Hansol Jung, at Company One Theatre

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

directed by Summer L. Williams
in partnership with the Boston Public Library

Before COVID-19 put live theatre on pause in early 2020, Wolf Play made its Boston debut at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. During this rehearsal process, we brought in experts in boxing and puppetry to ground the actors' performances and the world of the play. Over the course of the production, lead dramaturg Ilana M. Brownstein and I curated material on the dramaturgy blog that explored topics that were crucial for the performers and production team to understand in crafting their work. 

Leading up to performances at BPL's Rabb Hall, Brownstein and I designed and assembled an interactive wall at the library which allowed audiences to respond to the play using curated materials. 

"Hansol Jung’s moving and inventively on-point play is directed by Summer L. Williams with her usual deft touch." — Boston Globe

Cardboard Piano

by Hansol Jung, at New Repertory Theatre

directed by Benny Sato Ambush

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During this process, I researched and uplifted the potent elements of Jung's play, which dealt heavily in the history of northern Uganda and white American Christian evangelicalism. The production team and I worked with a cultural consultant from the region in which the play was set to learn about a first-hand experience of Joseph Kony's regime and hear about how anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination impacts local culture. We also spent time together learning Ugandan music, which was used throughout the piece. 

Photo: Andrew Brilliant

"Tragic loss leads to hatred and grief, but time and maturation contribute to understanding and equanimity. There may be no happy ending, but growth and awareness signal some progress and a glimmer of hope." — Broadway World