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“Downtown Crossing”

October 22, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Virtual Exploration of Undocumented Life in Boston
by David Valdes

directed by Summer L. Williams
dramaturgy by Jessica Scout Malone
in partnership with Northeastern University and Boston Public Library
with support from a Faculty Public Research Mini-Grant the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University

A Digital World Premiere
Streaming October 22-25, 2020

On Marathon Monday, seven undocumented Bostonians cross paths on the Orange Line. When their train is delayed due to police action at Downtown Crossing, they share their stories — both hopeful and heart wrenching — in intimate, intersecting monologues that spotlight what it’s like to build a life while holding your breath.

Downtown Crossing is the culmination of C1’s two-year Boston (un)Documented Project, during which C1 PlayLab alum David Valdes — supported by a partnership between Company One and the Boston Public Library — interviewed current and former undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients, immigrant rights advocates, community organizers, and family members of the undocumented from the Greater Boston area. With this fully realized virtual production — rehearsed and performed entirely via Zoom — C1 brings its long commitment to the pioneering of new theatrical forms to the digital space.

All tickets to Downtown Crossing are Pay-What-You-Want, with no minimum! 

“Makes you sit up and pay attention.” — Broadway World on David Valdes’ Last Catastrophist


October 22, 2020
October 25, 2020


Center for the Humanities at Tufts
Northeastern University
Boston Public Library