For more about Hoops and to purchase tickets to the production, visit Company One’s website. When tickets for BPT’s reading of Hoops become available, details will be posted on this page.


Hoops, a Boston premiere by Eliana Pipes
Directed by Tonasia Jones
Adapted from The Hoops Project by Nicole Acosta

Hoop earrings are way more than just an accessory. They represent family, resilience, and self-expression. They represent the freedom to shine in a world that’s constantly trying to dim the lights. From Chicago to Oaxaca to right here in Boston, these earrings shout “I’m here, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Eliana Pipes brings 5,000 years of history to life with Hoops, a joyous celebration of Black, Latine, and Indigenous culture. Based on a series of intimate interviews, this vibrant and playful collage of self-adornment and heritage shows off just how much power a pair of hoops can hold.

BPT is partnering with Company One Theatre and The City of Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture on the upcoming Boston premiere of Playwriting alumna Eliana Pipes’ Hoops! (Local audiences will remember Eliana’s thesis play, LORENA: a Tabloid Epic, which played BPT in 2021.) In preparation for a summer production (July 12-August 10, 2024) at The Strand Theatre in Dorchester, BPT will host a developmental workshop—culminating in a public reading—of the play at our home on Commonwealth Avenue.

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ELIANA PIPES is a playwright and filmmaker based in her hometown of Los Angeles. Her plays include Bite Me (world premiere off-Broadway—WP Theater and Colt Coeur); Dream Hou$e (world premiere co-production—Alliance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and Baltimore Center Stage, published by Concord Samuel French); Hoops (world premiere commission—Milwaukee Chamber Theater). She holds commissions from Two River Theater and South Coast Repertory. Her work has been developed or presented at the New York Theatre Workshop Dartmouth Residency, Playwright’s Realm Scratchpad Series, South Coast Repertory Pacific Playwright’s Festival, NNPN National New Play Showcase, Old Globe Powers New Voices Festival, Fire This Time Festival, and Drama League DirectorFest. Her writing awards include the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, Alliance Kendeda Prize, Leah Ryan Prize, KCACTF Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award, National Latine Playwrights Award, and Dr. Floyd Gaffney Award. BA English Columbia University, MFA Playwriting Boston University.

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TONASIA JONES Company One Debut! Recent Theatrical Credits: Three Musketeers (Madam de Treville) with Greater Boston Stage Company, With Glittering Eyes (Coral) with Hibernian Hall, For Colored Girls… (Lady in Purple) with Praxis Stage, Finish Line (Lee Ann Yanni) with Boston Theater Company, Don’t Give Up The Ship (Martha) with Fresh Ink Theater Company, Full Term (Chrissy) with Artist’s Theatre of Boston, Mother Hicks (Alma and Ensemble), and Love Of The Nightingale (Niobe) with Emerson Stage. Staged Reading and Workshop credits: Untitled Play About Measurement (Nidia) and Common Ground (Ensemble) with Huntington Theatre, The Riot Play (Game Master) with ArtsEmerson, Diaspora (Sunny) with SpeakEasy Stage Company, The Cave (Yevi) with Huntington Theatre, The Last Catastrophist (Marina) with Company One, and Queen Of Sad Mischance (Kym) with New Repertory Theatre. She holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College.

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See the slideshow below of Eliana’s play LORENA: a Tabloid Epic, produced by BPT in 2021:

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Public reading: May 21, 2024, 7 p.m.

Venue:

Boston Playwrights' Theatre
949 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

This is a FREE event.