Company One Theatre is back at Suffolk University after last year’s highly acclaimed production of The Flick. This year the Theatre Department is partnering with the innovative and provocative company to present Shockheaded Peter, currently on stage at the Modern Theatre until April 4. The production features current student Tom Martin and 2014 graduate Jake Athyal.
The show that Don Aucoin of the Boston Globe calls an “ingenious…frenzied musical excursion into the realm of childhood nightmare” is not for the faint of heart. Dressed in a Victorian SteamCRUNK aesthetic, the play is an adaptation of Der Struwwelpeter, Heinrich Hoffmann’s 1845 book for children. The musical mayhem of the band Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys and the brilliant ensemble of actors spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents that WBUR’s Ed Siegel calls “a celebration of great theatre… High energy, in-your-face entertainment of a special order.”
Suffolk senior and Theatre major Tom Martin is making his professional debut in Shockheaded Peter. “I knew that working on this play while a full-time student would be a huge undertaking that required stamina, dependability, and professionalism. It has been an amazing experience to learn from the other cast members and the director,” says Martin. “I’m extremely grateful to have had this experience on campus as a student.” Since graduating a year ago, Jake Athyal has been cast in several professional roles across Boston. His next role is with Bridge Repertory Theatre Company in Julius Caesar at the Calderwood Pavillion.
Tickets to Shockheaded Peter start at $25 ($15 for students) and are available through April. A post-show discussion on April 2 will feature Dr. Gary Fireman, Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department and an expert on sleep quality, nightmares, and child development.