Building A Real Boy Co-Op Theatre East, The Dare Tactic & The Eagle Project

About This Show

Building a Real Boy is a multimedia theatrical telling of the life and work of computer activist Aaron Swartz who died tragically at the age of 26 while facing forty years in prison for downloading academic journals to share with the public. This show is devised from Aaron Swartz’s writing, blog and journal entries, interviews with colleagues and friends. Building a Real Boy has been created collaboratively by a team of performers, directors, writers and designers and sheds light on critical issues surrounding freedom of information, and internet privacy, in addition to the power of youth in fighting oppressive political systems.

about the artists

Co-Op Theatre East: Co-Op Theatre East believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. We provide an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. COTE produces theatre that deals with the questions of today, the situations we find ourselves immersed in as New Yorkers, Americans, and world citizens at this critical moment in time. We view the act of creating theatre as a political act and recognize the unique role that theatre has played in raising consciousness throughout history. The world is shaped by narrative. Stories unite, divide, enlighten and entertain. COTE produces theatre that explicates the world we live in. Learn more at

The Dare Tactic: Founded in 2014, The Dare Tactic is a New York based theatre company dedicated to producing new, innovative, original works by underrepresented voices. Under fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas, The DareTactic has produced 10 Mainstage productions at venues including: The ShapeShifter Lab, St. Paul’s Theatre, The White Horse Tavern, Melville Gallery, and more. The Dare Tactic has been nominated at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, appeared at Poetic License Festival, and collaborated with administration at Pace University. We dare our artists to cross boundaries, allowing the freedom for artistic exploration.

Eagle Project: Eagle Project is a New York-based performing arts company, fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts that behaves as an artistic laboratory. Through theater, music, dance, spoken word, and film, the Eagle Project dissects the American identity using the Native American experience, both past and present. Their programs include the development and staging of the works of Native American playwrights and educational outreach on Native American culture. Hatch is Eagle Project’s program of readings, staged readings, and workshops designed to help develop original theatrical material. From this program, Eagle Project has produced Wood Bones by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.; Broken Heart Land by Vicki Lynn Mooney; and Trail of Tears by Thomas J. Soto. Learn more at

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:30pm

General Admission

$15 in advance

$18 at the door



Estimated Runtime
80 minutes

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Produced by Co-Op Theatre East, The Dare Tactic and The Eagle Project

Written by Tyrus Holden

Devised by Co-Op Theatre East company members, Tyrus Holden, Ashley Marinaccio and Michael Rehse

Directed by Ashley Marinaccio

Associate Directed by Robert A.K. Gonyo

Assistant Directed by Vinny Eden Ortega

Performed by Nikita Chaudhry, Ashley Marinaccio*, Tyrus Holden and Michael Rehse

Media Design by Gil Sperling

Cover Art by Juan Osborne

Cover Photography by Jasen Appelbaum

Dramaturgy, Transcription Assistance and Additional Script Support Provided by Sophie Walker, Matthew Champagne and Vinny Eden Ortega

*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association