What Will the Neighbors Say? is an investigative theatre company that provokes questions through untold stories.
Led by a collaborative cohort of international artists, the Neighbors present overlooked social, cultural and historical narratives that challenge the audience to reflect on the current moment. Through a combination of original plays, arts education workshops and dynamic community gatherings, the troupe incites rowdy and rigorous debate at the theatre and throughout the Neighborhood.
What Will the Neighbors Say? fights for a more empathetic world by presenting risky, provocative theatre.
We provoke conversations and facilitate greater understanding. Championing our community's capacity to explore ambiguous and nuanced themes, we create morally complex genre-bending work that challenges our audiences before, during and after a presentation. Armed with the understanding that meaningful conversations require varied perspectives, we build Neighborhoods across borders to facilitate new connections throughout our communities.
Founded in 2016, What Will the Neighbors Say? is helmed by Sam Hood Adrain, Ana Cristina Da Silva and James Clements.
Since its inception, the company has premiered 9 original plays in 6 cities in 4 countries on 2 continents, and co-presented a further 20 new works. Over the course of these projects, the Neighbors have created jobs for over 100 artists, writers and designers - 75% of them femme/GNB identifying and 50% of them BIPOC.
Through their robust community engagement department, the Neighbors have organized symposiums, staged bi-annual benefits for organizations ranging from Planned Parenthood to PERIOD and hosted free public events, including their flagship program, storytime, a night of storytelling and live music. The Neighbors are members of the Adjunct Faculty and the Company-in-Residence at CUNY Queens College, and are visiting faculty at the Wuhan Institute of Design & Science and Ohio State University, amongst others. They also provide free arts education for students K-12 through their What Will the Kids Say? initiative.
Photo by Pablo Calderón-Santiago
What Will the Neighbors Say? has received funding from a number of grantors including the National Endowment for the Arts, A.R.T./NY, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Off-Broadway Angels, Indie Theater Fund, Rhode Island Foundation, the Bel Geddes Fund, the Leon Levy Foundation and the Network of Ensemble Theatres.
The company has been curated for residencies with the Catskills Mountain Shakespeare Company, IRT Theatre's 3B Development Residency, MITU580's Gowanus Affordable Arts Initiative and BRIC's BRIClab Residency. The Neighbors have collaborated with partners including the Brooklyn Public Library, the Queens Public Library, El Puente Presente, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Pregones/P.R.T.T. and THE CITY newspaper.
The company has been featured in The Evening Times, Harper's Bazaar, International Business Times, The Herald, The Providence Journal, the Daily Mail, STV, BBC Radio, My Entertainment World, Motif Magazine, Theatre is Easy, London Television and was named BroadwayWorld's New England Pick of the Week.
The Neighbors have presented work at HERE, IRT, MITU580, Theatre for the New City, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY International Fringe, Manhattan Rep, the Hudson Guild Theatre, the Sheen Centre, WOW Cafe Theatre, Club Cumming, the RED Sandcastle (Toronto), the Stockwell Playhouse (London) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Photo by Pablo Calderón-Santiago.