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.


Produced by Co-Op Theatre East 
Written by Tyrus Holden
Devised by COTE ensemble members, Tyrus Holden, Ashley Marinaccio, Robert A.K. Gonyo, and Michael Rehse
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



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