Raw Thought (previously titled Building A Real Boy) is a multimedia theatrical telling of the life, death, 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. Raw Thought has been created collaboratively by a team of performers, directors, writers, and designers.


Produced by Co-Op Theatre East 
Written by Tyrus Holden

Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
Devised by COTE ensemble members, Tyrus Holden, Ashley Marinaccio, Robert A.K. Gonyo, and Michael Rehse
Dramaturgy, Transcription Assistance and Additional Script Support Provided by Sophie Walker, Matthew Champagne, and Vinny Eden Ortega


Raw Thought was being developed in residency with students at Hunter College in New York City during the Spring, 2020 semester and has been postponed due to the coronavirus. This trailer features cast members Alex Aguirre, Carlos Garcia, Erin Jeffries, Cloyce Martin, Annabella Pritchard, Sophia Radix, Mayurakshi Sen and Jason Wang. 




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