It’s June and that means it’s Pride here in Boston! With the annual Pride Parade this Saturday, we wanted to share with you the road closures and traffic advice so you can best plan your trip to the Lyric Stage.
From about noon until at least 4pm, much of Copley square and all of Clarendon Street will be closed to motor traffic. We strongly encourage Lyric Stage patrons to take the Green Line trains to Copley Square or the Orange Line Trains to Back Bay Station if possible.
It will likely be difficult to cross the parade route, so we encourage you to plan to arrive West of Clarendon Street.
Paula Plum is no stranger to the Lyric Stage! You may recognize her from the multiple productions she’s worked on, but here are some fun facts you may not have known about the director of Twelfth Night:
Paula has been working as an actor and director with the Lyric Stage since 1975.
The first show Paula acted in at the Lyric Stage was Dial M for Murder in 1975!
In 2004, Paula received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. She has also been awarded 2 other Elliot Norton Awards, 5 IRNE awards, and numerous other honors.
The first play Paula directed at the Lyric Stage was Baltimore Waltz in 1999.
Paula has acted in over a dozen shows at the Lyric, including Miss Witherspoon, The Heiress, and Death of a Salesman.
Paula recently played Sharon in the Lyric Stage’s production of The Roommate. She contributed many personal items to the show’s set!
Paula is married to Richard Snee, who plays Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
Learn More About Paula Plum
Paula Plum (Director) is a founding member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project and has worked as an actor and director with the Lyric Stage since 1975. She has been Artistic Director of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn since its inception in 2003, touring concerts throughout New England during the holiday season. She has directed in Paris, New York, and Boston and is the 2009 recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship. In the last year she has directed the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration for the Boston Pops and Reclaiming Lucretia for Boston Lyric Opera. Paula is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, five IRNE Awards, three Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Actress, and was the 2003 Distinguished Alumna of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. paulaplum.com
A Brief Synopsis of Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love, simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated during a shipwreck and are forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on Olivia, who falls for Viola but is idolized by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister… is it possible for this to all end well? Well, it IS a comedy!
Paula Plum and Adrianne Krstansky in The Roommate. Photo by Mark S. Howard.
Two of Boston’s best-loved actresses join forces for The Roommate, Jen Silverman’s quirky comedy about two middle-aged women who find themselves living together, trying new things, and reckoning with a demon or two. Paula Plum plays Sharon, a 54-year-old Iowa woman who has recently retired from her marriage and takes in a roommate in order to save a little money. Adrianne Krstansky plays Robyn, a gay vegan from the Bronx whose arrival awakens in Sharon something real and untapped.
Directed by Spiro Veloudos, The Roommate is an irresistible treat featuring two beloved actresses at the top of their games. The play loses a bit of steam in its last third when Sharon takes a special interest in Robyn’s past, but Plum’s evolution (or devolution, depending on how you look at it) from provincial Midwestern matron to a scheming, pot-selling hussy is profoundly entertaining. What’s more, it’s the best thing the Lyric has done in nearly two years.
THE ROOMMATE. THROUGH 11.18 AT THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON, 140 CLARENDON ST., BOSTON. LYRICSTAGE.COM
There are so many hidden jems in the set of The Roommate that give this cozy Iowan home its quirky Mid-Western charm. Check out some of the details that make the set come to life in the pictures below!
A brief guide to everything you might want to know about The Roommate.
by Sivan Amir & Alzi Kenney, Artistic Assistants
Approximate Run Time: 100 minutes
Playwright: Jen Silverman
Cast Size: 2
Lyric Actors You May Remember: Paula Plum (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Light Up the Sky, Death of a Salesman, 33 Variations, Three Tall Women), Adrianne Krstansky (Barbecue, November)
Director: Spiro Veloudos
Description: Sharon, middle-aged and recently divorced, needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets while sharing music, books, and an occasional toke, she discovers a deep-seated desire to transform her own life completely. It’s a subversive, absorbing comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.
The Playwright Says: “So I really wanted to write a play for badass women in their 50s. I sort of thought that, like, there is a kind of energy, a kind of concentration that happens when they are the two players on that stage and they have all that agency and all that power.”
“The hilarious yet poignant work featured Leigh Barrett as Madame Flo and the irreplaceable Will McGarrahan as the ivory tickler whose affectionate commingling of horror and admiration allowed us to see the Muse-murdering Jenkins as both ridiculous and somehow valorous.” – Souvenir
“Director Scott Edmiston presided over this pitch-perfect, period-perfect revival of Edward Albee’s 1962 marathon marital battle whose combatants are named for America’s original First Couple.” – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?