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Written by Melinda Lopez
With Maurice Emmanuel Parent
Conceived with and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
A one-man performance based on actor Maurice Emmanuel Parent’s real-life adventures teaching in an urban public school system.
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G. Lee & Diana Humphrey
Production sponsored by Judith and James Barr
Maurice Emmanuel Parent sponsored by Ruth Rotundo Whitney
Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian sponsored by Ron Sudol
Public Education Consultant Neema Avashia sponsored by Susan H. Gassett & Rick Dennen
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SummaryA struggling actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, thinking "how hard could it be?" But as he careens from the Boston Public Schools by day to serious thespian at night, Mr. Parent starts to wonder where he really belongs. Based on the stories and real-life adventures of Lyric Stage favorite, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Mr. Parent is a deeply felt and hilarious solo performance about crushingly inequitable systems, the brilliance of every kid, and how we might all find the space to be ourselves.
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Press & ReviewsThe team that put ‘Mr. Parent’ in a class, by himself | Terry Byrne | The Boston Globe
"This is a very raw one-man performance, a raw reconciliation, actually, from Parent, who is absorbing the problems plaguing an urban school and its overlooked population."
“MR. PARENT is a world premiere now playing at The Lyric Stage and it is a MUST SEE–crucial viewing. But its Parent’s vulnerability, his rooting himself in the present moment, the truth telling onstage which distinguishes the best actors; that’s what gripped me here and must have gripped his students too.”
Lyric Stage Company’s heartfelt and semi-interactive ‘Mr. Parent’ a life-changing journey | The Sleepless Critic | Jeanne Denizard
"Within a colorful and empty classroom by Cristina Todesco, the aptly-named Mr. Parent manages to cover a great deal in its limited time frame from the state education system to struggling families to struggling teachers to desegregation during a pivotal time in Mr. Parent’s life approached with the kind of heart and humor that comes from experience. Inspirational, educational, and complex, Mr. Parent also begs a significant question that many people face every day: How do I pursue my passion while still making a decent living?"