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by Melinda Lopez with Maurice Emmanuel Parent
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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2021/22 Season Sponsors
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


A 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.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE
°Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Press & Reviews

The team that put ‘Mr. Parent’ in a class, by himself | Terry Byrne | The Boston Globe
“The story reflects chapters in five years of my real life,” says Parent. “The hope is that everyone will recognize those good days, and other days when you are scared, functioning, but not happy.”
Open enrollment at Lyric Stage | Celina Colby | The Bay State Banner
"All of our choices as residents of this state, we are all part of the education system of our young people,” says Parent. “It’s super important that we know how our system is working."

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ST Wed Mat $55 $60 $40 $45
ST Weeknight $70 $75 $50 $55
ST Weekend $75 $80 $55 $60
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Play C Musical C Play S Musical S
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ST Weeknight $56 $60 $40 $44
ST Weekend $60 $64 $44 $48


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