2018-2019 Season

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Book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the novel by Manuel Puig
Directed & Choreographed by Rachel Bertone

“One of Broadway’s most thrilling musicals! The most intelligent musical of the season!” – New York Times

August 31 – October 7

Fantasy and reality become tangled in a dark web in this smash musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the songwriting team that penned Chicago and CabaretKiss of the Spider Woman revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies.  Cellmates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough Argentine revolutionary and Molina is an unapologetic homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina escapes from the terrifying reality of prison life by sharing his fantasies about a mysterious 1940s movie star who takes on the role of a Spider Woman who can kill with a kiss.

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by Jen Silverman, Directed by Spiro Veloudos

“Deeply satisfying” – Boston Globe
“Tugs at the heartstrings and tickles the funny bone.” – Louisville.com
October 19 – November 18

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.

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A play with music by Daniel Beaty, Directed by Maurice Emmanuel Parent

“A winning, inspirational story of a man who found his freedom in song.” – WBUR, the ARTery
November 30 – December 23

Before there was Marian Anderson, there was Roland Hayes – the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist.  Breath & Imagination is a play with music that chronicles the amazing journey of this pioneer from the plantation in Georgia to singing before kings and queens in Europe.   At the heart of the story is Roland’s loving, complex relationship with his mother – his Angel Mo’. Employing spirituals and classical music, Breath & Imagination is an inspirational exploration of one man’s determination to be an artist despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

A co-production with The Front Porch Arts Collective.

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by Sarah DeLappe, Directed by A. Nora Long

“The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play.”   – New York Times
January 11 – February 3

Left quad.  Right quad. Lunge.  A girls’ indoor soccer team warms up.  From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors.  As the author says, “I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings – as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people, athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who are trying actively to figure out who they are in this changing world around them.”  The Wolves was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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by Lillian Hellman, Directed by Scott Edmiston

“A brilliant, blistering indictment of a rapacious Southern family.” – Variety
February 15 – March 17

Lillian Hellman’s riveting drama captures the story of a Southern family whose selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love.  Three siblings – the manipulative, scheming Regina, the cruel and arrogant Oscar, and the possessive Benjamin – have decided to partner together to increase their already substantial, ill-gotten wealth.  There is only one problem: Regina’s terminally ill husband, Horace, is refusing to give them the $75,000 they need. And so begins a vicious circle of lying scheming, cruelty, and finally, murder. In the end, blood and money mix, with money coming out on top, leaving a broken family behind.


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by William Shakespeare, Directed by Paula Plum

“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it.”
– William Shakespeare
March 29 – April 28

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – 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!

A co-production with Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman, Directed by Spiro Veloudos

“Mr. Sondheim’s songs are complete miniature dramas, loaded and compressed to a profound intensity.”
– New York Times
May 10 – June 16

Commodore Matthew Perry’s 1853 mission to open trade relations with isolationist Japan through gunboat diplomacy forges an unlikely friendship between the samurai, Kayama, and the Americanized fisherman, Manjiro. The two of them – and all of Japanese society – must face the wave of Westernization that follows.  Spiro Veloudos puts a cap on his multi-year Sondheim Initiative with this startling, entertaining, and thrilling masterpiece.

This season the Lyric Stage collaborates with Actors’ Shakespeare Project and The Front Porch Arts Collective.

The Front Porch Arts Collective exists to advance racial equity in Boston through theater. We use our art to examine the interactions between race, culture, economics, ability, gender, and sexuality from a black and brown perspective. We seek to challenge biased narratives of black and brown people in America and increase representation on stage, backstage, in the audience, office, and boardroom. Our namesake signifies a communal gathering place – a communal spirit which inspires us to serve communities of color and the greater Boston area by producing art that is welcoming to all audiences and inspires a more tolerant and inclusive Boston. frontporcharts.org

Actors’ Shakespeare Project believes Shakespeare’s words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, we bring these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods. We do this through creative projects, including intimate productions and outreach programs that are informed by the spaces in which they happen. These projects inspire civic dialogue, build relationships between people, strengthen communities, and reveal something about what it means to be human here and now. actorsshakespeareproject.org