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SOUVENIR: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Lyric Stage Company

by Stephen Temperley
Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Music direction by Will McGarrahan

Spiro Veloudos is thrilled to be able to remount one of his favorite productions in celebration of his 20 years as Producing Artistic Director.  Souvenir is an affectionate portrait of Florence Foster Jenkins, one of the finest coloratura sopranos in history -- but, alas, only in her own mind! Despite being called "majestically awful," her concerts in the 1930s and '40s, including a legendary appearance at Carnegie Hall, were not only sold-out but were attended by the crème de la crème of Manhattan society. Told affectionately through the eyes of her longtime accompanist Cosme McMoon, Souvenir is the sweet, inspiring, hilarious portrait of a passionate music lover who believed that "what matters most is the music you hear in your head."   Featuring Leigh Barrett & Will McGarrahan recreating their acclaimed performances.

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Family Performing Arts Center at Bridgewater State University

Directed and choreographed by Larry Sousa

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

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ANNA CHRISTIE
Lyric Stage Company

by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Scott Edmiston

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, O'Neill's classic is a surprisingly contemporary play that crackles with fierce physicality, humor, and drama. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain (Lyric Stage favorite Johnny Lee Davenport) is reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a shipwrecked sailor, her father and her suitor come to recognize their own culpability in her plight, and all three struggle in their own way for salvation. Following his acclaimed production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Scott Edmiston takes a fresh look at one of America's greatest playwrights.

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KULTAR'S MIME
International Tour 2015-2017
Gaia, LLC

Kultar's Mime is a devised play that blends painting, poetry, theatre, and music to explore the repetition of violence, the exploitation of minorities, and the corruption of politics. It tells the story of the 1984 Delhi pogrom as seen through the eyes of four children who were left behind. The play, seen by 13,000+ people worldwide, is a powerful condemnation of intolerance and violence, which affirms that just as hatred can transcend culture, religion, and geography, so can compassion.