Performing Arts

2020-2021 @ Home Theater Season

Made possible by the generosity of Kate and Mark Reid

The Umbrella Stage Company has announced a revised roster of programming for our 2020-2021 season. During this Covid-impacted season, we will be retooling to support and present diverse, original Performing Arts @ Home programming on an ongoing basis while we follow best practices for public safety in in-person productions.

November 21, 8PM

Featuring John Breen, Barbara Pierre, Dwayne P. Mitchell, and Valerie Thompson

Free, but RSVP Required

NEW VIRTUAL CABARET SERIES! Join us as we welcome back some of The Umbrella Stage Company's favorite alumni for a virtual mini-concert. Performing from their own homes, these familiar faces will sing a few songs and tell a few stories, and our stage community will catch up with each other via Zoom.

 


Previous Productions

 

An Elegant Storm

August 13, 2020

By Kevin Broccoli

Directed by Michelle Aguillon

Made possible by the generosity of Gregory Maguire and Andy Newman

NEW PLAY PREMIERE! Two sisters juggle family dynamics, quarantine, and an impending hurricane as they try to find their missing third sister and elderly father, who appear to be heading straight into a natural disaster. How do you protect those you love when armed only with technology? How do those who are disconnected from the world find their way back to it again? Is it possible to bridge lifelong divides at a time when so much is broken? Inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear, this digital thriller is a glimpse into a family at a breaking point.

 

Dr Smarty in the New Normal

September 10, 2020

By Andy Reynolds

Directed by Nancy Curran Willis

NEW PLAY PREMIERE! In the midst of COVID-19, 82-year-old Henry is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Referred by his doctor for nutrition education, Henry reluctantly starts weekly meetings via Zoom with 32-year-old nutritionist Peter. Over a few short weeks, the two seemingly disparate men grow inexplicably close, drawn together as much by circumstance as their similarities. A wry, comic look at a very unfunny time.

@ Home Coffee House

September 24, 8PM

Featuring Jess Andra, Sean Mitchell Crosley, and Kara Chu Nelson

NEW VIRTUAL CABARET SERIES! Join us as we welcome back some of The Umbrella Stage Company's favorite alumni for a virtual mini-concert. Performing from their own homes, these familiar faces will sing a few songs and tell a few stories, and our stage community will catch up with each other via Zoom. 

 

@ Home Coffee House Cabaret (Oct. 29)

October 29, 8PM

Featuring Vanessa Calantropo, Andrea Giangreco, Anthony Pires, Jr., and Kayla Shimizu

NEW VIRTUAL CABARET SERIES! Join us as we welcome back some of The Umbrella Stage Company's favorite alumni for a virtual mini-concert. Performing from their own homes, these familiar faces will sing a few songs and tell a few stories, and our stage community will catch up with each other via Zoom.

 

 

Asian/American in Harvard Square and Torched

November 12, 8PM

Restricted Capacity: SOLD OUT

Written by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

Directed by Michelle Aguillon

Asian/American in Harvard Square is a series of vignettes focusing on five people who only have three things in common: they are in Harvard Square, they are Asian-American, and they all face racist microaggressions from white people, whether they are strangers, acquaintances, or old friends. Tensions build in this exploration of Asian-American lives and experiences in Cambridge, MA. 

In Torched, a university dean gets dangerously carried away as she eulogizes Kathleen Chang(e), an Asian American performance artist and political activist who died of self-immolation.

 

More About The Umbrella Performing Arts & Stage Company

The Umbrella Stage Company was launched in February 2019 by the Performing Arts Program, part of the expansive Umbrella Arts Center (formerly Emerson Umbrella), a multifunction 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization founded in 1983 in Concord, MA. The fast-growing theater company earned 31 DASH Theater Award nominations last season, winning in 11 categories, including Best Lead Actor, Best Ensemble Performance (Play and Musical), Best Musical Direction, Best Director (Musical), and Best Production (Play and Musical). Learn More