Announcing Our 2023/24 Season!
The Umbrella Stage Company is excited to announce its 2023/24 Season featuring a lineup of plays and musicals that exemplify brave storytelling and reimagine the theater experience.
“The stories of the 2023/24 season lift up important questions: What is true? Whose stories do we hear – or even get to hear? How far would we go for what we believe? Our goal is to create four distinct theater experiences that will be compelling and meaningful, spark conversations, and spread joy.” - Director of Performing Arts Brian Boruta. Read the full press release here.
Subscriptions – including four-show and flexible packages – on sale later this month!
By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Main Stage Theater 144
Sep 22 - Nov 5, 2023
The subject of centuries-old, sing-song villainy, Lizzie Borden turns searing rock anthem anti-hero and has audiences raging in their seats.
Lizzie was famously acquitted and yet the question lingers… did she do it? Now, as the story is retold by four women defying musical theater stereotypes, fronting a six-piece rock band, and delivering a score that epitomizes riot grrrl power, Lizzie finally gets her say. Nominated for three Drama Desk awards and named best musical eight times over in regional awards around the country and the world, this musical is totally whack (in a good way)!
"Presented with wall-rattling glee…deliciously watchable!" - The New York Times
“Take a pure American gothic tale that grabbed the headlines in a small New England town in 1892 and quickly went on to become a cause celebre across the nation. Set it to a volcanic, quasi-operatic punk rock beat that captures the sense of female rage, retribution and betrayal, and feels custom-made for the current climate. And then just let it roar.” - Chicago Sun Times
By Nassim Soleimanpour
Oct 5 - Nov 12, 2023
No rehearsal. No director. One actor. A script in a sealed envelope. Theater stripped to its essential elements in a no-net night of unexpected comedy and shared discovery.
Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play to travel the world in his place. Since its award-winning premiere at the Edinburgh Festival it has been translated into more than 30 different languages and performed over 3,000 times. At each incredibly unique performance, a different actor – one who has never before seen or read the play – brings the voice of the absent playwright to life, challenging audiences to question whose stories get told and what happens when we are fully present together.
“...playful, enigmatic and haunting…” - The New York Times
"Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a punch in the air for self-expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders. You have to be there." - New Zealand Herald
GREATER BOSTON PREMIERE
By Tracy Letts
Main Stage Theater 144
Mar 1 - 24, 2024
An evening in Big Cherry – a small town in anywhere USA – and the city council meeting unfolds in real time, unmasking undercurrents that threaten to undo life as they know it … and driving the question, “How far would you go?”
Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts’ (August: Osage County) new play was called one of the most thrilling on Broadway in recent years. Nominated as Best New Play by the Tony Awards and Outer Critics Circle in 2022, and for the Pulitzer Prize in drama, The Minutes is part biting comedy, part Hitchockian mystery, and at its dark heart an unflinching allegory about small-town politics and real-world power.
“...both a political comedy and a wicked, methodically plotted horror show… It’s devilishly funny until it’s not. It is thrilling and essential theater …” - Variety
“It’s an important play, a visceral theatrical experience about what has happened to retail American democracy and how this nation decides which stories about itself it wants to believe.” - NY Daily News
To Be Announced in October 2023!
Main Stage Theater 144
May 10 - Jun 2, 2024
A beloved and heartwarming Broadway musical from the 2000’s that was nominated for multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Contracts restrict us from sharing the title until next fall. But we can guarantee that you’ll fall in love again with this fun-filled, joyful story, and its cast of unforgettable characters.
The Season will additionally feature a return of the popular Holiday Pops concert in partnership with Firebird Orchestra, a fun and festive event for the whole family. The performances will be in our Main Stage Theater 144 and run December 15-17, 2023 and will be available as an add-on to subscription packages.