Performing Arts

Character of Lizzie Borden wielding an axe in production of Lizzie, the Musical, taken by Jim Sabitus
September 28, 2023 by Stewart Ikeda
More than 130 years after the grisly unsolved murders that rocked Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden finally gets her say in The Umbrella Stage Company's rousing production of Lizzie, a ghost-story-meets-rock-concert musical that's just in time for autumn in Concord and the Halloween season!A riot grrrl power retelling of a mysterious, true-crime... Keep Reading »
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September 8, 2023 by Sarah
Ilyse Robbins is an Elliot Norton Award-winning Director and Choreographer who is making her Umbrella Stage Company debut later this month at the helm of LIZZIE, the musical. We were able to “take 5” with Ilyse earlier this week during a rehearsal break to talk about all things LIZZIE. TUA: How would you describe LIZZIE?IR: It’s this incredible meeting of ghost... Keep Reading »
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June 2, 2023 by Rachel Olson
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 Season opens in September and October when – for the first time – the Company will present two productions in rotation in its Black Box and Main Stage theaters. Lizzie, The Musical – a... Keep Reading »
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May 24, 2023 by Stewart Ikeda
The Umbrella Stage Company is excited to announce a planned series of community activities to support and enrich theatergoers experience of this spring's production of The Color Purple. From talkbacks with the cast and moderated discussions on the show's themes, to childcare and packaged meal options, to informative guided tours exploring the stories of Women and African... Keep Reading »
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May 23, 2023 by Sarah
Where: The Umbrella Arts Center When: Sunday, May 28th @ 3pm Potluck-style picnic on the lawn to follow the show Come join us at The Umbrella to celebrate Black joy with the artists behind our production of The Color Purple! We encourage Black and brown folks to fill our audience for a celebratory Sunday matinee and afterwards, we'll head out of... Keep Reading »
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April 24, 2023 by Stewart Ikeda
The Umbrella Stage Company will sponsor the short play Three Seats as part of the Boston Theater Marathon XXV, May 7 at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, and streamed online.The play is written by Kevin Cirone, whose play Voice of Reason was produced as part of The Umbrella Stage @Home series during the pandemic... Keep Reading »
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April 13, 2023 by Sarah
Middleton Heights follows Meena and her Filipino family as they assimilate to life in a fictional Midwestern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Refracted through the intersectional lens of the Asian American Pacific Islander immigrant experience, Middleton Heights is a wry and charming tale of history, family and identity and "the poignant story of the quest for the American... Keep Reading »
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March 4, 2023 by Stewart Ikeda
As Tony Award Winner and Broadway superstar, Laura Benanti, is heading to Concord, MA for two-nights only here at The Umbrella Arts Center, she sat down for a frank and charming phone interview with Emelia Aragon, host of WERS' Standing Room Only. Excerpts of the interview will air on S.R.O. throughout the show, Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5, during... Keep Reading »
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Kim Burns
February 2, 2023 by Stewart Ikeda
As we prepare for the long awaited return of The Concord Film Project, we met up with Kim Burns, CFP co-founder and 2022 Stewardship of the Arts Awardee, to get insight into how she curates her films and what she hopes the return of CFP will bring to the community.The Umbrella Arts Center: It's been almost three years since The Concord... Keep Reading »
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Julia Deter
November 10, 2022 by Stewart Ikeda
“In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face everyday. [We] should reach out to each other and bond as a community rather than hide from the terrors of life at the end of the millennium.” Jonathan Larson, written shortly before his... Keep Reading »
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