Community Activities, Enrichments for The Color Purple

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 Americans throughout Concord's history, audiences will have several opportunities to engage more deeply and comfortably with this "exuberant celebration of community and female empowerment" (The Guardian).

Below are the optional activities, with links to further information about them! 


Thursday, May 18 Night - Pre-Show Dinner Option from Nosh; Post-show Talk Back with the cast

Friday May 19 - 4PM - Pre-Show African American History of Concord Walking Tour

Saturday, May 20 - 4PM - Pre-Show Women of Concord Walking Tour

Sunday, May 21 - Kid-Care Performance*, Community Discussion with Kira Troilo of Art & Soul

Thursday, May 25 Night - Pre-Show Dinner Option from Nosh; Post-show Talk Back with the cast

Friday, May 26 - 4PM - Pre-Show Women of Concord Walking Tour

Saturday, May 27 - 4PM - Pre-Show African American History of Concord Walking Tour

Sunday, May 28 - Brown Out Performance with Post-show Black Joy Affinity Space Potluck for BIPOC Artists, Audiences & Allies -- All are Welcome!

Thursday, June 1 - Pre-Show Dinner Option from Nosh

Friday, June 2 - 4PM - Pre-Show Women of Concord Walking Tour

Sunday, June 4 - Post-show Talk Back with the cast


*The Umbrella’s Kid-Care Show Program gives parents the opportunity to attend select performances while their child(ren) engage in art activities inspired by the production. This is a new pilot program aimed at providing better access to arts and culture events and creating a shared experience opportunity for families. Spaces are limited and can be reserved alongside but separately from ticket purchases. Drop-off will occur 30 minutes before the start of the film/performance. During drop-off, parents will select a snack & drink option for their child(ren) to enjoy during the program. If child(ren) have any allergies or behavioral notes, please inform the teacher during drop-off. Pick-up will occur directly following the conclusion of the film/performance. To register for the May 21 Kid-Care Performance, start booking your tickets here.


NEW! #DinnerAndAShow Thursday Night Out Packages!

Thursdays in Concord are now a fun and easy entertainment Date Night thanks to optional pre-show dinners here at The Umbrella, provided by our friends at Nosh by Concord Market!

Coming straight from work? No problem! Park free at The Umbrella, then take a load off in our beautifully renovated space. Sit to enjoy a delicious catered dinner (you can pre-order vegetarian, fish and meat options), pick up a beverage at concessions, and then explore the international art exhibition Points of Return our free art galleries at your ease until it’s time for curtain!  Our Chef-planned themed menus for The Color Purple can be pre-ordered right up until NOON on Wednesday before  the performance; menu options can be selected and added to your online cart at the same as you are making your seat selections! See The Color Purple ticketing options.


  • Cauliflower Pimento Mac and Cheese 
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
  • Seared Mustard Salmon with Apple Celery Slaw and Jalapeno Cornbread


  • Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone


In addition to catered Thursday dinners at The Umbrella, all of our performances are supported by day-of-show special offers from our several wonderful #DinnerAndAShowConcord Hospitality PartnersFind special discounts on meals and overnight stays here in the heart of historic Concord with partners including Adelita, Aloft/Element Hotels, Concord's Colonial Inn, Fiorella's, and Nosh by Concord Market!

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