The Last Wide Open

September 24th - October 10th

Play by Audrey Cefaly

Music by Matthew M. Nielson

Directed by Nancy Curran Willis 

Presented on the Main Stage

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The Umbrella is thrilled to invite you back for our return to live theater with the Massachusetts premiere of a new play that promises to renew our faith in the power of human connection.

Photo of The Last Wide Open Scene by Gillian Mariner GordonThrough an intoxicating blend of indie/folk music and magical storytelling, we are introduced to Lina, a young waitress, and Roberto, an Italian immigrant, who have been working together for years but rarely talk. If they do, it’s from a distance or gets lost in translation. When the unlikely pair is caught alone in a restaurant after-hours during a late-night thunderstorm. Over wine and conversation, they test the waters of happiness and intimacy, and discover their lives intersecting in surprising ways.

But…will they leap?

Playwright Audrey Cefaly – named one of six theater professionals to watch in 2019 by American Theater – is working directly with our creative team on the production and has delivered a new play that Tony Dallas Theatre Reviews called “Imaginative, vibrant, heart-felt… A mystical, delicate gem of a play” and Tom Boudrot of Theater Mirror called “a great start to the return of live entertainment in historic Concord.”

A love song in three movements, The Last Wide Open imagines how the universe conspires to bring us together.

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The Umbrella will operate at limited capacity with distanced seating. The Umbrella reserves the right to reseat patrons as needed in accordance with our COVID protocols. All tickets will be held at the box office to ensure the safest, most accurate experience for all patrons.

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Audience Reactions

"We both loved it! Outstanding performances by the 2 leads! And how wonderful to be back in the theater at the Umbrella!“

“An unconventional romantic comedy that's mystical, meta, and told in a very different way...great date-night.”

 

Photo by Gillian Mariner Gordon

Cast

Roberto – Ethan Butler

Lina – Rebecca Shor

Stagehand – Kayla Shimizu

Rebecca Shor and Ethan Butler as Lina and Roberto. Photo Gillian Mariner Gordon
Ethan Butler and Rebecca Shor in The Last Wide Open. Photo by Gillian Mariner Gordon

 

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Staff

Produced by Brian Boruta

Directed by Nancy Curran Willis 

Assistant Directed by Erin Maitland

Vocal Consultancy by James Murphy

Stage Managed by Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez* 

Assistant Stage Managed by Johnny Penney

Lighting Design by SeifAllah Sallotto-Cristobal

Sound Design by James Cannon

Scenic Design by Jerry Wedge

Costume Design by Brian Simons

Props and Set Dressing by Sarajane Morse Mullins 

Assistant Programmed by Cathie Regan 

 

* Appears courtesy of an agreement with Actor's Equity Association, the Union for professional Actor's and Stage Managers in the United States

Dates

09/24/2021 - 8:00pm
09/25/2021 - 8:00pm
09/26/2021 - 3:00pm
09/30/2021 - 8:00pm
10/01/2021 - 8:00pm
10/02/2021 - 8:00pm
10/03/2021 - 3:00pm
10/07/2021 - 8:00pm
10/08/2021 - 8:00pm
10/09/2021 - 8:00pm
10/10/2021 - 3:00pm