Performing Arts

WELCOME!

The Umbrella Stage Company is pleased to share an exciting, varied new lineup for our 2021-2022 live in-person theater season, under enhanced Covid safety guidelines detailed here!

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE NOW!

 

The Last Wide Open

September 24 - October 10, 2021

Play by Audrey Cefaly

Music by Matthew M. Nielson 

Directed by Nancy Curran Willis 

Presented on the Main Stage 

Fate plays its hand in this romantic comedy that features original songs and live music. Lina, a young waitress, and Roberto, an Italian immigrant, have been working together for years but rarely talk. If they do, it’s from a distance or gets lost in translation. But when a late-night thunderstorm finds them alone in the restaurant at closing time, they find their lives intersecting in surprising and mystical ways. Over wine and conversation, they test the waters of happiness and intimacy. A love song in three movements, The Last Wide Open imagines how the universe conspires to bring us together.
 

The Old Man and The Old Moon 

November 12 - December 5, 2021

Play by PigPen Theater

Directed by Julia Deter 

Presented on the Main Stage 

The Old Man has kept his post as the sole caretaker of the moon for as long as  he (or his wife, the Old Woman) can remember. When she is drawn away by a mysterious melody sparking memories of their shared past, the Old Man must decide between duty (and routine) and love (and adventure). Luckily for audiences everywhere, he chooses the latter, and what follows is an imaginative  sea-faring epic, encompassing apocalyptic storms, civil wars, leviathans of the deep, and cantankerous ghosts, as well as the fiercest obstacle of all: change. 

 

Holidays Under The Umbrella

December 17 - 19, 2021

Directed by Sarajane Morse Mullins

The Umbrella's beloved holiday concert returns the mainstage after last season's virtual presentation. Familiar faces and Umbrella Stage favorites will return to sing seasonal songs and share their own holiday memories. Holidays Under The Umbrella is a family friendly concert to put everyone in the spirit of the season!
 

The Colored Museum 

January 28 - February 20, 2022

Written by George C. Wolfe

Directed by Pascale Florestal

Presented on the Main Stage 

Serving as an elaborate satire of the prominent themes and identities of African American culture, the play is set in a fictional museum where iconic African American figures are kept for public consumption. Told in a series of eleven sketches, each segment centers on a different “exhibit” in the museum, and serves as a small one-person play or monologue. Exploring themes of racism, stereotypes, intra-community conflicts in black culture, and the ongoing legacy of slavery and segregation, The Colored Museum received overwhelming critical praise for its provocative subject matter and in-depth exploration of the African American theatrical and cultural past. 
 

A World Premiere

March 18 - April 10, 2022

Written by Hortense Gerardo 

Commissioned by The Umbrella 

Directed by Michelle Aguillon 

Presented on the Black Box Stage 

Local playwright Hortense Gerardo (Incantation) will create a brand new play specifically for The Umbrella Stage Company season. Stay tuned throughout the year for more information, sneak peeks, and special events leading up to this world premiere event.  
 

Head Over Heels 

May 13 - June 5, 2022

Adapted by James Magruder

Concept and Original Book by James Whitty

Music by The Go-Go's

Directed by Brian Boruta 

Presented on the Main Stage 

Head Over Heels is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” 

A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts. 


Our 2021-2022 Season was created in collaboration with members of The Umbrella Stage family, including Board, Staff, Directors, Designers, and Performers. We would like to extend our deepest thanks for their time, insights, and perspectives.

Michelle Aguillon, Director 
Casey Carlson, Board Member 
SeifAllah Sallotto-Cristobal, Lighting Designer 
Shani Farrell, Performer 
Stewart Ikeda, Director of Marketing and Communications 
Kara Chu Nelson, Performer 
Barbara Pierre, Performer 
Jerry Wedge, Executive Director 
Nancy Curran Willis, Director 
Eileen Williston, Director of Development 
Deb Yamin, Board Chair

 

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 serving Greater Boston Metrowest, founded in 1983 in Concord, MA. Learn More