The Umbrella Stage Company's 2024/25 Season

The Umbrella Stage Company’s 2024/25 Season Is Marked by Themes of Community and Connection - You Won’t Want to Miss it!

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A potent and provocative new stage adaptation of a cinematic masterpiece.

Veteran news anchor Howard Beale isn't pulling in the viewers. But when his on-air breakdown sparks a revolution, Howard suddenly becomes the biggest thing on TV. The 1976 film by Paddy Chayefsky dominated the Academy Awards and was a prophetic masterpiece. Nearly 50 years later, this new, acclaimed stage adaptation remains a potent and provocative work of art as the world grapples with truth, authenticity, and the search for meaning in a digital age.

Network remains gripping…” — The Hollywood Reporter

“...takes on fresh fury in a sizzling stage production…that feels less satiric but more urgent…” — Variety


Based on the Collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen, and Larry Pressgrove

A musical jaunt full of humor, heart, and self-discovery that reminds us of the importance of life's simple moments and the power of human connection.

Four friends embark on a - figuratively - cosmic adventure to their past and back again, sharing stories along the way about identity, laughing, living, dying … and middle school, in an attempt to step directly into that elusive "present moment". From the creative minds behind "[title of show]," "Now. Here. This." is more than just a musical—it's a celebration of life, love, connection, and the boundless potential of the human spirit.

“A blend of good humor and good feeling with an audience-embracing brio that never flags." — The New York Times

New England Premiere

An indigenous theatre-maker journeys across geographic borders, personal history, and Cultural legacies in search of a place to belong.

In 2015, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet traveled to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, echoing the path her ancestors took in the 1700’s and leading to a remarkable journey of self-discovery. This ground-breaking, one-woman event weaves together humor, searing insight, and the timeless power of story-telling, to explore the importance of honoring our roots and the universal quest for belonging. Following its acclaimed tour, developed in partnership with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with The Folger Shakespeare Library, with performances at Seattle Rep, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, New York’s Public Theater, and more, The Umbrella is proud to present the play’s New England Premiere in a new production.

"...Sayet's script is heartfelt and insightful, and manages to do exactly what so many credit the Bard with: it captures a universality of the human experience.” – Broadway World

APRIL 25 - MAY 18

A heartwarming musical that lifts up the beauty in second chances and the transformative nature of friendship.

Percy Talbott is a spirited young woman seeking redemption. But in the small town of Gilead, she finds so much more. Based on the beloved film that took the Audience Award at The Sundance Film Festival, the musical’s rich score is marked by Americana folk rhythms, soaring melodies, and irresistible charm. It reminds us all about the resilience of the human spirit, the magic of new beginnings, and the power of community.

“...soul-satisfying ... freeing … penetrated by honesty and it glows.” – The New York Times

“Soulful... The amiable country-flavored tunes and lyrics are rendered with the kind of conviction and expertise that make them transcendent. What in normal times would be a joy is, in these troubled ones, sheer nourishment.” – New York Magazine