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#RedAlertRESTART

Since the start of the pandemic, the arts and entertainment industries have been struggling to keep their services operating. The live events industry encompasses over 12 million people and has an economic impact of over $1 trillion annually to the US economy. Across the country, thousands of events and live performances have been cancelled. 77% of the people in the industry have lost their entire income and 96% of companies have cut staff.

It is an understatement to say that the live entertainment industry is in a crisis mode. On September 1, the Lyric Stage and thousands of other industry professionals will illuminate their venues and spaces red across North America as part of the  event. The #RedAlertRESTART event is part of the #WeMakeEvents campaign, which is a coalition of trade bodies, businesses, unions, and live event workers. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of live events and entertainment, as well as to create congressional pressure to act now.

#WeMakeEvents is asking Congress to act on the Restart Act, which would bring financial aid to those in the live events industry impacted by the prolonged shutdown. The Restart Act also supports the efforts of ExtendPUA.org, which would extend and expand federal employment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Visit https://wemakeevents.org/ for more information about the campaign.

In Response to Racism Towards Those in our Community

One month ago, thousands raised their voices to declare that “Black Lives Matter”. Protests happened across the Commonwealth, statues were removed, and books were purchased.

But for anyone who was tempted to believe that racism stops at the borders of a liberal enclave, last Friday serves as a stark reminder of why the Black Lives Matter movement is so imperative and why we all have a role to play. A Boston Globe moderated conversation with four of our colleagues about anti-racist theatre was assailed by racist commentary, including threats of violence against the panelists.

The hate speech that targeted our friends last week is not an isolated episode. It stems directly from systems of white supremacy that have invaded all our upbringings at some level, resulting in a racial bias that we all have a duty to diligently examine and purge.

These are days where our better actions are required as a cure for ignorant words.

At the Lyric Stage, we encourage our family, including our artists and audiences, to continue our work in dismantling white supremacy. We encourage our family to hold accountable media outlets (including The Boston Globe, Facebook, and the Lyric Stage) to guarantee safe havens for conversation free from hate. We encourage everyone to become better educated on the history of white supremacy in our country and to help all of us craft strategies for its eradication. We have included links at the bottom of this post to direct you towards organizations and resources that you can learn from and support.

At the Lyric Stage, in any other year, we would be just finishing our season and be deep in preparations for the next. This year, however, is different. While we are working harder than ever to create a season we can present to you, our time at home is also allowing us to each examine how our processes and patterns contribute to the problem. We are examining not just the titles we produce or who is on our stage but rather how we work at every level in our goal of becoming an anti-racist organization. Some of these changes will be visible, some will not. They are all necessary.

We love live theatre because we have a passion for sharing stories and for engaging with the stories of others. This type of hatred is antithetical to the spirit of empathy that must pervade live theatre.

Resources and Organizations:
Black Lives Matter
NAACP
The Okra Project
More Resources

Read our Anti-Racism and Inclusion Plan

Black Lives Matter

We at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston commit ourselves to the dismantling of systemic racism—both in our organization and in the greater community.

We need to talk.
With ourselves.
With our children.
With our leaders.
And with each other.

And we need to act.

With our resources:

 

With our selves:

 

And with art:

 

We see you.
We hear you.
We say their names.
We stand with you.
We fight together with you.
#BlackLivesMatter

(This photo by NPR is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner’s death in July 2014.)

Read our Anti-Racism and Inclusion Plan

Lyric Stage Commissions Garden State for Play at Home

Recently, we commissioned a short play entitled Garden State by Sam Hamashima for Play at Home! Garden State follows a bee named Polly as she embarks on an adventure to come home before nightfall after being trapped in a glass jar. As she struggles navigating around the forest, she gains the help of two fireflies and realizes how she must listen to other perspectives when journeying home.

Playwright Sam Hamashima appeared in our production of Pacific Overtures, and blends his queer and Japanese-American identity to create works that explores different perspectives. Sam’s work has been produced and/or developed by John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Queer Theater, the Hub Theater, the Seattle Public Theater, and numerous others. Hamashima also holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.

Play at Home is an initiative that stemmed from the ongoing pandemic, in which multiple theatre companies came together to create this series of plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unexpected isolation to inspire joy and connection for theatre-lovers.

The process is simple; partner theaters commission playwrights to write short plays that can be performed at home. Scripts are then posted and available for free online to download. People can then read the plays in the comfort of their own homes, and can interpret the plays however they want; these plays are meant to go beyond what might be possible on stage at a theater. Then people can share their performances on social media by tagging #PlayAtHomePlays! Our staff performed a reading of Garden State over Zoom in a recent staff meeting and had a delightful time. Now it’s your turn! 

Play at Home’s goal is to support freelance artists, and promote their creative works for the world to see. They are currently seeking more partner theaters and individuals to jump into the fun.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces Its 2020-21 Season

Artistic Director Courtney says, “In my short time here at the Lyric Stage, I’ve come to feel so connected with our audiences. They care so deeply about the characters onstage and the actors who inhabit them.  Their investment in theatrical art makes every night a celebration.”

 

 

 

 

We’ve got a new cast of characters coming your way!

 

Call our Box Office to subscribe today! 617.585.5678
 

THE LYRIC STAGE’S 2020-2021 SEASON

Join Artistic Director Courtney O’Connor and Executive Director Matt Chapuran for a season filled with stories and characters that will compel, intrigue, and delight you. Celebrating brilliant Boston women directors and the return of Spiro Veloudos!

BE HERE NOW

by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Courtney O’Connor

A romantic comedy in which two damaged souls ask themselves how much they’re willing to risk for love and meaning.

FABULATION OR, THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Dawn M. Simmons

From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage (Intimate Apparel, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Sweat) comes a riches-to-rags comedy about a high-powered African-American publicist who stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. 

A co-production with the Front Porch Arts Collective

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Music Direction and Piano by Matthew Stern

This Tony Award-winning Best Musical follows the hilarious adventures of Monty Navarro, eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, as he sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder. Of course, all will be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle. And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind.

FIRES IN THE MIRROR

by Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Actor Maurice Emmanuel Parent animates 26 characters in Anna Deavere Smith’s epic play, helping us to understand the African-American and Jewish frissons leading to the 1991 Crown Heights riots.

THE BOOK OF WILL

by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Courtney O’Connor

In the wake of Shakespeare’s death, his company of actors unite to preserve the plays they performed, narrowly rescuing the iconic playwright from obscurity. A love letter to Shakespeare, the power of art, and the stage.

ALL MY SONS

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw

A young couple is kept apart by the ghosts of family and the sins of a father. A story of lies, greed, love, and loss.

LEGALLY BLONDE

Book by Heather Hach, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Directed by Leigh Barrett

In this vibrant musical, Elle Woods proves that blonde is a state of mind, as she accomplishes much more than anyone – herself included – thought possible.

AND AN 8TH PRODUCTION

Watch this space for the announcement of the new title soon.

Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2020-21 season which runs from September, 2020 through July, 2021. Patrons can choose 3, 4, 5, 6, or all 7 plays. Prices start at $138 and offer savings of up to 27% off regular ticket prices and free ticket exchange privileges. 7-play subscribers get all 8 plays next season, plus a special loyalty bonus worth up to $160.
Call or email the Box Office for details and to subscribe now.

Call our Box Office to subscribe today! 617.585.5678

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got a new cast of characters coming your way!

 

Call our Box Office to subscribe today! 617.585.5678
 

THE LYRIC STAGE’S 2020-2021 SEASON

Join Artistic Director Courtney O’Connor and Executive Director Matt Chapuran for a season filled with stories and characters that will compel, intrigue, and delight you. Celebrating brilliant Boston women directors and the return of Spiro Veloudos!

BE HERE NOW

by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Courtney O’Connor

A romantic comedy in which two damaged souls ask themselves how much they’re willing to risk for love and meaning.

FABULATION OR, THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Dawn M. Simmons

From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage (Intimate Apparel, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Sweat) comes a riches-to-rags comedy about a high-powered African-American publicist who stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. 

A co-production with the Front Porch Arts Collective

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Music Direction and Piano by Matthew Stern

This Tony Award-winning Best Musical follows the hilarious adventures of Monty Navarro, eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, as he sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder. Of course, all will be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle. And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind.

FIRES IN THE MIRROR

by Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Actor Maurice Emmanuel Parent animates 26 characters in Anna Deavere Smith’s epic play, helping us to understand the African-American and Jewish frissons leading to the 1991 Crown Heights riots.

THE BOOK OF WILL

by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Courtney O’Connor

In the wake of Shakespeare’s death, his company of actors unite to preserve the plays they performed, narrowly rescuing the iconic playwright from obscurity. A love letter to Shakespeare, the power of art, and the stage.

ALL MY SONS

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw

A young couple is kept apart by the ghosts of family and the sins of a father. A story of lies, greed, love, and loss.

LEGALLY BLONDE

Book by Heather Hach, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Directed by Leigh Barrett

In this vibrant musical, Elle Woods proves that blonde is a state of mind, as she accomplishes much more than anyone – herself included – thought possible.

AND AN 8TH PRODUCTION

Watch this space for the announcement of the new title soon.

Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2020-21 season which runs from September, 2020 through July, 2021. Patrons can choose 3, 4, 5, 6, or all 7 plays. Prices start at $138 and offer savings of up to 27% off regular ticket prices and free ticket exchange privileges. 7-play subscribers get all 8 plays next season, plus a special loyalty bonus worth up to $160.
Call or email the Box Office for details and to subscribe now.

Call our Box Office to subscribe today! 617.585.5678

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The Lyric Stage Lands Three Nominations for the 2020 Elliot Norton Awards

The cast of Pacific Overtures. Photo by Mark S. Howard

The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) announced that they are still putting on the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards, only this time, it is virtual.

While the season would have been concluded on March 31st, the BTCA ultimately voted on what they have been able to see, and have announced the nominees for the awards on Thursday, April 16. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is one of many Boston theatre companies to be nominated for this year, and has landed three nominations.

Our production of Pacific Overtures, which ran from May 10 to June 16 in 2019, is nominated for Outstanding Musical Production. Katrina Z. Pavao, who starred in the role of Audrey in our production of Little Shop of Horrors that ran from August 30 to October 6, was nominated for Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress. Lastly, our production of The Cake, which ran from January 10 to February 9, was nominated for Outstanding Design in a Midsize Theater.

Katrina Z. Pavao in Little Shop of Horrors. Photo by Mark S. Howard

For the past few years, some of the proceeds of the awards ceremony are usually granted or donated to a local theatre organization, such as the Boston Arts Academy receiving a donation in 2017 and the musical theatre program at Boston Conservatory at Berklee receiving a grant in 2018. This year, the BTCA is donating $2,500 to the Theater Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial relief to artists in the Greater Boston area.

The 38th Elliot Norton Awards will be presented free of charge on May 11 at 7 p.m., and details on how to livestream the show are available at www.elliotnortonawards.com. Join us as we virtually celebrate Boston theatre!

What the Lyric Staff is Cooking Up

Need some new things to cook in the kitchen during your time in quarantine? Here are some of our staff’s recommendations!

1. Bon Appetit‘s Tahini Billionaire Shortbread Bars

“They are beautiful and crowd pleasing!” – Katherine Shaver, Assistant Box Office Manager

If you have a sweet tooth and want to try a new and unique dessert, look no further because Tahini Billionaire Shortbread Bars are where it’s at! Think of it as an oversized Twix—what more could you want than the combination of shortbread, caramel, and chocolate, plus tahini and sesame seeds as an upgrade? The shortbread is tender, the filling is gooey, and the chocolate ties it all together. You’ll be having the family finish the first batch in no time!

2. Blondies

“Blondies are my go-to baked goods because they’re so simple and delicious—I always add extra chocolate chips!” – Kate Casner, Digital Marketing Associate

Often referred to as brownies without chocolate, blondies are no exception to the dessert world. While brownies depend on chocolate for their flavor, blondies depend on brown sugar for their taste. Blondies are also pretty quick to make—they take an hour, tops. Blondies are a dessert with their own unique deliciousness, and are a perfect addition to a party, Game Day, or celebration. Here’s Kate’s go-to recipe!

3. Crack Cauliflower

“The name comes from how good the sauce is, if cauliflower is not your thing, you can put the sauce on chicken, or basically anything.” – Nora Conley, General Manager

If you think cauliflower’s only purpose is to be boiled in water and served by itself, think again. Crack cauliflower is one of several different ways cauliflower can be prepared, and it will get you hooked! With it’s flavorful sauce, crack cauliflower is so mouth-watering and addictive that you’ll forget you’re eating vegetables!

4. Iced Matcha Lattes

“I’ve started making my own iced matcha lattes instead of relying on Dunkin Donuts, so I’m doing my wallet a favor!” – Marieska Luzada, Digital Marketing/Social Media Assistant

While basically anything matcha is a must-have in coffee shops all across the globe, matcha drinks are actually really easy and simple to make at home—and it’ll save you the extra bucks! Not only does it save you money, but making your own iced matcha latte to go with your breakfast also saves you time—preparing the refreshing drink takes less than 5 minutes! Make your own Starbucks iced matcha latte in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price.

5. Pace Picante Sauce: 40th Anniversary Recipe Collection

“I’m not the most talented cook, but I tend to lean on the Pace Picante cookbook for a lot of yummy and easy Tex Mex recipes.” – Matt Chapuran, Executive Director

If you’re into expanding your palate to different cuisines, give the Pace Picante Sauce: 40th Anniversary Recipe Collection a try! Divided into different sections throughout the book such as appetizers, soups, main dishes, and side dishes, the Pace Picante Sauce: 40th Anniversary Recipe Collection is perfect for the entire family to enjoy! If you don’t want to buy the book just yet, here’s a Pace Picante sauce chicken recipe you can try!

6. Chocolate Cake

“I used [this recipe] for the wedding cake that I made for our nephew last summer—big hit filled with strawberry mousse and covered with swiss buttercream—yummm!” – René Morrisette, Development Manager

Chocolate cake is no doubt a top-tier dessert in the book of all recipes. However, René’s chocolate cake is based off of a King Arthur flour recipe, and it’s his go-to for chocolate cakes. Here’s how you can make it for yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups of sugar (12 ¼ oz)
  • 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour (9 ½ oz)
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch (1/2 oz)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ¾ cup of Dutch-process cocoa (2 ¼ oz) blended with 1 cup of hot coffee (8 oz)
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk (6 oz)
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil (3 ½ oz)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp of vanilla
  1. Have all ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Heat oven to 350°.
  3. Grease & flour 2 9-inch round pans, as well as one 13×9 inch pan (can also make about 24 cupcakes).
  4. Blend all the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir together the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  6. Blend into dry ingredients – beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  7. Blend in the cocoa-coffee mixture (batter will be thin).
  8. Divide between the pans.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes (rotate halfway through) – the cake tester should come out clean (cupcakes should take 15-18 minutes, the larger pan about 35-40).
  10. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove cakes from pans and finish cooling on the rack.

What the Lyric Staff is Listening To

Need music recommendations and podcasts to listen to during your time in quarantine? Here are some tunes and talks our staff is listening to right now!

1. You’re Wrong About

“Did you know self checkouts help explain why white collar crime is not prosecuted enough?” – Nora Conley, General Manager

If you’re interested in listening to deep dives into past trends and media stories, then give You’re Wrong About a try! Journalists Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes examine how popular events, ideas, and figures were unfairly maligned by a frenzied media. Every week, they reconsider an event or person or trend that’s been miscast in the public imagination. Some of the topics they covered are the Satanic Panic, Tonya Harding, and D.C. Snipers. They give you a more nuanced view on these subjects, and manage to do so in a funny way.

2. Jagged Little Pill Original Broadway Cast Recording

“I saw this show back in February, and I still haven’t gone a day without playing this entire cast recording—it’s absolutely incredible!” – Marieska Luzada, Digital Marketing/Social Media Assistant

If you’re looking for a new Broadway show to check out and listen to, give Jagged Little Pill a listen! Inspired by the 1995 album of the same name by Grammy-winning artist Alanis Morrisette, Jagged Little Pill centers around the Healys, your typical picture-perfect Connecticut suburban family whose lives are met with some of the burning issues of today. Filled with raw emotion, pain, and power, Jagged Little Pill connects with audiences near and far, on stage and through your headphones.

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3. Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa

“I’ve been listening to Dua Lipa’s new album Future Nostalgia on repeat.” – Kate Casner, Digital Marketing Associate

If podcasts aren’t your cup of tea, here’s an album recommendation if you’re looking for new music to listen to! Future Nostalgia is the second studio album by Dua Lipa and was released on March 27th of this year. Lipa wanted to create a nostalgic pop and disco sound with her new album with influence from dance-pop and electronic music. If you want to hear modern music inspired by ‘80s pop and funk, give Future Nostalgia a listen!

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4. The Daily

“Their reporting during this time keeps me informed in a confidence-building way.” – Katherine Shaver, Assistant Box Office Manager

Put out by the New York Times, The Daily is the hub for the biggest stories of today told by the best journalists in the world. The Daily’s episodes are 20 minutes long each, and new episodes are released every weekday. Hosted by Times political journalist Michael Barbaro, this podcast is based on interviews with Times journalists, in which they summarize and comment on their story, in addition to topic-related recordings or interviews with people involved in the story.

6. Wrong Voicemail: Boston Edition

“A friend of mine just launched one called Wrong Voicemail.” – Matt Chapuran, Executive Director

You’ve heard of a wrong number reaching you, but what about a wrong voicemail? This podcast launched not too long ago; since January 2020, comedian Maria Ciampa and her husband/co-host Justin Carr investigate several voicemails they have received from Boston politicians they don’t even know. Ciampa and Carr received ten wrong voicemails from a Boston politician’s office, and once they realized they had so much worth of funny content, Wrong Voicemail: Boston Edition was born. You can even submit your own wrong voicemail to be featured on the show to wrongvmpod@gmail.com.

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What the Lyric Staff is Watching

Need new shows to binge-watch in quarantine? Here are some of what our staff recommend!

1. The Great British Baking Show

“We are watching it as I write this.” – René Morrisette, Development Manager

The Great British Baking Show is exactly what the title says it is—a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a series of rounds in hopes to impress the judges and to be recognized as Britain’s best baker. Each episode, contestants are given three challenges based on that week’s theme: a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a show-stopper. At the end of each episode, one contestant is named “Star Baker” while another contestant gets eliminated. In the finale, three bakers are left and a winner is chosen from the three. The baking competition has been broadcast in multiple countries around the world, and the format has been sold to television producers globally, where local versions are made.

2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

“I never get bored of watching it—every episode is laugh-out-loud funny.” – Marieska Luzada, Digital Marketing/Social Media Assistant

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a police procedural comedy that follows Jake Perralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but intelligent NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. He often butts heads with the strict and no-nonsense commanding officer Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), and gets involved into different antics with his coworkers. The series has won two Creative Arts Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been critically acclaimed since its beginnings, and has also been praised for its portrayal of serious issues while retaining a sense of humor.

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3. Curb Your Enthusiasm

“This has been my favorite show since I started watching it.” – Matt Chapuran, Executive Director

Produced and broadcast by HBO in 2000, Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American comedy series created by Emmy winner Larry David, in which he also stars in it as a fictionalized version of himself. Curb Your Enthusiasm follows Larry as a semi-retired TV writer and producer. The series often features guest stars, many of whom are celebrities who play fictionalized versions of themselves to varying degrees. The series won the 2002 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and is still going strong as it entered its tenth season this past January.

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4. The Good Place

“This show is heartfelt and very funny. Plus, unlike your freshman college class, it makes you enjoy learning about philosophy.” – Nora Conley, General Manager

Created by Michael Schur, The Good Place was a fantasy comedy series that aired from 2016 to 2020 on NBC. Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, The Good Place follows Eleanor Shellstrop as she arrives in the afterlife to “the Good Place,” a highly selective Heaven-like utopia. While people who come to “the Good Place” are rewarded for their righteous lives, Eleanor finds out that she was sent there by mistake and must hide her morally imperfect behavior. The show’s exploration and creative use of ethics and philosophy have been positively received, and Bell and Danson’s performances have been widely acclaimed by critics.

5. Parks and Recreation

“Leslie Knope’s relentless optimism never fails to brighten my day.” – Kate Casner, Digital Marketing Associate

Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation is an American political satire sitcom that aired from 2009 to 2015. Amy Poehler portrays the perky Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks Department in Pawnee, Indiana. The series follows her and Pawnee public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. The ensemble and supporting cast features Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, and more. In TIME’s 2012 year-ends list issue, Parks and Recreation was labeled as the number one television series of the year.

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6. Star Trek

“I love Deep Space 9 and am working my way through Voyager. These two series consistently have subtle and remarkable ways of talking about race, gender, and class.” – Katherine Shaver, Assistant Box Office Manager

Star Trek follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew as they encounter strange alien races as they explore unknown worlds. The original series is set in the Milky Way galaxy in the 2260s. The ship and crew are led by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer and Science Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Star Trek eventually spawned a franchise, consisting of six television series, 13 feature films, and numerous books, games, and toys. It is now regarded as one of the most influential and popular franchises of all time.

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What the Lyric Stage Staff is Reading

Here are some of the books that our staff is reading right now!

1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

“It brought me to tears.” – Matt Chapuran, Executive Director

Set in 1922, A Gentleman in Moscow follows Count Alexander Rostov as he is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel called the Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, Rostov has never worked a day in his life, and is forced to live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the walls of the Metropol.

2. Anything written by Elizabeth George

“I recommend really anything from Elizabeth George, my favorite British mystery writer.” – René Morrisette, Development Manager

Elizabeth George is no stranger to the mystery and thriller genre, as her works have been published since the late 1980s. Elizabeth George is a New York Times bestselling author, and she is internationally known for her twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her critically-acclaimed novels have also been adapted for television by the BBC, and translated into 30 languages. George has also written the best-selling creative writing book Write Away, and a young adult series called the Whidbey Island saga.

3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

“What I love about this book is that it is a reminder of why art matters even when we lose almost everything, as illustrated by my favorite quote: ‘because survival is insufficient.’” – Nora Conley, General Manager

Disclaimer: If you don’t want to read anything pandemic-related, leave this at to-be-read for right now. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel takes place in the Great Lakes region after a swine flu pandemic called the “Georgia Flu” has overtaken the world, killing most of the population. It follows a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the wastelands and the scattered outposts of a post-apocalyptic world.

4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

“It’s about solitude, but also about community and family and history!” – Katherine Shaver, Assistant Box Office Manager

Written by Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a landmark 1967 novel that follows the multi-generational story of the Buendía family. The novel explores the ups and downs and the rises and falls of the fictional Colombian town of Macondo through the eyes of this family. One Hundred Years of Solitude is regarded as a masterpiece in Latin American literature, selling over 50 million copies worldwide since its publication. It has been translated into 46 languages, and the novel popularized the genre of magical realism.

5. The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume 1 by Jennifer Ashley Tepper

“It gives a backstage look into historical Broadway events from the perspective of all those who bring the shows to life.” – Kate Casner, Digital Marketing Associate

Kate is currently reading The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume 1 by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, which is available for free as an eBook from Amazon! From opening nights to closing nights, from secret passageways to legendary ghost stories, Tepper’s novel tells what you’ve never heard of about the most famous stages in the world from the people that make it all happen: actors, producers, stage hands, musicians, dressers, and more. Volume 1 includes eight iconic Broadway theaters in New York City: the August Wilson, the Winter Garden, the Neil Simon, the Marriott Marquis, the Al Hirschfeld, the Mark Hellinger, the Richard Rodgers, and the Lyceum.

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6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“I read this entire book in one day. If you love reading about the entertainment industry and investigative journalism, this book is a must!” – Marieska Luzada, Digital Marketing/Social Media Assistant

If you want to read a book that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, pick up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid! After struggling writer Monique Grant lands a job at the prestigious Vivant magazine, she receives news from her editor that Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo has agreed to do an interview with the magazine under the condition that Monique is the interviewer. Though Monique is initially confused with the fact that Evelyn Hugo hasn’t been involved with the media for decades, she later finds out that her life intersects with the actress in tragic ways.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel: Taylor Jenkins Reid ...
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