Liliane Klein joins Harvard Pilgrim Red Sox Commercial
Liliane Klein will appear in the upcoming 13 week Harvard Pilgrim Commercial Spot on local television stations in and around the Boston, MA market.
"The Phlebotomist" (Online Reading) with Central Square Theater
June 29th, 2020
Hear Liliane Klein read "Interlude #4" in Central Square Theater's Online Reading of The Phlebotomist written by Ella Road and directed by Cassie Chapados.
Joshua Wolf Coleman
Please join us on Central Square Theater’s Facebook Live page for an online reading of Ella Ford’s The Phlebotomist.
by Ella Road
How do you evaluate someone’s worth? Wealth? The color of their skin? Education? Class? Goodness? Beauty? In the near future people are evaluated by their blood test “Rating”, which screens for genetic markers – dictating everything from bank loans to dating prospects. In Ella Road’s The Phlebotomist, Bea, a phlebotomist, her partner, Aaron, and best friend Char find the slope from an ounce of prevention to sanctioned ostracism and sterilization dangerously slippery.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
May 26th, 2020
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow: Black. Lives. Matter.
While it is very likely that the present Global Anti-Racist Movement is compounded by the circumstances of the COVID pandemic, it does not make this moment any less urgent. The time is OVERDUE to take a stand. The time is NOW to lead the way to change by setting up a course of accountability. Accountability begins with a statement of where you stand in the fight against racism. It begins with saying "Racism is wrong. No matter what your political, religious, or sociological views are. Whether intentionally or unintentionally complicit in the systemic racism that exists within our communities we irrevocably acknowledge it now and will fight with all our strength to eradicate Racism even as we stumble through creating a brave new anti-racist world."
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou
All Lives don't matter until Black Lives do. It is our responsibility to lift each other up and amplify each other's voices especially now - rather than staying silent. Because silence speaks VOLUMES.
I would like to share this snippet of an earlier conversation which might be useful to share in case a stranger or loved one is feeling White Guilt or White Fragility about their White Privilege... Please feel free to share:
As a fellow privileged white mom of 3 who grew up on Long Island just outside Queens and now lives just outside Boston, I too have always had friends of every race, religion, gender, age, money bracket, and ability. But I have been hearing a completely new narrative from the one I grew up with. When I was growing up, the goal was to be "colorblind". Now I am hearing loud and clear that we must not only SEE color, but we must acknowledge both that we are different AND we are the same. Because when we are colorblind we ERASE Blackness and default back to the White narrative. I also used to think it was better not to engage if people had opinions different than my own with regard to social justice - especially strangers. Just agree to disagree and worry about my own dang self. Now I am hearing loud and clear that that is not enough! We must actively call out and fight against racism* at every opportunity (*NOT White Privilege - which noone is asking you to give up or fight against since it is actually a very useful superpower to have in the fight to end racism.)
When raising my children, it brought tears to my eyes when my 2.5 year old son was looking at the cover of Highlights Magazine which was a picture of four children playing together, one Black, one Hispanic, one Asian, and one White. When my son looked at the picture, he described them as Yellow, Orange, Blue, and Green - THE COLOR SHIRTS THEY WERE WEARING!!! He did not see race at ALL and it was just breathtaking and beautiful and Utopian. But THAT very moment was actually the same moment that he first experienced his White Privilege and here's why: Black babies have to have their skin color explained to them from the moment they are born. No matter where they live and how many supportive and amazing White and BIPOC friends they have, they need to know - in order to survive - that some people may treat them differently because of their skin color. And ONLY because of their skin color it is more dangerous for them to play with toy guns and wear hooded sweatshirts and walk into a store and go out at night and get pulled over by a cop and put their hands in their pockets, etc.
Racial awareness is in the fabric of the experience of growing up Black in America because when you are Black in America it is a given that there are also White people living in your community, but when you are White in America it is not a given that there are also Black people living in your community.
It makes me very happy to know that your friends have not felt some of the same injustices and microaggressions toward them that so many of my friends have. And I agree with you and your friends that there is clearly not a huge divide... Rather, there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support for (and with) the Black community specifically in the wake of George Floyd's murder which was apparently our breaking point. The protests happening right now around the world make this moment officially the largest civil rights movement in all of history. But in order to end racism we must dismantle and reform the system that created it in the first place. And that's where White Privilege can be our most powerful weapon! I will post a few links in a minute that I have found really helpful.
"White supremacy won't die until White people see it as a White issue they need to solve rather than a Black issue they need to empathize with." - Dwayne Reed
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou
I have been incredibly moved and inspired by so much of the anti-racist leadership I have seen especially in my local theatre community. In particular, Michael J. Bobbitt and New Repertory Theatre have been creating the foundation and setting the anti-racist standard for the future of theatre and beyond both locally and abroad. I am so proud to be a founding member of the IDEAA committee:
“Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Anti-Racism, etc. is an ACT OF LOVE – showing love to people who have never been loved by this country. This work is to end a race war, not start one. New Rep aspires to be a predominantly multicultural theatre company because we know that our differences are our greatest strengths. What we all bring to the conversations make the experiences richer and more visceral. These are not just principles or beliefs; they are the fuel that drives everything we do. At New Rep, your uniqueness is revered. Bring all of who you are to the table and come and “play” with us.” - Michael J Bobbitt.
Additionally, I have personally pledged a minimum monthly contribution to every professional theatre company in the greater Boston area who practices actionable accountability toward adopting anti-racist theatre practices.
Liliane Klein is making her Central Square Theater debut! A long time fan of the thoughtful and progressive work that has honored this space, Liliane is beyond thrilled to finally join forces on stage with these amazing local artist collaborators who so generously contribute their talents to the Boston Theatre community.
Immerse yourself in the swirling spectacle of London’s yesteryear and present day as we propel you through Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous journey. See this tale like never before–resurrected by intimate storytelling, hilarious puppetry, lively music, and jovial dancing! This theater-in-the-round adaptation of Dickens’ 1843 classic showcases vibrant performers and
heartfelt holiday cheer, guaranteed to leave you feeling transformed by Central Square Theater magic.
Produced by Underground Railway Theater & The Nora Theatre Company.
Ghost Light is Officially released on All Major Streaming Platforms
June 18th, 2019
June 4 - iTunes presales begin.
June 17th - DC premiere at the world famous
Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill.
June 18th - North American digital launch by Giant Pictures on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and many more platforms.
A disgruntled summer-stock actor contemptuously disregards the superstition surrounding Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth and, by doing so, unleashes the curse of 'The Scottish Play' and wreaks havoc on the company.
Cary Elwes, Carol Kane, Roger Bart, Scott Adsit, Steve Tom, Danielle Campbell, Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Riley, Sheldon Best, Alex Portenko, Caroline Portu, Liliane Klein, Zele Avradopoulos, Ken Cheeseman, Mary Callanan, Maureen Keiller, and Jason Mulcahy
Liliane Klein reunites with the cast of 1776 to perform at the New Rep Gala in anticipation of the 2019/2020 season.
Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award:
Jim Petosa, Retiring Artistic Director
Community Advocate Award:
Donald Fulton, Advocate for the Arts
Karoff Leadership Award:
Daniel Newton & Christopher Flynn, Advisory Council Members
6:30pm – VIP Reception, Commander’s Mansion Salon
A private celebration for our honorees and VIP guests. Hors d’oevures by Branch Line. Music by New Rep Artists (TBA)
7pm – Entr’acte, Gala 2019, Commander’s Mansion Tent
The celebration continued under the tent. Enjoy fine cuisine from local restaurants. Entertainment, live and silent auctions, and awards throughout the evening.
Rehearsals have started for 1776
November 4th, 2018
Rehearsals have officially begun for 1776 at New Rep Theatre co-directed by Austin Pendleton and Kelli Edwards!
In this Tony Award-winning musical, Massachusetts delegate John Adams must convince a divided Continental Congress to forge a new and independent nation. With help from his colleagues Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Adams just might make history! Experience the story of the founding of the United States with this exciting, inclusive reimagining of this classic musical.
Following our great success in Woodstock where the film was nominated as one of the best narrative features and given a special jury prize for our outstanding ensemble cast, Ghost Light has continued to enchant audiences in Portland, Austin and Savannah, where we were also nominated for best feature film.
Austin is nationally respected as the writers festival and we were honored to share the afternoon with such illustrious talents as Roger Corman, Larry Gilmore, Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity) and Beau Willimon (House of Cards)!
Liliane Klein to play Colonel Thomas McKean in 1776 at New Rep Theatre directed by Kelli Edwards and Austin Pendleton.
America’s Prize Winning Musical
music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
book by Peter Stone
based on a concept by Sherman Edwards
original production directed by Peter Hunt
originally produced on the Broadway Stage by Stuart Ostrow
In this Tony Award-winning musical, Massachusetts delegate John Adams must convince a divided Continental Congress to forge a new and independent nation. With help from his colleagues Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Adams just might make history! Experience the story of the founding of the United States with this exciting, inclusive reimagining of this classic musical.
NOV 30-DEC 23/2018
Entr'acte Theatre Company Cabaret Fundraiser and Silent Auction
June 27, 2018
Liliane Klein will be headlining Entr'acte Theatre Company's first Annual Cabaret Fundraiser and Silent Auction Event at 9 Wallis in Beverly, MA.
"Songs from the Stage and Screen"
Wednesday, June 27th @ 7pm
Music Director: Janet Glasser here
Come hear some of the North Shore's best performers sing their favorite songs and duets from the Broadway Stage and Silver Screen while bidding on fantastic goods and services in our silent auction.
9 Wallis is an elegant, fully air conditioned listening room, with comfortable seating at tables, plus food and beverage service featuring fine wines, local craft beers, specialty cocktails and top-shelf spirits.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit Entr'acte's scholarship program for financially disadvantaged kids, and help cover the cost of our family musical in the Fall. Entr'acte strongly believes in not turning away children who are seeking theatre opportunities due to money concerns. Help us continue to offer the transforming experience of theatre to everyone!
How Will We Live Tomorrow
May 3, 2018
Liliane Klein will participate in a staged reading of a new play by Paul E. Fallon at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday May 3, 2018 at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
How Will We Live Tomorrow? chronicles the bicycle journey of a middle-aged white man through the 48 contiguous states. Along the way, he asks everyone he meets, How Will We Live Tomorrow? American’s ideas about our nation’s direction broaden the Cyclist’s personal perspective, while the meditations of his seven-year-old self confirm his birthright advantages. The further the Cyclist travels, the greater he appreciates our nation’s breadth, the deeper he understands his own privilege, and the more he aspires to spread his benefits among others.
How Will We Live Tomorrow?
A new play by Paul E. Fallon
Directed by Caley Chase
Stewart Evan Smith
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.
Stage Manager: Sarah Schneider
Lights / Projections: Gabe Goldman
Front of House: Matt Manarchy
Central Square Theater: Dream It. Be It. Gala 2018
April 30, 2018
Liliane Klein will be singing with Maurice Emmanuel Parent in the Dream It. Be It. 2018 Gala for Underground Railway Theater and The Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA.here
Liliane Klein joins the cast of GHOST LIGHT in the Principal role of Eloise Levesque.
A dark comedy about a disgruntled summer-stock actor who contemptuously disregards the superstition surrounding Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth. By doing so he unleashes the curse of The Scottish Play and wreaks havoc on the company.
Directed by John Stimpson, the feature film stars Roger Bart, Cary Elwes, Carol Kane, Scott Adsit, Steve Tom, Tom Riley, Shannyn Sossamon, Danielle Campbell, Caroline Portu, Alex Portenko, Sheldon Best, Nolan Gerard Funk, Zele Avradopoulos, Ken Cheeseman, Maureen Keiller, and Mary Callanan.
Fresh off a 40 week national tour and prior to an Off-Broadway run!
In the same energetic & fun spirit as Menopause The Musical ®, WaistWatchers The Musical, set in Cook’s Women’s Gym, takes a hilarious and light-hearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love, and sex!
ALL NEW AND ORIGINAL MUSIC. Be prepared to be inspired, let loose, clap along and dance in the aisles. You won’t have a better time in the theatre!
DOGFIGHT nominated for multiple IRNE Awards, including BEST MUSICAL!!!!!!
March 6, 2017
In the Mid-Size category, Speakeasy Stage Company earned 32 nominations spread over five productions (The Scottsboro Boys, Significant Other, Dogfight, Violet, and Booty Candy) The 8 nominations for Dogfight specifically include: Best Lighting Design - Jeff Adelberg, Best Sound Design - David Reiffel , Best Choreography - Larry Sousa, Best Supporting Actress - McCaela Donovan, Best Actress - Alejandra Parilla, Best Actor - Jordan J. Ford, Best Director - Paul Daigneault, and BEST MUSICAL!
Liliane Klein has been cast in Super Troopers 2. Her scene will play opposite all the Super Troopers and Rob Lowe in the credited principal role of angry Canadian "Crowd Member # 1"!
Stay tuned for release updates!
Liliane Klein set for Lead in developmental workshop/reading of The Confession, The Musical
Liliane Klein will play the role of Rebecca Lapp in the developmental workshop/reading of The Confession, The Musical.
The Confession, a Musical is a story based on Beverly Lewis's The Confession which has sold over 26 million copies worldwide and was Hallmark's top grossing TV movie of 2015. The principal author is Emmy award nominee Martha Bolton. She was Bob Hope's lead writer for seventeen years.
The play tells the story of an Amish girl who discovers on the eve of her wedding that she is adopted, and sets out on a quest to find her birth mother. Challenges abound for each member of the cast, as the story takes us through both of her worlds, the “English” and the Amish, from thrilling barn-raisings to refined upper crust living (complete with British servants), including the pain and grief of those left behind. It’s about rejection, rebellion, forgiveness, discovery, and the struggles of familial bonds. The show boasts a range of musical styles, from soaring ballads and magnificent harmonies to foot-stomping bluegrass and hip-hop.
We are in the early stages of development of this extensive work, though the initial work has been performed regionally for several years with great success. The book and score have since been substantially rewritten, including the addition of numerous new songs.
Blue Gate Musicals is producing the musical, with the intention to move it forward to a full production, and then expand to bigger venues. Dan Posthuma, based in Nashville, is Producer.
The project will be directed by Myriam Cyr (www.myriamcyr.com) who has just recently directed a run of the play Simon Says at the Culture Project in New York City that received rave reviews for her work. Myriam Cyr’s career spans journalism, writing, theater, and film. She starred opposite Al Pacino in the title role of his theatrical production of Salome, performed the lead role in Julie Taymor’s original production of The Green Bird at the New Victory Theater, worked as Assistant Director to Nobel Literature Prizewinner Dario Fo, and was part of Steven Berkoff’s acclaimed theater company at the Royal National Theater in London. Myriam portrayed Ultra Violet in I Shot Andy Warhol. Her lead role in the French Canadian film, Le Secret de Jerome, won her numerous awards including the Baillard d’Or at the Namur Film Festival.
Fluent in both English and French, Myriam briefly studied music composition at McGill before graduating with honors in theater from the Montreal Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and with her Masters at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Boston audiences will recognize Myriam’s extraordinarily creative work in directing staged readings of the World Wide Premiere of Jack Beatty’s new play, The Battle Not Yet Begun: Munich 1938 and the U.S. Premiere of Shaw Festival winner,The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt. She also directed the magical, creative and innovative Mary Poppins, Little Women, and The Sound of Music at Stage284. A Founding Member ofStage284 and BlackBoxLab at Stage284, Myriam currently serves as Artistic Director for the latter. Ongoing producing projects include Hedda Gabler screenplay by Christopher Hampton, Emile Zola, and Au Bonheur des Dames.
Book by Bill & Cheryl Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed by Adam Schuler
Music Directed by Kenneth Griffin
Set Design by Jacob Street
Lighting design by Michael Wonson
Costume Design by Laura Dillon
October 28 - November 19
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays @ 3pm
Winner of 6 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards!
Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave you breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!
Tickets: $42 Premium, $35 Standard, $25 Economy and Seniors and $15 for students under the age of 18.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm)* with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). A concert performance - with music and dance - of The Boys from Syracuse, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and a new adaptation of the George Abbott book by Larry ( and Jennifer Hart with consultation by 3-time Tony Award librettist (Annie, co-librettist of The Producers and Hairspray) Tom Meehan. The concert is free and open to the public. *If it is raining on August 31, the concert will be postponed to September 1 at the Hatch Shell. If it is also raining September 1st, the concert will be moved to Symphony Hall on the 1st. For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org.
Based on William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, The Boys from Syracuse is often considered the finest of all Rodgers and Hart creations. This 'concert performance' marks only the second professional performance of the inimitable 1938 Big-Band style original orchestrations by Hans Spialek. Familiar songs include 'Falling in Love with Love,' 'Sing for Your Supper,' and 'This Can't Be Love.'
Filled with two sets of twins, and women chased and chaste, The Boys from Syracuse was the first musical ever adapted from Shakespeare. Identical twins Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus were separated as children in a shipwreck. Both have manservants, also twins, both named Dromio. When the Syracuse set arrive in Ephesus, mishaps and mischief ensue as they are mistaken for their brothers by merchants, wives, and mistresses. Perplexed partners, disgruntled courtesans, and outraged constables are left in the duo's wake before this show's tangled web is unraveled.
Landmarks and CSC have assembled an amazing cast to bring this ancient Grecian adventure to the Esplanade. They include Remo Airaldi* (Dromio of Syracuse), Jenna Augen* (Luciana),Justin Blanchard* (Antipholus of Syracuse), Larry Coen* (Dromio of Ephesus), Jennifer Ellis* (Adrianna), Liliane Klein* (Luce), Andy McLeavey* (Antipholus of Ephesus), DCR Commissioner Leo Roy (Sergeant) and Marc W. Soucy (Aegean). The ensemble includes Leah Carnow, Serge Clivio, Steven Del Col, Brittany Martel, Kate Penner, Brad Foster Reinking and Suzi Weisberg.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association
The creative team includes Music Director/Conductor Christopher Wilkins, co-directors Steven Maler and Adam Sanders, choreographer Yo-el Cassell and costume designer Brooke Stanton.
The Boys From Syracuse opened on November 23, 1938, at the Alvin Theater in New York with direction by George Abbott and choreography by George Balanchine, closing after a 235 performance run. A film version was released by Universal Pictures in 1940, which starred Allan Jones, Joe Penner, Martha Raye, and Irene Harvey. The production then made its way to London's West End in 1963 and was later given a revival in 1991, directed by Judi Dench. It was revived again by The Roundabout in New York in 2002, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Rob Ashford, with a new book by Nicky Silver. The production was presented as a concert revival in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston and to exploring Shakespeare's plays with the Boston community in innovative and creative ways. Best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, CSC also presents several free play-reading events during the year-Theatre in the Rough, Shakespeare & Law, and Shakespeare & Leadership. The Company fulfills its educational mission with training programs for both pre-professional actors through its Apprentice Program and early-career actors through CSC2. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the Theatre in Residence at Babson College. For more information visit commshakes.org.
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in 2001 by conductor and community advocate Charles Ansbacher. The orchestra is comprised of many of the area's finest professional musicians. In its earliest years, the orchestra performed in such historically important settings as Fenway Park, the USS CONSTITUTION pier, Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park, Copley Square, Boston Common, and other landmark locations. Since 2007, its principal home has been at the DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell. For more history visithttp://www.landmarksorchestra.org/About.html.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra's 2016 sponsors include the Free for All Concert Fund, The Boston Foundation, the Highland Street Foundation, The Boston Globe, and WCVB-TV Channel 5. These programs are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council andthe Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts + Culture.
Liliane Klein returns to Speakeasy Stage Company at the Boston Center for the Arts for the Boston professional premiere of Dogfight, The Musical.
MAY 7 - JUN 5, 2016
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by Jose Delgado
Choreography by Larry Sousa
"Vibrant ... an appealingly big-hearted musical."
- THE BOSTON GLOBE
"A rollicking pleasure."
"A provocative piece that should not be missed."
- FRANK AVRUCH, BOSTONMAN.COM
"Don't miss DOGFIGHT."
- JOYCE KULHAWIK, JOYCESCHOICES.COM
WINNER! 2013 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD – OUTSTANDING MUSICAL
It’s November 21, 1963; and on the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
Bernstein … Drew Arisco
Marcy / Peggy / Hippie … McCaela Donovan*
Eddie Birdlace … Jordan J. Ford*
Fector … Dave Heard*
Mama / Suzette / Hippie … Liliane Klein*
Rose Fenny … Alejandra M. Parrilla
Gibbs / Stevens’ Party Date … Edward Rubenacker
Ruth Two Bears / Librarian / Chippy / Hippie / Rose u/s … Jenna Lea Scott*
Boland … Jared Troilo*
Lounge Singer / Pete / Sergeant / Praying Drag Queen / Diner Patron / Waiter / Big Tony … Patrick Varner
Liliane Klein will take part in the 18th annual Boston Theater Marathon in Samantha Noble's, A Drink, directed by Liz Carlson and presented by the Nora Theatre Company on May 8th, 2016.
The Boston Theater Marathon features productions of fifty plays by fifty New England writers, produced by fifty different theatre companies. There’s no better way to see a cross section of the immense pool of talent that makes up the New England theatre community than attending the Boston Theater Marathon. As always, net proceeds from ticket sales to the BTM benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need.
What is the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund?
TCBF provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual and non-profit organizational members of StageSource facing extreme illness, catastrophic acts of nature, and other events such vandalism/theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such occurrences. The fund recognizes the essential value of artists and arts organizations to society, and treats all applicants with dignity, discretion, and compassion.
In the Fall of 1997, a Boston-area artist became ill with a life-threatening condition. The theater community decided to throw a party in order to raise funds to help with medical expenses. The Big Easy nightclub opened its doors free of charge for this event, and actors, producers, writers, designers, directors, and managers all donated their time, money, and expertise. The party was an unqualified success. Out of that experience arose the idea to create an organization to aid members of the Boston area theater community who are in dire need and do not have the financial resources to meet those needs. That organization is the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund.The first directors and officers of TCBF were Polly Hogan and Ron Ritchell, founders of the Lyric Stage and Lyric West Theatre, and Mary C. Huntington, founding artistic director of The Nora Theatre Company. The first substantial contributor was the Boston Theatre Marathon, established by Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, for the dual purpose of promoting the area’s wealth of playwrights and of contributing to the Fund. In order for the Fund to grow and be more effective, the directors approached StageSource to assist with management of the Fund. Through this partnership, both organizations benefit by being better service providers, and the theater community has a strong resource to turn to in times of trouble.
Voices of BTM XVIII: Samantha Noble
May 1st, 2016 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XVIII, new plays, short plays
Tell us a little bit about your play.
It’s a story about a mother and a daughter, and the first drink they’ve shared together in a long time. It’s also about memory, what happens when what we rely on most begins to fail us, and who we want to be to our parents and to ourselves. And it’s a little bit about quantum mechanics.
What made you want to tell this story?
A combination of personal experiences kept bringing me back to the subject matter of the play, foremost among them a close relationship to some really extraordinary women. For a long time I wasn’t sure what the right words were to articulate the idea I kept coming back to. When the words finally happened, this play is what they became. I hope they’re the right ones.
What’s next for you as a playwright?
My thesis play for my MFA at BU, Franklin, (centered on Captain Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to find the Northwest Passage) is going to be part of the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwright’s Workshop this July, and then a part of BPT’s upcoming season next spring.
Don’t miss A Drink—and 49 other amazing ten-minute plays—in Boston Theater Marathon XVIII on May 8!
Singers from the NextDoor Theater stage will perform a wide variety of songs, including memorable numbers from previous seasons’ shows, as well as a sneak peek of their upcoming May production of “A Little Night Music.” This one night-only benefit concert will raise money for an important backstage renovation at the theater and is the signature event of the monthlong March of the Arts community celebration.
Spring Sing features a cast of faces familiar to past audience members. From NDT’s most recent production, “The Light in the Piazza,” guests might recognize Adam Schuler (director), Karen Fanale (Signora Naccarelli) and Katie O’Reilly (Franca). Other notable performers from previous shows include husband and wife duo Kevin and Shonna Cirone, who played opposite each other as Joe Gillis and Betty Schaefer in “Sunset Boulevard,” as well as Warner Huntington and Vivienne Kensington in “Legally Blonde,” alongside fellow Spring Sing performer Liliane Klein, who played Paulette. Guests may also recognize “Next to Normal” rock stars Becky Ruccio (Diana), Sarajane Mullins (Natalie) and Sean Crosley (Henry). Allison Russell (Dainty June in “Gypsy”) will also join the cast, along with Katie Ann Clark (Woman in “Marry Me a Little”) and Marianna Wood (Jeannie in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”).
Rounding out the list are the leads of NDT’s upcoming show, “A Little Night Music.” Amelia Broome, who will play Desiree (last seen as M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias”), Sarah deLima, who will play Madame Armfeldt (previously seen as Lotte in “Lettice and Lovage” and Ida in “The Cemetery Club,” for which she received an IRNE Award), and newcomer Todd Yard, in the role of Frederik. Accompanying them is Dan Rodriguez, the music director who has worked with the NextDoor Theater for the past few seasons.
All of these musicians will come together to raise money for phase three of the NextDoor Theater’s renovation plan. This phase will focus on fully transforming the backstage actors’ area to include a new handicapped-accessible bathroom.
Tickets cost $35 each for general admission and include both the concert and a reception immediately following with the performers and artistic director of NDT, Brian Milauskas. Tickets can be purchased at nextdoortheater.org or by calling the box office at 781-729-6398 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays.
Patrons who are unable to attend the concert are invited to consider making a donation either online or over the phone as well. The NDT website has additional opportunities and events through March of the Arts.
The NextDoor Theater will present Spring Sing at 8 p.m. March 18 at 40 Cross St., Winchester.
Liliane Klein will join the company of MONTE CRISTO by Jared Reinmuth and directed by Cailin Heffernan with New Light Theatre Project at Urban Stages.
A New York City Premiere
An innovative, imaginative and faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo
By Jared Reinmuth
Directed by Cailín Heffernan
"Rich... Spectacular... Epic Fun!"
-Yvonne Korshak, Let's Talk Off-Broadway
"A fresh adaptation... Ambitious..."
-Charles Wright, Curtain Up
"An elegant and spirited rendition of a classic tale!"
-Leslie DiLeo, Hi Drama
"From the opening processional to the final shot, this is a vibrant production!"
-Ray Morgovan, Off Off Online
January 22nd thru February 13th, 2016
Drawing inspiration from the music of Les Six and musique concrète, this production uses projections, live foley, mime, and movement - created by a cast of fifteen who never leave the stage - becoming pieces in Monte Cristo’s game.
Original Music by Henry Aronson | Scenic Design by Sarah Lambert | Lighting Design by Michael O'Connor Costume Design by Cheryl McCarron | Sound Design by Andy Evan Cohen | Film Design by Dedalus 7
Fight Direction by Dan Renkin | Dialect Coaching by Theresa McElwee | Casting by Courtney Knysch
Technical Direction by Douglas Mills | Musical Direction by Roger Lipson
Production Stage Manager Erikka Anderson | Assistant Stage Manager Kelsey Ryan
Associate Produced by Danielle Demisay
Alana Barrett-Adkins | Brett Benowitz | Amanda Berry | Ian Eaton* | Tom Frank*
Bethany Geraghty | Kate Kenney | Liliane Klein* | Roger Lipson* | Jamie Parton
Margherita Peluso | Vinnie Penna* | Michael Russinik* | Paul Sheehan | C. Walker, Jr*
Liliane Klein will participate in the developmental workshop of No Parking at Portland Stage Co.
This show, by the award-winning team of Roger Ames and Elizabeth Bassine, is scheduled to begin a developmental cycle this August in Portland. No Parking tells the story of a quirky group of nursing home seniors afflicted by memory loss and dementia. At a time when many abandon friends and loved ones in this unexpected metamorphosis, this musical tells a different story -- of connecting through struggle, loving through loss, and hoping regardless of the circumstance.
Liliane Klein set to play Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor
Liliane Klein will play Mistress Page this August on beautiful Deer Isle Stonington, ME!
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - Shakespeare in Stonington
Taking a break from the political intrigue of Henry IV, Falstaff, the “Fat Knight,” rides into the small town of Windsor, England with one thing on his mind – the ladies. When two rich married women find themselves the object of his not-so-honorable affections, they take the opportunity to show both him and their husbands the power of beauty and brains.
Directed by Jeffrey Frace and Julia Sears
Liliane set to join The Pint Collaborative
Liliane Klein will join the Pint Collaboratiive ensemble to workshop the new musical, A Pint of Undertanding, in February.
a pint of understanding
the professor, the policeman & the president
Music by Joel LaRue Smith and Joseph Smith
Book & Lyrics by Lee Phenner
Directed by Benny Sato Ambush
Music Direction by Scott Nicholas
Arriving home after a long trip, Professor Chester Washington III, a renowned African American scholar, finds the door to his house jammed and his life’s work about to be put to the ultimate test.When Tim O’Connor, a white police sergeant, arrests him while investigating an alleged burglary at his home, two very different stories emerge. The U.S. president stages a meeting at the White House that launches the professor and the policeman on a profound, often sardonic journey that forces them to confront what they stand for and explore the possibility of meaningful change in a nation that's often divided.
Inspired by the much publicized July 2009 arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr. at his Cambridge, Massachusetts home by a white police officer, an event that led to the much-hyped White House Beer Summit, A Pint of Understanding is a fictionalized work of musical theatre that dives beneath the surface to get at the thorny issues at the heart of that incident. Employing drama, sardonic humor, multimedia, and a multi-genre musical score rooted in jazz, A Pint of Understanding goes beyond that episode to explore broader issues of race, class, irony, ego, individual perspectives and collective blindspots … with a sense of hope. Given today’s headlines, A Pint of Understanding is all too relevant. It's a revolt against complacency and a creative, positive contribution to the progress our country can make — if we all insist on it.
Liliane Klein set to play Katie in Meet Me In St. Louis
Liliane Klein will be making her Stoneham Theatre debut this holiday season playing Katie in Meet Me In St. Louis!
Meet Me in St. Louis
November 28–December 28, 2014
Book by Hugh WheelerSongs by Hugh Martin & Ralph BlaneBased on “The Kensington Stories” by Sally Bensonand the MGM motion picture Meet Me in St. LouisTHE HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
Featuring "The Trolley Song", "The Boy Next Door", and, of course, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Join the Smith family for the holidays as they face leaving their beloved St. Louis home and relocating to New York City. This heart-warming American musical is a celebration of family, home, hearth and love.
For Two Nights Only! Liliane Klein plays Loretta in FANG at the Kraine Theatre, NYC
Liliane will be playing Loretta in Fang by Alex Dremann as part of Things That Go BUMP in the Night at the Kraine Theatre, NYC.
Directed by James Monohan and co-starring Ben Rezendes.
Liliane Klein returns for 15th Anniversary of CT Free Shakespeare in As You Like It
Liliane will be playing Addie/Audrey in this summer's CT Free Shakespeare revival of As You Like It set in 1968. The production will be performed on the historic grounds of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford and on McClevy Green in Bridgeport from July 30th - August 10th.
This production will mark Liliane's 9th summer with CFS. She debuted with the company as Audrey in their 2005 production of As You Like It.
AS YOU LIKE IT (set in 1968)
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ellen Lieberman
Produced by Bertram Garskof
Festival! Stratford & Stratford Center for the Arts
American Shakespeare Festival Theatre
(1850 Elm Street - Stratford, CT)
July 30 at 8PM - Opening Night
July 31 at 8PM
August 1 at 8PM
August 2 at 8PM
August 3 at 8PM - Closing Night in Stratford
City of Bridgeport & Mayor Bill Finch
McLevy Green in Downtown Bridgeport
August 6 at 8PM - Opening Night
August 7 at 8PM
August 8 at 8PM
August 9 at 8PM
August 10 at 8PM - Closing Night in Bridgeport
All performances are FREE to the public.
Please bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics and enjoy the show.
Show will be cancelled if raining.
For more information please visit:
or call - (203) 981-8066
Liliane Klein signs with FSE
Liliane Klein has signed with FireStarter Entertainment Talent Agency!
Liliane is thrilled to be represented theatrically by Partner, Nicole Dernersesian in both the Los Angeles and New York markets and commercially in Los Angeles by Jennifer Layton who booked her recent JC Penney national commercial campaign!
Liliane Klein JC Penney commercial airs during 86th Annual Academy Awards
Starring Liliane Klein, the latest JC Penney national commercial campaign made it's debut during the Oscars Red Carpet Pre-Show and again during the awards ceremony!
Click the link below to watch the commercial. Liliane appears just around the 20 second mark.
Liliane is thrilled to be represented for plus size modeling by Ideal Fit Models founder and director, Anora Lyn Shaer.
Liliane will be Queen Victoria in A Little Princess
Liliane Klein has been cast as Queen Victoria in the Boston premiere of A Little Princess!
A Little Princess is the story of a little girl with a great big imagination. Separated from her father, and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue – helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As the girl wins the affection of the other boarders she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress; Sara is made a servant to the institution when her father is reported dead, and his fortune seized. Sara counters all Miss Minchin’s best efforts to degrade her with the grace and virtue of a little princess.
Book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Music by Andrew Lippa, and based on the 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Directed by Meg Fofonoff.
November 21 – December 8, 2013, at Boston’s historic Strand Theatre.
Liliane will reprise the role of Tammy Snout/Wall in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Liliane Klein will be returning to her summer home away from home once again with CT Free Shakespeare's 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Performances will be held at Festival! Stratford on the grounds of the historic American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT from July 31- Aug. 4th @ 8pm and at McClevy Green in downtown Bridgeport, CT from Aug. 7-11 @ 8pm
Liliane will play Paulette in Legally Blonde
Liliane Klein will be making her NextDoor Theatre debut as Paulette in Legally Blonde! Better yet, her dog Muesli will be making his stage debut as Paulette's dog, Rufus!
directed by JAMES TALLACH
music directed by MATT STERN
choreographed by LAUREN HALL
designed by BRIAN MILAUSKAS
ASHLEY KOROLEWSKI as ELLE, MIKE LEVESQUE as EMMETT, SHONNA CIRONE as VIVIENNE, KEVIN CIRONE as WARNER
LILIANE KLEIN* as PAULETTE and PETER ADAMS* as CALLAHAN
*denotes member actors' equity
Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart.
Liliane will play Maureen in Skin Deep
Liliane Klein is very excited to be making her Majestic Theater debut as Maureen in Jon Lonoff's, Skin Deep. Directed by Danny Eaton. The cast also features the talents of Buzz Roddy, Cate Damon, and Kevin Maroney.
Skin Deep runs February 21 - March 30 at West Springfield's Majestic Theater. Tickets to the romantic comedy are $19 - $28 and are available by calling the box office at (413) 747-7797.