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PARKING PARTNERS

The Start of the “Stay Tuned” Season

By Rob Orchard

We just announced the first four additional productions in our “Stay Tuned” season joining the original eight productions unveiled in the spring. ArtsEmerson Members had first crack at the best seats for the past week and now everyone can join in. Remember, if you’re interested in attending any productions at ArtsEmerson it makes sense to become a Member because it only costs $60 and comes with a free ticket plus a load of other benefits. Trust me. It makes sense.

The four new productions pretty well map our identity: new work, legendary artists, pioneers, and projects the whole family can enjoy. On the family side, all four are recommended for audiences 12 and up. The key here is that these works APPEAL to ALL ages – not primarily to adults and tolerable for the kids, or the reverse. But, truly to ALL ages. And each of them will spark valuable discussion. Here they are:

Whistler in the Dark is a wonderful, ambitious company based in Boston. They want to revisit a production they first did a few years ago based on vivid stories from Ovid. It’s lovely and lyrical with beautiful images coming from the skillful silk aerial work in the staging. It’s called Tales from Ovid, adapted from Ted Hughes’ award-winning book.

You may have heard of the Kindertransport during the second world war. Children were selected to board a train for England to escape the horrors of the Nazi regime. Mona Golabek’s mother Lisa Jura, a celebrated concert pianist, benefited, and Mona (also an acclaimed pianist) tells her family story interspersed with glorious live music. As we navigate the excesses and emerge from the grit of this election season, this production, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, will lift your spirits, move your heart, and make you cheer.

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