Outstanding Stories Brought to Life

Jimmy Tingle

The Cambridge, Mass.-born Tingle has a career spanning three decades, as a comedian, writer, actor, activist and entrepreneur.  Tingle also worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, “Larry King’s Weekend”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The American Comedy Awards”, as well as his own HBO half-hour comedy special. He has also been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and appeared regularly on “Heat” with John Hockenberry.

Mr. Parent

When an actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, he learns that it’s less of a job and more of a constant, visceral reminder of one’s own success and/or failure. Mr. Parent is a hilarious, joyful, and heartbreakingly honest peek into the kids, adults, and systems of the Boston Public Schools. Based on the real-life adventures of favorite Boston actor Maurice Parent, Mr. Parent asks, “What does it mean to show up for our kids — and ourselves?”

JUNE 20 & 22

Valeria Solomonoff – Tango Dancer

Valeria has been featured in documentaries such as PBS’s Surrender Tango and Tango in Berlin, in films such as Dance the Gender and Venuz Boys and on TV programs internationally. She has danced for the promotion of Julio Iglesias and YoYo Ma’s tango CDs.

JULY 11 & 13

Lift: Lifting Up Stories of Today’s Youth

An Apprentice Company Devised piece directed by Dee Dee Batteast.

One-Woman Play

A One-Woman Play by *** **** featuring Dee Dee Batteast

JULY 18 & 20

Laiona Michelle: An Evening with Little Girl Blue

Following her critically acclaimed performance in American Hero, Laiona Michelle steps into the role of Nina Simone in a new musical.  This exuberant show reveals a life in between the black and white keys—a passionate journey from classical piano child prodigy to the High Priestess of Soul, told through the words and music of American icon Nina Simone. ​

AUG 15 & 17

The Queen of Fenway Court: Isabella Stewart Gardner

A One-Woman Play written by and featuring Leigh Strimbeck

Isabella Stewart Gardner possessed an energetic intellectual curiosity and a love of travel. A leading American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts, she often spent summers in Gloucester. You know the legacy, now learn the story of her life as an eccentric female millionaire.

SEPT 12 & 14