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The Lyric Stage Company of Boston Opens the 2021-2022 Season With BE HERE NOW


Performances begin Friday, September 24 and run through Sunday, October 17. 

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston will open the 47th season with the quirky romantic comedy Be Here Now by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Performances begin Friday, September 24 and run through Sunday, October 17.

Samantha Richert (Bari) leads the cast which also includes Barlow Adamson (Mike Cooper). Making their Lyric Stage debuts are Shani Farrell (Patty Cooper) and Katherine Shaver (Luanne Cooper).

Scenic Design is by Janie Howland, Costume Design by Rachel Padula-Shufelt, Lighting Design by Karen Perlow, and Sound Design by Dewey Dellay.

A quirky romantic comedy about a professor of nihilism who experiences joy for the first time, Be Here Now centers around Bari, a misanthrope who has returned to her hometown of East Cooperville, NY as she struggles to finish her thesis. Working at a local fulfillment center, her despair has reached new heights When Bari begins experiencing emotions she never has felt before, she begins to have a different outlook on life. And when she discovers that the cause of these feelings may be killing her, Bari is forced to ask if she wants to go back to a life of nothing.

Says Lyric Stage Artistic Director and director of this production, Courtney O'Connor, "In Bari, we see a woman experiencing joy and connection with others for the first time in her life, forcing her to question who she is now, what she is willing to do to hold onto her new-found joy, and whether or not she's willing to change. Over this past year and a half, many of us have had to ask ourselves the same questions. And like Bari and those in her world, the answers may surprise all of us."

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