The Umbrella Stage Company presents the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel, The Color Purple, and the 1985 film by Steven Spielberg.
The inspirational story set in the early 1900s follows a young woman, Celie, as she journeys through her childhood experiencing joy, despair, anguish, sisterhood and self-realization to find her voice and power. A story of hope and a testament to the healing power of love, the adaptation features a Tony Award-winning score infused with jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues.
Directed for The Umbrella Stage Company by BW Gonzalez, who appeared in last season’s The Colored Museum; has worked in theatres nationwide; and appeared in the recurring role of Lupe in the Netflix series, Arrested Development.
Shows run Thursday-Saturday at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM, with a number of optional adjacent community events including:
Shows are staged in the newly renovated 344-seat, state-of-the-art mainstage theater with easy on-site parking, or a short walk from the commuter rail. The Umbrella is ADA accessible, a proud partner in the Massachusetts Cultural Council's EBT Card-to-Culture program, and provides free parking and free admission to its visual arts galleries, currently hosting the international climate change art exhibition, Points of Return.
The Umbrella partners with several excellent restaurants and hotels to provide day-of-show special offers on meals and overnight stays. See https://theumbrellaarts.org/TCP
(* The Umbrella’s Kid-Care Show Program gives parents the opportunity to attend select performances while their child(ren) engage in art activities inspired by the production. This is a new pilot program aimed at providing better access to arts and culture events and creating a shared experience opportunity for families. Spaces are limited and can be reserved alongside ticket purchases.)
The Umbrella Arts Center is at 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA.
The Color Purple (5/12/23-6/4/23)
Middleton Heights (3/31/23-4/23/23)
An Evening with Laura Benanti (3/10/23-3/11/23)
Dracula (A feminist revenge fantasy, really) (9/30/22-10/23/22)
The Boy Who Grew Flowers (9/22/22-9/24/22)
The Colored Museum (5/20/22-6/5/22)
Head Over Heels (4/15/22-5/8/22)
Holidays Under The Umbrella (12/17/21-12/19/21)
The Old Man and The Old Moon (11/12/21-12/5/21)
The Color Purple
The Umbrella Arts Center (5/12 - 6/4)
Milburn Stone Theatre (6/9 - 6/18)
The Cape Playhouse (6/7 - 6/17)
John Proctor Is The Villain
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (2/8 - 3/10)
Kansas: Another Fork in the Road 50th Anniversary Tour
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts (10/12 - 10/12)
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (9/14 - 10/7)
The Normal Heart
The Mosesian Center for the Arts (6/21 - 7/9)
Rite of Passage
Windhover Center for the Performing Arts (7/13 - 7/30)
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