UMass Boston News

Polaroid Stories—the Spring Theatre Arts Production

Polaroid Stories poster image
Event Date: April 08, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: McCormack Hall, Second Floor, McCormack Theatre
Event Cost: Students $10, General Public $15

The UMass Boston Performing Arts Department presents Polaroid Stories, by Naomi Iizuka, Theatre Arts' spring production, opening on April 7 and running through April 15. Directed by Associate Professor Carrie Ann Quinn, Iizuka’s drama blends classical mythology and modern-day story telling with the visceral world of teenage runaways.

“They are recognizable gods and mortals dealing with the highs and lows of life, portrayed by homeless teenagers, in the midst of the current drug epidemic," says Quinn. “The cast is fully invested in telling these stories, mining dark and dangerous places to bring the characters and the play to life.”

Quinn says the production reimagines the McCormack Theatre, and the space is being reconfigured with on-stage audience seating and actors utilizing three tiers of scaffolding as its stage. 

“Polaroid Stories is remarkable in bringing audiences to the gritty world of youth living on the edge, while thoughtfully connecting them to the epic myths of old,” she said.

Due to the reconfiguration, the number of seats in McCormack is reduced and sell-outs are highly likely. Tickets are now available.

Polaroid Stories will run for seven performances in the McCormack Theatre, April 7-9 and April 13-15 at 7:30, with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 9. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

The cast includes:

D (Dionysus) - Hector Toledo
Eurydice – Caroline Clancy
Persephone (also Semele) – Sabina Lindsey
Orpheus – Jacques Matellus
Philomel – Anastasya Putri
Skinheadgirl (aka neon girl) – Megan Jepsen
Narcissus – Christian Ruiz
Echo – Cassidy Bane
Skinheadboy (aka Oklahoma boy / speedracer) – Matrid Neli
G (aka zeus, hades) – Kervin Germain

The crew includes:

Erin Reilly: Assistant Director
Jaime Silva: Stage Manager
Michael Katz: Technical Director
Anthony R. Phelps: Scenic and Lighting Designer
Rafael Jaen: Costume Designer
Tori Moline: Hair/Makeup Design
Jennifer Elias: Dramaturg
Robert Lublin: Dramaturg Advisor
Joe Sheehan: Props Master
Shannon Doane: Assistant Stage Manager
Ellie Cordero: Assistant Stage Manager
Jamie Biancardi: Costume Design Assistant
Tori Moline: Costume Shop First Hand
Mike Katz, Sound Design
Emily Zhao: Assistant Scenic Designer
Djellounda Dieujuste: Scenic Artist
Adlai Cole: Community Education Coordinator
Briana Sousa: Master Electrician
Torrence Chrisman: Assistant Master Electrician
Briana Sousa: Light Board Operator
Alycia Love: Sound Board Operator

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.