(Cover Photo: Nicole Paloma Sarro and Roger Lemelin
in "Miss You Like Hell". Photo Credit: Erin X. Smithers)
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For this reason, in light of our community's efforts to contain COVID-19, we have decided to to our part by suspending all programming at the theater, including performances of Miss You Like Hell, classes, and all other events until further notice.
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The Wilbury Theatre Group
Continues its 2019/20 Season with
Rhode Island Premiere of
The award-winning new musical by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
Quiara Alegría Hudes and singer-songwriter Erin McKeown
McKeown will attend a performance and do a talk back around the March 13th show. Her first musical, Miss You Like Hell, opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2018, where it was nominated for 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Lyrics, Best Music and Best Orchestrations, and The Wall Street Journal named it Best Musical of 2018. www.erinmckeown.com
"MISS YOU LIKE HELL"
Book & Lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Wilbury Theatre Group continues its 2019/20 Main Series season with the Rhode Island premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes' newest musical, Miss You Like Hell, March 5-29, 2020.
Hudes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Lin-Manuel Miranda's collaborator on the book and film of In The Heights, wrote the book and shares credit for the lyrics with folk-rock star Erin McKeown who also wrote the music.
Directed by Don Mays (Hype Man: a break-beat play) for The Wilbury Group, with musical direction by Matt Requintina (Spring Awakening, The Pirates of Penzance) Miss You Like Hell is both as relevant as the headlines and as intimate as the love between a mother and a daughter. Beatriz arrives in Philadelphia after a prolonged absence and convinces her teenage daughter Olivia to drive cross-country with her to California. This attempt at a mother-daughter rapprochement is enlivened by the odd cast of characters they encounter along the way, and complicated by Beatriz's revelation that she faces imminent deportation to Mexico after years of living as an undocumented immigrant.
"We're fortunate to be able to share this incredible story of love and reconciliation with our audiences," says Wilbury Artistic Director Josh Short."Set against the backdrop of a country in the middle of an identity crisis, Miss You Like Hell has a beautiful way of making the politics disappear. It gives us a short glimpse into the lives of those most affected by America's border policies, and with humor and heart asks us to bear witness to the costs that families undertake to stay together."
Nicole Paloma-Sarro, a veteran of the National Tour of In the Heights and last scene in Rhode Island in Les Miserables at the Ocean State Theatre Company, stars as Beatriz, a Mexican-American mother facing deportation.
Tanya Avendaño Stockler, recently seen as Oberon/Hermia in The Donkey Show at American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), makes her Wilbury debut as Olivia, Beatriz's estranged teenage daughter, who writes a popular blog on which she has invented the fiction that her mother is dead.
Once they begin heading west they meet Wilbury favorites Tom Roberts and Roger Lemelin as Mo and Higgins, a couple on a long-term retirement road trip with the goal of getting married in all 50 states.
In South Dakota they encounter Manuel, played by newcomer Cristhian Mancinas-Garcia, a tamale vendor and widower from Peru.
On a detour to Yellowstone they rendezvous with Pearl, one of Olivia's online friends and a Junior Park Ranger played by Robelis Cruz, a senior from the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA) making her professional stage debut at The Wilbury Group.
The ensemble includes familiar faces to Wilbury audiences including Christine Treglia, Jason Quinn, and Marcel Mascaro.
In addition to direction by Don Mays and music direction by Matt Requintina, the production includes Scenic Design by Keri King, Sound/Light Design by Andy Russ, Costume Design by Jessie Darrell Jarbadan, Technical Direction by Dave Carney, and Stage Management by Olivia Paluzzi and Jessica Zambrano.
Join us for a special post-show talkback with Miss You Like Hell composer Erin McKeown and members of the Wilbury Group's cast and creative team on Friday, March 13 immediately following the 7:30pm performance.
About Erin McKeown:
Erin McKeown is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique —clear, cool, and collected. Over the last 20 years, she has performed around the world, released 10 full length albums, and written for film, television, and theater, all the while refining her distinctive and challenging mix of American musical forms.
Her first musical, Miss You Like Hell, written with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2018. It was nominated for 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Score), 5 Drama Desk Awards (including Best Music, Best Lyrics, Best Orchestrations), and named Best Musical of 2018 by The Wall Street Journal.
Leading her own band, she has performed at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and the Newport Folk Festivals. A familiar presence on NPR and the BBC, McKeown’s songs have also appeared in numerous commercials and television shows.
While a student at Brown University, Erin was a resident artist at Providence, RI’s revolutionary community arts organization AS220. A 2011-2012 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center For Internet & Society, she is also the recipient of a 2016 writing fellowship from The Studios of Key West and a 2018 residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
McKeown is the 2020 Professor of the Practice at Brown University.