Theater: 'The Lily's Revenge'
April 18, 2018 6:30 pm
April 20, 2018 6:30 pm
April 21, 2018 1:00 pm
April 26—April 27, 2018 6:30 pm
April 28—April 29, 2018 1:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Mark the joyous occasion of the first-ever university production of this extraordinary multimedia, multi-genre spectacle by queer New York performance artist Taylor Mac (McArthur Genius Fellow 2017, Pulitzer Prize finalist 2017).
The play is a bold allegory for the struggles and celebrations of LGBTQIA+ communities in contemporary American politics and invites audiences of all backgrounds to participate in radical acts of compassion and empathy.
"At its core, The Lily's Revenge is a play about community, courage, authenticity, and expanding perceptions of love--all ideas which feel necessary and hopeful at this time," says Jen Onopa, the graduate student who is directing this production.
The Lily's Revenge follows a torch-singing anthropomorphic lily flower who falls in love with a human bride. Desperate to marry the Bride, the Lily embarks on a hero’s quest to transform into a human man, but comes to realize that this might not be the only path to life-long happiness.
The production is a kaleidoscopic somersault in five parts, taking the audience from musical theater to spoken word to drag performance, as the Lily explores humanity, love, and self-discovery in the pursuit of becoming a fully-realized being. Along the way, the Lily meets other flowers, battles a nefarious curtain, and enters a high stakes world of haiku battles — while rocking a killer costume that would make any kween proud.
The Lily's Revenge moves through different spaces in the Department of Theater over the course of a run time akin to the span of a wedding reception. Just as a wedding physically moves from ceremonial space to reception hall to afterparty, audiences will do so too! Between these stages, audiences are offered opportunities to participate in a parade, to interact with characters, and to ask questions about the production during the intermissions.
“What drew me to the play is its unapologetic celebration of life,” says dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad, “And what better way to end a wonderful theatrical season than an inclusive party of a show!” This production is above all an expression of joy and happiness that welcomes audiences into a vibrant community. Everyone’s invited!
Members of the LGBTQIA+ community, we hope you can join us for this performance on Pride Night, April 27. This cast is dressed to the nines, so make sure you are too — wear your favorite rainbows, wigs, heels, etc.
Compete in a haiku battle! See The Lily’s Revenge costumes up close. Talk to the creators. Meet organist and LGBTQ+ activist Cameron Carpenter. Music. Food. Fun.
Immediately following the April 27 performance in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. Free and open to everyone in the community.
This is an ArtWeekMA event, brought to you by UMass Theater, the Fine Arts Center and the Department of Music and Dance.
This production is recommended for audiences age 16 and up due to language, simulated sexual acts, profane posies, sequins, and floral fabulosity. Spaces are accessible but contact the box office so that our ushers can better assist you.