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The Lily's Revenge: A Flowergory Manifold

Event Information


Fine Arts Center | Curtain Theater

Date & Time

Apr 18, 2018 | 6:30 pm Apr 20, 2018 | 6:30 pm


The Lily's Revenge

The Lily's Revenge celebrates love and compassion in a glorious pageant. 

Lights, sequins, FLOWERS! The Lily's Revenge is not just a play, it's an extravaganza. You are cordially invited to the glorious finale of the UMass Amherst Theater 2017-18 season. 

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).

Running April 18­ to 29, 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 5 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!

Dates: April 18, 20, 26, 27 at 6:30pm, April 21, 28, 29 at 1pm.

Location: Beginning in the Curtain Theater, and traveling to other spaces in the department. 

Fee: $5 per play students/ seniors, $15 general admission. We accept credit cards and Ucards at the door. For tickets, visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office in person, online, or by calling 1-800-999-UMAS.  

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