Available for touring
Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts
Join an epic quest!
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry. A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras.
Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
change your story, change your world
Conceived & Directed by Jason Slavick
Music & Lyrics by Nathan Leigh
Puppetry Direction & Design by Faye Dupras
Produced by Georgia Lyman
Written by The LAB Ensemble
A Story Beyond was created and presented with the generous support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Cultural Council.
CONCEIVED & DIRECTED & LEAD WRITER - Jason Slavick
MUSIC & LYRICS - Nathan Leigh
PUPPETRY DESIGN & DIRECTION - Faye Dupras
COSTUME DESIGN - Kendra Bell
LIGHTING DESIGN - PJ Strachman
SCENIC DESIGN & PROPS MASTER - Rebecca Lehrhoff
Rebecca Lehrhoff is a visual, performing, and teaching artist whose work ranges from acting, devising and dance to scenic design, art installation and mural painting. Rebecca was part of the original devising cast of A Story Beyond, but stepped out of the cast to have a baby! A LAB artistic associate, Rebecca’s company credits include: Who Would Be King, Yellow Bird Chase, Irresistible, and Interference. Other performance credit include: The Weird (Off The Grid Theater Company), Winter Panto 2018: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Winter Panto 2017: The Princess & The Pea (Imaginary Beasts), Beowulf, King Arthur (Poets’ Theatre), Sacred Spaces Redux (Exchange Artists), Enigma Variations (Flat Earth Theater), Beck: Song Reader (Chimera Lab Dance Theater). Select scenic design credits include: Winter Panto 2018: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Imaginary Beasts), How Soft the Lining (Bad Habit Productions), The Farnsworth Invention (Flat Earth Theater- IRNE Award- Best Fringe Show), Penny Penniworth: A Tale Of Great Good Fortune, Polish Joke (Titanic Theater Company), From the Sea to Somewhere Else (Flotsam Productions), Chalk (Fresh Ink Theater). Rebecca holds a MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BS in theater from Skidmore College.
MASK DESIGN - Becca Jewett
TECHNICAL DIRECTION & ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGN - Ben Lieberson
Ben Lieberson is excited to be working with Liars & Believers once again, after constructing scenery for Who Would Be King. Set design credits include This Place/Displaced (Artists’ Theater of Boston); The Taming, True West, and The Good Body (Hub Theatre Company); Crossing Flight (TC2 Theatre Co.); Really (Company One Theatre); Brilliant Traces, The Taming of the Shrew, and Echoes (Brown Box Theatre Project); Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo (Flat Earth Theatre), and It’s Not About My Mother (Fresh Ink Theatre). As a technical director and builder, he has recently worked with Central Square Theatre, Israeli Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bad Habit Productions, and Open Theatre Project. Ben also supervises the scene shop for Wellesley College’s Theater Studies program.
OPEN CAPTION ARTIST - Glen Moore
Glen designed and created the captions for A Story Beyond, furthering the LAB commitment to expanding the accessibility of theatre. He was also one of the original devisers of the script. As a LAB company member, Glen played Poodge in Yellow Bird Chase, performed in Irresistible, and was Saul in Who Would Be King. His Boston area credits include: Gene in the New England Regional Premiere of The Last Schwartz (Gloucester Stage Company); BLINDERS (Flat Earth Theatre); The Importance of Being Ernest (Moonbox Productions); Of Mice and Men (Boston Children’s Theatre); CLOSER (Bad Habit Productions); Of Mice and Men (Moonbox); The Time of My Life (Zeitgeist Stage Company); And Neither Had I Wings to Fly (BHP); Arcadia (BHP); Eurydice (Independent Drama Society) Regional Theatre; Speech And Debate (Curious Theatre Company). He holds a B.A. in acting from The University of Northern Colorado and also studied briefly at The National Theatre Conservatory. Glen has worked as an acting coach in Boston and Denver both privately and with Model and Talent Management Agency. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their support.
ASSISTANT SCENIC PAINTING - Solei
Solei is a visual artist, muralist and musician living in Boston with roots from Maine. She works pro-bono as Creative Director of Brain Arts Organization, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create platforms for fringe creative communities in Greater Boston. In this capacity she is Designer-In-Chief of the Boston Compass Newspaper and Gallery Manager at Dorchester Art Project, a community driven art gallery in Fields Corner, Dorchester. She also curates for 1369 Coffeehouse in Cambridge, MA.
ASSISTANT SCENIC PAINTING - Kate Keaton
Katherine Keaton – is a recent graduate of Boston University. She holds an Artisan Certificate in Scenic Painting from BU and a B.A. in Theatre from The University of Maine, Orono. Recent notable paint credits include The Barber of Seville (Boston Lyric Opera), Cyrano, True West, The Agitators, My Station In Life (Gloucester Stage Co.), and The Curious Savage (UMaine School of Performing Arts).
ASSISTANT PRODUCER - Ally Rzesa
PRODUCER - Georgia Lyman
Born and raised in Boston, Georgia Lyman has been a lifelong participant in the performing arts. After a decade as an award winning actor, she stumbled upon a love of producing through her critically acclaimed theater company Orfeo Group, winning several Elliot Norton awards for Outstanding Production.
Curating across genre and without boundaries, she creates atmospheric performance experiences which excite, inspire, and leave audiences wanting more. She is the Artistic Director of TEDxCambridge. Most recently, she produced the world premier of REV.23 and was the developing producer of PermaDeath for White Snake Projects, a Boston-based company specializing in original opera. Her work has been seen at Harvard Square’s Mayfair, with immersive spectacle theater in nightclubs, for Medicine Wheel at the historic Cyclorama and in a series of events at Lawn on D. She served as the Artistic Director of Outside the Box, Boston’s largest interdisciplinary outdoor performing arts festival, where she presented over 2000 individual artists over 3 years.
Georgia is wholeheartedly committed to raising the arts & culture sector to be on par with the more widely accepted Bostonian fields of medicine, tech, and higher education.
ISABEL (Spain) & LEAD WRITER - Rachel Wiese
Rachel Wiese, LAB Artistic Associate: Who Would Be King, Yellow Bird Chase, Beowulf (in collaboration with Poet’s Theatre). Regional: Metamorphoses, and Wildflowers (Zach Theatre), Lifelines and Hometeam (Vetworks), Sacred Space Redux and A Streetcar Straight to Hell (The Exchange Artists), Frankenstein and The Jungle (Trouble Puppet Theatre), Marvelous Things, People Will Talk About You Sometimes, and Her Little Prince (Poison Apple Initiative), Oceana (The Vortex). Film and stunt acting credits are on imdb.com. Rachel teaches Acting at Worcester State University and directs a bilingual theatre program for Texas A&M University in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy.
STANISLAV (Russia) - Jesse Garlick
Jesse Garlick is a LAB Artistic Associate, a Boston based actor, dancer and arts educator. With the LAB he has been in Who Would Be King, Yellow Bird Chase, Talk to Strangers, Irresistible. His other credits include: Off-Broadway credits: Good (PTP/NYC). Regional credits: A Christmas Carol, Journey to the West, Arcadia (Central Square Theatre) Good, Assassins (New Repertory Theatre) Salome (Bridge Rep), Beowulf (Poets Theatre), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Classical Repertory Company), Hamlet, As You Like It (Brown Box Theatre Project). Jesse is a faculty member at Boston Ballet’s ECI Department as well as a co-founder of 360 Dance Ensemble. He is also a teacher and theatre director at Newton South High School and Solomon Schecter Day School. Jesse holds a BFA in acting from Boston University as well as having attended the Academia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
NANCY (England) - Rosie McInnes
THANASIA (Greece) - Aislinn Brophy
Aislinn Brophy is a local actor, director and playwright. She graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Theater, Dance & Media, and is excited to have been a part of Theater, Dance & Media’s very first graduating class. Recent credits include Heritage Hill Naturals (Fresh Ink Theatre) and Red and the Wolf (Fresh Fruit Festival).
ZUZEK THE MANDOLINIST (Czech Republic) - Jeff Butcher
Jeff is excited to be joining Liars and Believers for this production. Jeff is an American singer-songwriter based in Boston. He has toured nationally and in Europe, solo and with several projects spanning different genres, playing Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ, CMW, Savannah Stopover, and SoFar: Boston, Chicago, and Athens. A graduate of the American Roots Music program at Berklee, over the past 10 years he has played with various acts around Boston and is working on blending Folk and Early Americana with Soul, British Rock, 70’s Power Pop, and New Wave writing styles. He is currently celebrating the release of his first album, American Radiation, available everywhere.
ROSALINA THE CELLIST (Italy) - BRI Tagliaferro
Bri Tagliaferro is a Boston-based cellist and improviser committed to performing contemporary and experimental music. In recent months, her musical endeavors have brought her to cities around the world including Toronto, Canada, as part of the Toronto Creative Music Lab; to Schwaz and Innsbruck, Austria to work with members of the Ensemble Modern and perform at the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival for New Music; to New York City to perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and (Le) Poisson Rouge; and to her home city of Boston as a featured performer at the New Music Gathering. Bri is currently pursuing graduate studies in contemporary cello performance at the Boston Conservatory as a student of Rhonda Rider. Bri is interested in using the performance and creation of music to spread kindness and healing, to address inequalities in society, and to provide a challenging creative voice in today’s world. Bri is especially passionate about working with composers whose identities have not historically been represented in western classical music, and in giving voice to their music. Bri also enjoys collaborating with artists of all disciplines, having worked with dancers, actors, and visual artists in the past.
STAGE MANAGER - Betsy Pierce
Talking across the lines
Thursday December 13
What happens to a nation when frightened demonization replaces civil discourse? How can we return to productive conversations between people who disagree?
Join us for a post-show panel led by Tufts Professor Jonathan Garlick, with leading thinkers from Universities around Boston.
How can we share our stories? How can we listen? How can communication make our world a better place?
Join us for the conversation after the show!
January 2017 – A Story Beyond began development after the 2016 elections with discussions about current events. We went through two weeks of exploration of folklore from around the world and a week of mask training.
Summer 2017 – We explored story forms and ideas. We first introduced Maya and puppets.
October/November 2017 – We added a new actor and found our way into shadow puppetry. Nathan, our composer, joined the crew and began writing. Our mask training continued and was incorporated into out work more deeply.
February/March 2018 – We brought the show into the first complete form. We gave a free showing to the public and got feedback on how to move forward.
Summer 2018 – We continued revising the script. We further studied shadow puppetry, hand puppetry, and mask. We revised songs and wrote arrangements – and hired a mandolinist and cellist.
November/December 2018 – Final rehearsals and preparation.