A Story Beyond

a musical fable

Available for touring

email info@liarsandbelievers.com

world Premiere

December 6-22 

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.

“If there’s one show you Really must see, it’s A STORY BEYOND

– Jared Bowen WGBH

ARTISTIC TEAM

CONCEIVED & DIRECTED & LEAD WRITER - Jason Slavick
Jason Slavick is a director, writer and educator. At the LAB he wrote and directed Yellow Bird Chase, Who Would Be King, ICARUS, Song of Songs: a LoveRomp and Le Cabaret Grimm – a punk cabaret fairy tale {sans fairies}, for which he also wrote lyrics. He also directed 28 Seeds, the LAB collaboration with Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, and the two coLAB productions, Talk to Strangers and IRRESISTIBLE. Jason wrote and directed Heaven & Hell – The Fantastical Temptation of the 7 Deadly Sins, a musical adapted from the album by Joe Jackson that was presented at The Boston Conservatory in 2007. As a company member of Boston Theatre Works, Jason directed Othello (Elliot Norton Award nominated for Best Production and Best Actor), The TempestAntony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, Emily Mann’s critically acclaimed Meshugah, Olga Humphrey’s Veronika Vavoom Volcanologist, and his own play J: A One-Act Improvised Tragi-Comedy. He also directed numerous developmental workshops and readings including The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates, Paranoia by Olga Humphrey and others. Jason directed Professional Skepticism at The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, The Good Woman of Setzuan and The Cherry Orchard at The Boston Conservatory, Betty and Mortie at The New Theatre, Frankenstein at The Stanley B. Theatre, Baby with the Bathwater for InCharge Productions, The Stronger at The Left Bank Theatre in Tel Aviv, and Aristotle Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and A Land Without Trees at The Second Hand Independent Theatre, which he founded in Philadelphia. Other plays Jason has written include The Dancing BearThe GolemIcaphish and Alice: A Grotesque Turn in Twelve Scenes. Jason received his MFA in directing from The Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, where he was awarded the Pell Scholar Award and directed Richard IIIWaiting for GodotThe Caucasian Chalk Circle and others. He studied at the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute and at the Warsaw Theatre Academy in Warsaw, Poland.
MUSIC & LYRICS - Nathan Leigh
Nathan Leigh is an award-winning composer, producer, and writer. He plays in the bands Super Mirage, A Thousand Ships, and Nathan Leigh and the Traveling Salesmen. As a national touring act, Nathan has performed in nearly every state in the country at legendary venues like Pianos, the Webster Theatre, Copperfield’s, The Middle East, Galapagos Art Space, and The Blue Note. As a composer for theatre, Nathan has written scores for shows at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, PS122, and Off-Broadway at New World Stages. In 2007, his work on the Debate Society’s The Eaten Heart was the Gothamist’s Sound Design of the Year. He won the IRNE for Best Sound Design in 2009 and 2010 for his scores for Strangers on A Train at the Stoneham Theatre and The Hound of The Baskervilles at Central Square Theatre respectively. Nathan was a recipient of the Boris Segal Fellowship in 2008 to develop the musical Big Money with Super Mirage bandmate and Obie Award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 2011 Nathan received a fellowship from the Banff Center for the Arts to develop the score for the play Froggy by Jennifer Haley. With Kyle Jarrow, Nathan is the co-author of Big Money, and The Consequences (world premiere: Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre June 2012). With book writer Jesse Geiger, Nathan is the co-author of the musical Darling. Nathan has written music and lyrics for Song of Songs (world premiere: BCA Plaza June 2011) and Icarus (world premiere: Cambridge YMCA May 2013) with book writer Jason Slavick for Liars and Believers. Nathan is currently developing the new musical Sealand, which ran in serialized form from July to December 2011 as part of the #serials@TheFlea. Nathan writes a regular column for #SoundCheck for Afropunk.com, and is a founding member of the Occupy Wall Street Puppetry Guild. His latest solo full-length album is A Life In Transit.
PUPPETRY DESIGN & DIRECTION - Faye Dupras
Faye Dupras is a theater artist who began her puppet journey over twenty years ago when she met and apprenticed under her childhood hero, puppeteer Noreen Young.  Since then she has performed around the world and has worked as a director, designer and educator throughout Eastern Canada and the USA. She’s collaborated with Liars and Believers on Icarus and Yellow Bird Chase and is excited to back as a creative on Beyond. When not devising with the gang at L&B, Faye creates and tours original puppet productions for all ages.  Critics have described Faye’s award-winning shows as “spellbinding,” “imaginative,” and “powerful.”
COSTUME DESIGN - Kendra Bell
For Liars & Believers, Kendra Bell has designed costumes for Yellow Bird Chase, Who Would Be King, Icarus, 28 Seeds, Song of Songs, and Le Cabaret Grimm. Kendra spends her daytime making beautiful things and teaching Costume Production and technology at Tufts University. Before settling at Tufts, she has worked for Costume Works Inc., Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, and Hubbard Street Dance. Some of her other design work includes The Kiss, Cabaret, and Alice in Wonderland for Berklee College of Music, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One), and Peter (Braintree Films). She is honored to have received an Elliot Norton Award for the Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a Best Design Award for Le Cabaret Grimm from the New York Musical Theatre Festival and an KCACTF Excellence in Costume Construction. In 2017, she participated in an Artist Residency Program in Korpo Finland. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Millikin University and a MFA in Theatrical Design from Rutgers University.
LIGHTING DESIGN - PJ Strachman
PJ Strachman has recently designed L.A.B.’s Yellow Bird Chase, Flat Earth’s Antigone, A Bright Room Called Day, Silent Sky and Fat Pig, Boston Public Works’ Los Meadows, Bad Habit’s The Real Inspector Hound, How Soft the Lining, A Man of No Importance, Speech and Debate, Six Degrees of Separation, The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia, Orlando, Translations, and Top Girls,  Gloucester Stage Company’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Dueling Divas,Unreliable Narrator’s Ultimate Things, Wax Wings’ The Man from Willow’s Brook, Kevin Cirone’s Creative License, and many other area shows. She is the regular designer for Gann Academy and Stonehill College, including two ACTF regional selections.  Photos of her work can be seen at www.pjelex.com.   Upcoming works include The OK Diaries at The Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and My Station in Life at Gloucester Stage.
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 ChaseIrresistible, 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 FortunePolish 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
Becca Jewett is excited to join the phenomenal design team of A Story Beyond as the Mask Designer. Her most recent credits include New Rep’s production of We Will Not Be Silent and Heartland. She was also recently the costume designer Julius Caesar produced by Actors’ Shakespeare Project,  Steve Yockey’s Blackberry Winter produced by New Repertory Theater and A Taste of Honey produced by BCAP. Her other recent credits include Galt McDermot’s The Human Comedy, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, and John Shea’s Erin Go Bragh-less, for which the show won best production at KC/ACTF in 2012. Other recent credits include Hair and Makeup Designer in Residence Opera North from 2012-2014 and Crafts Department at the Glimmerglass Festival 2014-2017.  She looks forward to working on many new creative projects.
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
Ally Rzesa is thrilled to be on A Story Beyond’s team! She studies journalism at Emerson College but is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She previously interned at StageSource as an audio-visual intern and at stageGR as a choreographer. Thanks to Jason and Georgia for the great opportunity.
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.

cast

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
Rosie McInnes is delighted to be working with LAB for the first time. Boston-area credits include: Circle Up! (Youth Underground Ensemble, Central Square Theater), Fear Project (Open Theater Project), The Weird (Off the Grid), Humanity Not Statistics: Legacy of Hope (Upcoming at the We Create festival). She has also worked in Pittsburgh; No Exit (Bubble PGH) and Philadelphia; Airswimming (Half Key Theater Company, dramaturg). Rosie received her BA in French Literature and Creative Writing from Bryn Mawr College in 2016 and has been joyfully finding her community as an artist, activist, writer and educator in Boston since then.
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
Betsy Pierce is a freelance stage manager, carpenter, and electrician. Stage management: The Lyons (SM, Titanic Theatre Co.), Nomad Americana (ASM, FreshInk), Hold These Truths (ASM, Lyric Stage Co.), Murder for Two (ASM, Lyric Stage Co.), A Fierce Kind of Love (SM). Technical Director: Weston Drama Workshop, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, FreshInk Theatre Co.. Carpenter/Electrician: Central Square Theater, Lyric Stage Co., BeNT Productions, Huntington Theatre Co., Lantern Theatre Co., FringeArts, People’s Light Theatre Co.. Betsy holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Skidmore College.

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!

History

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. 

PRESS

“Exquisite” – wgbh

“i loveD it” – theater Mirror