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The Upper Room

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A new play with original music inspired by the back-to-the-land movement, about urbanites heading out to live on rural, self-sustaining homesteads.

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Set on an island way off the north coast of Maine, the last participants of a once thriving commune meet the sea. Anxious and restless, the quorum gathers around the table in their upper room to confront the rising water and certain members' curious ailments. A darkly humorous consideration of spirituality and the dangers of our changing environment combines with a live mixed score, antique scuba suits, and an overhead projector to create a brand new music theater event.


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The New York Times

"A semi-fantastical play with a dry sense of humor, always handy when dystopia threatens. But its most distinctive feature is a sonic glow as entrancing as a phosphorescent sea. Vocally complex, rich and consistently surprising, Catherine Brookman’s music elevates the play onto another plane...'The Upper Room' is more thoughtful than grim. There’s exuberance here, and the musical numbers — moodily lit with daffy-beautiful choreography — let it take flight." Full Review

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"A call to nature is being heard in Greenwich Village this spring, as 'The Upper Room' is a simple yet transcendent production that invites us into its organically fantastical world...Despite narrative issues, the aesthetic creativity of 'The Upper Room' manages to prevail, making the piece a captivating escape from New York City into an enticingly natural world." Full Review

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