The Lily's Revenge
A.R.T. Season, OBERON Shows
October 12, 2012 to October 28, 2012

An unforgettable allegory for love without boundaries. Featuring a 30+ person ensemble, The Lily's Revenge weds dance, film, theater, and music into five unique acts that shatter cultural expectations and social norms.

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WGBH Lily's Revenge Review: 
Creative team
Directed by Shira Milikowsky
Written and Conceived by Taylor Mac
Composed by Rachelle Garniez
Dramaturgy by Nina Mankin
Scenic Design Sara Brown
Costume Design

Sarah Cubbage

Lighting Design Jeff Adelberg
Sound Design Clive Goodwin
Music Supervisor Martin Lowe
Music Director Dan Rodriguez
Film Design

Colm Dubhrosa

Movement Director Yo-el Cassell
Movement Director (Act III Dream Ballet) Ara Glenn-Johanson
Fight Director Meron Langsner
Stage Manager Katie Ailinger
Mary Prime Deity Alexander Cook
Mary Subprime Deity Margaret Ann Brady
The Marys #1 Deity Jing Xu
The Marys #2 Deity Gene Dante
Susan Stewart Adeola Role
Time Samantha Eggers
Audience Member Dara Yazdani
Lily: A Five Petaled Flower Taylor Mac
The Great Longing Thomas Derrah
Bride Deity Davina Cohen
Daisy 1/Keyboards Maxwell Butler
Daisy 2/Bass AJ Pappas
Daisy 3/Wind Kevin Corzett
Tick/Drums Aaron Drescher
Groom Deity Matthew Milo Sergi
White Rose Raquel Blake
The Pope Rainbow Frite, Sabina Sydney
Master Sunflower Remo Airaldi
Baby's Breath Teri Gamble
Tulip Dereks O. Thomas
Poppy John Kuntz
Red Rose Henry Shikongo
Pansy David Abrams
Lilac Ara Glenn-Johanson
Pink Lady Slipper Elbert Joseph
Bride Love Marisa Fratto
Groom Love Samson Kohanski
Mary Subprime Love Megan Hopp
The Marys #1 Love Mark Mauriello
The Marys #2 Love Lily Glimcher
Dirt Amen Igbinosun
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Adamik, Chris de Camillis
Assistant Director

Marissa Roberts

Kyogen Master Vahdat Yeganeh
Kyogen Associate

Josh McTaggart

Vocal Coach

Ron Carlos

A.R.T. Production Dramaturgs

Morgan C. Goldstein, Fiona Kyle

Assistant to Taylor Mac Michael Cutrupi
Assistant Fight Director

Angel Veza

Production Assistant

Matthew Nadler

Film, theater, music and dance collaboratively collide for five delicious acts in which the allegoric tale of an organic potted lily's desire to marry a human is told. More

Epic in length and campy, surrealistic, surprisingly clever and entertaining in content may be one way to describe Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge at the American Repertory Theatre’s Oberon Theatre. Another way would be to describe it as and Opus Magnus bouillabaisse of witty vaudeville schtick, English Music Hall audience participation and Weimar decadence literally flowered with bigger than life drag queens, preposterous flower girls, vignettes and dance numbers and sprinkled heavily with poetry, philosophy, brides and grooms, dieties, musical flowers and other seemingly real but fantasy stock figures. There is even a murderous Pope. More

A five-act phantasmagoria written and conceived by Taylor Mac and directed with finesse by Shira Milikowsky, “The Lily’s Revenge’’ blends satire, music, dance, verse, film, fable, and vaudevillian hijinks into a tale of an intrepid, pure-hearted flower named Lily (Mac), battling the forces of history, culture, and social convention in its bid to marry a human. More

"Lily’s Revenge" is an epic journey; gorgeously designed, emphatically played and oddly disarming. What I came away with was that Taylor Mac is an extraordinarily talented and generous artist willing to share his vision with his cast and his audience. At its final curtain, the tiny Oberon stage bursts with a garishly made-up lunatic crew in garish colors, sequins, leather, spandex, feathers, petticoats, top hats, headdresses and bridal attire, all celebrating the much-maligned and over-used term, diversity. This was one wedding party I was thrilled to attend. More

BOSTON GLOBE - The performers in T-shirts and sweats in the drab basement rehearsal space off Harvard Square could be limbering up for any show. It’s only when you eye the costume drawings lining one wall that you realize something unusual is afoot. Giant flowers, Day-Glo colors, outrageous patterns — it’s Dr. Seuss meets Studio 54, a fabulous hothouse. More

NEW YORK TIMES  - “The Lily’s Revenge” offers so many incidental pleasures that theatrical time — always a curiously malleable element — seems to contract. More

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A.R.T. Announces the Company and Creative Team for Taylor Mac’s THE LILY’S REVENGE directed by Shira Milikowsky at OBERON October 12-28

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Run time

The show contains five acts, each about 45 minutes long, for a 4-5 hour experience.


OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

Need to know

Almost all shows are sold-out; however, a limited number of tickets may be available in person (at 2 Arrow St.) a few minutes before the start of each show. 


The production contains strong language, nudity, and simulated sex. Recommended for 16 and older. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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