Mother Mary Says to Me: A Cabaret
OBERON Shows
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 8PM
A clumsy quest toward discovering the meaning of sex appeal, framed through a mother’s Bostonian, Irish-Catholic one-liners.

Created and performed by Meagan Michelson

Accompanied by Matt Lowy on piano

Directed by Helen Deborah Lewis

Originally directed by Fran Charnas, musically directed by Ron Roy

We all know a Mother Mary—a mother who critiques her kid’s fashion choices, pokes fun at her kid’s love life, and disapproves of her kid’s artistic career—all with her kid’s best interest at heart. Growing up in Everett, Massachusetts Meagan Michelson never realized that her mother Mary’s bits of advice, in her gratingly charming Boston accent, were actually comedy gold. Now a brassy twenty-something, Meagan uses stories and songs to reflect on her unsexy past, influenced by her mother’s unintentionally humorous wisdom. Musical styles range from The Beatles to Ethel Merman. Meagan will be accompanied by the inimitable Matt Lowy on piano. It’ll be wicked pissah.

Boston Globe

www.meaganmichelson.com

Mother Mary Says to Me: A Cabaret: 

Mother Mary Says to Me: Preview

MEAGAN MICHELSON is thrilled to be remounting “Mother Mary Says to Me” at OBERON. She recently completed her eight-legged stint as the Wise Old
Octopus/Narrator in ArtsPower National Touring Company’s THE RAINBOW FISH. In 2014, Meagan received her M.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. She made her regional theater debut in 2012 as Mirala in Barrington Stage Company’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. As one of Barrington Stage’s 2012 Musical Theater Apprentices, she starred in cabarets and readings of new works supervised by William Finn. Meagan has sung in workshops at BMI and ESPA/Primary Stages, and has performed the National Anthem solo at Fenway Park in Boston. She has also performed in master classes with Adam Guettel, Julia Murney, Marin Mazzie, and Annie Golden. Her favorite roles include Signora Naccarelli in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Ronnette in THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and Magenta in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. A native of Everett, MA, Meagan graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a B.A. in
English. www.meaganmichelson.com

HELEN DEBORAH LEWIS is a faculty member in the Theatre Division at The Boston Conservatory where she teaches acting, theatre history, dramatic literature and theory, and gender/queer studies. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Tufts University and her B.A. from Brandeis University.

MATT LOWY recently graduated with a BA in music composition from The Boston Conservatory. Past premieres of original works include performances by the Juventas Ensemble, the Ludovico Ensemble, the Boston Conservatory Composers’ Orchestra, and the 2014 WINTERWORKS dance show. As a music director at The Boston Conservatory, credits include GODSPELL, THE PAJAMA GAME (Dir. Laura Marie Duncan), THE 25TH ANNUAL…SPELLING BEE, PARADE, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Emerging Artist Award from the Wise Foundation), among others. For two years, Matt also served as the music director and arranger for the school’s Conservatory Cabaret, an outreach program that performs at various locations in the Boston community. Last year he was inducted into the nation music honors society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and received the 2015 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. Since 2010, Matt has been on staff for the annual summer conservatory at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and has worked as a music director and orchestrator at the JCC
Metrowest in New Jersey, the Collective Youth Theater Company, and the 2013 premiere of THE MECHANICAL at PortFringe.

Photos by Dana Starbard
Styling by Anthony DiCostanzo and Haus Cat

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