A.R.T. presents "The Lily's Revenge" October 12-28 at OBERON

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2012 

Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668


A.R.T. Announces the Company and Creative Team for


written and conceived by Taylor Mac

music composed by Rachelle Garniez

directed by Shira Milikowsky

at OBERON October 12-28


Cambridge, Mass — The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is pleased to announce the company for Obie Award-winning Taylor Mac’s five part theatrical event The Lily’s Revenge, directed by Shira Milikowsky, with music by Rachelle Garniez.  The production begins previews on Friday, October 12, and runs through Sunday, October 28, with press opening on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00pm at OBERON, A.R.T.s second stage and club theater venue.


An unforgettable allegory for love without boundaries, The Lily's Revenge is a collaborative community gathering and multidisciplinary extravaganza that weds dance, film, theater, and music into five unique acts with an ensemble of over thirty performers.  The show aims to dismantle established societal rules, traditions and myths; and then, while celebrating the pieces it had pulled apart, rearranges them into the foundation of a new myth with the purpose of inspiring humanity in the here and now.


“The Lily’s Revenge offers so many incidental pleasures that theatrical time — always a curiously malleable element — seems to contract. To my happy surprise, I emerged from The Lily’s Revenge more refreshed than exhausted.’” – Charles Isherwood (The New York Times)


“This play is not vying for polished immortality; it is living in its moment, which happens also to be ours.  Mac’s achievement is as ephemeral as a bloom. See it before it fades into nostalgia itself. You are sure to forget it not.” -Adam Feldman (Time Out New York)


Taylor Mac leads the cast of local performers playing Lily, a five-petaled flower. Other members include Remo Airaldi as Master Sunflower, Thomas Derrah as The Great Longing, John Kuntz as Poppy, Alexander Cook and Margaret Ann Brady as Flower Girl Deities and Meghan McGeary as Time/Wind/Stepmother.   Other cast members incude David Abrams, Raquel Blake, Margaret Ann Brady, Maxwell Butler, Davina Cohen, Alexander Cook, Gene Dante, Samantha Eggers, Marisa Fratto, Teri Gamble, Ara Glenn-Johanson, Megan Hopp, Amen Igbinosun, Samson Kohanski, Adeola Role, Matthew Milo SergiHenry Shikongo, Dereks O. Thomas ,Jing Xu, and Dara Yazdani.



Cast members include:


TAYLOR MAC is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and sometime director and producer.  His plays include The Walk Across America For Mother Earth, The Young Ladies Of, The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac, Red Tide Blooming, Dilating (an evening of one-acts), Blue Grotto, and The Hot Month. He has performed his own work and of others at The Sydney Opera House, The San Francisco MOMA and Opera House, New York’s Public Theater, Stockholm’s Sodra Teatern, The Spoleto Festival, The Bumbershoot Festival, The Time Based Arts Festival, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, London’s Soho Theater, and other theaters, museums, music halls, cabarets, and festivals around the globe. TimeOut New York has called him, “One of the most exciting theater artists of our time” and he is the recipient of a 2010 Obie Award, numerous grants and fellowships.


DAVID ABRAMS recent work includes The Three Sisters (Fedotik), Lost in Yonkers (Jay), Midsummer Nights Dream (Moth/Snug) and The Tempest (Stephano). He is currently a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.


REMO AIRALDI has appeared in over sixty productions at the A.R.T. including CabaretParadise Lost, EndgameThe Seagull, Julius Caesar, No Exit, The Miser, La Dispute, and Marat/SadeHe has also performed at Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Serious Fun Festival, Moscow Art Theatre, Taipei International Arts Festival, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.


RAQUEL BLAKE returns to the A.R.T. after being seen in Island of Slaves.  One of New England’s premiere female impersonators, you can find "her" weekly in Boston Nightclubs and Cabarets such as Geofferys Cafe, Machine, Jacques Cabaret and Venue. When not all dolled up Raquel is known to "her" family and Husband as Adamm Shanahan-Farrell, a hair and makeup artist.


MARGARET ANN BRADY has appeared in numerous productions locally including The Full Monty and 42nd Street at Stoneham Theatre; The Little Pricks, Death of a Saleslady and Cinderella Rocks with the Gold Dust Orphans; and work with Wheelock Family Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Lyric Stage Company, Apollinaire Theatre and many others.  


DAVINA COHEN has worked extensively in New York with Target Margin, the Women's Project, Blessed Unrest, HERE, SITI Company, Dixon Place, and Joyce SoHo; as well as regionally with San Francisco Opera, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, foolsFURY, E|MERGE resident artist. International credits include Teatteri Naamio ja Hoyhen in Finland.  


ALEXANDER COOK has appeared Off-Broadway in Carnaval (Shumann) and Caesar (Cassius) and regionally in Arabian Nights at Central Square Theater, as Tom Jones, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and two years of productions at City Theater Company, Pittsburgh.  


GENE DANTE returns to OBERON after appearing last year in his Ellliot Norton nominated performance as Brad Majors in Gold Dust Orphans The Rocky Horror Show. Other credits include Hedwig & The Angry Inch (Hedwig/Tommy Gnosis); Rent (Benny), Fiddlehead Theatre Co.; The Fantasticks (El Gallo) and many other productions with Gold Dust Orphans.


THOMAS DERRAH has one hundred and nineteen A.R.T. productions to his credit, including R. Buckminster Fuller: The History and Mystery of the Universe, Cabaret, Romance, Endgame, The Seagull, The Communist Dracula Pageant (Nicolae Ceausescu), Julius Caesar (title role), The Onion Cellarand The Birthday PartyHe toured with the A.R.T. Company in North America, Europe, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, and Moscow; appeared on Broadway and off-Broadway, with Boston area theaters, and nationwide.


SAMANTHA EGGERS is a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She appeared on Broadway and with the national tour of Mamma Mia! (Lisa, Sophie U/S).


MARISA FRATTO is a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and was seen most recently in The Imaginary Invalid (Toinette) at MXAT School and in Man of LaMancha (Antonia/Aldonza US).


TERI GAMBLE returns after completing her MFA in Acting at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University in May of 2012.  She was seen at A.R.T. in As You Like It, Futurity, The Snow Queen and in the A.R.T. Institute’s Tough Titty and Nutcracker Turbo (and Other Love Stories).


ARA GLENN-JOHANSON appeared in The Lily's Revenge at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco.  Her regional credits include Twelfth Night at Impact Theatre, Glory Glory, Northside Theatre and dance work includes Sitting In A Circewith Erika Chong Shuch; Heeliomali and with Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theatre.


MEGAN HOPP is a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She has worked with Diablo Theatre Company in Annie and The Drowsy Chaperone and with Sunnyvale Players on Into the Woods (Little Red).


AMEN IGBINOSUN is a second year student at the ART/MXAT Institute of Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.


SAMSON KOHANSKI appeared in A.R.T.’s The Donkey Show as the original DJ Orlando. Regional credits include The History Boys (Lockwood), Mary’s Wedding (Charlie), As You Like It (Forester/Musician), A Comedy of Errors (Gaoler), Of Mice and Men (Curly) The Baltimore Waltz (Third Man), The Tempest (Ferdinand). New York credits include Caligula (Caligula); Feeling Like This (Actor).


JOHN KUNTZ is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and solo performer. His plays include the Elliot Norton Award-winners The Hotel Nepenthe, The Salt Girl, Sing Me To Sleep, and Freaks, all of which also won additional awards in Boston and New York.  He is a founding member of The Actors Shakespeare Project and has performed with the A.R.T.(Copenhagen), Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. and many others.


MEGHAN MCGEARY played Hannah in The Blue Flower at the A.R.T. and the
subsequent Off-Broadway production at Second Stage. Recent credits include
The Great Immensity at Kansas City Rep with The Civilians (Allie /Emmanuelle), and The Fortress of Solitude at New York Stage and Film (Rachel).


ADEOLA ROLE a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and in the Institute’s production of The Imaginary Invalid (Toinette). Regional credits include Torture Garden (Clara), Pearls of Shanghai: A Cockettes Revival (Wobblin' Robin Sister), Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome Theater.


MATTHEW MILO SERGI was Artist-in-Residence 2012 at the Headlands Center in CA and appeared recently in 28 Seeds at the BCA/Plaza Theatre. Matthew co-creates experimental performances with Ara Glenn-Johanson in San Francisco and Boston.


HENRY SHIKONGO is a Canadian actor from Ottawa. Past credits include The Imaginary InvalidHamlet 2011, Twelfth NightUnder Milk Wood and Impassioned Embraces. He is a graduate of The Ottawa Theater School and currently a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.


JING XU is a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She recently appeared in Jomama Jones Radiate at Soho Rep and in The Golden Lasso at Perishable Theatre.


DARA YAZDANI is a second-year MFA student at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and appeared in the Institute production of The Imaginary Invalid.  His San Francisco Bay Area credits at Shotgun Players, HurLy-BurLy Productions, SF Stageworks, and SF State.



About the Creative Team:


Shira Milikowsky is the Artistic Director Fellow at the A.R.T. Her work has been seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Big Money), The New York International Fringe Festival (Mourn The Living Hector, winner of a Fringe Excellence Award for overall production), and extensively at New York’s Ars Nova, where she was the organization’s first Director-in-Residence.  She has been awarded a Drama League Fellowship and the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship. In 2010, she received a scholarship from the Henry Luce Foundation to live in Seoul, South Korea where she was a visiting artist at the Seoul Metropolitan Theater and a visiting Professor at Kookmin University. While there, she created and directed a Korean adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, which toured to Tumen, China on the North Korean border. At A.R.T., Shira was the assistant director on Brittanicusthe associate director on Johnny Baseballand director on BOB: A Life in Five Acts for the A.R.T. Institute. She was also the assistant director on Diane Paulus’s Tony Award-winning revival of Hair. She holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale and an MFA in directing from Columbia.


Music is by Rachelle Garniez; Music Supervision is by Martin Lowe (Once, Tony Award), Movement Direction for Act III Dream Ballet is by Jill Johnson (Dance Director and Senior Lecturer, Music Department at Harvard University), with additional Movement Direction for the production by Yo-El Cassell; Set Design is by Sara Brown (Images from the Embers for Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. Sunday in the Park with George for Heritage Repertory Theater, A House in Bali for Bang on a Can); Costume Design by Sarah Cubbage (A Year with Frog and Toad and Reflections of a Heart off Broadway), Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg, and Sound Design by Clive Goodwin (Once, Tony Award).


The balance of the A.R.T. 2012-13 season includes Pippin, the musical by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Diane Paulus, Loeb Drama Center (December 5-January 20); Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by John Tiffany, Loeb Drama Center (February 2-March 3), and Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig and Dave Malloy, directed by Roy Hipskind and Mallory Catlett, OBERON (April 6-May 5).


Single ticket prices begin at $25 and can be purchased from August 30th by calling 617-547-8300 or on line at http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/lilys-revenge

Group discounts are also available.



The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of theater. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival for its production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the A.R.T. is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. In 2008, Diane Paulus stepped into the role of Artistic Director. The A.R.T. is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, the Pulitzer Prize, and many Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. Its recent premiere production of Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera was also a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist.


During its 32-year history, the A.R.T. has welcomed many major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes premieres of American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts and provocative new music theater productions. The A.R.T. has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide in 21 cities in 16 countries on four continents.  The A.R.T. is also a training ground for young artists. The Theater’s artistic staff teaches undergraduate classes in acting, directing, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, voice, and design at Harvard University. In 1987, the A.R.T. founded the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. A two-year, five-semester graduate program that operates in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theater School, the Institute provides world-class professional training in acting, dramaturgy and voice.


Since becoming Artistic Director, Diane Paulus has programmed innovative work that has enhanced the A.R.T.’s core mission to expand the boundaries of theater. Productions such as Sleep No MoreThe Donkey ShowGatzThe Blue FlowerPrometheus BoundDeath and the Powers: The Robots’ Operaand The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, have immersed audiences in original theatrical experiences. The A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, which Paulus calls a “second stage for the 21st century,” has become an incubator for local artists and has also attracted national attention for its groundbreaking model for programming. Through all of its work, the A.R.T. is committed to building a community of artists, technicians, educators, staff and audience, all of whom are integral to the A.R.T.’s mission.


For further information call 617-547-8300 or visit americanrepertorytheater.org







Written and conceived by Taylor Mac
Director                                    Shira Milikowsky
Music Composed by              Rachelle Garniez
Music Supervisor                      Martin Lowe
Movement Director (Act III)  Jill Johnson     
Movement Director                Yoel Cassell
Set Design                                Sara Brown
Costume Design                      Sarah Cubbage
Lighting Design                       Jeff Adelberg
Sound Design                          Clive Goodwin
Film Design                          Colm Dubhrosa
Stage Manager                      Katie Ailinger*
Assistant Stage Manager       Taylor Adamik*



Pansy David Abrams
Master Sunflower Remo Airaldi*
White Rose Raquel Blake
Mary Subprime Deity Margaret Ann Brady*
Daisy 1/Keyboards Maxwell Butler
Bride Deity Davina Cohen*
Mary Prime Deity Alexander Cook*
Mary 2  Gene Dante
The Great Longing Thomas Derrah*
Bride Puppeteer/Flower Girl Love Samantha Eggers
Bride Love Marisa Fratto
Baby's Breath Teri Gamble
Lilac/ Flower Girl Love  Ara Glenn-Johanson
Flower Girl Love Megan Hopp
Dirt Amen Igbinosun
Groom Love Samson Kohanski
Poppy John Kuntz*
Lily: a five petaled flower Taylor Mac*
Time/Wind/Stepmother Meghan McGeary*
Susan Stewart Adeola Role
Groom Deity Matthew Milo Sergi
Red Rose Henry Shikongo
Tulip         Dereks O. Thomas
Mary 1 Jing Xu
Audience Member/Incurable Disease          Dara Yazdani

                           (*) Members of Actors Equity Association


Fr Oct 12         6:00pm          

Sa Oct 13        2:00pm                      

Su Oct 14        2:00pm (press opening)


Tu Oct 16        6:00pm

We Oct 17      6:00pm          

Th Oct 18        6:00pm          

Fr  Oct 19        6:00pm          

Sa Oct 20        2:00pm

Su Oct 21        2:00pm


Tu Oct 23        6:00pm

We Oct 24      6:00pm          

Th Oct 25        6:00pm          

Fr  Oct 26        6:00pm          

Sa Oct 27        2:00pm

Su Oct 28        2:00pm



WHERE: OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA


RATING: Recommended for ages 16 and up. The Lily’s Revenge contains sexual themes, nudity, & strong language.


TICKETS: from $25. Single tickets go on sale on August 30th.  Tickets may be charged to American Express, Visa, or Master Card. Group rates are available

Box Office Phone and A.R.T. InfoLine: (617) 547-8300, tickets also available online at www.AmericanRepertoryTheater.org


MEDIA INFORMATION:  Press opening invitations will be sent under separate e-mail.    Email Address: press@amrep.org

Production photos of THE LILY’S REVENGE will be available from 10/12 at http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/PRESS

Release Date:
August 23, 2012
Press release file:

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