GIRLFRIEND

Sep 9 - Sep 30, 2018

Book by Todd Almond, Music & Lyrics by Matthew Sweet

Director: M. Bevin O'Gara
Music Director: Mason McDowell; Choreographer: Harmony Malone
With: Jonathan Melo*, Woody White

Summer, 1993; small town Nebraska. College-bound, football playing Mike has everything figured out. At least until he meets Will, a quiet boy from his graduating class. This indie-pop musical based on the album "Girlfriend" by Matthew Sweet captures the thrill of first love–and how we discover each other and ourselves through the mixtapes we make.

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Show times: Tues @ 7:00 (Mar 12 only), Wed & Thurs @ 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 4 PM, Thurs matinee @ 2:00 PM (Sep 20 only).

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SEP 9, 11, 12 - PREVIEW NIGHTS

Preview performances.

SEP 9, 11 - PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT

Pay the amount that works for you for your ticket!

Available only on the day of the performance. To get your Pay What You Can ticket, come to the lobby before the show (doors open at 6 PM that evening). Tell the box office manager that you are here for Pay What You Can night.

SEP 13 - OPENING NIGHT

Opening Night! Reception following the show with light food and drink provided.

SEP 14, 21 - ACTORS’ FORUM

Post-show discussion with the actors.


Creative Team

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TODD ALMOND (Book) is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. He has also collaborated with director Lear deBessonet on an adaptation of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theatre for the Public Theater’s Public Works program; Todd wrote music and lyrics, and played “Ariel” in this production, which featured a cast of 200 people, and received rave reviews. Todd’s musicals include: the book of Girlfriend (using new arrangements of Matthew Sweet’s eponymous cult album) which premiered at Berkeley Rep and subsequently at Actors Theatre of Louisville; a musical version of Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play with 13P; music and lyrics for We Have Always Lived In The Castle(adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel) with Adam Bock at Yale Repertory Theatre; On The Levee with Marcus Gardley and Lear deBessonet at LCT3; and his own musical adaptation of The Odyssey at the Old Globe under Lear deBessonet’s direction. He was the music director/arranger for Laura Benanti’s acclaimed solo show at 54 Below (NYC) and for Sherie Rene Scott’s lauded Piece of Meat also at 54 Below, and at the Hippodrome (London).

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MATTHEW SWEET (Music & Lyrics): An artist who skillfully navigates the line between the power pop underground and the mainstream end of alternative rock, Matthew Sweet is a master of potent pop tunes and catchy melodic hooks, but he also knows how to make his songs rock, and his inspired use of incisive guitar work gives his songs an edge that is fresh and satisfying. Sweet spent much of the '80s in the background, performing with the groups Oh-OK and Buzz of Delight, playing in Lloyd Cole's backing band, and releasing a pair of overlooked solo albums (1986's Inside and 1989's Earth) as he honed his skills. With 1991's Girlfriend, Sweet enjoyed a commercial and critical breakthrough, with its near-perfect fusion of pop formalism and full-bodied rock & roll. Sweet enjoyed similar success with 1993's Altered Beast and 1995's 100% Fun, while in the 2000s he devoted much of his time to more idiosyncratic projects (2003's Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu) and collaborations (a series of duo albums with Susanna Hoffs and an LP recorded with Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge as the Thorns). In 2017 he returned with Tomorrow Forever, a sprawling 17-song effort that clicked with critics and fans and re-established him as a master of contemporary power pop.

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M. BEVIN O'GARA (Director) is the Producing Artistic Director of the Kitchen Theatre Company. As a director, Bevin's credits include: The Who & The What by Ayad Ahktar, Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Production), and Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre Company; The Bridges of Madison County, appropriate, A Future Perfect, Tribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Best Production), and Clybourne Park with SpeakEasy Stage Company;  Brahman/i, Chronicles of Kalki, You for Me for You, Love Person, and The Pain and the Itch with Company One Theatre;  How Soft the Lining andTranslations with Bad Habit Productions; Two Wives in India and Gary with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; Phedre with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Fast Company with the Lyric Stage Company; Marjorie Prime with the Nora Theatre Company;2.5 Minute Ride with New Repertory Theatre; and Melancholy Play with Holland Productions.