Grey Gardens is the third of four plays showing in repertory this summer at the Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan. It opens Thursday, June 28.
The musical depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive, formerly upper-class women, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, the aunt and the first cousin of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
They lived in poverty at Grey Gardens, a derelict mansion in a wealthy neighborhood of East Hampton, New York.
Lyric Repertory co-artistic director Dennis Hassan said it begins as a story of wealth and fortune at a time when it was important to mix in the right circles.“Tragically, their lives turn,” Hassan explained. “We see them again, 30 years later and they are living in the Hamptons, but in a house that hasn’t been cared for in 30 years. So we see them living with a bunch of cats. They’re great characters; they still have a very close relationship with each other.
“It’s a very famous documentary, has a fantastic cult following and was a huge hit in New York. Very dramatic, it will pull at your heartstrings. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. We are very honored to be doing this great production of Grey Gardens this summer.”
Hassan said this is the Lyric Rep’s musical for the year. Thursday-Saturday, July 5-7, marks the opening weekend of the final play of the season, Macbeth.
Tickets are available at lyricrep.org.
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