Emerson Stage

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Adapted by Cheryl L. West
Based on the book by Gary D. Schmidt
Directed by Robert Colby

It is 1912 in coastal Maine, and Reverend Buckminster’s son Turner is the new kid in town. Lonely and having trouble fitting in, he meets Lizzie Bright, an African-American girl from nearby Malaga Island who becomes his best friend. They share everything: secrets, worries, and the courage to take a stand against greed and racial prejudices in their community. When the townspeople try to force the residents off of Malaga Island, their friendship is tested and Turner and Lizzie face life’s great challenges of loss and allegiance.

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Download the play’s Education Guide.


Semel Theater (Directions)
October 31–November 3, 2013

Public Performances

Friday, November 1: 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 2: 2:00 pm—Includes free post-show talkback about the history of Malaga Island with a Malaga family member and the curator of the Maine State Museum.
Saturday, November 2: 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 3: 2:00 pm—Includes free pre-show puppetry workshop with Puppet Showplace Theater and free post-show talkback with members of the cast and creative team.

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Tickets: $12 General Audience, $8 Emerson Community and Children (under 16)

School Performances

Thursday, October 31: 10:00 am — SOLD OUT
Friday, November 1: 10:00 am — SOLD OUT

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Creative Team

Director Robert Colby
Scenic Designer Orrin Whalen
Costume Designer Haley Vigil
Lighting Designer Sean Pieroth
Sound Designer Katie Williams
Dramaturg Sarah Erkert
Education Director Sarah Beth (Bee) Weinberg
Stage Manager Marian Jackson

Acting Company

Lizzie Bright Griffin Ciera-Dawn Washington
Turner Buckminster Danny Irwin
Mrs. Cobb Stephanie Couturier
Reverend Buckminster Cesar Muñoz
Reverend Griffin Devin Holloway
Willis Hurd Alex Neher
Sheriff Cam Torres
Deacon Hurd Reyn Beeler
Ensemble Josephine Cooper
Connor McKay
Danielle Pointer
Erin Riley
Kevin Roland
Christopher Watkins