Rehearsal for Life, a nonprofit leader in the Boston-area creative youth development sector, will perform its new musical Banned in Boston virtually on April 14.
The 2022 performance will again be written and composed by award-winning creator Faith Soloway, acting artistic director of Rehearsal for Life and co-writer of Amazon’s award-winning show. Transparentwith special guest performances by actors Jane Lynch from Joy and Tim Meadows of Saturday Night Live.
To promote accessibility and inclusivity for all, individual tickets are available with pay-as-you-go. options here.
In accordance with the Banned in Boston tradition, more than two dozen politicians, celebrities and business leaders will join the cast in support of Urban Improv’s important work with Boston Public School students. This year’s musical game, “Back To School,” will be a dystopian comedy based on the exaggerated reality of going back to school during the pandemic, when in-person learning and gatherings remain difficult.
“As a former teaching artist at Urban Improv, I grew up in this organization and know the impact of working with students learning to handle difficult situations and conversations,” Soloway said. “To prepare for this year’s show, we’re bringing together Boston luminaries with students and staff and there’s nothing I love more than collaborating on an original musical and having more people in it. creative process working together. This year’s premiere of ‘Back to School’ is a reflection of how we felt and it promises to be both heartwarming and hilarious!”
The cast of Banned in Boston 2022 includes: Faith Soloway, Artistic Director, Urban Improv and Head Writer, Transparent; actress Jane Lynch; actor Tim Meadows; Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director, Massachusetts Cultural Council; Brad Brown, owner of Blue Frog Bakery; Ginger Brown, managing director of JP Main Streets; Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools; State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz; Steve Conine, Co-Chair, Wayfair; William ‘Mo’ Cowan, director of legal and external affairs, Devoted Health; Linda Dorcena Forry, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community, Suffolk Construction; Tom Hamilton, Aerosmith bassist; David Howse, Executive Director, Emerson College, Arts Office; Boston District 6 Councilman Kendra Lara, and 15-year-old Urban Improv alumnus; Amina Michel-Lord, from Mission Hill School; US Congressman Jim McGovern; Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health; JC Monahan, news anchor, NBC Boston; Robert Rivers, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank; Shayna Seymour, co-host, WCVB-TV Chronicle; Sally Taylor, musician and artist; Corey Thomas, President and CEO, Rapid7, and more.
All proceeds go to Rehearsal for Life’s flagship program, Urban Improv, which serves more than 1,200 Boston Public School students in grades 4-12 each year. Last year, rather than having students travel to its studio in Jamaica Plain, the team of 10 teacher artists traveled to schools weekly to bring the programs to students.
“We have no doubt that the incredible contributions of Faith and the creative team in collaboration with the students, teachers and parents of Urban Improv will provide guests with another much-needed comedic relief during a year of stress and disappointment.” , said Kristen Sherman, Head of Development and Finance at Rehearsal for Life. “Urban Improv, which has continued to serve students throughout this year, is needed more than ever. Thank you all for their continued support, ensuring our Boston Public School students have access to our programs, strengthening thus their social and emotional skills to help them deal creatively with real-life challenges through dialogue and performance.