Mr. Parent by Melinda Lopez with Maurice Emmanuel Parent
Conceived with and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

A struggling actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, thinking “how hard could it be?” It doesn’t take long to realize that the answer is somewhere between “very” and “impossible.” But then—as he careens from the Boston Public Schools by day to serious thespian at night—Mr. Parent starts to wonder where he really belongs. Mr. Parent is a deeply felt and hilarious solo performance about crushingly inequitable systems, the brilliance of every kid, and how we might all find the space to be ourselves.

Featuring Maurice Emmanuel Parent.

Running time: 75 minutes (no intermission)

Masks will be required inside the theatre at the Sunday, October 15, performance (2 p.m.) of Mr. Parent.


Special events during the run of Mr. Parent:

Thursday, 10/12
Post-show conversation: Writing for Solo Performance
With playwright Melinda Lopez, moderated by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Friday, 10/13
Affinity Night: Arts Educators Night
We invite all Arts Educators to celebrate Mr. Parent in community. Use code ARTSED to purchase $20 Adult/$8 Student tickets (discounted from $40/$10). <<If you are an arts educator and cannot attend on the 13th, use code ARTSED for discounted tickets to any performance of Mr. Parent at BPT.>>

Saturday, 10/14 (matinee)
Post-show conversation: Why Stories About Public Education Matter
With author, educator, and Mr. Parent Public School Consultant Neema Avashia, and President of the Boston Teachers’ Union Jessica Tang, moderated by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Tuesday, 10/17
Post-show conversation: On Artistic Collaboration
With the creators of Mr. Parent: Melinda Lopez, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, and Megan Sandberg-Zakian, moderated by BPT Managing Director Darren Evans

Wednesday, 10/18
Post-show conversation: How Do We Support Teachers?
With City of Boston Senior Advisor for Youth and Schools Rebecca Grainger and Co-founder of The Teachers’ Lounge Devin Morris, moderated by Megan Sandberg-Zakian


Want to read (or listen to) more? Take a look at the resource guide created by Mr. Parent Public School Consultant Neema Avashia


Mr. Parent [is] a deep-from-the-heart solo show. . .a moving, sometimes funny account of what it takes to be a teacher, what it takes to fulfill your ambitions in the theater, and what it takes build a life.” —The Boston Globe

Listen to Melinda Lopez, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, and Megan Sandberg-Zakian talk about Mr. Parent on BPT’s Typecast podcast.

Stage Manager: Jenna Worden, Scenic Design: Cristina Todesco, Lighting Design: Karen Perlow, Costume Design: Yao Chen, Original Music and Sound Design: Arshan Gailus, Voice/Text Coach: Christine Hamel, Public Education Consultant: Neema Avashia

To be featured in Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Subscription Series, Nov. 1-19, 2023.

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October 10-22, 2023


Boston Playwrights' Theatre
949 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Performance Schedule:
Tues., Wed., Thurs. at 7:30 p.m.
Fri. at 8 p.m.
Sat. at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sun. at 2 p.m.

Masks will be required inside the theatre at the Sunday, October 15, performance (2 p.m.).

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