Legacy of Light at Boston's Lyric Stage

Karen Zacarias Play Through March 13

By: - Feb 05, 2010


Why does the apple fall? Indeed. Perhaps like Sir Isaac Newton the fruit has fallen madly in love. Or so it seems in a witty new production at Boston's Lyric Stage Compan.

Following the four most successful and highest-attended seasons in its 35- year history, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the fifth production of the 2009- 2010 Season: Karen Zacarias' intriguing new story of love, family and scientific discovery, Legacy of Light Directed by Lois Roach, the play runs February 12 through March 13, 2010 with both afternoon and evening performances. Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available by calling the box office at 617.585.5678 and online at


During the Age of Enlightenment, as Sir Isaac Newton was watching apples fall, another brilliant physicist, Émilie du Châtelet finds herself with child. At 42, fearing she will die in childbirth, she races to complete her research and leave her legacy. Meanwhile, present day scientist Olivia, unable to conceive and wondering what she will sacrifice for motherhood, arranges for a surrogate, who pulls together past and present in a stellar collision. This "entertaining new comedy" (Variety) shares unexpected twists of self discovery and two women's quests for knowledge and love.

The Lyric's production of  Legacy of Light features  Diego Arciniegas*, Allan Mayo, Jr.*, Sarah Newhouse*, Susanne Nitter*, Rosalie Norris, and Jonathan Popp.

The Legacy of Light creative team, led by director Lois Roach, includes Janie E. Howland** (scenic designer), Charles
Schoonmaker** (costume designer), Scott Clyve** (lighting designer), and Arshan Gailus (sound designer). The production manager is Nerys Powell*, and the assistant stage manager is Cat M. Dunham.
* Denotes members of Actor's Equity Association
** Denotes members of USA (United Scenic Artists—Local 829)

Legacy of Light

February 12 through March 13, 2010

-Wednesday/Thursday evenings 7:30 p.m.
-First/fourth Wednesday matinees, 2 p.m.
-Friday/Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
-Saturday/Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
-Post-show "Talk-Backs" first /third
Sundays, January 3 and 17.
-Friday, February 12, 8 p.m.
-Saturday, February 13, 3 and 8 p.m.
-Sunday, February 14, 3 p.m.
Press Performance & Post Show Talk Back
-Wednesday, February 17, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
-Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
-Friday, February 19, 8 p.m.
-Saturday, February 20, 3 and 8 p.m.
-Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m.
-Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
-Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
-Friday, February 25, 8 p.m.
-Saturday, January 17, 3 and 8 p.m.
-Sunday, January 18, 3 p.m.
Post Show Talk Back after 3 p.m.
-Wednesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
-Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
-Friday, March 5, 8 p.m.
-Saturday, March 6, 3 and 8 p.m.
-Sunday, March 7, 3 p.m.
-Wednesday, March 10, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
-Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
-Friday, March 12, 8:00 p.m.
-Saturday, March 13, 3:00 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Tickets, Group Sales, Discounts
Season Ticket Packages for 2009-20010, The Lyric Stage Company's 36th Anniversary Season, are now available in a variety of pricings and multi-show savings. Season Ticket Holders enjoy exclusive benefits including the best seats, the most savings, and a variety of special discounts. Lyric Stage Company Gift Tix are available anytime, and may be redeemed throughout the season. Group sales, senior, and student discounts are available. To purchase tickets call 617.585.5678, log on to, or visit The Lyric Stage Company box office.

The Lyric Stage Company is located in the YWCA Building at 140 Clarendon Street, in Boston's Copley Square, between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue, and is easily accessible via the MBTA's Orange Line (Back Bay Station) or Green Line (Copley Station). There are a variety of paid parking lots adjacent, offering discounted parking to Lyric Stage Company theatre-goers.

The Lyric Stage Company is Boston's oldest professional theatre company, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is dedicated to presenting a wide range of plays and musicals of the highest quality, including world premieres, regional premieres, and classics--that are entertaining, challenging, and provocative. Founded in 1974, The Lyric Stage Company is deeply committed to nurturing the talents of Boston-area theatre artists through employment, training, and development opportunities. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos (recent recipient of the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence) and Managing Director Sara S. Glidden.

The Lyric Stage Company presents seven shows each season to an annual audience of over 40,000, including 2,000+ season ticket holders, in an intimate 240-seat theatre.