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Performing Arts

The Color Purple (Musical)

When: May 12, 8:00 PM - June 04, 10:00 PM
Where: 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA
Ages allowed: 18+
Cost: $20 - $45
The Color Purple (Musical)

The Umbrella Stage Company presents the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning classic novel, The Color Purple, and the 1985 film by Steven Spielberg.  The inspirational story set in the early 1900s follows a young woman, Celie, as she journeys through her childhood experiencing joy, despair, anguish, sisterhood and self-realization to find her voice and power.

A story of hope and a testament to the healing power of love, the adaptation features Tony Award-winning score ranging in styles from jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues.

This production is directed BW Gonzalez, who appeared at The Umbrella in last season’s The Colored Museum. Ms. Gonzalez has worked at theaters around the country including American Repertory Theater, American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, The Huntington Theatre Company, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She appeared in the recurring role of Lupe in the Netflix series, Arrested Development.

This production features Shy’Kira Allen, Kai Clifton, Schanaya Barrows, Randell Benford, Yasmeen Duncan, Fatima Elmi, Crystin Gilmore*, Aaron Graham, Jordan Aaron Hall*, Sydney Jackson, Brian Demar Jones*, Nicole Franklin Kelley, Kayla Leacock*, Dashawn McClinton, Zachary McConnell*, Hanifa Nelson-Kamau, Aloura “Aeon” Smith and Treshor Webster.

Shows run from May 12 and running through June 4, 2023 on Thursday-Saturday at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM, with a number of planned special community engagements. The show deals with mature themes, so is recommended for audiences 14-or-older.


The Umbrella Arts Center is located at 40 Stow Street, in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District. Shows are staged in the newly renovated 344-seat, state-of-the-art mainstage theater with easy on-site parking, or a short walk from the Fitchburg Line commuter rail.  The Umbrella is ADA accessible, a proud partner in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s EBT Card-to-Culture program, and provides free free admission to its visual arts galleries, currently hosting the international climate change art exhibition, Points of Return.

The Umbrella partners with several excellent restaurants and hotels to provide day-of-show special offers on meals and overnight stays.