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‘The Things We Keep’

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  • Andy’s Summer Playhouse invites you to join them for the world premiere musical, “The Things We Keep,” written and directed by Jared Mezzocchi with lyrics and music by Duncan Pelletier. Courtesy

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Thursday, August 09, 2018 9:38AM

Andy’s Summer Playhouse invites you to join them for the world premiere musical, “The Things We Keep,” written and directed by Jared Mezzocchi with lyrics and music by Duncan Pelletier.

“The Things We Keep” opens Thursday and is a musical about a large family, spanning several generations, who have come together during the passing of their father/grandfather/great-grandfather, who is also suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The play explores memory, aging, and family, and examines the processes a family must undergo while saying goodbye to a complex and complicated man. Ultimately, it is the family that determines the man they will bury, and the legacy they will keep.

“In my 10th year working at Andy’s, 3rd as Producing Artistic Director, I am completely blown away by the ability of these children,” said Jared Mezzochi. “Their embrace of process-oriented workflow, where we toss in new lines and cut out entire scenes every day, allows for some of the most fluid storytelling I’ve ever experienced in my career. Match that with their integrity and astounding maturity towards this content, dealing with family and a grandparent suffering from dementia, and I am moved to tears that we can have this conversation.” Mezzocchi continued, “It is a deeply personal piece for both myself and Duncan Pelletier, our music director, and yet it is the children providing something incredible between the lines. It is their spirit and essence that make this piece move and flow.”

“The Things We Keep,” is for audiences of all ages and runs Aug. 9 through Aug. 18 at Andy’s Summer Playhouse.

General Admission tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for youth, 18 and under, and seniors, 65 and up. Tickets may be purchased online at andyssummerplayhouse.org, the Andy’s Summer Playhouse box office, or by phone at (603) 654-2613.

Stick around after all shows to ask questions of the performers and apprentices (ages 8-18) about themes, characters, and processes of the production.