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Lilies Off Broadway

Final two weeks of Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama will play final performance Sunday, June 6th.

June 1, 2021:   Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama, one of first new show to come in after the pandemic, will play its final Off-Broadway performance at The Theater Center on Sunday, June 6 week earlier than previously announced. Previews began on Wednesday, May 5 with an official opening night on Monday, May 17. 

Hartley Parker, Florimond Le Goupil-Maier

Final two weeks of Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama will play final performance Sunday, June 6th.

June 1, 2021:   Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama, one of first new show to come in after the pandemic, will play its final Off-Broadway performance at The Theater Center on Sunday, June 6 week earlier than previously announced. Previews began on Wednesday, May 5 with an official opening night on Monday, May 17. 

Hartley Parker, Florimond Le Goupil-Maier

Set against a backdrop of revenge, obsession, and love, Lilies tells the story of Simon Doucet, recently released from prison after serving a 30-year sentence for a crime he did not commit. He arranges a private meeting with his former school friend, Jean Bilodeau, now a powerful Bishop. Simon and his friends, all former prison inmates, revisit the harrowing events that occurred during their final year at St. Sebastian’s school for boys.

Lilies is fully staged for the first time in New York City and features an all-male cast of 11 actors.  Lilies is one of the first, new, indoor theater productions of 2021, to be performed with a live cast of actors. Writtenby Michel Marc Bouchard with an English translation by Linda Gaboriau, Lilies, is directed by Andrew Benvenuti.

The engaging story is timeless tale of passion and redemption.

Hartley Parker, J.P. Ross

Gay City News heralded Lilies as “engaging” and “under the direction of Andrew Benvenuti, the excellent cast balances the magical realism of the story with visceral emotional depth.” Round the World Stage called the play, “a timeless story of passion and redemption that resonates today.” Broadway Radio’s Michael Portantiere said the acting and direction is “excellent” and Theater Pizzazz declared Lilies “a poetic and moving drama.” 

Returning from the March 2021 streaming production are Grant Hale as Jean Bilodeau; Florimond Le Goupil-Maier as Count Vallier De Tilly; Bill Morton as Countess Marie-Laure de Tilly; Drew Paton as Father St. Michael and Baron De Hue; and J.P. Ross as Lydie Anne De Rozier. Joining the cast for the Lilies Off-Broadway premiere are J.J. Miller as Simon 1952/Timothee Doucet; Hartley Parker as Simon Ducet 1912; Devon Savage as Student/Baroness De Hue; Marc Verzatt as Bishop Bilodeau; and Grant Evan and Max Richards in the ensemble.

Bill Morton, Grant Hale

The creative team for Lilies, led by director Andrew Benvenuti, featurescostume design by Caitlyn Piccirillo, lighting design by Reid Sullivan.  Josh Bowen is assistant director and production stage manager. Sara Laursen is company manager.

In accordance with CDC and New York State guidelines for limited live performances, strict COVID-19 protocols, led by the producers’ health and safety director, Elias Preciado, an epidemiologist, who also serves as the production’s Covid-19 compliance officer, were adhered to during rehearsals and during live performances at The Theater Center. Additionally, all personnel at The Theater Center inclusive of box office, ushers, and front of house, along with all members of the cast and crew, are vaccinated. Everyone entering the theater must wear masks and follow social distancing rules.

Tickets for Liliesare $45 for general admission and $62 for premium seating, available online via Ticketmaster, in-person at the box office (210 West 50th Street, NYC), or by calling The Theater Center (212-921-7862). Youth tickets, for anyone ages 16-25, are available for $25 as a cash-only sale at the box office (either as advance purchase, or in-person, day of show). 

Lilies performs Wednesday at 2pm matinee; Saturday at 5pm (early evening); Sunday at 7pm; and Monday at 7pm. The running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Note: The production features full-frontal nudity and is recommended for audiences 16+.