Music Soothes the Soul in Thought-Provoking New Play

"Song Bird" opens July 27th in Sandwich...
"Songbird" chronicles a hospice resident, her family and the music therapist who works with her (Courtesy photo)

In keeping with “Sandwich - the Oldest Town with the Newest Works”, the Sandwich Arts Alliance presents “Songbird”, a moving and thoughtful play about a hospice resident, her family, and the music therapist who works with her as she approaches her final days. The play takes the stage at Sandwich Town Hall on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday July 29 at 2 pm.  Tickets are $18 ($10 for students) and can be purchased online at www.sandwichartsalliance.org or at Splash Stationers on Route 6A in Sandwich.

From the New Classics Company based in Hyannis, written and directed by Justin Jay Gray, Songbird is an original and moving play about family, memory, and the power of song. Eva is a young, dedicated music therapist who believes above all in the healing power of music. However, as she faces her first assignment in hospice care, she finds she might be in deeper than she ever realized. Through weekly sessions she’ll try to help Lillian face her imminent passing, all the while juggling Lillian’s high-strung daughter Anne, free spirited nurse Danny, and domineering residency supervisor Burgess. Along the way she’ll come to understand more than ever the true impact that music can have on us, both in this life and the next. Emotionally moving and beautifully written, you won’t want to miss the play that the Cape Cod Times picked as one of their favorites of 2016.

“The story of a music therapist trying to ease the last days of a dying woman, was given a beautiful world premiere.” - The Cape Cod Times

Originally having premiered at the Guyer Art Barn in Hyannis in 2016, this will be the first time that the New Classics Co. will produce work outside of their usual venue. The company is extremely excited to collaborate with the members of the Sandwich Arts Alliance Performing Arts Group to bring this event to the Upper Cape and beyond. Dealing with topics such as family, mortality, hospice care, the stress of being a caregiver, and the power of arts-based therapy, this play offers a story that is highly relatable and relevant to the citizens of Cape Cod.

The Friday evening and Sunday afternoon performances will be followed by talkbacks addressing the process of creating the play and the field of music therapy at large. Starring Rosa Prado, Danny Price, Jamie Lynn Stuart, Justin Jay Gray, and Cathy Ode, Songbird will be performed arena style, not on stage but down with the audience in the round to make for a more interactive setting.

The Sandwich Arts Alliance is proud to collaborate with New Classics Company to bring to the area this unique drama with its tender and thoughtful exploration of the power of music in the face of impending mortality.  For more details, www.sandwichartsalliance.org.


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