Amos & Boris
book and lyrics by Sofia Alvarez
music and additional lyrics by Daniel Roland Tierney
adapted from the classic children’s book by William Steig
directed by Jessica Kubzansky  
JULIANNE ARGYROS STAGE
May 18, 2018 - June 3, 2018

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While all the mice in Mouse Town dance the night away, Amos would rather sit alone dreaming of the ocean. When he goes on a high seas adventure and runs into trouble, Boris the whale comes to the rescue. Though Amos and Boris are different in every possible way, they become devoted friends. This fun, funny and funky musical teaches lessons about being yourself and the enduring power of friendship. 

Previews: May 18–25, 2018
Regular Performances: May 26–June 3, 2018

Recommendation: Grades K-6. Theatre for Young Audiences … and Their Families is just that, a multi-generational experience for all ages (unfortunately, no children under the age of four and babes-in-arms). The only requirement is that each audience member occupies a seat and sits quietly through the performance while having a wonderful time.

Running Time: Theatre for Young Audiences performances are never more than 90 minutes.

Sofia Alvarez (Book and Lyrics). I wrote my first play in fourth grade and have wanted to be a playwright ever since. In high school, I wrote and directed a play inspired by the poetry of Sylvia Plath and went on to study literature and theatre at Bennington College. My first professional play, Between Us Chickens, was produced here at South Coast Rep in 2011 while I was a playwriting fellow at Juilliard. Since then, I have made my living writing plays, TV shows and movies. I also teach screenwriting at NYU. I recently wrote the screenplay adaptation of Jenny Han’s best selling young adult novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before; it will premiere on Netflix this summer. Amos & Boris is an adaptation of one of my favorite children’s books. Theatre and books are my two great loves and I am thrilled to have established a career that combines them both.

Daniel Roland Tierney (Music and Additional Lyrics) is a music composer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, Calif. For more than 10 years he played in two bands, The Mall and Screens. After touring the country and playing music festivals like CMJ Music Marathon, South by Southwest and Noise Pop along the way, he now concentrates on using his musical talents composing for theater and film.

William Steig (Author) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Born in New York City, every member of Steig’s family was involved in the arts, so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig’s work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children’s book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig’s books have received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l’infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Andersen Medal for Writing. Steig published 13 collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939 and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life. He died in Boston at the age of 95.

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