Sep 24 2021
Oct 10 2021
The Last Wide Open

The Last Wide Open

Presented by The Umbrella Arts Center at The Umbrella Arts Center

Fate plays its hand in The Umbrella Stage Company's unconventional romantic comedy by Audrey Cefaly, featuring original songs by Matthew M. Nielson.

The Last Wide Open is brought to life by Rebecca Shor as Lina and Ethan Butler as a young waitress and Italian immigrant who have worked together for years but have rarely talked. When a late-night thunderstorm finds them alone in the restaurant at closing time, they find their lives intersecting in surprising and mystical ways. Kayla Shimizu weaves the story and its indie/folk soundtrack as a mystical stage manager who invites the audience to imagine how the universe conspires to bring us together.

Award-winning director Nancy Curran Willis helms the show, and worked in collaboration with Cefaly to fine-tune the MA premiere of a play that has only been performed in three other venues.

“Imaginative, vibrant, heart-felt… A mystical, delicate gem of a play.”
Tony Dallas Theatre Reviews, World Premiere, February 2019

"Heart-warming. Sweet. Downright funny.”
CityBeat Cincinnati

“An unconventional romantic comedy that's mystical, meta, and told in a very different way...great date-night.”

Audience review

This production is staged with limited capacity and enhanced COVID health safety protocols in The Umbrella Main Stage Theater144.

It kicks off a varied 2021-2022 season line-up that also includes: the music-rich and imaginative sea-faring epic The Old Man and The Old Moon; an updated, relevant new presentation of the satirical The Colored Museum; and the joyous musical comedy Head Over Heels, from the visionaries behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Avenue Q, fueled by music from the Go-Gos. Balancing out the season is an expanded family friendly concert, Holidays Under The Umbrella, and an original play commission created by Hortense Gerardo.


Find day-of-show special meal and lodging discount offers from The Umbrella Stage Company's #DinnerAndAShowConcord hospitality partners including Trail's End Cafe, Concord's Colonial Inn, and Fiorella's Cucina.

Admission Info

Tickets vary based on seating from $15-$44 reserved seating.

Discounts available for Students, Seniors, Groups, and Massachusetts EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders.

Dates & Times

2021/09/24 - 2021/10/10

Location Info

The Umbrella Arts Center

40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742

Parking Info


Free parking is usually readily available in municipal parking lots adjacent to building and directly across Stow Street (not normally shown on Google maps), as well as on most surrounding streets.


The Umbrella is in Concord Center, easily accessible from the Walden exit of Route 2. The Umbrella is also 2 block walk (about 0.4 mi., 7 minutes) from the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Concord Station stop at 90 Thoreau Street.

Accessibility Info

ADA Wheelchair and companion seating options available; please contact box office at or 978-371-0820 x209