Live & In Color brings play and musical performances to Salem

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Live & In Color — which develops new works for the stage that promote and celebrate diversity — returns to Salem this week, but with an expanded schedule.

Instead of two weeks, the theater retreat (which was formerly known as the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat) will now run three. That means that, in addition to working on and performing a new musical, Live & In Color will also be able to develop and present a new play.

Up first, in Sept. 10 and 11 performances, is the play “Narrow Daylight,” written by Sevan K. Greene and directed by Live & In Color founder Devanand Janki.

The plot is this, per Live & In Color: “Reeling from the death of her husband and the recent loss of her soldier son, Susan Davis is confronted by a surprise visitor at her doorstep — a young Iraqi girl named Lena who is more connected to her son than she could ever imagine. Not even her best friend, cooking-baking, Jesus-loving Gloria and her wise-ass daughter Anne-Marie, can avoid the tides of change as East meets West in sleepy Panama City, Florida.”

Later, on Sept. 21 and 22, the retreat will present the musical “The Golden Threshold,” with book and music by Cheeyang Ng, book and lyrics by Eric Sorrels. Arpita Mukherjee directs this tale, set in 1930s British India, in which two young women join Gandhi’s Salt March protest. One is trying to escape an arranged marriage, while the other is focused on freeing her nation.

And “Life Is a Cabaret!,” a benefit concert for Live & In Color, happens Sept. 15 at The Side Door Jazz Club.

“Narrow Daylight,” 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11, The Bingham Camp, 490 East Haddam Road, Salem; free, but reserve a space because space is limited;

“The Golden Threshold,” 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22, The Bingham Camp, 490 East Haddam Road, Salem; free, but reserve a space because space is limited;

“Life Is a Cabaret!,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 (cocktails at 6:30 p.m.) at The Side Door Jazz Club, 85 Lyme St., Old Lyme; $100;



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