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The Upstairs Department
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The Upstairs Department

April 26 – June 12, 2022

Ark

Luke hears dead people.
He thinks.

Playwright Chelsea Marcantel (Airness, Everything is Wonderful) channels the unexpected in an ethereal journey of familial love, the limits of cynicism and how to explain the unexplainable.

After a serious illness, a young man wakes up with the power to communicate with the dead (or so he believes). Desperate for guidance and to connect with their late father, he and his skeptic sister set out to test his paranormal talent at the Lily Dale Spiritualist community where their discoveries summon more than the afterlife.

Signature’s latest Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative play is an enlightening tale of an unlikely psychic directed by Holly Twyford.

“Her writing is both entertaining and heartbreaking.”
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Running time is approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.

This show contains adult language and discussions of illness and death from disease. Also contains theatrical haze and lighting of sage. Appropriate for tweens and up. Click for more detailed information about content warnings.

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  • SPONSORED BY THE JENNA AND PAUL SEGAL FOUNDATION

    NEW WORK AT SIGNATURE THEATRE IS SPONSORED BY DAN & GLORIA LOGAN

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY RICK KASTEN

    THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY AN AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

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    SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative, a partnership with the Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation, is a multi-year commitment to present world premieres by female playwrights with female directors