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Nov. 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
School Matinee: Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.
The Rand Theater

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $15 general admission.

Music, lyrics and book by Elizabeth Swados
Directed by Lou Moreno*, Artistic Director of New York City’s INTAR Theatre
Musical Director: Anthony Ferreira
Associate Music Director: Nate Gowen
Choreographer: Alison Kerr
Dramaturg: Shaila Schmidt
Scenic Designer: Michael Cottom
Costume Designer: Christina Beam
Lighting Designer: Zachary Molin
Sound Designer: Amy Altadonna
Production Stage Manager: Matthew Morin
Assistant Director: Vishnupad Barve
Assistant Dramaturg: Cassandra Clark
Assistant Costume Designer: Mary Frances Cusick
Assistant Lighting Designer: Erin MacDevitt
Assistant Stage Managers: Liz Diamond, Lianna Fife Wiggall, Colin Fodaski

* Lou Moreno is a member of the Stage Directors and 
Choreographers Society.


The jittery, desperate energy of youth fuels Runaways, a gut-punch of a musical that deftly blends different musical styles from pop to hip-hop, jazz to reggae. Creator Elizabeth Swados interviewed young addicts, con artists, and victims of sex trafficking —all homeless runaways and orphans— to craft a portrait of what it’s like to be a kid on the edges of society. Their stories — angry, joyful, both childish and grown beyond their years — will stay with you long after the last brilliant note has faded.

This production is recommended for children age 14 and up.​​​​​​​