Souvenir

Portland Stage delivers a performance that not only showcases her folly, but also her heart, determination and unabashed love of music.

A full-throated comedy with music about amateur soprano Florence Foster Jenkins, whose famously tone-deaf recitals delighted audiences all the while she believed herself an operatic diva. Told by Jenkins’ long-suffering accompanist, Souvenir is a comedic and heartfelt reflection on the limits of perception and the sometimes curious rewards of following your dreams.

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Stephen Temperley

Stephen Temperley is a British playwright born in London, England who came to the United States at the age of 16 to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has gone on to work successfully as an actor and playwright on both sides of the Atlantic. Temperley’s first play, Beside the Seaside, was produced at the Hudson Guild Theater in 1981 where he first worked with longtime collaborator, director Vivian Matalon, who has directed all of Temperley’s plays since. His other plays include Money/Mercy (1998) which became part of the first HBO New Writer’s Workshop, and The Pilgrim Papers (2006). Souvenir has been Temperley’s most successful play to date.

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