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Peabody to Host Center Stage Readings of Shadowboxer

With Center Stage’s Mount Vernon home in the midst of a yearlong renovation, Peabody is pleased to welcome the theater’s 2016 Spring Play Lab to Joe Byrd Hall for two staged readings on May 14 and 15.

Shadowboxer, a new opera based on the life and career of legendary boxing champion Joe Louis, is presented by Center Stage in association with Carolyn Black-Sotir. Composer Frank Proto and librettist John Chenault will be in residence throughout the weeklong workshop and public presentations, working with director Leon Major and a company of local and international singers which includes Peabody alumni Benjamin Moore (MM ’10, Voice), Madelyn Wanner (BM ’09, Voice), Christine Thomas (MM ’94, Voice), and current GPD student Rebecca Elizabeth Wood (MM ’15, Voice).

Center Stage Play Labs are weeklong workshops for playwrights to develop new work, culminating in staged readings by professional actors during which audience members are invited to give their feedback.

Two staged readings of Shadowboxer will take place at Peabody: on Saturday, May 14, at 7:00 pm, and on Sunday, May 15, at 3:00 pm. For more information and tickets, please visit



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