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Upright Grand


by Laura Schellhardt
directed by Meredith McDonough
assistant director, Ana-Catrina Buchser

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
July 11-August 10, 2012

Musical Director: William Liberatore
Set Design: Kris Stone
Lighting Design: Paul Toben
Sounds Design: Cliff Caruthers
Costume Design: Maggie Whitaker
Stage Manager: Jamie D. Mann

Renata Friedman as Kiddo
Dan Hiatt as Pops
Brett Ryback as Accompanist


The Duet of a Lifetime

“Breathtaking. A 90-minute gem. Handsomely directed by Meredith McDonough. Upright Grand plucks at the heartstrings quite deftly.”
The Mercury News

“Beguiling world premiere. FINELY NUANCED ACTING.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Upright Grand overflows with musical vitality. Playwright Laura Schellhardt’s words are achingly genuine”
Stark Insider

“ASTOUNDINGLY BRILLIANT. A truly grand, touching story. The performances by Renata Friedman, Dan Hiatt and Brett Ryback are so POWERFUL that any stage seems overwhelmed by them.”
John Orr,

“WORLD-CLASS. Brilliantly written and flawlessly executed. Hiatt as Pops gives a tour de force performance. Friedman is a wonder as Kiddo. Ryback is a rare talent.”
Out and About Magazine