Based on the book by Gary D. Schmidt, the play is set in 1912 in coastal Maine. Reverend Buckminster's son Turner, the new kid in town, is lonely and having trouble fitting in. He meets Lizzie Bright, an African-American girl from nearby Malaga Island who becomes his best friend. They share everything: secrets, worries, and the courage to take a stand against greed and racial prejudices in their community. When the townspeople try to force the residents off of Malaga Island, their friendship is tested and Turner and Lizzie face life's great challenges of loss and allegiance.
In the production, Couturier portrays Mrs. Cobb, an elderly woman who teaches Turner piano lessons. Refusing to be intimidated, she stands up to the pressures of the townspeople and defends the potential she sees in Turner and Lizzie.Emerson's production is directed by Robert Colby and will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the Semel Theatre (10 Boylston Place, Boston, MA, 02116) at Emerson College. Tickets are $12 for general audiences and $8 for the Emerson community.
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