“Stay there in the garden where love grows free and wild.”

Lucy Simon, Lyricist
"Arima has given us a vocally sumptuous production"
Louis B. Hobson
Calgary Herald
"Broad storybook style…came together satisfyingly"
Stephen Holden
The New York Times

Director's Note

I’ve directed two concert productions and two fully staged productions of this musical. The score, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful works in the musical-theatre cannon. Working alongside the authors Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman on both concerts was enlightening and artistically fulfilling. My interpretations have been seen twice in New York City, once at Theatre Calgary and most recently in Tokyo. 

No matter where this musical is performed, the audience can’t help but be intoxicated by Mary’s journey and the ravishing score.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



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Canada Production

Book & Lyrics: Marsha Norman

Music: Lucy Simon

Director: Stafford Arima

Musical Director: Don Horsburgh

Choreographer: Marc Kimelman

Set & Costume: Cory Sincennes

Lighting: Bonnie Beecher

Sound: Joshua D. Reid

Voice & Dialect Coach: Jane MacFarlane

Producer: Theatre Calgary

Tokyo Production 

Book & Lyrics: Marsha Norman

Music: Lucy Simon

Set: Rumi Matsui

Lighting: Kazuyoshi Takami

Costumes: Masatomo Ota

Sound: Koichi Yamamoto

Choreographer: Chie Oka

Producer: Toho Company Limited

Theatre: Theatre Creation

MCP Production 

Book & Lyrics: Marsha Norman

Music: Lucy Simon

Conductor: Michael Kosarin

Set: Beowulf Boritt

Lighting: Jason Lyons

Costume Coordinator: Heather Lockard

Sound: Gareth Owen

Movement: Jenn Rapp

Producer: Manhattan Concert Productions

Theatre: David Geffen Hall