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Three members of the Northeastern community played key roles in Lyric Stage Company’s Boston premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher. Eva Friedman ’17 served as Assistant Director for the production, and the ensemble cast features alumni Alejandro Simoes ’02 and Matt Spano ’04. The production, hailed by The Boston Globe as, “high-spirited, low-tech, and altogether hard-to-resist,” runs through June 26. For more information, visit


Eva Friedman (Assistant Director) is a third-year theatre major at Northeastern where her acting credits include Alien vs. Predator, The Heidi Chronicles, Clybourne Park, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Elephant’s Graveyard. She has also performed with NU Stage and serves as the Vice President of Silver Masque. Eva recently completed a co-op at the Heath School in Brookline, MA, and had the opportunity to attend Shakespeare & Company’s 2015 Summer Training Institute in Lenox, MA.

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Alejandro Simoes (Smee) returns to the Lyric Stage having last appeared in Light up the Sky and One Man, Two Guvnors. Recent credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actor), Our Country’s Good, Recent Tragic Events, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark), Hideous Progeny, Melancholy Play (Holland Productions), TravestiesRomeo and Juliet, Misalliance (The Publick Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), The Taming of the ShrewMacbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), King John (Shakespeare & Company), Olly’s Prison, Dido, Queen of Carthage (American Repertory Theatre), as well as productions with Theatre on Fire and Imaginary Beasts. He trained at Shakespeare & Company, Southwick Studio, and Northeastern University.

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Matt Spano (Ted) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Sweeney Todd and The Mikado. His regional credits include: Mary Zimmerman’s Candide (Huntington Theatre), Sleep No More (A.R.T./Punchdrunk), South Pacific, Grease (Summer Theatre of New Canaan, CT), The Full MontyThe Dinosaur Musical,  A Year With Frog and Toad (Stoneham Theatre), Annie, and The Wizard of Oz (Wheelock Family Theatre). Most recently he participated in a reading of new plays for the Jewish Plays Project and the Jewish Arts Collaborative. Additionally, Matt performs in educational theatre pieces for families with City Stage Co. at the Boston Children’s Museum, as well as on tour throughout the city and state. He holds a degree in theatre performance from Northeastern University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

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