Past Event

Mar 12—27, 2022

Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends

Sleeping Weazel / USA

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“A beautiful and moving work about the experiences of navigating life and partnership with someone who has Parkinson’s Disease. I admired the ways that dance is essential to the dramatic action. But mainly, I admire Charlotte’s heart.”

— Noe Montez, Chair of Tufts Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies

Courage. Resilience. A love story in progress.

WORLD PREMIERE. A story for anybody who has ever loved somebody, Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends is a powerful and frequently hilarious world premiere from Boston’s acclaimed experimental theatre troupe, Sleeping Weazel.

Everyday Life introduces three very different couples, each of their relationships uniquely impacted by Parkinson’s disease, in a bold multi-media experience that delves into the intimate experiences that take place between heartbeats.

Striving for unconditional love, each pair responds to the avalanche of advice heaped on them with a mix of hilarity, pain, and love. Meanwhile, every mundane daily pattern, interlude of absurd bickering, and moment of human connection takes on emotional urgency.

As award-winning playwright Charlotte Meehan’s story illuminates so poignantly, being able bodied is, like life itself, temporary. Everyday Life weaves these diverse realities into one story that evokes laughter and tears, leaving no audience member untouched.



Emerson Paramount Center
Jackie Liebergott Black Box
559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111


Mar 12, 2022 - Mar 27, 2022

Post Show Conversations

Join members of the Everyday Life creative team after the following performances for a conversation about navigating relationships—from the mundane to life altering—and how the team at Sleeping Weazel made them theatrical.

MAR 13 @ 2PM
MAR 16 @ 7:30PM
MAR 17 @ 7:30PM
MAR 19 @ 2PM
MAR 20 @ 2PM
MAR 24 @ 7:30PM
MAR 26 @ 2PM


70 minutes


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Ages 14+

Content Warning

We understand that certain types of content could trigger past traumatic experiences for some viewers. Please be aware that this production contains discussions and depictions of chronic illness.



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Sun, Mar 27 2:00 pm

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Sleeping Weazel

Led by Charlotte Meehan and Jessica Ernst, Sleeping Weazel produces bold multimedia theatre and performance with social justice ideals. Celebrating the company’s tenth year in Boston, Sleeping Weazel makes and presents live arts in multiple contexts that interweave art forms with flexibility and grace.

Sleeping Weazel’s work has twice been honored with the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production (small/fringe theatre) in 2019 and 2018 for Charlotte Meehan’s multivocal performance event, The Audacity: Women Speak, and James Scruggs’ 3/fifths’ Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show.

Sleeping Weazel was founded in the UK in 1998 by the late filmmaker and theatre director David G. Hopkins and relaunched in 2012 in Boston by Charlotte Meehan and Adara Meyers. The name Sleeping Weazel alludes to the idea of “dreaming awake,” wherein the artist works to imagine and manifest what was previously outside the realm of possibility. Through exploring new dimensions, participants are invited into the dream of enchantment and abundant potential even when confronting injustice and pain.

Artistic Director & Playwright:

Charlotte Meehan


Tara Brooke Watkins


Peter DiMuro


Lee François

Charlotte Meehan

Charlotte Meehan, Artistic Director of Boston-based multimedia theatre company,

Sleeping Weazel, is also Playwright-in-Residence at Wheaton College (MA). Sleeping Weazel most recently premiered her multimedia collage, The Audacity: Women Speak, that she conceived and arranged using real-life stories of more than 30 women on everything from gender bias to sexual assault. The show garnered an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production (small theatre) in 2019 and was named by The Boston Globe as one of 2019’s top ten Boston productions. Other Sleeping Weazel premieres of her work include:

Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide, Beesus & Ballustrada, Real

Realism, and 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues. Previous stage works have been

presented in Providence at Perishable Theatre, in Bristol (UK), and in New York at

Dixon Place, the Flea Theater, La MaMa, Bleecker Street Theatre, and Pratt Institute,

among others. She is a MacDowell fellow (2020, 2008)and recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Council (2021) and Howard Foundation (2008) fellowships in playwriting.

Tara Brooke Watkins

Tara Brooke Watkins is a theatre director, instructor, playwright and activist. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from Tufts University and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Much of her research focuses on the effect of theatre in communities experiencing cultural trauma. She is an assistant professor of theatre and theatre program coordinator at Salve Regina University. In 2019, she worked with students at Eastern Nazarene College and guests and administration at Father Bill’s Place, a homeless shelter in Quincy, Massachusetts to hear stories and use applied theatre, story circles, and drama therapy techniques to respond to needs. From 2016-18, she worked with the Black community of North Tulsa to run story circles and used theatre to create a play showing how the history of the Tulsa Race Massacre still lives in Tulsans’ lives today. She is a member of Bethel AME Church where she co-facilitates the Shatter the Silence ministry which uses story circles and drama therapy to address sexual victimization. She is the creator of several plays which originated in this type of community engagement work using story circles. Such plays include The Bible Women’s Project, Tulsa ’21: Black Wall Street, and The Father Bill’s Play.  She directed Sleeping Weazel’s The Audacity: Women Speak in 2019,  Elliott Norton winner for Outstanding Production (small/fringe). She is the founder and executive director of South Shore School of Theatre in Quincy, MA, a children’s theatre school.

Peter DiMuro

Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion develops and performs original artistic works in dance and dance/theatre. Intergenerational and intersectional by design, the company of collaborators often finds themselves in good company with communities of all kinds, illuminating the extraordinary in the everyday lives of those they encounter. Recent projects include “Stones to Rainbows/Gay to Queer Lives” which has been supported by New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative City and The Boston Foundation’s LAB grants. The company made its Jacob’s Pillow debut in 2018 and its Gibney/NYC debut in 2019, and has performed throughout the Boston region in traditional, cabaret and site-specific settings. Peter DiMuro is a career-long artist, whose work has appeared internationally. He Is the Executive Artistic Director of The Dance Complex, following a 15 year relationship as a collaborator and Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

Lee Francois

In 2009, Lee Francois received his Digital Design degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. When he could not find employment in his field, Lee started his own business. Following that, some unfortunate unwise choices were costly to Lee when he had to serve time in prison for 4 years, putting his dreams on hold. 

However, after a tremendous bounce back and re-evaluation of his life, Lee relaunched his company under the name “FrancoisGrphx.” Through hard work and opportunities to set a new course in life, Lee is building his business into a successful digital arts company.

Reflecting on his life, Lee says, “Looking back, I realized that if I had never experienced any struggles in my life, I probably would never have had the courage to take those giant leaps of faith to become the courageous man I am today.”

Today, in addition to being the CEO of FGXstudios, Lee is also the Director of the Digital Media & A/V Ministry at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain, MA. Red Chair Stories, directed by Lee, reveals the riveting narrative of men impacted by incarceration who are becoming entrepreneurs.



— Jared Bowen, GBH Morning Edition


— Bill Marx, The Arts Fuse


The desire for human connection, the fear of its dissipation, grappling with the body’s changing. Trying to push past their fears and be there for another, for all of life’s grand and small asks. Sleeping Weazel’s “Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends” shows that despite the anger, sadness and fatigue, there’s still a lot of love to share and life to live. 

These emotions are the stuff of life. 

— Jacquinn Sinclair, WBUR   

“INVENTIVE. A concoction of dialogue and dance. A testimony to the strength and courage of the human condition.”

Susan Mulford, Boston and Beyond

“A tender and intimate look at life’s fragility”


“A beautiful and moving work about the experiences of navigating life and partnership with someone who has Parkinson’s Disease. I admired the ways that dance is essential to the dramatic action. But mainly, I admire Charlotte’s heart. The emotional core that she & the other members of the Sleeping Weazel team put into this production is extraordinary.”

— Noe Montez, Chair of Tufts Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies

Sleeping Weazel cements its reputation for bold and relevant work that dares speak up and speak out.”


“Sleeping Weazel presents some of the most unexpected and entertaining evenings of theater in town.”

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