“Elliot and the Magic Bed” is currently in the midst of its amazing three-day run here at Upper Darby Summer Stage. In 2003, Elliot was played by Rachel Stevens. Today, 11 years later, Rachel is still working at Summer Stage as a director. All in all Rachel has been at Summer Stage for the past 17 years.
When “Elliot” premiered at Summer Stage in 2003, a reading of the show took place in the chorus room with a collection of actors from Point Park University. While Rachel was the first actress to perform as Elliot on stage, Liz Seymour was the first to read for him. According to Rachel, it was a little daunting to follow in her footsteps. Rachel recalls, “I remember having to [perform] it on stage and being like, ‘Oh I’m not gonna be Liz,’ and Marcus was like, ‘You don’t need to be Liz, be you.’”
Marcus Stevens is Rachel’s older brother and writer of “Elliot and the Magic Bed.” The story he wrote is actually based on his time with Rachel as a kid. Rachel said, “even though this was a little boy it was about how when Marcus and I were kids we would play in our living room and play time machine and all that.”
My group of friends…were misfits during the year and then we came here and we felt important and special and empowered. [“Elliot”] only supported who we became as adults. It was a very important show for my group of friends because it made us feel important. – Rachel Stevens
While the story may have been about Rachel, she still managed to learn an awful lot from Elliot and his magic bed. Elliot, “was about imagination, accepting your inner child, finding that connection between parent and child, going on adventures with your friends, allowing yourself to be silly, finding the magic inside and being proud of who you were.” She and her friends found peace with Elliot. “My group of friends, just like everyone else, were misfits during the year and then we came here (Upper Darby Summer Stage) and we felt important and special and empowered. That show only supported who we became as adults. It was a very important show for my group of friends because it made us feel important.”
Rachel will be reuniting with her friends and other cast and crew from the ’03 and ’08 productions on Thursday night at the show. Don’t miss your chance to come and see this amazing production grace UDPAC! Come and experience the wonder of “Elliot and the Magic Bed”!