Greylock Opera Collective, led by MCLA Faculty, Plans February Productions of ‘My Way of Life’ in North Adams and New York City

January 20, 2022

The Greylock Opera Collective will premiere the show “My Way of Life,” written by MCLA Professor of Music Michael Dilthey, with two productions, one in North Adams, and one in New York City, on Feb. 3 and 4, respectively. 

The North Adams production will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Studio 9 at the Porches, 18 Veazie Street. In New York City, the production will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets for both productions are available at  

About “My Way of Life”  

“My Way of Life” is a musical adaptation of “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” which George Bernard Shaw wrote in 1893. This musical adaptation follows the play’s plot. The central relationship in the play is between Vivie Warren and her mother, Mrs. Warren. Vivie is a modern young woman who has had limited contact with her mother. During the course of the play, Vivie, who has never known her father, discovers that her mother was a prostitute and is the owner of “gentlemen’s hotels” in various European cities. Vivie ends her relationship with her mother for the life she wishes to live. 

Lauren Zakrin joins the cast as Vivie. Ms. Zakrin was most recently playing Moaning Myrtle in the Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Other credits include “The Great Comet” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” 

Dilthey, an active composer and writer, founded the Greylock Opera Collective at the intersection of his art and his pedagogy. GOC is composed of actors, singers, instrumentalists, designers, directors, videographers, composers, and writers who are also teachers. Helping to mentor young artists is at GOC’s core. GOC involves students in every aspect of its presentations and models professional practices in every step of the production process. Learn more at Associate Professor of Theatre Jeremy Winchester is a founding member of GOC, and MCLA vocal coaches, alumni, and current students have played a part in GOC productions, marketing, and other support.