Queen City Improv

Queen City Improv is Manchester's finest improv troupe, and they're bringing their act to the Capital City! Join QCI as they perform a night of goofs, gaffes, and laughs through a never before seen show-every night! Improvisational theater is made up on the spot, which means the games are planned but the scenes stories are not! What will they come up with next? Join us to find out!

Monthly 2019: 1/24, 2/21, 3/21, 4/11, 5/23, 6/27, 7/27 (Sat @ 2pm), 8/22

Thursdays @ 7:30pm (except 7/27/19 on a Saturday at 2pm!)

This is a BYOB event.

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Music Out of the 'Box

Produced by Quantum Media Productions.

Think out of the box.
Listen out of the box.
Music Out of the 'Box.

Monthly: 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/12, 5/24, 6/28, 8/30

Friday, 1/25/19: New England Irish Harp Orchestra

For thirteen years, the New England Irish Harp Orchestra has performed Traditional Celtic music, song, dance, poetry, and storytelling throughout New England and Ireland. We offer family-friendly concerts with participation in song and dance and let the audience try our many harps. The members are currently from Massachusetts and New Hampshire and range in age from mid twenties to mid eighties. We share our love of Celtic music and our joy in playing together.

http://www.neiho.org/

Friday, 2/22/19: Adam Levin Duo

Classical guitarist Adam Levin returns, this time with his duo, Duo Sonidos.

Duo Sonidos brings together the talents of violinist, William Knuth and guitarist, Adam Levin.

The duo is a refreshing addition to the chamber music world, offering an approachable yet sophisticated combination for all chamber music audiences. By forging relationships with contemporary composers, Duo Sonidos has forwarded the mission of expanding the duo repertoire. As international prize winners, Levin and Knuth have performed worldwide, been honored as US Fulbright Scholars in the field of music performance in Madrid, Spain and Vienna, Austria respectively and have released recordings to international critical acclaim.

https://www.duosonidos.com/

Friday, 3/22/19: Delusive Relics

“Delusive Relics” is an Electronic/Synth Pop/Industrial and Dark Ambient music project by Farhood Ghadiri and Anis Oveisi.

After 15 years of playing in the Progressive Rock genre, playing in the band, Mavara, Farhood decided to establish an Electronic music project called “Delusive Relics,” which he has wanted to do since childhood. This music is strongly influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Tangerine Dream and Depeche Mode.

Currently, they are working on their debut album, “Chaotic Notions,” which will be released soon.

http://www.delusiverelics.com

Friday, 4/12/19: Indian and Nepali classical music with HariMaya Adhikari, Sagar Khatiwada and friends

Harimaya Adhikari (Himalaya Heritage Performing Arts), originally from Nepal, holds a Master’s in Music from the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, and taught music at a university in Nepal. She sings and plays the harmonium, a hand-pumped reed organ. Ms. Adhikari performs for Indian, Bhutanese, and Nepali communities in New Hampshire and throughout the Northeast, especially for religious events and important traditional celebrations. She plays classical Indian music as well as sacred and popular tunes, and composes some of her own music in the South Asian traditions.

Sagar Prem Khatiwada holds a Master’s degree in music from the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. He was born in Nepal and comes from a very musical family; his brothers play the bamboo flute and sing. Khatiwada plays the tabla (a double drum with resonating surfaces on the top side) and the madal (a single drum with resonating surfaces on either end). He started playing in 1994, practicing every day for hours. After graduate work, he was a music instructor at a university in Nepal. In addition to his musical expertise, Khatiwada studied Sanskrit and is a Hindu priest. He joined the Music School faculty in 2017 and teaches as part of the new South Asian traditional music department.

Friday, 5/24/19: Fugue Mill

Mark Shilansky and his group Fugue Mill weave jazz through the fabric of Bluegrass, Celtic, and Classical music, creating a complex yet attractive blend of musical styles and traditions. Original group pieces are featured side by side with music by such composers as Thelonious Monk, Leonard Cohen, and Samuel Barber. Violin and multiple stringed instruments augment the quartet of piano, guitar, bass, and drums, creating a transparent and vibrant palette of improvisation and counterpoint. Members of the group combine their wide-ranging experience playing with such artists as Luciana Souza, Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder, and Darol Anger into a musical melange that explores diverse idioms, linked through improvisation and groove.

http://www.markshilansky.com/

Friday, 6/28/19: Deep Blue C Orchestra

A studio orchestra is made up of woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings as in a symphony orchestra. It also includes a rhythm section of guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and drum set as in a jazz combo or show orchestra.

“Doc” Vose followed his dream to spread his deep love and respect for the musical contributions of composer Burt Bacharach, lyricist Hal David and many others from John Williams to John Lennon, by assembling his own Deep Blue “C” Studio Orchestra, 17 members including vocals. The DB “C” concerts are elegant and classy.

https://www.deepbluecorchestra.com/

Fridays @ 7:30pm

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Boggis Comedy Presents... Standup Comedy

Join professional comedian Greg Boggis and his guests as they explore life through standup comedy. Greg brings talented comedians from NH, Boston and beyond to play with Concord-area audiences. Join us tonight at the latest installment.

January 26 - Greg Boggis welcomes Headliner Brian Longwell

Brian Longwell has an MS in electrical engineering and spent 11 years working for AT&T’s Bell Laboratories. While designing microchips by day, he started working as a professional comedian by night. Most comedians aspire to “quit their day jobs”, but Brian used his growing income from comedy to start his own technology company and in 1992 he left Bell Labs to create Special Projects Group, Inc. (www.spginc.com). Brian Longwell has worked for years as a professional comedian at venues in the US and has toured the UK. He decided to combine is corporate background with his comedy experience and now gives “presentations” using an old style overhead projector with stick figure drawings tackling humorous topics like “Why Work?”, “How to be Successful” and has presented topical presentations such as “Why Vote?” . His unique talent was recognized at the New York Comedy Festival by his inclusion in the Andy Kaufman competition in which he was a finalist. On the corporate front, Brian has performed for AT&T, Hewlett Packard, McKinsey, John Hancock, and many medium and small size companies.

Also featuring New England’s funniest Auntie, Kristin O’Brien

February 23 - Line up TBA

March 23 - Line up TBA

May 11 - Line up TBA

June 29 - Line up TBA

BYOB/W. Saturday @ 7:30pm

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January 27, March 24, May 26

Victoria Valentine: Paranormal Investigator

Produced by Ghost Ship Radio.

Ghost Ship Radio is thrilled to bring its production of Victoria Valentine: Paranormal Investigator to the Hatbox this upcoming season. An original radio play series created by Dan Knight and Douglas Osterhoudt, Victoria Valentine mixes old and new and harkens back to the age of stories like The Shadow, The Lone Ranger and Dick Tracy. Set in 1940’s New York City, Victoria takes the cases deemed too strange for her competitors. Join us as we showcase several of her most exciting and harrowing cases live on stage! There will be: Adventure! Chills! Live Foley! And vintage style ads to boot!

Sunday @ 2pm.

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February 1-17

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Produced by Three Witches Productions.

Carouse with us for Twelfth Night, a festive comedy in which characters have their own epiphanies as they contemplate love and loss while they try to drown their sorrows in music (and drink). Three Witches Productions, who brought last year’s successful run of The Scottish Play to Hatbox, presents Twelfth Night February 1-17.

The play opens when our shipwrecked heroine, Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria; there she disguises herself as a servant named Cesario while she mourns the loss of her twin brother. She finds herself caught between the over-the-top households of love-sick Orsino and strong-willed Olivia.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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Hatbox Performance Lab

Produced by Hatbox Theatre

Hatbox Theatre's educational series for theatre artists and the public looking to explore the theatrical arts and expand their capabilities. Each month we hold a two-hour (plus!) workshop on different topics including: lighting, sound, projections, costumes, design, acting, improv, directing, publicity and more!

Free to Hatbox and CPC members. $10/adults; $7 seniors/students.

January 12. “I hope I get it! I hope I get it!”

Performing in front of others, embodying the love, passion, strength, and weaknesses of someone not yourself is a challenge and thrill unlike any other. There has never been a better time to be an actor in New Hampshire because there are more theater opportunities available than ever. There’s just one problem – you have to audition.

Hatbox Performance Lab presents “I Hope I Get It! I Hope I Get It!” an audition workshop for actors of all levels of experience. Veteran actor-director-producer Gary Locke will take you through the audition process. You’ll learn specific techniques and unwritten rules for surviving what, for many, is a nerve-wracking experience. Through anecdotes and practical advice, you’ll gain a new-found confidence in yourself as an actor.
Participants will be asked to prepare a two-minute monologue which Mr. Locke will guide them through.

February 9. Moscow Art Theater School Games and Exercises

Drawn from experience in a beginning acting class taught by a Master Actor and Teacher at the world-famous Moscow Art Theater/Theatre School, and previously taught in the B.F.A. Acting Program at the University of Utah, this class will be comprised of a set of activities and games focused on developing the actor’s muscles of observation and ensemble awareness. Please dress in clothing in which you can move freely and comfortably.

Presented by Michael Cobb. Cobb is the Educational and Artistic Director of truepenny arts, has appeared in leading and featured roles at Tony Award-winning Trinity Rep, where he was a member of the resident acting company under Adrian Hall and Anne Bogart, at the Dallas Theatre Center, and on PBS. He has been directed by and acted opposite Academy Award and Tony Alumni in large and small cast shows. He is a graduate of the Trinity Rep Conservatory, the Moscow Art Theatre School/American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, and Brown University.

2018: 9/22, 10/13, 11/10; 2019: 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/18, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10. Saturday @ 2pm.

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Putting It Together: New Works

Produced by New World Theatre

New World Theatre will present six new works at the Hatbox Theatre this season as part of our ongoing play development program. These productions will either be a staged reading or a workshop script-in-hand performance; with minimal staging, costumes, and props. Please join us and be a part of seeing a new play go from page to stage for the very first time.

2018: 10/14, 12/9

2019: 2/10, 4/7, 6/9, 8/4

Sunday @ 6:30pm (alternating months)

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Discovering Magic with Andrew Pinard

Once upon a time. In the beginning. A long time ago.

Memorable stories start with a great opening line. While the performing arts tend to focus on telling stories in which the audience are mainly observers, the wonderful thing about a performance of magic is that it creates a story in which the audience is an active participant.

After the premiere performance, Rick Broussard, Editor of New Hampshire Magazine, wrote: “Your show is remarkable, Andrew. Anyone who hasn’t seen it owes it to themselves to go.” Others recent attendees said, “Awesome show! The perfect balance of amazement and humor.” and “Excellent show! Engaging, humorous and constantly surprising! A wonderful evening!”

Monthly 2018: 9/12, 10/10, 11/7, 12/12

Monthly 2019: 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/15, 6/12, 7/10, 8/7

Wednesday @ 7:30pm

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February 23-24

Women Who Move America

From the Civil War era, to the Oklahoma Dust Bowl period, through modern times, women have played an integral, albeit often uncredited role, in forming and forging the American experience. Women Who Move America will take the audience on an exploration of the unique challenges facing women throughout history. Skilled Storycrafters will perform in character, with first person account and entertaining and inspiring adventures.

Nationally-respected, professional storytellers, Lauretta Phillips, Lorna Czarnota, and Sue McPhee, will perform three separate stories designed to transport the audience through a patchwork of female strength, fortitude, and perseverance that weave the fabric of America.

Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm.

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March 1-17

Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones

Produced by PerSeverance Productions.

Two actors…15 characters…Cows. Irish storytelling at its finest. PerSeverance Productions proudly presents Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones. Winner of the UK’s prestigious Olivier Award in 2001 as Best Comedy, this magical piece of theatrical genius is both hilarious and heartbreaking. A witty and beautifully crafted tragicomedy, Stones examines the exploitative and dysfunctional relationship when Hollywood takes over a small town in rural Ireland. A fascinating and irresistable part of your St Paddy’s celebrations…and cows.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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Pitch Night 2019

Every year Hatbox Theatre holds an annual Pitch Night for producers interested in being part of our upcoming season. Groups are given two minutes to pitch their project for the upcoming season (September through August) of Hatbox Theatre. Hatbox is all about live performance, so we ask that pitches be focused on that aspect, but any discipline is welcome to pitch: music, theatre, cabaret, dance, magic, variety, burlesque, comedy, improv, poetry/spoke word, game shows, whatever!

Producers are asked to fill out a detailed form and supply four bound submission packets (this might consist of: copies of a play with notes on the production team; sample audio/video recordings of a musical group; promotional material for the organization, etc.). The planning committee will take about a month to comb through the submissions, and select the ones that best fit the needs of the season. All groups selected for the season must: sign an agreement related to their production; commit to participating in the Launch Night where they will provide a five-minute taste (performance excerpt, readings, an expanded “pitch”, etc.) of their production for members of Hatbox Theatre and the public; take part in a producer orientation meeting; and participate in Hatbox auditions.

For more detailed information, please see the extensive blog post about previous Pitch Nights (includes FAQ, online application, cover sheet, and tentative calendar).

Monday @ 7pm.

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March 29 - April 7

Beer, Food, Hope, and Baseball: Three One Act Plays

Produced by the Granite Playwrights.

“Facing Backward” by George Kelly

After an 86-year drought, The Boston Red Sox are the 2004’s World Series Champions. Two fans sit in a Boston Bar and contemplate what they have won, and what they may have lost.

“The Milltown Metaphors” by Alan Lindsay

It was the night before her wedding. Kourtney probably should have ignored that hot young waiter and that swimming pool. What consolation, when you’ve just lost the richest man you ever met?

“Throw the Bums Out” by Jane Hunt

Can a struggling coffee shop keep its doors open when a recession fills it with penniless homeless street bums? Maybe—provided they can first figure out who the bums actually are.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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NH Writers Project Hatbox Readings

New Hampshire Writers’ Project Readings at the Hatbox Theatre is a semi-regular theatrical and literary event series where actors read entertaining selections from 'works in progress' by three NHWP authors, and the audience offers feedback, critique, and reactions.

This event will not only allow the author to "hear" some of their novel, story, or book, but also receive immediate feedback. The audience will experience new works from NH authors live and contribute directly to an author’s creative process.

This series runs three times this season: 11/4/18, 3/31/19, 6/23/19. Sundays @ 6:30pm

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April 18-20

Amelia by Alex Webb

Produced by Good JoB! Productions.

Amelia is a heroic Civil War tale of one woman’s search for her husband across the battlefields of America. Performed by only two actors, this tour-de-force production embraces the theatricality of storytelling while sharing a beautiful and tragic love story about two people meant to be together but separated by forces beyond their control.

"To say that it was an evening of magic is to sell it short. It was the kind of production that gave hope to the heart, joy to the soul and a sorrow leavened by admiration and wonder.” – On Milwaukee

Starring Sheree Owens and Wayne Asbury.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm. Saturday matinee @ 2pm.

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April 23- May 5

The Treasure of Cirque Fou

Produced by Fulltime Fools.

“The Treasure of Cirque Fou” takes audiences on a thrilling adventure with its oddly assorted crew aboard the Disco Volante, a research vessel on the hunt for treasure. Audiences of all ages better prepare for all the perils that lie ahead on this fantastic voyage. Featuring a fusion of theatre, circus, and dance, this adventure includes a mix of Aerial Arts, Acrobatics, Cyr wheel, Contortion, Flow arts and much more.

With special matinee performances on: 

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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May 9-19

Bo-Nita by Elizabeth Heffron

Produced by Thalia-Bridge Productions.

If you think your family is crazy, wait until you meet this one. Bo-Nita has a broke, man-crazy momma, Grandma Tiny the retired belly-dancer, and a philosophical semi-ex-stepfather--who may or may not be dying on her bedroom floor. Come let Bo-Nita, Mona, Tiny, Gerard, Leon, the Colonel, and Uncle Jacque take you on a wild ride through working-class America with all their dysfunctional glory. Thalia-Bridge Productions presents Bo-Nita by Elizabeth Heffron, a seven-character play for one woman, directed by Gary Locke.

Bo-Nita won the 2013 Edgerton New Play Award and was given its world premiere in October 2013 by Seattle Repertory Theatre, Jerry Manning, Artistic Director in a co-premiere with Portland Center Stage. It was workshopped at JAW: a Playwrights Festival in 2012. 

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm.

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May 14

Launch Party 2019

Come and join us for the Launch Party for our upcoming season. We have over twenty full theatre productions with another half doze plus monthly and special events through August of 2020.

This is a great way to get a taste of each production/series of the 2019/2020 season of Hatbox! Showcase will run around three hours with a meet and greet afterwards.

Tuesday @ 7pm.

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May 31 - June 16

Little Shop of Horrors - music by Alan Menken and book & lyrics by Howard Ashman

Prudiced by Dive-In Productions - in conjunction with Theaterography.

This musical, based on the 1960s black comedy film directed by Roger Corman, written by Charles B. Griffith, includes music by Alan Menken and book & lyrics by Howard Ashman.

Seymour Krelborn is a meek floral assistant at Mushnik's Skid Row Florists with a crush on his co-worker, Audrey. One day, after a total eclipse of the sun, he stumbles across a new breed of plant life, which he affectionately names "Audrey II." The growing plant starts to attract a great deal of business to the previously struggling store as well as the attention of Mr. Mushnik and wins him a chance to be with Audrey herself... but at what cost? Prepare to be immersed in a vibrant and powerful production that will use various scale of puppetry and movement, as well as shadow, projection, and other multi-media effects to bring Skid Row to life!

Produced by Jordan Formichelli and Directed by Marina Altschiller.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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June 20-22

Absinthe and Opium Burlesque: Once Upon A Time

As summer is upon us, it is natural to feel nostalgic, and sentimental, feelings of bittersweet longing for childhood, and the books we read on summer days…these are the fairy tales, nursery rhymes, poems, and so much more, that make up the inspiration for the all new production of “Once Upon a Time”.

The ladies and gentleman of the troupe will bring you an all out tour de force into the stories we may remember most from our childhood, but done with a twist. The night will include as always the art of the strip tease, comedy, dance, singing, and hi jinks galore.

BYOB/W. Ages 18+.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm

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July 5-14

Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sacks

Produced by the Community Players of Concord.

A one-act, 90-minute play inspired by the true story of a California woman who bought a painting for a few dollars in a thrift shop and thought it could possibly be a lost Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions,  Bakersfield Mist introduces us to two characters at either end of the social spectrum: Maude Gutman, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park who finds the painting, and Lionel Percy, a New York-based art expert who takes one look at the painting and offers his assessment. His opinion – and Maude’s reaction to it – propels the play into not only becoming familiar with the characters and their past, but on a conversation on art and how it affects all of us on intimately personal levels. In the end, the question of whether or not the painting is a Pollock becomes incidental, as Bakersfield Mist takes us not only on a lively, fast-paced, comedic and touching examination of these two characters, but also on the nature of art itself.

Join the Community Players of Concord NH's in opening their 92nd Season with Bakersfield Mist, directed by Vicky Sandin. Two characters, two social spectrums, one examination of life and art. Lively, fast-paced, comedic and touching.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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July 18-28

The 28th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn

Produced by Hatbox Theatre

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents (playe dby adults) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius, a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant favorite.

Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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August 1-11

Constellations by Nick Payne

One relationship. Infinite possibilities. Nick Payne’s Constellations is a two-person romantic comedy that explores the limitless possibilities of love in the multiverse. It maps the unlikely relationship between Marianne, a quantum physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper, where seemingly mundane choices catapult each into wholly different lives. The show breathlessly navigates through their spellbinding and romantic journey, and takes a deep look at love, friendship, destiny, and free-will.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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August 16-25

Next to Normal

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.

Produced by Cue Zero Theatre Company.

Cue Zero Theatre Company presents the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal. In this rock musical, we get an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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Student/Senior/Member: $14
Senior Member: $12

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