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WRITTEN BY
JACLYN BACKHAUS
DIRECTED BY
DAWN M. SIMMONS
BOSTON PREMIERE
SEP 8 – OCT 7, 2017

MEN ON BOATS is a rollicking adventure tale brought thrillingly to life by a gender-bending cast of diverse performers who use carefully exaggerated theatrics to tell the story of an actual 1869 expedition led by John Wesley Powell to chart the Colorado River. Comical but never camp, pointed but never political, this rousing historical saga is a provocative meditation on gender and historical memory that offers a new lens through which to view our shared past.


BASED ON THE NOVEL BY
MARK HADDON
ADAPTED BY
SIMON STEPHENS
DIRECTED BY
PAUL DAIGNEAULT
BOSTON REGIONAL PREMIERE
OCT 20 – NOV 18, 2017

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a truly remarkable theatrical experience that will change how you experience everyday life.  Based on the international best-seller, the play takes us inside the mind of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old math savant who talks in loud declamatory sentences, doesn’t do “chat,” and can’t stand to be touched. When he discovers one night that his neighbor’s dog has been murdered, Christopher sets out to solve the crime, embarking on a thrilling journey that will upend both his world, and ours.


BASED ON THE SCREENPLAY BY
MARC NORMAN & TOM STOPPARD
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY
LEE HALL
DIRECTED BY
SCOTT EDMISTON
NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
JAN 12 - FEB 10, 2018

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, who is suffering a severe case of writer’s block as the deadline fast approaches to deliver his new play, Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter. Enter Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will’s, who disguises herself as a boy so she can skirt the law and appear (as a girl) in his play. But when the playwright and his muse fall in love, the plot undergoes some surprising rewrites. Mistaken identities, courtly intrigue, and backstage bickering are all part of the fun in this raucous romantic comedy of errors that reminds us that all the world’s a stage and love is unrehearsed.


WRITTEN BY
DUNCAN MACMILLAN WITH JONNY DONAHOE
STARRING
ADRIANNE KRSTANSKY
BOSTON PREMIERE
MAR 2 - 31, 2018

1. Ice cream 2. Water fights 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. These are just a few items on a list of things worth living for compiled by a young girl trying to ease her mother’s depression at the start of the charming and miraculous new play EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Through adulthood, as the list grows, she learns the deep significance the list has on her own life, as she goes to college, falls in love, and builds a home. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday, EVERY BRILLIANT THING is a very funny and moving new play that enlists members of the audience to help tell its story.


BOOK BY
MARC ACITO, JAY KUO & LORENZO THIONE
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY
JAY KUO
DIRECTED BY
PAUL DAIGNEAULT
EAST COAST REGIONAL PREMIERE
MAY 4 - JUN 2, 2018

Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek”), ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but sister Kei fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people.  An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, ALLEGIANCE follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. SpeakEasy Stage is proud to breathe new life into ALLEGIANCE by presenting the East Coast regional premiere of an intimate version of this important musical.