A Future PerfectJAN 9 - FEB 7, 2015 Buy Tickets Now
Written by Ken Urban
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Production Stage Management by Adele Nadine Traub
Set Design by Cristina Todesco
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Lighting Design by Jenn Rock
Sound Design by Nathan Leigh
Props Supervision by Christine Goldman
Zach Durant-Emmons & Willis Emmons
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Claire and Max find their values put to the test when best friends Alex and Elena announce they are having a baby. Claire is climbing the corporate ladder in advertising, while her husband Max is a puppeteer for PBS. With friends entering into parenthood, they ask: What happened to the indie-rock kids that hated everything their parents believed in?
Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
Cast & Crew
MARIANNA BASSHAM* (Claire) SpeakEasy: Blackbird (Elliot Norton Award), Reckless (IRNE Award), and In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play). Other theaters include Commonwealth Shakespeare, Huntington Theatre, The Lyric, New Rep, The Nora, Central Square Theater, Stoneham Theatre, The Gamm Theatre in Rhode Island, and The Actors’ Shakespeare Project where she is a Resident Acting Company member. Film/TV includes Olive Kitteridge, Rubberneck, and Moonrise Kingdom.
CHELSEA DIEHL* (Elena) is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut. Favorite regional credits include The Hartford Stage, Kentucky Repertory Theatre, La Mama ETC and the Bleecker Street Theatre. Local credits include Be A Good Little Widow (Davis Square Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Now!); Essential Self Defense, This is Our Youth, Dog Sees God (Gurnet Theatre Project); and Barefoot in the Park (Bad Habit Productions). Chelsea holds a BA in Acting and Theatre Education from Emerson College, and after many years ofliving in NYC, is ecstatic to have made the move and once again call Boston her home. Chelsea is the founder of My College Audition and happily spends most of her days coaching her aspiring teenage performers. www.chelseadiehl.com
CHRISTINE GOLDMAN (Props Master) is new to the Boston area (and with one previous SpeakEasy production, Necessary Monsters, under her belt) after years working in NYC at the Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout Theater Company, Signature Theater Company, The Public, and three seasons at Williamstown Theater Festival. Boston credits thus far include The Hindu Gods Trilogy with Company One and OPC with American Repertory Theater. She is excited to join the Boston theater community, thanks to all for welcoming her!
BRIAN HASTERT* (Max) is delighted to be making his SpeakEasy debut. Brian is a founding member of The TEAM, a Brooklyn-based theatre company with whom he has performed original company-devised works at The National Theatre (London), Edinburgh Fringe (four Fringe First Awards, Herald Angel Award, EIF Prize), and the Emerging America Festival (ART). TV: Allegiance, Flesh and Bone, The Good Wife. Brian is also the Head of Pace University’s new BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice Overs, and Commercials Program. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
UATCHET JIN JUCH (Annabelle) is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut. Uatchet previously performed in Gypsy and The King and I (North Shore Music Theatre), Ragtime (Marblehead Little Theatre & Salem Theatre Company), Brundibar & But the Giraffe! (Underground Railway Theater), and a previous staged reading of A Future Perfect (Huntington Theatre Company) in addition to many community productions. Her SAG film credits include Infinitely Polar Bear and Seoul Searching, both with Sundance Film Festival Premieres, along with the upcoming film Seeds and several local independent films. Outside of acting, Uatchet is a full-time freshman at Beverly High School.
NATHAN LEIGH (Sound Designer) is excited to return to Speakeasy where he previously designed sound and composed music for Fat Pig, The New Century, and Body Awareness. Nathan has designed for The Debate Society (Gothamist: Best Sound Design 2007 The Eaten Heart), Stoneham Theatre (IRNE Best Sound Design 2009 Strangers On A Train), Central Square Theatre (IRNE Best Sound Design 2010 The Hound of the Baskervilles). Off-Broadway credits include White’s Lies and The Duchess of Malfi. With Kyle Jarrow, Nathan co-created The Consequences (Premiere 2012 at WHAT). Nathan is the composer and lyricist for Liars and Believers’ Song of Songs and Icarus.
NAEL NACER* (Alex) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having previously performed in Tribes last season. Other area credits include: The Seagull (Elliot Norton Award -Best Ensemble), Our Town (IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor) at the Huntington Theatre Company; Pattern of Life, Lungs, The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre); Windowmen, The Farm, Gary (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Sila, Distracted (Underground Railway), The Temperamentals, Animal Crackers (The Lyric Stage Company); Love Person, 1001, The Aliens, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company One); The Flu Season (Whistler in the Dark); Waters Rising, Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire (National Theatre of Allston); A Number (Payomet PAC); Bent (SouthCity Theatre); and Polaroid Stories (Tinderbox Stage Company). Off-Broadway credits include The Hiding Place (59E59 Theatres) and Lemonade (NYC Fringe Festival).
M. BEVIN O’GARA (Director) returns to SpeakEasy after directing A Future Perfect (World Premiere), Tribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Award, Best Production) and Clybourne Park. Other credits include Becoming Cuba at the Huntington Theatre Company; Phèdre at Actor’s Shakespeare Project; Brahman/I, Chronicles of Kalki, You for Me for You, Love Person, and The Pain and the Itch at Company One; Matt and Ben at Central Square Theater; Two Wives in India and Gary at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; 2.5 Minute Ride for New Rep; Melancholy Play for Holland Productions and Tattoo Girl for Williamstown Theatre’s Workshop. She is the Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company and is the recipient of the Lois Roach Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Boston Theatre Community. mbevinogara.com
ELIZABETH POLITO (Costume Design) previously designed The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut: Make up your Mind, In the Heights, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other recent work includes Bartered Bride, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Boston Midsummer Opera). Into the Woods, Water by the Spoonful, Stones in His Pockets, Time Stands Still (The Lyric Stage). Unbleached American, Bernarda Alba, These Shining Lives, The Nutcracker, The Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theatre). The Love of the Nightingale (Emerson College), The Cherry Orchard, Hairspray, Metamorphoses, Imaginary Invalid (Concord Academy), Calvin’s Monster (Boston Children’s Theatre), Medea (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Dr. Faustus (Suffolk University), 1001 (Company One), Funnyhouse of a Negro, Three Sisters (Brandeis Theatre Company), Hamlet (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project), and Cyrano (Apollinaire Theatre). She also assisted costume designer Charles Schoonmaker on Don Pasquale (Boston Midsummer Opera) and Nine (SpeakEasy Stage). She holds an M.F.A. from Brandeis University. elisabettapolito.com
JEN ROCK (Lighting Designer) is pleased to be making her Speakeasy debut. A freelance lighting designer, Jen has worked throughout New England for professional companies and educational institutions. Selected companies include Company One, New Repertory Theatre, The Gamm Theatre, The Vineyard Playhouse, Actors Shakespeare Project, Providence College, Connecticut College, The University of Rhode Island, and The Boston Conservatory. Jen received the 2014 and 2013 Elliot Norton Awards for Excellence in Design. She is the Production Coordinator for High Output, Inc., and holds an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Connecticut.
CRISTINA TODESCO** (Set Design) is pleased to be working with Speakeasy again after designing last season’s Tribes and The Whale. Previous Speakeasy credits: Red, The Divine Sister, Body Awareness, The New Century, Reckless. Other theaters include: Lyric Stage Company, NewRep, Harbor Stage, Boston Playwright’s, Boston Conservatory, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Olney Theater Center, ART Institute, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Huntington Theatre, Orfeo Group, Williamstown Theater Festival, Opera Boston, Stoneham Theater, Suffolk University, Boston University, and Boston College. A four time winner of the Eliot Norton Award for Best Design, she is on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theater Arts and a member of USA 829.
ADELE NADINE TRAUB* (Stage Manager) loves returning for her third show at Speakeasy Stage. Previous projects include the award winning Tribes and Clybourne Park. A Founding Company member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Adele has stage managed 20 productions there, including this season’s Phedre. Other stage management credits include R. Buckminster Fuller at the A.R.T.; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues with Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany; db and Small Mouth Sounds with Vineyard Arts Project; Deported/a dream play, Two Wives in India, and The Salt Girl with Boston Playwrights’ Theater; Man of La Mancha and 1776 with Lyric Stage Company, and has spent several years stage managing for BU’s Dance Theater Group. Other projects this season include RiverSing with Revels, Under MilkWood with The Poets’ Theater, and Ulysses in a Bottle with Israeli Stage Company. During her four years as Production Stage Manager at The Boston Conservatory, Adele worked on over 40 productions with the Musical Theater, Dance, Opera, and Orchestra Departments. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and is a professional quilter. www.thequiltedchuppah.com
KEN URBAN (Playwright) has had his plays produced and developed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Summer Play Festival at The Public, Donmar Warehouse (London), TimeLine Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Studio 42, Theatre @ Boston Court, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Rep, Primary Stages, kef productions, Stable Cable, and The Huntington. In 2013-14, The Awake opened at 59E59 Theatres, starring Maulik Pancholy from Weeds and 30 Rock. The New York Times named the show a Critics’ Pick and it played for a sold out run. The Correspondent ran in winter 2014 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, featuring Thomas Jay Ryan (The Temperamentals, Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool), directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar). The show received four stars from Adam Feldman’s Time Out and was notorious for including “the season’s most graphic sex scene” (The Advocate). Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and he is a company member of Rising Phoenix Rep. The feature film adaptation of his play The Happy Sad, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Rodney Evans, premiered at Frameline and OutFest in 2013. The film screened at twenty film festivals both in the US and internationally, with theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles. The film is available on iTunes, Netflix and DVD. He also wrote a short film I Am A Big Ball of Sadness (And I Want to Throw Myself from Your Roof), which screened as part of the Manhattan Short Film Festival in over 200 venues across six continents, and was awarded the Bronze Award by the audience. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. He plays in the band Occurrence and their new album D E C K S was released in 2014. His play Sense of an Ending opens in London at Theatre 503 in May.
Join SpeakEasy for a post-show conversation about new plays in Boston and beyond, featuring the playwright and director of A Future Perfect and special guest Polly K. Carl, the Director of HowlRound and Creative Director of ArtsEmerson. Led by SpeakEasy Artistic Associate Walt McGough, the discussion will explore the various pathways scripts travel from first draft to world premiere, and how organizations […]read more
From talkbacks to artists forums to special guest speakers, this Winter is full of special events around SpeakEasy’s production of A FUTURE PERFECT Recurring Events: ARTISTS FORUM: Participate in a talkback after the performance, featuring actors and other artists from the show. – Sunday, January 11 – Sunday, January 18 – Sunday, February 1 AUDIENCE DISCUSSION: Join us for […]read more