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Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco
Costume Design by Tyler Kinney
Lighting Design by Wen-Ling Liao
Sound Design by Arshan Gailus
Production Stage Manager
Adele Nadine Traub*
Gene Bauer & Ellen Shortell
2014 OBIE AWARD-WINNER – BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY
After the death of their patriarch, the estranged members of the Lafayette clan gather at their crumbling Arkansas plantation home to mourn his loss and settle his estate. While sifting through a lifetime of memories and junk, they make a gruesome discovery that forces them to confront their family’s dark past. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors, An Octoroon) offers his own subversive take on a classic American genre for a bold new look at race and identity.
RUN TIME: Approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.
Bryan T. Donovan* … Bo
Katie Elinoff … Cassidy
Tamara Hickey* … Rachael
Melinda Lopez* … Toni
Brendan O’Brien … Ainsley
Alex Pollock* … Franz
Eliott Purcell … Rhys
Ashley Risteen … River
Cast & Crew
BRYAN T. DONOVAN* (Bo) is thrilled to be making his Boston debut with SpeakEasy. Broadway: Wrong Mountain, Strike Up The Band, L’il Abner, On A Clear Day… (Encores! City Center). Off Broadway: Dream True (Vineyard Theatre); No Solace in Goodbyes (Playwrights Horizons); StreepTease (Joe’s Pub); Tiptoes (Carnegie Hall). Regional: High Society (ACT); Fanny Hill (Goodspeed Opera); Love! Valor! Compassion! (Uptown Players); An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Water Tower Theatre); The Actor’s Nightmare (Jupiter Theatre); Boeing Boeing (Theatre Raleigh). Television: “Blue Bloods”, “Boardwalk Empire,” “ Medium”, “Law & Order”, “ Nite Tales”, “ Thintervention with Jackie Warner”, “ All My Children”. Film: Steeling Magnolias, Sunset Stories, My Eleventh, 6 Month Rule. Additionally, Bryan has produced several feature and short films that have premiered at prestigious film festivals like Slamdance, SXSW, LAFF and Outfest.
KATIE ELINOFF (Cassidy) is excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut. Previous credits include Natalie in Distracted (Underground Railway Theater), Phebe in As You Like It (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), and “Olive Kitteridge” for HBO. Outside of theatre, Katie works as a full-time make-up artist. She has a BFA in Acting from Elon University.
TAMARA HICKEY* (Rachael) – SpeakEasy: debut. Theatre: God’s Ear (Elliot Norton Awards, Best Actress & Best Midsize Production); Henry VIII, Pericles, Living In Exile (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Rancho Mirage (New Repertory Theatre); Aunt Dan & Lemon (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Cabaret (American Repertory Theater, IRNE Award – Best Ensemble); Holiday, The Imaginary Invalid, The Matchmaker, Hamlet, As You Like It, Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, Much Ado About Nothing (Elm Shakespeare Company). Film: Good Kids, Irrational Man, The Greens Are Gone, The Judge, In Your Eyes, Against The Ropes. TV: “The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe”, “Olive Kitteridge”, “Chasing Life” (ABC Pilot), “The Makeover”, “Gilded Lilys” (ABC Pilot), “Army Wives”, “One Life To Live”. Canadian TV: “Blue Murder (Series Lead), “The Associates” (Series Lead). Tamara earned her MFA from the American Repertory Theater.
BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS (Playwright) Off-Broadway: Appropriate (Obie Award; Outer Critics Circle Nomination; Signature Theatre), Neighbors (The Public Theater) and An Octoroon (Obie Award; Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience). He is currently a Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theater and a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at the Juilliard School. His work has been seen at Yale Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theater, The Vineyard Theater, The Matrix Theater in LA, Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, CompanyOne in Boston, and the HighTide Festival in the UK. He is under commissions from Lincoln Center/LCT3 and MTC. His honors include a Paula Vogel Award, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams award. He has taught at NYU and Queens University of Charlotte and holds an M.A. in Performance Studies.
MELINDA LOPEZ* (Toni) recently appeared at SpeakEasy as Victoria in The Motherfucker with the Hat (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actress). Melinda also appeared in SpeakEasy’s productions of Theater District, Anna in the Tropics, and The Dying Gaul, and directed An American Daughter. Melinda’s other theatre credits include Our Town, Persephone, A Month in the Country (Huntington Theatre); The Oil Thief, A Girl’s War (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and others. Melinda is a playwright and author of Sonia Flew (Best New Play, Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards), Orchids to Octopi, Becoming Cuba, and others. She is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Huntington Theatre Company.
BRENDAN O’BRIEN (Ainsley) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut in appropriate. Brendan is an eight-year-old, third grade student at the Condon School, a Boston Public school. Last season, Brendan performed with Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) in Stuart Little (Zeke and others). His summer camp theater experience includes Aladdin (Abu) and Pippin (Theo) with BCT. Brendan first appeared onstage at Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston when he was just 4 years old. His favorite parts there have been as Simba in The Lion King and Flotsam in The Little Mermaid. He also loves to sing and dance and is on his school swim team.
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
ALEX POLLOCK* (Franz) is pleased to make his SpeakEasy debut. Local credits include The Flick and The Aliens (Company One); The Seagull and Sticks and Bones (Harbor Stage Company); This Is Our Youth (Gloucester Stage Company); Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company); A Behanding in Spokane, Body Awareness, and Daughter of Venus (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); Windowmen and Little Black Dress (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). He is the recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards (2011, 2014), Improper Bostonian’s 2014 “Boston’s Best” Award, and the 2005 Princess Grace Award.
ELIOTT PURCELL (Rhys) is delighted to make his SpeakEasy debut. Regional credits include Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare); Our Town (Huntington Theatre); Meet Me in St. Louis (Stoneham Theatre); Language of Angels (Happy Medium Theatre); and The Song Of Achilles (Newton Theatre Company). Eliott is a graduate of Boston College and is a proud Equity Membership Candidate.
ASHLEY RISTEEN (River) is delighted to make her SpeakEasy debut. Recent Boston credits include The Big Meal and Neighbourhood Watch (Zeitgeist Stage) and 6 Hotels (Hub Theatre Company). She’s also frequently onstage north of Boston, and counts The 39 Steps at The Firehouse Center and Speed-the-Plow at The Actor’s Studio, both located in Newburyport, MA, as two of her favorite experiences. Ashley has also appeared in productions at Playwrights’ Platform, Ghostlight Theater Company, New Hampshire Theatre Project, The Player’s Ring in Portsmouth, Solas Nua of Boston, and The Tank Theatre in New York City.
Tuesday, August 18th marked the first rehearsal for the first show of our 25th Anniversary Season, appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. As the actors begin to delve into their characters and the play begins to take shape, we asked Director M. Bevin O’Gara to talk about the questions being explored in the play, and what kind of […]read more