Big FishMAR 13 - APR 11, 2015 Buy Tickets Now
Book by John August
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the Novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture Written by John August
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Assistant Director Alex Lonati
Musical Direction by Matthew Stern
Choreography by Larry Sousa
Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito**
Sound Design by David Reiffel
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow**
Projections Designer Seághan McKay**
Props Supervision by Kat Nakaji
Production Stage Manager Marsha Smith*
Assistant Stage Manager Michele Teevan*
Wilson Butler Architects
This production is made possible through the generosity of these donors. For more information about joining the Producers Circle please contact Jeff Kubiatowicz, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-482-3279.
Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose larger-than-life stories of epic adventures delight everyone around him, except his pragmatic son Will. Just as Edward’s health begins to decline, Will learns that he is about to become a father, and sets out to discover his family’s real story by seeking the truth behind his father’s tall tales.
Click “Who’s Who” below for full actor bios.
Katie Clark … Josephine
Sarah Crane* … Girl in the Water
Jackson Daley … Young Will
Aimee Doherty* … Sandra Bloom
Steven Goldstein* … Edward Bloom
Will McGarrahan* … Amos Calloway/Dr. Bennett
Zaven Ovian … Don Price
Sara Schoch* … Jenny Hill
Sam Simahk* … Will Bloom
Lee David Skunes … Karl the Giant
Daniel Scott Walton … Zacky Price/Mayor
Aubin Wise* … The Witch
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States
**Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
Cast & Crew
JOHN AUGUST (Book) received a 2004 BAFTA nomination for his screenplay for Big Fish. His other credits include Go, Titan A.E., Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Corpse Bride, The Nines and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for which he received a 2006 Grammy nomination for lyrics. His most recent film is the Oscar-nominated Frankenweenie, for which he wrote the screenplay and lyrics. He is a graduate of Drake University and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He co-hosts the popular screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes.
KATIE CLARK* (Josephine) is so pleased to be making her SpeakEasy debut with Big Fish! Boston-area credits include Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Reagle Music Theatre); Morgan Le Fey in Camelot (New Repertory Theatre); April in Company (Moonbox Productions); Cassie in A Chorus Line (Reagle Music Theatre); Irene in Crazy For You (Fiddlehead Theatre Company); and June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical (Moonbox Productions). Other regional credits include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (BWW Award nom.) and Maggie Jones in 42nd Street (BWW Critics Choice Award and BWW Award nom.) both at Ocean State Theatre; ensemble in Spamalot (Cape Rep Theatre); and the national tour of The Music Man. BA in Musical Theatre and Dance, Ball State University. www.katieaclark.com
SARAH CRANE* (Girl in the Water/Dance Captain) returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in In the Heights. New England credits: The Bluebeard Project (Huntington Theatre); The Donkey Show (ART); Spamalot (Theatre By The Sea) and Car Talk: The Musical!!! (Central Square Theatre). Sarah is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory (BFA) and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. So many thanks to Pauly D, Larry, Mom, Dad, and Aaron! www.sarahcrane.net
PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) was the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don’t!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown, and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theatre and directing. He has also been honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2007, and served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Outside the theatre, Paul serves on the Boards of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
JACKSON DALEY (Young Will) is super excited to make his SpeakEasy debut with Big Fish. Recently he appeared as Jerome in South Pacific at Reagle Music Theatre, King Louie in The Jungle Book at Artbarn Community Theatre, and as a monkey in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at Wheelock Family Theatre. Jackson enjoys tap dance, piano, reading, illustrating, and making up his own dramatic plays. Thank you to all my family and friends who are coming to see Big Fish!
AIMEE DOHERTY* (Sandra Bloom) returns to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared in Far From Heaven, Nine (IRNE Award – Best Actress), The Women, and Company. Recent local credits include The Witch in Into the Woods (Lyric Stage) and Betsy/Lindsay in Clybourne Park (New Century Theatrre). She is also a rotating cast member for Shear Madness at the Charles Street Playhouse. Television and radio credits include The Makeover (ABC), The Making of a Monster: Whitey Bugler (Discovery); and various radio spots for D’Angelos, Papa Gino’s, and the Museum of Science. This past spring, Aimee was honored with an Elliot Norton Award for her work in both Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre) and On the Town (Lyric Stage).
STEVEN GOLDSTEIN* (Edward Bloom) SpeakEasy debut! Performance highlights include Boys’ Life and Our Town (Lincoln Center Theater); Romance, The Vosey Inheritance, The Water Engine (Atlantic Theater Company, founding member); Intimate Apparel (Center Stage); Harmony (La Jolla Playhouse); and the films The Untouchables, House of Games, and Things Change. Steven has also sung with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, LA Opera, Vancouver Opera, Cleveland Opera, Israeli Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Gotham Chamber Opera. Directing credits last season include Der Kaiser von Atlantis and L’incoronazione di Poppea for New England Conservatory, where he serves on faculty in the Opera Department.
ANDREW LIPPA (Music and Lyrics) wrote the theatrical oratorio I Am Harvey Milk that received its New York premiere in October at Lincoln Center with Kristin Chenoweth and Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk. Life of the Party, an evening celebrating 20 years of his work, premiered at London’s award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory in June, 2014. He also wrote the Drama Desk-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Big Fish as well as the music for Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway play The Farnsworth Invention. Other musicals include The Wild Party(book/music/lyrics; At City Center this July starring Sutton Foster), The Addams Family (music and lyrics); A Little Princess (music); john & jen (music/book); Asphalt Beach (music and lyrics); and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and arrangements). He is currently working on a musical adaptation of Jules Feiffer’s book The Man In The Ceiling with Mr. Feiffer. Accolades include a Tony and Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk and The Outer Critics Circle Award. Andrew Lippa serves on the board of The Dramatists Guild Fund and is a graduate of The University of Michigan.
WILL MCGARRAHAN* (Isadore/Charlotte) is happy to return to SpeakEasy Stage where he performed in Big Fish; Far From Heaven; Next Fall; The Drowsy Chaperone; Reckless; Some Men; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Five By Tenn; Company; The Last Sunday in June; Elegies: A Song Cycle; Ruthless!; A Class Act; and A New Brain. Other local credits include Light Up The Sky, Into The Woods, Death of a Salesman, Becky’s New Car, 33 Variations, The Chosen, The Temperamentals, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, November, Souvenir, and Dirty Blonde. (Lyric Stage); A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre), The Wind in the Willows and Happy Days (Gloucester Stage); Nine Circles (Publick Theatre and Gloucester Stage); A Moon For The Misbegotten and Buried Child (Nora Theater); and The Wrestling Patient (SpeakEasy Stage/Boston Playwrights/40 Magnolias). Will worked as an actor, singer and pianist for many years in Seattle before moving to Boston’s South End in 2001.
ZAVEN OVIAN (Don Price) is making his SpeakEasy debut with this production. Other Boston-area credits include Merrily We Roll Along and Hair (The Boston Conservatory); Fiddler on the Roof and Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theatre); Water by the Spoonful and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Lyric Stage). He is a current BFA candidate at The Boston Conservatory.
SARA SCHOCH* (Jenny Hill) is making her SpeakEasy debut. Other credits include: New London Barn Playhouse’s Ragtime (Mother – 2012 NHTA Best Actress In A Musical), Kiss Me Kate (Lilli/Kate), and The Music Man (Marian); Brandeis Theater Company’s The Seagull (Arkadina), A View From the Bridge (Beatrice), Closer (Anna), Elegies (Betty), Iphigenia at Taurus (Iphigenia); Papermill Theatre’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine); Theo Ubique’s Some Enchanted Evening (Julie); The Boiler Room Theatre’s Urinetown (Hope), Into the Woods (Witch); Street Theatre’s The Full Monty (Vicki); The Rennaisance Center’s Chicago (Roxie Hart), Children of Eden (Eve), The Miss Firecracker Contest (Elaine), Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide); SUNY Fredonia’s Candide (Cunegonde). Principal Singer: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Gem. BFA from SUNY Fredonia. MFA Brandeis University. Proud member AEA #schochsrock
SAM SIMAHK* (Will Bloom) is making his SpeakEasy Stage debut. Other credits include Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Spelling Bee (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Miss Saigon (Starlight Theatre); The King and I (Ocean State Theatre); Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse); Grease! (Seacoast Repertory Theatre); Carousel,Thoroughly Modern Millie (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre). Born and raised in Ashburnham, MA, Sam is a proud graduate of Emerson College and member of AEA. samsimahk.com
LEE DAVID SKUNES (Karl the Giant) is excited to be making his SpeakEasy debut. Lee received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Thanks to my family, Brandon, and Michael for your continuous support!
LARRY SOUSA (Choregrapher) returns to SpeakEasy having previously directed Places Please!, and choreographed In the Heights (IRNE Award), Carrie the musical, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Larry has directed and choreographed musicals at theatres across the country including Pasadena Playhouse, Musical Theatre West, Goodspeed Musicals, The Joyce Theatre, Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, Coronet Theatre LA, the NY Fringe Festival, Utah Musical Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Boston Children’s Theatre, and Reagle Music Theatre. He is a recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, two IRNE Awards, the L.A. Ovation Award, the Garland, and has twice been named “Choreographer of the Year” by the American Dance Awards. Larry has appeared in TV sitcoms, films, commercials, and several musicals on Broadway. He is the choreographer of the new Broadway-bound musical Merry Go Round written by the legendary Sherman Brothers. www.larrysousa.com
MATTHEW STERN (Music Director) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He has been music directing theatre in the Boston area for the past nine years, and has over ninety productions to his credit. Projects include Assassins (New Repertory Theatre), Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre, Elliot Norton Award Best Musical); Ragtime (Fiddlehead Theatre, BWW Award, IRNE Nomination); The Human Comedy, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, and Merrily We Roll Along (Boston University); Nutcracker (Stoneham Theatre); Candide (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Saturday Night (Brandeis Theatre Company), and many productions at French Woods Festival. His next production is Shrek the Musical at Wheelock Family Theatre.
DANIEL SCOTT WALTON (Zacky Price/Mayor) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Carrie: the musical as George. Other New England credits include Spring Awakening (Gloucester Stage) and Kiss Me Kate (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). He is currently a senior at The Boston Conservatory and will graduate this spring. He would like to thank his family for all their support.
AUBIN WISE* (The Witch) is elated to return to SpeakEasy Stage, having appeared last season as Nettie in The Color Purple. Recent credits include Cairo in We Are The Tigers in Concert (54 Below), The Nurse/The Actress in Hello Again (Bridge Repertory Theatre), Aljana in A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), Whitney Houston in Where We Belong: The Winans Musical Workshop (Arts Emerson), and in the ensemble for Kiss Me Kate (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Aubin has also sung with the Boston Pops with Mario Frangoulis, conducted by Keith Lockhart. West Coast regional credits include Joanne in Rent (Jerica Productions), Lady in Teal in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Missouri Street Theatre and Arts Academy), Magenta in Rocky Horror Show (Missouri Street Theatre and Arts Academy), Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Solano Repertory Company), Ronny in Hair (Solano Repertory Company), and Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Solano College Theatre).
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