Bloody Bloody Andrew JacksonOctober 19 - November 17, 2012
Written by Alex Timbers
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Paul Melone
Music Direction by Nicholas James Connell
Choreography by Larry Sousa
Fight Choreography by Angie Jepson
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson**
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg
Sound Design by Eric Norris
Stage Management by Amy Spalletta*
Assistant Stage Management by
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recreates and reinvents the life of ‘Old Hickory,’ from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. Using an anachronism-filled emo-rock score, the show tells the story of America’s first maverick president, who kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards, all in the name of these United States.
Brandon Barbosa …Lyncoya (at certain performances)
Samil Battenfeld …Lyncoya (at certain performances)
Mary Callanan* …Storyteller, Ensemble
Gus Curry* …Andrew Jackson
Tom Hamlett …John Quincy Adams, Ensemble
Ryan Halsaver …John Calhoun
Amy Jo Jackson* …Ensemble
Michael Levesque …Ensemble
Evan Murphy …Ensemble
Josh Pemberton …Martin Van Buren
Diego Klok Perez …Henry Clay, Black Fox, Ensemble
Ben Rosenblatt* …James Monroe
Alessandra Vaganek …Rachel Jackson
Brittany Walters …Ensemble
Cast & Crew
JEFF ADELBERG** (Lighting Design) SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Red; reasons to be pretty; Nine; Body Awareness; Adding Machine: A Musical (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design); [title of show]; Blackbird; The New Century; The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig. Other recent work: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe); The Lily’s Revenge(American Repertory Theater); John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepenthe (Huntington Theatre Company’s Emerging America Festival); Middletown, Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe (IRNE Award)(Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Equally Divided (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Company We Keep and John Kuntz’sThe Salt Girl (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Miracle on 34th Street, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Stoneham Theatre); A Soft Murder, Noises Off, Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Boston Conservatory); Boston’s Christmas Revels since 2010. Jeff attended the University of Connecticut and teaches at Boston College. LDJeff.com
BRANDON BARBOSA is honored to be making his debut at SpeakEasy in this totally dynamic production! Brandon has performed in several shows at the Northshore Music Theatre including the beloved production of the A Christmas Carol as TinyTim Cratchit in 2010 & 2011, The King and I, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is also looking forward to his performance as Jesse in Distracted presented by the Underground Railroad Theater this spring. BBAJ takes him from Cratchits to hatchets, making it his coolest show yet!
SAMIL BATTENFELD is very excited to be making his SpeakEasy debut. A 5th grader at the J.W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain, Samil was introduced to theater though camps at Kids Together in the Arts and the Wheelock Family Theatre. Samil has appeared on the Wheelock stage in Charlotte’s Web (baby spider),The Wizard of Oz (Lollipop Guild boy and flying monkey), and Aladdin(Slave of the Lamp), where he was joined in the cast by his older sisters, Priya and Varsha. Samil’s favorite and most recent role was as Percy in Wheelock’s The Miracle Worker.
RYAN BEGAN (Assistant Director) returns to SpeakEasy after assistant directing In the Heights,Clybourne Park, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson last season. Other recent credits include: a Charpentier double-bill of La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs; Almira andNiobe: Regina de Tebe (Boston Early Music Festival); Alexander…Day andJames and the Giant Peach (Boston Children’s Theatre); These Seven Sicknesses (Suffolk University); Car Talk: The Musical!!! (Central Square Theater); The Diva Monologues (Intermezzo Opera Company); Mortal Terror (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Company). He currently serves as SpeakEasy’s Producing Fellow. Ryan holds a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Directing from Suffolk University.
MARY CALLANAN* is excited to return to SpeakEasy, having been last seen here in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other SpeakEasy shows include Violet and BatBoy and numerous Sorry, Wrong Numbers. Mary recently played Rosie in the North American tour of Mamma Mia! and is relieved to be out of spandex and platforms. National Tours: Sound of Music, Damn Yankees, and big in New England, Mary has also worked at the Lyric Stage, Stoneham, Stuart Street Playhouse, Gloucester Stage and the Ogunquit Playhouse. A Cabaret Fellow of the O’Neill Symposium, Mary has done cabaret work in NY, Boston, Provincetown, and yes, cruise ships. www.marycallanan.com
KATHERINE CLANTON (Asst. Stage Manager)
NICHOLAS JAMES CONNELL (Musical Director) is so happy to be back in Boston at his favorite theatre company. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter and music director from Las Vegas with a BM in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Past SpeakEasy shows include music direction forThe Color Purple, In the Heights (IRNE Award for Best Musical Direction),Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Xanadu, Next to Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Check out his original pop music on iTunes and Spotify. www.nicholasconnell.com
GUS CURRY* SpeakEasy: debut. Tour: Cabaret (US and Canada). New York: (e)vaporate (Barrow Street Theatre);Ocean in a Teacup (Midtown International Theatre Festival, MITF Award Best Actor in a Lead Role: Musical). Boston Area: Carnival (Gloucester Stage Co., W.I.S.E. Foundation Thespian of the Year, 2012); Pippin, The Producers, Forever Plaid, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, All Shook Up, Lend me a Tenor (Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH). Regional: The Fantasticks, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Mousetrap (New London Barn Playhouse);Rent (Broadway Palm); Hair (The Allman);Big River (Bell-Herron Arts Centre);Damn Yankees(JPT, TAP Award: Best Actor). Studied at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. Proud member of AEA.
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.
RYAN HALSAVER is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after having appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster 1). Other professional credits include The Andrews Brothers (Patrick),The Drowsy Chaperone (George), Grease(Vince Fontaine), Hairspray(Corny Collins), I Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change. (Man 2) among others. Ryan is proud to be a part of this amazing cast and looks forward to rocking out with them every night! Special thanks to Paul Melone, Paul Daigneault, Jim Torres, Larry Sousa, and the wonderful SpeakEasy production team.
TOM HAMLETT is so thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy Stage debut! Most recently Tom could have been seen in Candide at The Huntington. He is a current senior at The Boston Conservatory. There his credits include: Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Molina); The Pride (Oliver); Sweeney Todd (Ensemble Anthony u/s); and The Altruists (Ronald). Tom is a loyal Dallas, Texan at heart! He sends much love to his Mom, Dad, Cix, Chester, Chloe, Scout, Moscow, and my Aunt Sue.
AMY JO JACKSON* is delighted to return to SpeakEasy after appearing as Necrophorus in NINE! Broadway: Kinky Boots(Production Dialect Coach; Spring 2013). Off-Broadway: Nymph Errant (Prospect). NYC:The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler(EPBB); Kaspar Hauser, Great Recession (The Flea); multiple MUSICALS TONIGHT; Newsadoozies (UCB). Regional: Henry IV,Rocky Horror, The Laramie Project, Godspell, As Bees in Honey Drown, Tommy, The Full Monty,and two trips flying Lufthansa inBoeing Boeing. As Text/Dialect Coach: the 2012 Drama Desk nominated These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea); The Cell; Prospect; Lake Dillon; Bowery Electric; NYTW. BFA BoCo. www.amyjojackson.com
ANGIE JEPSON (Fight Choreographer) Angie returns to SpeakEasy after having choreographed fights for several SpeakEasy productions including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and reasons to be pretty. Other Boston-area fight choreography credits include Becoming Cuba and M with the Huntington Theatre Company, Fences with Gloucester Stage Company,Camelot with New Repertory Theatre, and The Haberdasher with Argos Productions. Angie is also an actress and professor in the Boston area and currently teaches at Boston University and Worcester State University.
NATALIE KEARNS is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, where she got her professional start with Parade. Other SpeakEasy credits as Props Master include The Little Dog Laughed, Some Men, Zanna Don’t!, Reckless, and [title of show], as well as Assistant Props Master for The Vibrator Play. Natalie is currently the staff Properties Artisan at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island and also serves as Props Master for the Brown/Trinity MFA Program. Local credits include props for Lyric Stage (Irma Vep, Follies), Nora Theatre (Not Enough Air), Opera Boston (Madame White Snake, La Grande Duchesse), Brown Summer Playwright’s Rep (2011, 2012 seasons), and Shakespeare & Co. (2010 summer season). Beyond New England, she’s had work featured at the Beijing Music Festival in China, Royal Shakespeare Company in England, and Central City Opera in Colorado. She was a Professional Intern at the Huntington Theatre Company for the 2008-2009 season and has her BFA in Theater Design/Technology from Emerson College. www.nataliekearns.com
DIEGO KLOCK-PEREZ returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson as Black Fox / Henry Clay. Other recent credits includeThe Boston Pops: A Gershwin Spectacular at Symphony Hall, and Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theater. Diego is a full-time student at the Boston Conservatory, pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theater.
ERIC LEVENSON** (Scenic Design). Previous SpeakEasy designs include sets for Far from Heaven; CARRIE the musical; Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Nine; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; Blackbird; Some Men; Parade; Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production with Súgán); A Class Act; Three Days of Rain; An American Daughter and Balm in Gilead (Elliot Norton Design Award). Eric recently participated in Sally Taylor’s Consenses, a multi-discipline project which premiered on Martha’s Vineyard in August. Eric is an All-Categories member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829.
MICHAEL LEVENSQUE recently appeared as Henry in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of Next to Normal. Michael is a recent graduate of Northeastern University’s BS Computer Engineering program. At NU, Michael played such roles as Benny (Guys and Dolls) and Adam (Shape of Things). Other local credits include Emmett (Legally Blonde), Man 2 (Songs for a New World), Homer (Floyd Collins) and Chad (All Shook Up). He would like to thank his mother for teaching him about true strength as well as his incredible family and friends for their unwavering support. Many thanks to the Paul’s and Nick for another unbelievable opportunity. Always for you, Dad.
MICHAEL LEVESQUE returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Next to Normal. Michael was most recently seen in the World Premieres of Creative License: A New Musical (Casey) and Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Musical (Abberline). Other local credits include The Shape of Things (Adam), Legally Blonde (Emmett), and Rooms (Ian). Many thanks to the family and friends that put up with the crazy schedule as well as the SpeakEasy team for this opportunity. SHMILY
AARON MACK is glad to be back at SpeakEasy for his 5th season. Aaron is a freelance sound designer and composer based in greater Boston, and has two Elliot Norton Awards for Best Design for his work on The Adding Machine: A Musical at SpeakEasy, and The Aliens with Company One. Aaron is also the Titles Administrator at the Santa Fe Opera Company. Recent notable work includes: The Drowsy Chaperone (SpeakEasy), I Speak Therefore I Am (A.R.T. Institute), The Foreign Play Festival (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Nine (SpeakEasy) and Xanadu (SpeakEasy). As always, Aaron would like to thank the entire SpeakEasy family for their love and support, and his family and friends.
PAUL MELONE (General Manager/Production Manager) has managed over 80 plays, musicals, concerts, cabarets, and special events for SpeakEasy Stage. His SpeakEasy directing credits include: CARRIE the musical; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2013 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director); reasons to be pretty; Adding Machine: A Musical(2010 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director); The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig: The Moonlight Room; Our Lady of 121st Street; and The Shape of Things. Other local directing credits include The Apple Tree (The Boston Conservatory),Curse of the Starving Class (Apollinaire Theatre Company), and Things Beyond Our Control (Brandeis University). Paul is a graduate of Boston University’s Theatre Department.
EVAN MURPHY is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. A recent graduate of Boston College, Evan is now a marketing intern at SpeakEasy Stage and a working bluegrass musician. In his time at BC Evan was fortunate enough to perform in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, Pillowman and Reefer Madness.
ERIC NORRIS SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Xanadu. Company One: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Eric is a Midwest native, now Brookline resident and graduate of the New England Institute of Art with a BS in Audio and Media Technology. He has experience working in studio/freelance recording (Mike Davidson Recording/Zippah Recording), live sound mixing and plays bass/electric guitar in the band Grand Resort.
AMANDA OSTROW (Wardrobe Supervisor) Amanda is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after working on: Far From Heaven,CARRIE the musical, The Whale, The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind, Tribes, In the Heights,Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Xanadu. International touring credit: The Aluminum Show. Local credits include work at: Gloucester Stage Company, Hanover Theatre, Bad Habit Productions, Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Nora Theatre Company, and the Publick Theatre. Amanda received her BA in Media Studies and Business at the University of Southern Maine and is an EMC in Stage Management.
JULIE A. OTIS is delighted to have been working in the Boston theatre community for over 15 years. Prior to SpeakEasy Stage Company, she worked with ArtsBoston, Boston Theatre Works, Broadway Across America-Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, and the American Repertory Theater. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Philosophy and Drama and has a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is thrilled to be a part of SpeakEasy’s team and to share their love of creating breathtaking moments of intimacy and expression for artists and audiences alike.
JOSHUA PEMBERTON a is so excited to be making his SpeakEasy Debut in BBAJ with this Amazing group of artists!! Favorite credits include: Sweeney Todd, You’re A Good…Charlie Brown, Show Boat, Aida (Muny),Grease (Muny), Johnny Pye…Foolkiller, and 25th Annual Putnam…Spelling Bee for which Joshua received an IRNE nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Joshua is a proud member of The Boston Conservatory Class of 2011! Joshua wants to thank his NYC roommates/ best friends Whitney and Bligh, Mike Heslin (check out War Horse), Dianne and the team at Leading Artists Inc., Paul Daigneault who makes all things possible, Paul Melone and Nicholas Connell, The Conkling Family, and his own family. Mom and Dad, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to reach my dreams!
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
JASON PRATT (Master Electrician)
BEN ROSENBLATT* is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut with this production. NYC: Language of Angels, Great American Desert, Shel’s Shorts (78th Street Theatre LAB), A Day in the Life… (Algonquin Theatre), The Oresteia (Delphi Theatre). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare & Co., Connecticut Rep, Ivoryton Playhouse among others. Ben recently performed in the International tour of ReEntry, which played US military bases, hospitals and conferences throughout the world. He is an Associate Artist of American Records Theatre Company in NYC. BFA, University of Connecticut. MFA, Brandeis University. www.benrosenblattactor.com
AMY LOUISE SPALLETTA* previously stage managed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Next Fall, Nine, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) for SpeakEasy. Previous Boston-area credits include: Our Town, God of Carnage, Educating Rita, The Miracle at Naples, and Third (Huntington Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Hot Mikado, Opus, Indulgences, Speed-the-Plow, Mister Roberts, Exits and Entrances, Cabaret, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Eurydice(New Repertory Theater); The Scene, This Wonderful Life, and Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage); and Mr. Marmalade (Company One). Other regional credits include: The Europeans and Scenes from an Execution (PTP/NYC). Amy graduated from Boston University with a concentration in stage management and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
ALESSANDRA VALEA* recently appeared in SpeakEasy’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel Jackson) and is thrilled to be back! Alessandra is finishing up her senior year at The Boston Conservatory where she’s pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Aside from being a student, she’s also a certified dance teacher through Dance Educators of America and a choreographer. Regional: NYMF (with Liars & Believers) inLe Cabaret Grimm (Helga), Goodspeed Opera House in their 8thAnnual Festival of New Artists. BoCo: The Hypochondriac (Beralda), The Apple Tree (Barbara), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora), Curtains (Jessica Cranshaw), Very Good Eddie (Georgiana Kettle) and Sweet Charity (Frug Soloist). Love and gratitude to ‘the Pauls’ and the SpeakEasy family!
BRITTANY WALTERS is ecstatic to be making her SpeakEasy Debut! She is currently a senior at The Boston Conservatory studying musical theatre with an emphasis in directing. At school she has performed in The Apple Tree (Narrator) and The Break Up Notebook (Bad Perm/Leather Mask.)She couldn’t be more grateful and excited to be working on such a smart and fun piece. She thanks the two Pauls for this opportunity and sends special thanks to her friends, the ℅ 2013, and her mother for their love and support.
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Andrew Jackson Timeline Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) served as the seventh president of the United States. Born to immigrant parents and orphaned in his youth, Jackson was the first “self-made man” and the first “westerner” to reach the White House. Founder of the Democratic Party, he reinvented the American Presidency […]read more
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