Carrie the musicalMay 10 - June 7, 2014
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Lawrence D. Choen
Based on the novel by
Directed by Paul Melone
Musical Direction by
Nicholas James Connell
Choreographed by Larry Sousa
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson**
Costume Design by
Emily Woods Hogue
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg**
Sound Design by David Reiffel
Projection design by
Samuel D. Hunter
Production Stage Managed by
Dawn Schall Saglio*
Assistant Stage Managed by
Carrie White has always been an outsider. Relentlessly tormented at school and tyrannized by a fanatical mother, she begins to have hope that things will change when she is unexpectedly asked to her senior prom. Little does she know what cruelty her classmates have in store for her, and what extraordinary and terrifying power her anger will unleash.
Paige Berkovitz…Chris Hargenson
Shonna Cirone…Miss Gardner
John Costa…Mr. Stevens
Kerry A. Dowling…Margaret White
Sarah Drake… Sue Snell
Daniel Scott Walton…George
Cast & Crew
JORGE BARRANCO returns to SpeakEasy, having played Sonny last spring in In the Heights, a role for which he received both a 2014 IRNE Award nomination and a 2014 My Entertainment World nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. He is a 2014 graduate of The Boston Conservatory, where he appeared in productions of Company, Miss Saigon, Between Time and Timbuktu, Reefer Madness, Urinetown, and The Apple Tree. In his hometown of Miami, Jorge has had the honor of being a part of The Area Stage Company’s production of Cabaret, and appeared in productions of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Rising Stars, Bat Boy and Thoroughly Modern Millie at New World School of the Arts. This performance is dedicated to his loving family and friends for their constant love and support.
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.
PAIGE BERKOVITZ is excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut. Paige is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. Most recently, Paige appeared on the Conservatory mainstage as Mary in Merrily We Roll Along. Other stage work includes Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Marcy in I Love You Because, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and the workshop of the new musical Between Time & Timbuktu. In her spare time, Paige gives back to the communities she calls home on both coasts performing as a member of The Boston Conservatory’s Conservatory Cabaret at battered women’s shelters and retirement homes in the Boston area, and as part of Spotlight the Arts “arts awareness” outreach in Calabasas, CA. Lots of love to my Dad!
SHONNA CIRONE is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut! Boston area credits include Camelot (New Rep); Ragtime(Fiddlehead, IRNE Award); Company and A New Brain (Moonbox Productions); The Full Monty (Stoneham Theater), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Turtle Lane); Bye, Bye, Birdie(Reagle Music Theatre, IRNE nomination); Fiddler on the Roof(Reagle Music Theatre); The Last Five Years (T&F Theatre); Into the Woods (Salem Summer Theatre); Spelling Bee and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Arts After Hours); The Phantom Tollbooth (Wheelock Family Theatre); and Candide (Huntington Theater). A graduate of AMDA, Shonna sings with cover band Close Enough (www.closeenoughrocks.com). Shonna happily resides with the two handsome and talented men in her life, her husband Kevin and Boston Terrier Winston.
LAWRENCE D. COHEN (Book Writer). Mr. Cohen’s first feature script was his adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel, Carrie (1976). His screenplay for the classic Brian De Palma film earned him an Edgar Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America. After beginning his career as a film/theater critic and essayist for a number of leading periodicals, he worked as an assistant to famed Broadway director-choreographer Michael Bennett on the latter’s Tony Award-winning Twigs, as well as the musical Seesaw. While working for film and TV producer David Susskind, he discovered the script ofAlice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and went on to become Production Executive of the 1975 Martin Scorsese film. Continuing his ongoing relationship with Stephen King in 1980, he wrote the 4-hour teleplay of It which USA Today called “the scariest movie ever made for TV.” It and his subsequent adaptation of King’s The Tommyknockers (1993) became two of the network’s highest-rated miniseries. In 2007, he was reunited with the Master of Horror with his adaptation of “The End of the Whole Mess” for TNT’s “Nightmares & Dreamscapes” anthology series. The Writers Guild of America nominated the script as Best Drama Episode. Other films include Ghost Story, based on Peter Straub’s bestseller, which starred Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films nominated it for its Saturn Award as Best Horror Film. For ABC, he wrote the three-hour teleplay adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific(2001), and served as the project’s Executive Producer with partner Michael Gore. Upcoming projects include a 3D film adaptation of Stephen King’s novella, The Sun Dog, that he and Gore are co-producing with Bill Haber. He has also scripted 90 Days, an original drama with songs, which he and Gore are producing for The Weinstein Company. In addition, he is writing an original thriller set in New York and Buenos Aires.
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
JOHN COSTA is pleased to make his SpeakEasy debut in Carrie! Regional credits include 1776 (Goodspeed Musicals);Communist Dracula Pageant (A.R.T.); Ragtime (NewRep); 1776 andBig River (Lyric Stage Co.); Company (MetroStage); and PIRATES!(Huntington Theatre, Major. General understudy). He has also performed for the past 16 seasons with New Bedford Festival Theater including in Hairspray (Wilbur); Chicago (Amos Hart); Beauty & The Beast (Cogsworth); Cabaret (Herr Schultz); Les Misérables(Bishop); and The Producers (Mr. Marx). A South Coast native, John teaches in New Bedford, and holds degrees from UMass Dartmouth and Lesley University.
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.
KERRY A. DOWLING* (Rita)returns to SpeakEasy having performed in Carrie; Far From Heaven; Clybourne Park; Next to Normal;The Drowsy Chaperone; Nine; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Reckless; Jerry Springer – the Opera; The New Century; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Parade; The Women; Bat Boy; Company; Elegies; A New Brain; Triumph of Love; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Songs for a New World(SpeakEasy); Nicholas Nickleby, Follies(Lyric Stage); A Man of No Importance (Súgán/SpeakEasy); Steel Magnolias, Pal Joey (Stoneham);The Most Happy Fella, Dueling Divas (Gloucester);Distracted(Underground Railway);Gypsy(Next Door). Kerry is the recipient of the 2010 SpeakEasy Stage Outstanding Artist Award.
SARAH DRAKE* is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after just having played Penny in Hairspray and Featured Singer in Come Fly with Me on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Previous SpeakEasy roles are Natalie in Next to Normal and Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone. A 2012 graduate of Boston Conservatory, other favorite roles include Rhoda (A New Brain), Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show) and Sydney (The Altruists). Sarah sends thanks to her amazing family for their constant love and positive energy; and to Paul and the entire SpeakEasy team for this opportunity.
ELIZABETH ERARDI is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut! She is a rising junior at the Boston Conservatory, pursuing a BFA in musical theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Cosette (Les Misérables). Thanks to Paul Daigneault, Paul Melone, and Nick Connell for this incredible opportunity and to her parents, friends, and Kerry Deal for their constant support.
MICHAEL GORE (Composer). In 1981, Michael won two Academy Awards for the movie Fame-one for Best Original Score, and a second for Best Song with lyricist Dean Pitchford. He was also nominated for “Out Here On My Own” from the same film, making three nominations that year. Also for Fame, he won a Golden Globe for best song, and was nominated for a Grammy. The movie’s soundtrack sold in excess of seven million copies worldwide. In 1983, he was again nominated for a Best Score Oscar for James L. Brooks’ Terms of Endearment. His instrumental version of the movie’s theme went Top 5 on the Adult Contemporary charts. He composed the original score for John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink in 1986, and was a major contributor to the musical underscore for James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News in 1987. Other scores include Albert Brooks’ Defending Your Life and Anthony Minghella’s Mr. Wonderful,The Butcher’s Wife, and Superstar. As a songwriter, he collaborated with lyricist Pitchford on the song “Never” for Herbert Ross’ Footloose. With lyricist Lynn Ahrens, he wrote two original songs for Todd Graff’s Camp. Notable in Michael’s songwriting credits is the music for Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum seller, “All The Man That I Need,” which simultaneously reached #1 on the pop, adult contemporary, and rhythm and blues charts. Artists including Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, and LL Cool J have performed his compositions. Michael served as the producer for a series of nine recordings for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His The Gershwins in Hollywood won Germany’s prestigious Deutsche Schalplatten Award. His Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CD of The King and I starring Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley received critical acclaim, was Number One on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Album chart for 17 weeks, and remained in the Top Ten for almost a year. As the album’s producer, he was nominated for a Grammy and won The Billboard Award for top Crossover Recording. In addition to Executive Producing ABC’s acclaimed 3-hour Special Event telefilm of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacificstarring Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr., he produced all the music for the film and its soundtrack recording. As a solo recording artist, he composed and performed “October Moon” for Song Without Words II for Windham Hill. Upcoming musical projects include a solo piano album of his own film themes and original pop compositions. As a film producer with partner Lawrence D. Cohen, he is co-producing a 3D feature adaptation of Stephen King’s The Sun Dog with producer Bill Haber, set to begin production this coming spring. With Cohen, he is also developing90 Days, an original drama with songs that the pair will produce for The Weinstein Company, as well as an original thriller set in New York and Buenos Aires.
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.
STEPHEN KING (Author) was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Company accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.
ALEXA LEBERSFELD is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut! She is currently a student at The Boston Conservatory where she has been in such shows as Merrily We Roll Along, Legally Blonde, and Steel Magnolias. Last summer she performed at Reagle Music Theatre as Chava in Fiddler on the Roof.Other selected theatre credits include: Spring Awakening (Ilse), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), and Is He Dead? (Cecile). Big thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Jenna, and BoCo!!
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.
JOE LONGTHORNE* is elated to return to SpeakEasy after previously appearing in The Drowsy Chaperone as one of those lovable Gangsters, and 2011’s Sorry, Wrong Number! Other Boston/Regional Credits: Rent (New Rep); The Balcony, Necessary Monsters, andTwelfth Night (The Boston Conservatory); Visions of America (Boston Pops); and Our Town andLend Me a Tenor (The Barnstormers Theatre). Joe appeared last summer in Les Misérables(The MUNY), and previously in Fiddler On The Roof (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Much love always to my family and friends, who support me endlessly. Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Thank you Paul, Nick, and Paul for bringing me back!www.JoeWLongthorne.com.
AMANDA LOPEZ is absolutely thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy Stage debut! She is currently a junior at The Boston Conservatory studying musical theater. Native of Miami, FL. Favorite roles include Sheila (Hair), Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense), Aida (Aida), Joanne (Rent), and Hope Cladwell (Urinetown). Special thanks to Mom, Papi, Tada, Albert and O for putting up with her and always loving her.
STEPHEN MARKARIAN* (Virgil / Billy Dean / Bus Driver 2 / Radio Singer / Bus Passenger) is thrilled to be returning to SpeakEasy after appearing in CARRIE: the musical as Freddy. Stephen was most recently seen in Wheelock Family Theatre’s production of Shrek The Musical. National Tour: Bunnicula: The Musical (Harold). Favorite Credits: The Full Monty (Dave), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pontius Pilate), Seussical (Horton) and Big River (Huck Finn). He has also appeared as a recurring character on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and Drake & Josh, plus Listen Up! with Jason Alexander on CBS. Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Thanks to the cast and crew of Violet, The Mine, Laura, Duncan, and his family.
ALYCIA MARUCCI* (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to return to SpeakEasy after working on CARRIE the musical last season as the Assistant Stage Manager and on The Color Purple as run crew. Alycia is also the Assistant Group Sales Manager at Shear Madness, and does wardrobe for The Donkey Show at the A.R.T. Most recently, Alycia traveled to Victoria, British Columbia and NYC with the Boston Early Music Festival as the Production Stage Manager for their Carpentier double-bill of La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. Alycia is a graduate of Suffolk University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
SEAGHAN MCKAY** (Projection Designer) returns to SpeakEasy having previously designed projections for Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Next to Normal; Nine; Striking 12; [title of show]; and Jerry Springer – The Opera. Other local designs include The Flying Dutchman (Boston Lyric Opera);Gershwin Spectacular: Promenade (Boston Pops); Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre Company); On The Town (IRNE Nomination – Best Projection Design), Big River (Lyric Stage); Memory House(Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Light Up The Sky (Emerson Stage);Merrily We Roll Along, Rent (The Boston Conservatory); Hecuba, As You Like It (Brandeis Theater Company); The Threepenny Opera (Boston College); and Godspell (Gordon College). He assisted Projection Designer Peter Nigrini on the PBS documentary Becoming Helen Keller. Seághan is a member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829. www.seaghanmckay.com
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.
KATHRYN NAKAJI (Props Master) Kat made her SpeakEasy debut last season with CARRIE the musical. Her other Props Master credits include Sugar and Baritones Unbound (ArtEmerson), The Importance of Being Earnest (The Longwood Players), and On the Town (Emerson Stage). This summer Kat also served as the Assistant Prop Master for Finding Neverland (American Repertory Theater). When not propping shows, Kat works for the A.R.T. and the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club at The Loeb Drama Center.
MAURA NEFF (Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor) is happy to be return to SpeakEasy. Previous credits include CARRIE the musical; The Whale; The Color Purple; Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; In The Heights; Xanadu; Next Fall; In the Next Room; The Great American Trailer Park Musical;[title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer -The Opera; and The History Boys. Maura has worke as stage management and wardrobe for many local companies including A.R.T., Huntington Theatre, WGBH & Brian O’Donovan, BEMF, BYSO, NEC, The Boston Conservatory, Brandeis University, Central Square Theater, Company One, and New Bedford Festival Theatre. She also paints for New England Scenic. Maura is a member of the 2005-2006 Professional Stage Management Program at the Juilliard School and a proud graduate of the University of Vermont. Much love and thanks to family and friends.
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.
DEAN PITCHFORD (Lyricist) was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Yale. He performed both on and Off- Broadway (Godspell, Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting, and directing. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards (winning Best Song for Fame, co-written with Michael Gore), three Golden Globes (winning for “Fame”), seven Grammys and two Tonys. His songs- recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Peter Allen, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, and Martina McBride- have sold over 70 million records. The musical stage adaptation (co-written with Walter Bobbie) of his original screenplay for Footloose ran for more than 700 performances on Broadway and is now being seen all over the world. Dean’s Young Adult novels, The Big One-Oh andCaptain Nobody, have been published by Putnam/Penguin, and his performances of their audio book recordings (released by Listening Library/Random House) were both nominated for Grammy Awards. His third novel, Nickel Bay Nick, was released in 2013.
DAVID REIFFEL (Sound Designer) is pleased to return to SpeakEasy, having previously designed sound for the company’s production of The Color Purple. His sound designs and music have been widely heard on Boston stages including New Rep (2012 IRNE nomination for Chesapeake), ASP, Stoneham, The Boston Conservatory, Titanic, Company One, and Apollinaire; and also further afield at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Chicago’s Court Theatre. David is also a busy musical theatre songwriter. Recent productions include music and lyrics for The Rag Doll (Blue Spruce, 2013 IRNE nomination, Best New Play) and lyrics for Cupcake (Club Café). Glory, for which he is writing the book, music, and lyrics, is presently in development at NOMTI (nomti.org), for which he serves as program director. www.davidreiffel.com
LAUREN SCATTOLINI (Master Electrician) is very excited to be part of the SpeakEasy team this season. She has been a freelance technician in Boston for the past three years, during which time she was the Master Electrician for New Repertory Theatre’s production of The Kite Runner, and Assistant Master Electrician for New England Conservatory’s productions of La Perichole and The Turn of the Screw and Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Almira. She moved to Boston after working for five seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, home of the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
DAWN SCHALL SAGLIO* (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed 15 shows for SpeakEasy, among them: CARRIE the musical; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Reckless; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The History Boys; The Women; Five by Tenn; and The Last Sunday in June. Other local credits include productions at the Huntington Theatre, Gloucester Stage, BPT, and The Nora. Her greatest credits are sons Nick, Eric, and Tucker. Dawn serves on SpeakEasy’s board of trustees and has been a member of Equity for 14 years. Love to Doug!
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
ALIX STRASNICK (Technical Director) Alix is excited to be back at SpeakEasy for her third season as the company’s Technical Director. Past SpeakEasy credits include Tribes; In the Heights, The Whale, and Next to Normal. Alix also served as Master Electrician for SpeakEasy’s productions of Next Fall and The Divine Sister. She is the Assistant Technical Director at the Groton School and worked on their productions of HairSpray and Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include Good Person, The Land (Fort Point Theatre Channel), Rock ‘n’ Roll, Lend Me a Tenor (Longwood Players), Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Apprentice Showcase) and She Kills Monsters (Company One).
PHIL TAYLER* SpeakEasy: debut. Regional: Spring Awakening (Gloucester Stage); Big River (Arvada Center); Hair (NHTA Nomination)(New London Barn Playhouse). Boston-Area (Select): Working, On The Town, Stones in His Pockets, Avenue Q (Elliot Norton and WISE Awards, Lyric Stage Company); Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theatre); Of Mice and Men, Floyd Collins(IRNE Nomination, Moonbox Productions); and Marry Me A Little(New Repertory Theatre). Other Boston-area companies include: Whistler in the Dark, Huntington Theatre Company, Swiss Stage, German Stage, Stoneham Theatre, Orfeo Group, among many others. Directing credits: Killer Joe, Dirty Story (The Boston Conservatory). Phil holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory. Proud member of AEA. www.philtayler.com
ADENA WALKER is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy Stage Company debut in Carrie! Adena received her B.A. from Wagner College with a major in theatre performance and a minor in psychology. Recent productions includeSchool House Rock( Dina) with Boston Children’s Theatre and Oliver with Wheelock Family Theatre. Past productions include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), Smokey Joe’s Café (B.J.), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fairy), The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen), andRagtime(Sarah). Adena created a YouTube blog dedicated to music from the 1900-1920’s called Two Good Kids Make Love To Your Grandma. She lends her voice to Wonderland High available on iTunes. For more updates and information, check out adenawalker.com.
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.
EMILY WOODS HOGUE (Costume Designer) is delighted to be working with SpeakEasy Stage for the first time. Area credits include: Or (IRNE nomination), Chinglish, and Becky’s New Car (Lyric Stage);Vinegar Tom, Fen, and One Flea Spare (Whistler in the Dark); Lungs (New Repertory Theatre); and The Turn of the Screw (Simple Machine). Ms. Woods Hogue is a proud graduate of Bennington College and currently manages the costume shop at Wellesley College.
Life with CARRIE Nobody outside of Stephen King himself has more history with Carrie than Lawrence D. Cohen. Writer of the 1976 screen adaptation of King’s novel, Mr. Cohen also wrote the book for both versions of the stage musical; and along with Composer Michael Gore and Lyricist Dean Pitchford, resurrected Carrie the musical from […]read more
Production History Reportedly inspired by a 1981 performance of the opera LULU, Lawrence D. Cohen (who wrote the script for the 1976 film version of CARRIE) and Michael Gore (who won on Oscar for composing the title song for the movie FAME) teamed up to begin work on a musical based on the Stephen King […]read more