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Carrie, Features

Living With CARRIE

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 […]

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Carrie, Features

Inside SpeakEasy’s Carrie

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 […]

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Features, The Whale

The Anatomy of The Whale

Anatomy of THE WHALE THE WHALE is full of striking elements: its colorful characters, its setting in small-town Idaho, and of course, its six-hundred pound protagonist Charlie. But playwright Samuel D. Hunter didn’t find his initial inspiration in any of those things. Instead, it was a job teaching expository writing at Rutgers that sparked what […]

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David R. Gammons

Production History Written by Samuel D. Hunter and first produced by Playwright’s Horizons in 2012, THE WHALE has earned a 2013 Drama Desk Award, a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play. Director David R. Gammons David is thrilled to return to the SpeakEasy […]

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Features, The Color Purple

Inside SpeakEasy’s The Color Purple

Production History Based on the book by Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, the musical version of THE COLOR PURPLE had its World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 7, 2004. The Broadway production began its run on December 1, 2005, and earned 10 Tony Award nominations including a nod for […]

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Features, Make Up Your Mind

An Interview With Nicky Silver

Kurt Vonnegut couldn’t make up his mind. He left behind eleven different drafts of his play Make Up Your Mind, and if it was ever going to make it to the stage, then a few decisions had to be made. Enter Broadway playwright Nicky Silver, author of Pterodactyls and The Lyons, who was brought on […]

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About The Play

The second show of our season is KURT VONNEGUT’S MAKE UP YOUR MIND, running October 30 – November 30. We asked SpeakEasy Artistic Fellow Jeff Kubiatowicz, who was instrumental in bringing the play to our stage, to tell us more about the show. What is the play about? It’s the World Premiere of a dark […]

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Features, Tribes

Meet James Caverly

Actor James Caverly What is your hometown? Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan and I am currently living nowhere in particular. Were you born deaf? I was born Deaf, yes. I am close to profoundly deaf but I don’t use that term… it’s a medical term– I […]

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Raising a Deaf Child: A Parent’s Perspective

The document cannot be copied, reproduced or distributed in any form (paper, electronic or otherwise) without the express written permission of the author. Raising a Deaf Child: A Hearing Parent’s Perspective John Pirone is the Director of the Deaf Studies Program at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, and the former Executive Director […]

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Best of Intentions

Playwright Nina Raine Nina Raine gets things done. Starting out as an assistant director in the West End of London, she branched off into writing plays in her free time. When theatres shied away from producing her first script, Rabbit, she directed it herself upstairs in a pub. The production garnered wide acclaim from both […]

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