Clybourne ParkMarch 1 - April 6, 2013
Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco
Costume Design by Mary Lauve
Lighting Design by Deb Sullivan
Sound Design by Arshan Gailus
Stage Management by Adele Nadine Traub
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a bold new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the Sun, this acclaimed work explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home in a white community to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Run time: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes with one 15-minute intermission
Thomas Derrah* …Russ/Dan
Kerry A. Dowling* …Bev/Kathy (April 2-6)
Michael Kaye* …Karl/Steve
Marvelyn McFarlane …Francine/Lena
Philana Mia* …Betsy/Lindsey
DeLance Minefree* …Albert/Kevin
Paula Plum* …Bev/Kathy
Tim Spears* …Jim/Tom
Cast & Crew
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.
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.
SABRINA DENNISON (Director of Artistic Sign Language) returns to SpeakEasy having served as ASL Coach for last season’s production of Clybourne Park. Sabrina was awarded Miss Hampton Beach as second runner-up 1986, first runner-up 1987, and crowned 1988. Played a major acting role in Siskel and Ebert’s 1990 top six Hollywood movie, “Santa Sangre,” directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Sabrina’s professional acting experience continued with U.S. tour including Ireland with the National Theater of the Deaf, when she took on the role of Greta, in “Ophelia.” Sabrina continued her tour with the Little Theater of the Deaf, where she performed a variety of stage productions for elementary school children, including The Brown Bag Princess and Jack Built a House, to name a few. Sabrina completed ASL translation for Yale University’s Twelfth Night. She took on the role of an ASL consultant in a Broadway musical Avenue Q (Broadway Across America), Trumpery, What the Butler Saw, The Lady Hamlet (Boston University School of Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, directed by Jim Petosa(Boston University School of Theatre), and Arabian Night, directed by Daniel Gidron (Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA). Played major role in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s production, Love Person, directed by Bevin O’Gara (Boston Center of the Arts). A proud Cape Cod native, where her late father was the only Bay Stater to be convicted of piracy (Robin Hood style) in 20th Century. is an avid artist in Newtonville. I dedicate this performance to my Mommie for making me who I am today. I love you and I miss you.
THOMAS DERRAH* (George/Valentina) returns to SpeakEasy Stage, having previously appeared in Necessary Monsters,Clybourne Park,Red,The Drowsy Chaperone, andFuddy Meers. He is a founding member of the ART and has performed in 120 productions there. Mr. Derrah has also performed on Broadway inJackie: An American Life(23 roles) and Off-Broadway inBig Time,Johan Padan, andOliver Twist. He has performed regionally in theatres in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston, and has toured extensively to theatres and festivals in Europe and Asia. He also performed the title role inJulius Caesaron several tours throughout France for the Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans. Mr. Derrah has also appeared locally at the Huntington, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Stoneham Theatre, and ASP. He has several IRNE and Norton Awards for acting, including the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. He was also awarded the 2010 Brustein Award and a Los Angeles DramaLogue Award. Mr. Derrah appeared in Julie Taymor’s filmFool’s Fireas well as programs on CBS, A&E, and PBS. Other film credits includeMystic RiverandPink Panther II. Mr. Derrah teaches acting at Harvard and MIT, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama
JESSICA DOONAN was the Rehearsal ASL Interpreter for SpeakEasy Stage’s Clybourne Park. She has a degree in Theater and American Sign Language from Northeastern University. Her previous show experience includes Two Gentleman of Verona (ASL Interpreter, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Song’s for a Winter’s Night (ASL Interpreter, Voices Rising),The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (ASL Interpreter, Boston University),Coriolanus (ASL Feeder, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Love Person (ASL Interpreter/Coordinator, Company One) and Porgy and Bess (Translation Assistant, American Repertory Theater).
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.
ARSHAN GAILUS (Sound Designer) returns to SpeakEasy after designing sound for Clybourne Park and designing sound and composing original music for The Divine Sister. Other area credits include Lungs (New Repertory Theatre); Chinglish, Avenue Q, The Temperamentals, Superior Donuts, and The Understudy (The Lyric Stage Company); Macbeth and Twelfth Night (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design) (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), 1001, and Grimm (Company One). Arshan’s other work includes sound design and composition for independent video games in the Boston area and internationally. Arshan holds a B.S. in Music from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
MICHAEL KAYE* is thrilled to be returning to SpeakEasy for a second time with this production. His fist SpeakEasy show was Clybourne Park. Some of Michael’s regional theatre credits include appearances at the Huntington Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Lyric Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, and Boston Center for American Performance. He was most recently seen in the BPT’s production of Uncle Jack. Michael is an Assistant Professor of Acting at The Boston University School of Theatre, where he received both a BFA and MFA in Acting and Theatre Education respectively.
MARY LAUVE (Costume Design) Designed costumes for last season’s Clybourne Park, her ﬁrst show at SpeakEasy Stage. A longtime member of the Huntington Theatre costume department, Mary has worked on more than ﬁfty productions there, some highlights being Candide, The Thirty Nine Steps,She Loves Me and Two Men of Florence. For multiple seasons, she’s spent the summer on Boston Common with Commonwealth Shakespeare and has also had the opportunity to work with New Rep, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Arts Emerson, the Boston Pops and many other organizations in this area’s vibrant arts community.
MARVELYN MCFARLANE is thrilled to be back in Boston to make her Speakeasy debut! She spent the past two years developing and performing ESL children’s musicals in South Korea. Boston credits include Huntington Theatre:A Civil War Christmas (u/s for Uzo Aduba), Wheelock family Theatre: The Little Mermaid, Company One: The Good Negro; Voyeurs de Venus; Articulation; The Bluest Eye, and Our Place Theatre Project: Mother G; Feathers On My Arms. She is a three time IRNE nominee and is so grateful to the Boston theatre community! marvelynmcfarlane.com
PHILANA MIA* is pleased to make her SpeakEasy debut. Philana has appeared at Stoneham Theatre in I Capture the Castle; Central Square Theater in Matt & Ben; Company One in The Pain and the Itch; Apollinaire Theatre in The Wonderful World of Dissocia; and the workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Far Away and Project: Identity. Her film credits includeWhaling City, winner of the 2007 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Production Grant and the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award; and Silver Circle. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
DELANCE MINEFEE is excited to return to Boston for his SpeakEasy debut. Boston credits include: Civil War Christmasat the Huntington Theatre; Donnie Darko, Copenhagen (u/s),Cardenio (u/s), at the American Repertory Theatre; and Trigger, Phoenician Women, and Pinter’s The Room with ART/MXAT Institute. New York credits include: Dust (u/s) (Off-Broadway), The A-Train Plays (Neighborhood Playhouse) Cabaret Émigré (Negro Ensemble Company), ABK for Life (Columbia University) Damn Yankees (Amas Theatre), and Breathe (Hip-Hop Theatre Fest.) Regional Credits include: Amistad Voices (Chicago Shakespeare), Death in Venice(Chicago Opera Theatre), HomeBound (Congo Square Theatre/Chicago), Let The Circle Be Unbroken (Apple Tree Theatre/Chicago), Holes (Walden Media/Denver),Civil War (Prather Productions/Florida), Smokey Joe’s Café *Nominated for “Best Actor in a Musical” Ostrander* (Playhouse on the Square/Memphis), Blood Knot (Arkansas Shakespeare Festival), A Soldier’s Play, Dreamgirls, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, Dracula, Wizard of Oz and Voices of the River(Arkansas Repertory Theatre). He has toured Germany as a Back-up Singer/Dancer with BMG Music, toured the Mississippi Delta as a Storyteller, performed fraternity stepping for diplomats in Vietnam, performed Greek Tragedy at the world renowned Moscow Art Theatre, and served as the Assistant Director of Living History at the Historic Arkansas Museum. His recent feature film, “The Three Way,” (www.thethreewaymovie.com) has won 4 “Best Feature” and 2 “Best Comedy” Awards at festivals around the country. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts, with Minor studies in Dance, from Henderson State University in Arkansas, and an MFA in Acting from American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre-Institute for Advance Theatre Training at Harvard University. More info available at www.delance.net
BRUCE NORRIS is the author of Clybourne Park, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012, the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2011, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011. Other plays include The Infidel(2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam(2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004),The Unmentionables (2006), and A Parallelogram (2010), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Two new plays, titled The Low Roadand Domesticated, will premiere in 2013 at the Royal Court Theatre, London and at Lincoln Center Theatre, New York, respectively. His work has also been seen at Playwrights Horizons (New York), Lookingglass Theatre (Chicago), Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Staatstheater Mainz (Germany) and the Galway Festival (Ireland), among others. He is the recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award (2009), and The Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) for Best New Work. He lives in New York.
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
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.
PAULA PLUM* has appeared at SpeakEasy Stage as Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Doctors One through Six/Woman Patient in Reckless, Helene in The New Century, Margaret in The Savannah Disputation, Dorothy in The History Boys, and Joyce in Body Awareness. In 2009, she was one of five actors nation-wide to receive the prestigious Fox Actor Fellowship in association with SpeakEasy, and enjoyed three years here as “actor in residence.” As part of that Fellowship, she created What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, a theatre piece based on the life of poetess Edna St. Vincent Millay. Ms. Plum is the recipient of four IRNE Awards, the 1995 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress for her work in Lost in Yonkers, the 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress in Miss Witherspoon, the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. She is an actress, director, writer, and teacher and has created seven one-person shows for the Unadilla Theatre of Vermont, most notably Plum Pudding (IRNE Best Solo Performance, 2004). For Actors’ Shakespeare Project she has played Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Beatrice inMuch Ado About Nothing, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and The Countess in All’s Well That Ends Well. She has appeared at Lyric West as Vivian Bearing in Wit; at Gloucester Stage Company as Grace inFaith Healer, Molly in Molly Sweeney, Winnie in Happy Days, and Mouth in Not I; at the American Repertory Theatre as Inez in No Exit; as Babakina in Ivanov, as Yvette in Mother Courage, as Belphragia in Lysistrata, as Soot in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and as Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile; at the Lyric Stage Company as Dr. Brandt in 33 Variations, as Stevie in The Goat, as Amanda in Private Lives, as Kath in Entertaining Mr. Sloane, as Terry in Sideman, in the title role in The Heiress, as Abby in Mercy Seat, and in the title role in Miss Witherspoon. In 1998 she was directed by Eric Engel in the award-winning production Sing Me to Sleep by John Kuntz and again in 1999 in Kuntz’s Miss Price. Film credits include: “Mermaids,” “Malice,” and “Next Stop Wonderland.” Television: “Sins of the Preacher” (ABC Lifetime), “Science Court” (three seasons ABC), and co-creator and star of “The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special” for FX. In January 2005, she premiered her new work Wigged OUT! with Leslie Dillen’s Dressed UP! directed by Karen MacDonald for which she received the IRNE for Best Solo Performance, 2005. Ms Plum is a cum laude graduate of Boston University. She is married to actor Richard Snee.
TIM SPEARS* is excited to be making his SpeakEasy debut. Credits in NYC include A Question of Mercy (Potomac Theatre Project) Realism, JUMP! (The Exchange), Jasper Lake (NY Fringe Festival). Regional: Monster, House, Good, & A Question of Mercy(BCAP), Mister Roberts (New Rep), In the Mood (Olney Theatre Center). Tim earned his BFA in Acting at BU School of Theatre where he is currently a Staff member and a part-time graduate student.
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).
DEB SULLIVAN** is pleased to be working with SpeakEasy Stage again and with Ms. O’Gara for the first time. Local credits include New Repertory; Chesapeake, Fully Committed (sets and lights) , Clean House (Norton Award Best Design 2008) and Euridyce. New York credits: The Public Theater/NYSF; The Ruby Sunrise, The Human Scale. Women’s Theatre Project; OR, Mary’s Hideaway Production, Play It Cool. Regional Theatre: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Berkshire Theatre Festival, City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), Cleveland Play House, Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), Trinity Repertory Company. Upcoming projects include M for Huntington Theatre Co. and Pericles with Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Deb is Production Manager for ASP, a member of United Scenic Artists and bringing up Tallula.
MICHELE TEEVAN Previous SpeakEasy credits include Tribes (PA), What Lips My Lips Have Kissed (SM), Clybourne Park (PA), Other Desert Cities (PA), All About Election Eve (SM), Next to Normal (PA), Red (PA), Sorry, Wrong Number (ASM), The Divine Sister (PA) and The Blue Room (SM). Boston credits include Henry VIII (ASM) with Actors Shakespeare Project; Amadeus(PA)and Little Shop of Horrors (PA)withNew Repertory Theatre; The Nutcracker (ASM) with Northeast Youth Ballet; The Death of Tintagiles (SM) and Cruel Botany (SM) with imaginary beasts; The Fakus: A Noir (SM) with Centastage; and Romeo and Juliet (SM) with the Happy Medium Theatre Company. Michele is the Associate Production Manager at Speakeasy, the Production Manager at the Boston Opera Collaborative and is a graduate of Emerson College with her BFA in Stage and Production Management. .
CRISTINA TODESCO** (Set Design) is pleased to be working with Speakeasy again after designing last season’s Tribes and The Whale. Previous Speakeasy credits: Red, The Divine Sister, Body Awareness, The New Century, Reckless. Other theaters include: Lyric Stage Company, NewRep, Harbor Stage, Boston Playwright’s, Boston Conservatory, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Olney Theater Center, ART Institute, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Huntington Theatre, Orfeo Group, Williamstown Theater Festival, Opera Boston, Stoneham Theater, Suffolk University, Boston University, and Boston College. A four time winner of the Eliot Norton Award for Best Design, she is on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theater Arts and a member of USA 829.
ADELE NADINE TRAUB* (Stage Manager) loves returning for her third show at Speakeasy Stage. Previous projects include the award winning Tribes and Clybourne Park. A Founding Company member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Adele has stage managed 20 productions there, including this season’s Phedre. Other stage management credits include R. Buckminster Fuller at the A.R.T.; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues with Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany; db and Small Mouth Sounds with Vineyard Arts Project; Deported/a dream play, Two Wives in India, and The Salt Girl with Boston Playwrights’ Theater; Man of La Mancha and 1776 with Lyric Stage Company, and has spent several years stage managing for BU’s Dance Theater Group. Other projects this season include RiverSing with Revels, Under MilkWood with The Poets’ Theater, and Ulysses in a Bottle with Israeli Stage Company. During her four years as Production Stage Manager at The Boston Conservatory, Adele worked on over 40 productions with the Musical Theater, Dance, Opera, and Orchestra Departments. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and is a professional quilter. www.thequiltedchuppah.com