Body Awareness

Body Awareness

The Shirley, VT Play Festival

By Annie Baker
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Featuring Paula Plum, Adrianne Krstansky, Gregory Pember and Richard Snee

Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco
Costume Design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg
Original Music & Sound Design by Nathan Leigh
Production Stage Manager - Victoria S. Coady

October 22 - November 20, 2010

“Body Awareness” week on a Vermont college campus is the setting for this smart and touching comedy about ordinary people grasping for connection. When Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, agree to host a photographer famous for his female nude portraits, a firestorm erupts that could break apart their unconventional family.

Run time: 100 minutes without an intermission

Proudly sponsored by South Boston Yoga


Part of “The Shirley, VT Plays” Festival

This fall, SpeakEasy Stage will proudly team up with the Huntington Theatre Company and Company One to produce breakout writer Annie Baker’s first three plays – Circle Mirror Transformation, produced by the Huntington Theatre Company (October 15 – November 14), Body Awareness, produced by SpeakEasy Stage Company (October 22 – November 20), and The Aliens, produced by Company One (October 29 – November 20). All set in the fictional town of Shirley, VT, the plays will run together in the first-ever festival dedicated to the work of this wryly observant young writer. This festival presents a special opportunity to examine the rich and varied lives of a small town filled with humor, good intentions, unintended consequences, and accidental beauty. Audiences will experience three miniature portraits of Shirley, VT, a town not found on any map.

Learn more about the series or visit the official site.

October/November 2010

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
OCT 17 18 19 20 21 22
8:00 PM
23
4:00 PM
8:00 PM
24
3:00 PM
25 26 27
7:30 PM
Pay What You Can Performance
28
7:30 PM
29
8:00 PM
30
4:00 PM
8:00 PM
31
3:00 PM
w/talkback
NOV 1 2 3
7:30 PM
4
7:30 PM
5
8:00 PM
6
4:00 PM
8:00 PM
7
7:30 PM
w/Spirituality & Arts talkback
8 9 10
7:30 PM
11
7:30 PM
12
8:00 PM
13
4:00 PM
8:00 PM
14
7:30 PM
w/talkback
15 16
7:30 PM
17
7:30 PM
18
7:30 PM
19
8:00 PM
20
4:00 PM
8:00 PM

Special Events

  • Body Awareness - Opening Night
    Friday, October 22, 8:00PM performance
  • Body Awareness - Press Performance
    Sunday, October 24, 3:00PM performance
  • Body Awareness - Pay What You Can Performance
    Minimum $14; Walk-up Sales Only; Day of Show Only
    Wednesday, October 27, 7:30PM performance
  • Body Awareness - Out & About Night Reception with Cast
    Friday, October 29, following the 8:00PM performance
  • Body Awareness - Post show talkback with director and cast
    Sunday, October October 31, following the 3:00PM performance
  • Body Awareness - Spirituality and the Arts Talkback
    Sunday, November 7, following the 7:30PM performance
  • Body Awareness - Post show talkback
    Sunday, November 14, following the 7:30PM performance

Cast Biographies

Adrianne Krstansky

ADRIANNE KRSTANSKY* (Phyllis) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy having played Lisa in Snakebit. Other New England performance credits include Paradise Lost, Britannicus and Ubu Rock (American Repertory Theater); Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare); November (Lyric Stage Company); Gary (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Vineyard Playhouse); Closer (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); Bug (Boston Theatre Works); and 2.5 Minute Ride and Frozen (New Repertory Theatre). Off- Broadway: 365 days/365 plays (Public Theater) and Luck, Pluck and Virtue (The Atlantic Theater Company). Regional credits include A Clockwork Orange and Twelfth Night at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as well as performances at LaJolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Telluride Repertory Theatre among others. Film: The Company Men directed by John Wells.

Gregory Pember

GREGORY PEMBER* (Jared) is thrilled and honored to be making his SpeakEasy debut. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Gregory recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre. At TBC, Gregory played such roles as Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Young Ben (Follies), John Wilkes Booth (Assassins) and Mark (Rent), the latter under the direction of Paul Daigneault. Other professional credits include Rolf (The Sound of Music), Will Parker (Oklahoma!), Man 1 (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and Jack (Into the Woods). Thanks to Mom, Dad and Bob for their unconditional love and support, and to Paul Daigneault for his guidance and this amazing opportunity.

Paula Plum

PAULA PLUM* (Joyce) SpeakEasy: Reckless, The Savannah Disputation, The History Boys and The New Century. Lyric Stage: Blithe Spirit, Miss Witherspoon, Three Tall Women; The Goat…, The Heiress, and Sideman. A founding member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Paula has played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Margaret in Richard III, and Lady Macbeth in the Scottish Play. She has appeared in Wit for Lyric West; Faith Healer, Molly Sweeney, Happy Days, and Breath of Life for Gloucester Stage; and No Exit, Ivanov, Mother Courage, and Lysistrata at the American Repertory Theater. She has been honored with three Elliot Norton Awards, four IRNES and, in 2003, was named a Distinguished Alumna of Boston University’s School for the Arts. A recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship, Paula is currently in the first of a three-year actor residency with SpeakEasy Stage. She is married to actor Richard Snee.

Richard Snee

RICHARD SNEE* (Frank) is delighted to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He most recently appeared in Blithe Spirit at The Lyric Stage Company and Table Manners at Gloucester Stage. He is a founding member of the Actors' Shakespeare Project and last appeared with them in Much Ado About Nothing. He has also been a member of the Boston company of Shear Madness since 1987. Among his numerous film and television credits is the animated FX series, "The Dick and Paula Celebrity Special," in which he "starred" with his wife Paula Plum. She was "Paula." He was "The Dick."

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Annie Baker
Annie Baker, Playwright

About the Author

Annie Baker grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include BODY AWARENESS (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES (commission for Soho Rep) and NOCTURAMA. Her work has also been developed and produced at the Bush Theatre in London, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Soho Rep, the Orchard Project, the Ontological-Hysteric, Ars Nova, the Huntington, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Theatre Artaud, the Magic Theater, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah and Ucross, Wyoming. Annie is a member of New Dramatists, MCC's Playwrights Coalition and EST, and an alumna of Youngblood, Ars Nova's Play Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and commissions from Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons. MFA, Mac Wellman's playwriting program at Brooklyn College.

Reviews

Body Awareness offers "much more than just laughs. [It's] the deepest and richest of the Shirley, VT plays, and features a quartet of outstanding performers." —Boston Globe

"[Playwright Annie] Baker should thank SpeakEasy Stage Company for what they have done with her play... Four flawless performances make this such a delight... Even in the world of live theater, this kind of synchronistic magic is a rare treat to behold." —Boston Metro

"Body Awareness is the most conventional of the Shirley, VT plays, and the most overtly entertaining." —Boston Phoenix

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Basic Show Information

Body Awareness
By Annie Baker
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Featuring Paula Plum, Adrianne Krstansky, Gregory Pember and Richard Snee
October 22 - November 20, 2010


Hi-Resolution Images

A mother (Paula Plum) confronts her son (Gregory Pember) about some questionable credit card charges in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Joyce (Paula Plum, left) and her partner Phyllis (Adrianne Krstansky, right) discuss how best to deal with Joyce’s son Jared in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Joyce (Paula Plum) meets her houseguest (Richard Snee), a controversial photographer, in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. The family and their houseguest (clockwise from left: Adrianne Krstansky, Richard Snee, Paula Plum and Gregory Pember) celebrate an impromptu Tuesday night Shabbas in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Jared (Gregory Pember) indulges his passion for the Oxford English Dictionary in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Paula Plum in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Adrianne Krstansky (left) is upset to learn that her partner (Paula Plum, right) is going to pose nude for a controversial photographer in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Adrianne Krstansky as Phyllis in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Frank (Richard Snee, left) coaches a young man (Gregory Pember, right) on how to meet women in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. A woman (Paula Plum) contemplates posing nude for a controversial photographer (Richard Snee) in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BODY AWARENESS, running October 22 through November 20, 2010, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Boston. BODY AWARENESS is one of the three plays in the Shirley, VT Plays Festival, a landmark local collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One and the Huntington Theatre Company to produce the work of breakout playwright and Amherst, MA native Annie Baker. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.BostonTheaterScene.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.