The Color Purple

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Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
Directed by Paul Daigneault

Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture

All her life, Celie has known only hardship and cruelty. Her abusive father married her off at the age of 14 to a callous man who separated her from her only true friend in the world, her sister Nettie. But with every reason to despair, Celie clings to hope, and the promise that love will lead her to healing and joy.

Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

The Color Purple contains adult themes and brief nudity.

 

 

Cast | Production Staff


Cast

JYEL ANCRUM

JYE'L ANCRUM (Young Harpo/Young Adam/Ensemble) is new to SpeakEasy Stage Company and is ecstatic about joining the cast of The Color Purple. He enjoys playing drums and singing at school and in the church choir. Jye'l is a sixth grade student at Smith Leadership Academy and is 12 years old.

KYMYRA J. ANDERSON-WOLF

KYMYRA J. ANDERSON-WOLF (Young Celie/Young Olivia/Chief's Daughter) is pleased to be making her SpeakEasy debut. While attending the Paul. A. Dever School, her 5th grade teacher noticed the theatrical twinkle in her eye and cast her in Newsies as Les. She has appeared annually in A Night With Arts via Kingdom Builders Worship Center where she also attends church and sings with the youth choir, numerous talent shows at Smith Leadership Academy where she attends school. She enjoys documenting her gifts on her personal YouTube page where you get a glimpse of the passion she has for singing.

KIRA COWAN

KIRA COWAN (Older Olivia/Ensemble) is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut. Favorite past credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan), Parade (Minnie McKnight/Angela), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix), and Once on This Island (Ti Moune). Kira currently serves as choreographer for Shrewsbury High School and Weston Drama Workshop. In the real world, she is the editor of a money-saving website called TipHero.com. Many thanks go out to Jared, her parents, and her friends for their love and constant support.

MATTHEWS D.

MATTHEWS D. (Young Harpo/Young Adam/Ensemble) is excited to make his SpeakEasy debut. Matthews is an aspiring actor and singer. This past summer he took part in writing and producing a musical talent skit with the TAG summer program at UMass Boston. Matthews is an honor roll student in the 7th grade at Smith Leadership Academy.

ANICH D'JAE

ANICH D'JAE (Squeak/Darlene) has previously appeared with SpeakEasy in Caroline, Or Change and Zanna, Don't!, and is honored to be a part of this production. Being in Boston feels like coming home. Since graduating from The Boston Conservatory, Anich has kept busy by doing everything from NYU Musical Theater projects with Kirsten Child's to filming indies and web series. She is currently creating and executive producing #212Living, a docu-series following six artists striving to succeed in NYC. Anich is blessed to have the best support system in the world, her family! They are her inspiration and without them, and God, she wouldn't be where she is today.

JARED DIXON

JARED DIXON (Harpo) is excited to return to both Boston and SpeakEasy after appearing in In The Heights (Benny). His other Boston theatre credits include Ragtime: The Musical (Booker T. Washington), A Little Princess (Pasko), and an upcoming production of Hello Again (Senator). Jared has been a featured soloist in the Bound For Broadway series in NY and the Songs of A Dream Concert in CT. He has also written and released two R&B albums: Back2Love The EP (2010) and EPic: Volume No.1 (2013).

AKIAH DOYLE

AKIAH DOYLE (Young Celie/Young Olivia/Chief's Daughter) is very excited to make her SpeakEasy debut. Akiah is a member of her church choir and has performed in many of the Church Sunday school holiday plays. She has also performed in her school choir. Akiah loves to sing! She is in the sixth grade at the Smith Leadership Academy.

XIKIYAH FIRMIN

XIKIYAH FIRMIN (Young Nettie/Mister's Daughter/Chief's Daughter) is making her SpeakEasy and professional stage debut with this production. As a 6th grade student at the Smith Leadership Academy in Roxbury, Xikiyah has from a young age enjoyed singing positive Hip Hop Music in her father's studio. She has also performed clarinet solos, appeared in Hip Hop contemporary dance recitals and performed in a number of school and community events.

TERRELL FOSTER-JAMES

TERRELL FOSTER-JAMES (Young Man/Ensemble) is very excited to work on his first show with SpeakEasy. He is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful cast, and inspiring show. Terrell has recently appeared in productions at Berklee College of Music, including, but not limited to Chicago, Ragtime, Tom Collins in RENT, and Hair. He is proud to be an Equity Membership Candidate.

CRYSTIN GILMORE

CRYSTIN GILMORE (Shug Avery) is pleased to be making her SpeakEasy debut. She received a BFA from the University of Memphis. A few previous roles/shows include The Color Purple (Shug Avery) at Playhouse on the Square; More Than This (Vanessa) at The Underground Theatre; Home (Pattie Mae) at Hattiloo Theatre; Caroline, or Change (Dottie) at Playhouse on the Square; Black Pearl Sings (Pearl) at Circuit Playhouse; and Sophisticated Ladies (Featured Dancer). She also appeared in Chicago (Momma Morton), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), and The Wiz (Addapearle/Evilene) with Charleston Stage Company. "All my love to my supportive family and friends." www.crystingilmore.com

ALIA HODGE

ALIA HODGE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut. She was most recently seen as Deena Jones in Interlakes Theatre's production of Dreamgirls this past summer. She was also in Barnstormers Theatre's production of Big River as Alice's Daughter. Some of her favorite roles include Aida (Aida), The Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joanne (Rent), and Pilar (Legally Blonde). She is currently a junior musical theatre major at The Boston Conservatory, where she is part of the Conservatory Cabaret. Love to Mom, Zoe, Grandma, and all the gehls.

LOVELY HOFFMAN

LOVELY HOFFMAN (Celie) is delighted to make her SpeakEasy debut. Additional theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (New Repertory Theatre), Ain't Misbehavin' (Lyric Stage Company), Ragtime (Emerson Umbrella), Sunfish (Stoneham Theatre), and Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre). Lovely is a contemporary R&B soul artist. She has toured with Grammy Award-winning artist T-Pain and has graced the stage performing alongside R&B artists Ne-yo, Jaheim and Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Lovely graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. She also minored in Music. Tweet @LovelyHoffman, #LovelyHoffman, or visit her at LovelyHoffman.com.

VALERIE HOUSTON

VALERIE HOUSTON (Sofia) is pleased to be making her SpeakEasy Stage debut. Valerie is a native of Memphis, TN. She is excited about performing in the New England theatre community for the first time at SpeakEasy Stage. She has previously performed at the Hattiloo Theater in Memphis as Ma' Rainey in August Wilson's Ma' Rainey's Black Bottom and as Sophia in the Memphis premiere of The Color Purple the Musical at the Playhouse on the Square. Valerie has also performed in numerous theatrical productions for the Blues City Cultural Center. She has written and performed a one-woman show entitled Madame CJ Walker the Miracle Hair Grower and is a recorded gospel artist. Valerie holds an associate's degree in Music from Southwest Tennessee Community College and is currently completing her BLS at the University of Memphis in Interdisciplinary Studies. She would like to thank her family and friends for their loyalty and undying support.

DAVID JILES JR

DAVID JILES, JR.* (Pa/Grady/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making his SpeakEasy debut. David is a graduate of both Darmouth College and Berklee College of Music where he has honed his craft and love for the arts. During the day, David teaches little kids how to sing and play piano and at night he performs his heart out. In New England, David has appeared at Stoneham Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, and The Boston Theater Marathon XIII. Before Boston, David worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises and has a host of Chicago theater credits, including Porchlight Music Theatre, Bailiwick Theater, and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. "Thanks to those who have paved the way for me to seek my dreams."

JAMIE MCLAURIN

JAIME MCLAURIN (Young Nettie/Henrietta/Mister's Daughter/Chief's Daughter) is pleased to make her SpeakEasy debut. Jaime is a full-time student and enjoys performing on stage. She has always enjoyed singing and acting. She has always enjoyed being a part of school performances such as Dr. Seuss' Seussical and musical group Student with Voices- SWV and was a part of All-State Elementary Choir in Florida, two years in a row. She takes pride in enjoying all types of music, which include salsa, merengue, bachata, hip-hop and R & B, jazz, rock-heavy metal, pop, punk, and country music. She enjoys spending time with her father, mother and sisters.

CLIFF ODLE

CLIFF ODLE* (Ol' Mister/Preacher/Ensemble) is pleased and excited to be making his debut with SpeakEasy. Other New England theatres he has worked for include Wheelock Family Theatre (Pippi, Oliver, Tale of Two Cities); New Repertory Theatre (RACE, Passing Strange); Huntington Theatre (Brendan, King Hedley II); and Company One (The Good Negro, Last Days of Judas Iscariot). Cliff is a founding member of The New Urban Theatre Laboratory. He is also a lecturer at UMass Boston and has also taught at Wheelock College and Emerson College. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. He was recently the Project Director for the Emancipated Century/August Wilson Staged Reading project which produced staged readings of all ten of August Wilson's plays in chronological order. Cliff is a proud member of Actor's Equity and an even prouder father of two, Georgia and Clifford Charles.

MAURICE EMMANUEL PARENT

MAURICE EMMANUEL PARENT* (Mister) is overjoyed to return to SpeakEasy after appearing in Motherf**ker with the Hat (Elliot Norton and IRNE Nominations) and Some Men. Other Local credits: Camelot, RENT, Passing Strange, Cabaret, Wild Party, Ragtime (New Rep); On the Town, Man of La Mancha (Lyric Stage); A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre Company); The Mountaintop (Underground Railway Theater); Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus, King John (Actors' Shakespeare Project - Company Member); Angels in America (Boston Theatre Works). Other credits: The Rink (Cape Playhouse); The Good War directed by David H. Bell and Craig Carnelia (York Theatre). 2008 Elliot Norton Award.

DEBORAH PIERRE

DEBORAH PIERRE (Jarene/Daisy/Celie Understudy) SpeakEasy: debut. Deborah is a vocalist and composer/arranger who seeks to push the boundaries of the perception of the human voice. Born and raised in Boston, MA, Deborah is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music working towards a Dual Major in Composition and Vocal Performance. She is now an active performer and composer/arranger around the university and city area. Deborah has performed at such venues as Symphony Hall, Faneuil Hall, Jordan Hall, and Berklee Performance Center, and has worked with many expert musicians, recently with Women of the World, Bobby McFerrin, Joey Blake, Julius Williams, and Lawrence Watson. Currently, Deborah is working on multiple projects utilizing her skills in conducting, arranging, and singing. Taking influences from classical, jazz, rock, and traditional Haitian music, Deborah's unique sound blends into a tool with a world perspective, as she endeavors to learn and share the music of different cultures of the world.

AARON MICHAEL RAY

AARON MICHAEL RAY (Chief/Buster/Ensemble): SpeakEasy debut. Native of San Antonio, Texas. Recent credits include: A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), A New Brain (Moonbox Productions), Tommy (Turtle Lane Playhouse) Ragtime (Salem Theatre Company/Marblehead Little Theater), and Stage Manager of Jekyll & Hyde (Stoneham Theatre Young Company). Aaron was the Bass Soloist at Symphony Hall for the Distant Worlds Concert in 2013. Aaron is a current senior at Berklee College of Music and will graduate this May. He's incredibly enthused to be in one of his dream shows! Special thanks to Mom and Dad for putting up with him. TGBG

CAROLYN SAXON

CAROLYN SAXON* (Doris/Church Soloist/Ensemble) With SpeakEasy: In the Heights. Broadway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War; Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk; Hair; Purlie; Can-Can; Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert; Timmy the Great (Savion Glover, dir., NY International Fringe Festival). Film: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion (Woody Allen, dir.). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Papermill Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Artpark, MusicalFare, Struthers Library Theatre Other: Carnegie Hall, Boston Pops Gospel Choir, Indianapolis Symphony, Boston Community Choir, NEC Millennium Choir. Proud member of AEA. Love and Thanks to Jamie.

KELTON WASHINGTON

KELTON WASHINGTON (Prison Guard/Older Adam/Ensemble) considers it a distinct honor to be making his SpeakEasy debut. The recent Berklee College of Music graduate is currently a candidate for a Masters of Fine Arts degree (Musical Theater) at the Boston Conservatory. He was last seen in Les Miserables (Reagle Music Theater), and Assassins as the Proprietor (F.U.D.G.E. Theater). Kelton is careful to thank God for making this dream a reality. Special thanks to Paul Daigneault, Mom & Dad, family & friends :).

TAYLOR WASHINGTON

TAYLOR WASHINGTON (Ensemble) is honored to make her SpeakEasy debut. She has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metro West Orchestra. She thanks God for giving her the opportunity to do what she loves.

AUBIN WISE

AUBIN WISE (Nettie) is elated to make her SpeakEasy debut. Some of her recent New England credits include: Aljana in A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theatre Company); Whitney Houston in Where We Belong: The Winans Musical Workshop (ArtsEmerson); Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Boston Pops with Mario Frangoulis and Conductor Keith Lockhart; and Meredith Parker in Bat Boy - The Musical (Metro Stage Company). Her West Coast regional credits include Joanne in RENT (Jerica Productions), Lady in Teal in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Missouri Street Theatre and Arts Acedemy), Magenta in Rocky Horror Show (Missouri Street Theatre and Arts Acedemy), Baker's Wife in Into The Woods (Solano Repertory Company), Ronny in Hair (Solano Repertory Company), and Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Solano College Theatre). She is currently working on her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Berklee College of Music. Enjoy the show!

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Production Staff

CHRISTIAN BUFFORD (Choreographer) is elated to be making his professional debut as a choreographer for SpeakEasy Stage Company. Previously seen in SpeakEasy's production of In the Heights, he is honored to be a part of this creative team. Originally from North Carolina, he is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Now a senior at The Boston Conservatory, Christian studies musical theatre. Recent performing credits include The Donkey Show with the American Repertory Theater and The Rocky Horror Show with the Gold Dust Orphans. He was also seen in Gershwin Spectacular! with the Boston Pops as well the infamous Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theater. He has also had the pleasure of dancing for the incomparable Boston Gay Men's Chorus. A huge thanks to Paul, Mom, Dad, and Kayla.

NICHOLAS JAMES CONNELL (Musical Director) is so happy to be back in Boston at his favorite theater 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 for In the Heights, 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

PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Director/Producing Artistic Director) Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, Paul has produced over 100 Boston Premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: 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 Sugan); 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, and Sunday in the Park with George (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. Paul was 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.

McCAELA DONOVAN (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be working with Paul and SpeakEasy again, after appearing in Nine, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Xanadu. McCaela is a theatre educator, audition coach, 6-time IRNE-nominated actress, and serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Bridge Repertory Theatre of Boston. She has performed Off-Broadway and in Boston at: Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson,The Huntington Theatre Co, American Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage Co, Comm Shakes, ASP, Lyric Stage Company, New Rep, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, BTF, Reagle Music theatre. A member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and SAFD, she holds a BFA in musical theatre- Ithaca College, an MA in Theatre Education - Emerson College and an MFA in Acting- Brandeis. She has worked and taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and currently works full time at the Boston University School of Theatre.

ERIK FOX (Co-Lighting Designer) is joining SpeakEasy for his third production, having been the Assistant Lighting Designer on In the Heights and Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind. Lighting design credits include The Velveteen Rabbit, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Pippin, and Hair (Boston Children's Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Urinetown: The Musical, and The Crucible (The Groton School); Hedda Gabler, Songs for a New World, Rock 'n' Roll (Longwood Players); Sand Mountain (Hub Theater); Gross Indecency, Much Ado About NothingÉ With a Twist! (Bad Habit Productions); Into the Woods and Legally Blonde (The Next Door Theater). New York designs include Racine D'or, Moontides in 23,149 Parts, and Wanderlust (The Movement Workshop Group). Erik also designs for the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Learn more online at www.foxyLD.com.

MEGAN F. KINNEEN (Props Supervisor) Previous SpeakEasy productions include Tribes and The Color Purple (props supervisor). Other props credits include work at Boston Playwright's Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre, Actor's Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Suffolk University. Set designs include A Streetcar Named Desire for Wax Wings Productions and Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Apollinaire Theatre Company. Scene painting credits include work at Cobalt Studios, Glimmerglass Opera and Cyco Scenic Studios. Her portfolio can be found online at mfkdesign.com.

JENNA McFARLAND LORD (Scenic Designer). SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone (IRNE Award nomination for Best Set Design), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Theater District, and The Moonlight Room. Other Boston-area credits: Last Day, Living Together, Table Manners, Trying, Breath of Life, Sins of the Mother, Doubt: A Parable, The Widow's Blind Date, The Belle of Amherst, My Old Lady, Dinner with Friends, LifeX3, Spinning into Butter, The Loman Family Picnic. (Gloucester Stage); Collected Stories (IRNE Award nomination for Best Set Design) Cherry Docs (IRNE Award nomination for Best Set Design - New Rep); Groundswell, November, This Wonderful Life (Lyric Stage); The Merry Wives of Windsor (ASP); Steel Magnolias, The Porch, Guys on Ice, The Mousetrap (Addison Award-Best Set Design), As Bees in Honey Drown (Stoneham Theatre); Don Giovanni (New England Conservatory); Noises Off, Oklahoma, The Full Monty, Twelfth Night, Cosi Fan Tutte (The Boston Conservatory); Hamlet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Now!); The Full Monty, The Rocky Horror Show (Foothills). Off-Broadway: The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath (New York Playwrights Lab). Ms. McFarland Lord received her theatre training at Emerson College and she is currently the Set Design teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the arts. jennamcfarlandlord.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: 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. He will be directing SpeakEasy's production of Carrie the musical in May, 2014.

KAREN PERLOW (Lighting Design) is ecstatic to be back at SpeakEasy, where favorite productions include In the Heights, Reckless, The History Boys, Five By Tenn, Bat Boy, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, A New Brain, and A Man of No Importance, the last a co-production with Sugan Theatre Company. Recent productions include Water by the Spoonful at Lyric Stage and Arabian Nights at Central Square Theater. Karen teaches English to speakers of other languages, and is a three-time IRNE Award winner for Best Lighting Design. www.karenperlowlightdesign.com

ELISABETTA POLITO (Costume Designer) SpeakEasy: The Color Purple; In the Heights, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other recent work includes Water by the Spoonful, Stones in His Pockets, Time Stands Still (Lyric Stage); The Love of the Nightingale (Emerson College); The House of Bernarda Alba, These Shining Lives, The Nutcracker, The Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Boston Midsummer Opera); Metamorphoses, The 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 Company). She also assisted costume designer Charles Schoonmaker on Don Pasquale (Boston Midsummer Opera) and Nine (SpeakEasy Stage). She holds an MFA from Brandeis University. www.elisabettapolito.com

DAVID REIFFEL (Sound Designer) is pleased to be making his SpeakEasy debut. 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 further afield at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Chicago's Court Theatre. He is also a busy musical theater songwriter. Recent productions include The Rag Doll (music and lyrics, Blue Spruce) and Cupcake (lyrics, Club CafŽ). Glory (book, music, and lyrics) is presently in development at NOMTI (nomti.org), for which he serves as program director. Visit www.davidreiffel.com.

OMAR ROBINSON (Fight Choreography)

PHYLLIS Y. SMITH* (Assistant Stage Manager) is very excited to be working with SpeakEasy on this project. Phyllis has been working in theatre for over 15 years and stage-managing for over a decade. Her past local credits include: Huntington Theatre's A Raisin in the Sun, Roots of Liberty with Harvard University and Underground Railway Theatre, and Actors Shakespeare Project's Twelfth Night or What You Will. In addition to her work with Boston's theatre companies, Phyllis is also the Production Associate for the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Director of Productions for And Until Tomorrow, and an event manager having recently worked for the Boston Book Festival.

TAREENA D. WIMBISH* (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut. She is a recent transplant from San Diego where she received her MFA in Stage Management from U.C., San Diego in 2010. Select credits include: Kiss Me Kate (Commonwealth Shakespeare); The Donkey Show and The Proclamation Project (American Repertory Theatre); Next to Normal (Cape Rep. Theatre); The Walking Dead Escape (National Touring Event); The Federal Jazz Project and Mountaintop (San Diego Rep. Theatre); Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog (Chinese Pirate Productions); Death of a Salesman (Theatre MITU in Abu Dhabi, UAE); The Gazillion Bubble Show (1st National Tour); and The 39 Steps (2nd National Tour). Tareena is a freelance Stage Management Instructor and mentor; she recently spent the summer training rising stage managers at Cape Repertory Theatre in Brewster, MA.

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

**Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829

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Out & About - JAN 17: Join the cast after the performance for a special post-show party!

Talkback with the Cast - JAN 19: Post-show discussion with the artists from THE COLOR PURPLE.

Paul Daigneault Aretha Franklin

 

Inside SpeakEasy - Director Paul Daigneault talks about how The Color Purple came to SpeakEasy Stage.

A Tribute to the Queen of Soul - Performers from SpeakEasy's The Color Purple come together to honor Aretha Franklin at the Beehive on February 3.

Reviews of The Color Purple

Boston Globe - January 14, 2014
Stirring 'Color Purple' from SpeakEasy Stage Company

"No theater company in town executes musicals with more brio than SpeakEasy."

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Berkshire Fine Arts - January 12, 2014
A Riveting Poignant Musical of Hope and Deserved Joy

"Brilliant entertainment. It is musical theatre at its best. "

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South Shore Critic - January 13, 2014
A Guaranteed Audience Pleaser

"Involving, inspiring and magical."

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Broadway World - January 12, 2014
A Heartbreaking Epic is Speakeasy Stage Company's THE COLOR PURPLE

"A brilliant production...this is an emotional one. And I'm so very glad I got to see it."

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