From Director Scott Edmiston
CASA VALENTINA will be Scott Edmiston’s 11th show for SpeakEasy. His previous SpeakEasy directing credits include The History Boys, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), The Women, The Light in the Piazza, Far from Heaven, and Other Desert Cities.
Here he talks about the humor and heart of the piece, and what audiences can expect from the show.
OCT 24 – NOV 28, 2015
What is CASA VALENTINA about?
CASA VALENTINA depicts a little known subculture in American history that is fascinating and funny. Based on actual people and a once-notorious resort for cross-dressing heterosexual men, it’s a reminder that questions about gender identity have always been with us. It’s a unique and original story — I’ve never encountered anything quite like it.
What has the casting process for this show been like?
We’ve assembled a cast of many of New England’s finest actors – some SpeakEasy favorites and some exciting new talent. When we were casting the men, I had to visualize how they would look like dressed as women. That was a first.
Why will SpeakEasy audiences love this show?
Though Harvey Fierstein’s sense of comedy is always present, the play is not camp. This is not RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s a smart, compassionate, political look at the mysteries of the human heart that is remarkably resonant today. I believe audiences will be surprised, delighted, shocked, and moved by CASA VALENTINA’s ethical and emotional dimensions. Is it really true that “clothes make the man?”