Jerry Springer: the OperaMay 1 - May 30, 2009
Music by Richard Thomas
Book and Lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Music Direction/Conducting by Dan Rodriguez
Choreographed by David Connolly
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson**
Costume Design by Seth Bodie
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by Aaron Mack
Projection Design by Seághan McKay
Stage Management by Dawn Schall*
The only work in history to earn “Best Musical” honors from all the major British award groups, Jerry Springer: The Opera is a fascinating mix of the high art and low culture. Shockingly funny and brilliantly original, the show introduces us to some unusual characters, each desperate for “their Jerry Springer moment.”
Michael Fennimore*…………………………………Jerry Springer
John Porell………………………………………………..Steve Wilkos
Timothy John Smith*………………………Warm-Up Man/Satan
Ariana Valdes……………………………………Peaches/Baby Jane
Jared Troilo………………………………..Tremont/Angel Gabriel
Brian Richard Robinson*…………………………….Montel/Jesus
Kerry A. Dowling*……………Andrea/Angel Michael/Valkyrie
Michael Andrako, Cheo Bourne, Dave Christensen, Cory Kotas
Lindsey Larson, Darnell T. Roulhac, Erin Sjostrom, Kendall Anne Thompson, Matthew Varelia, and Hilary Werthmann
Cast & Crew
CHEO BOURNE* SpeakEasy: Jerry Springer – The Opera. Other Boston credits:Passing Strange, Hot Mikado, Cabaret (New Rep); Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm (New Rep on Tour); Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theater); HONK! (Wheelock Family Theatre); and The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). He has studied acting at Connecticut College and the British American Drama Academy. Cheo made his NYC debut in the New York Musical Theater Festival’s production of Shine! He has recently participated in numerous readings of Shawn Cody’s The Water Dream. Cheo grew up in Boston and currently lives in Brooklyn.
AMELIA BROOME* is delighted to be returning to SpeakEasy, where she recently appeared as Mrs. Zero in Adding Machine: a Musical, Zandra/Irene/Mary in Jerry Springer-The Opera and as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza (2009 IRNE Award). Other credits include Becca in Two Wives in India at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate at the Lyric Stage; Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman show Tea at Five (IRNE nomination) at Worcester Foothills; I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow at the inaugural Tennessee Williams Festival; and My Old Lady at Gloucester Stage. Amelia holds an MFA from Boston University and is currently on the acting faculty at Emerson College.
DAVID CONNOLLY SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone (direction and choreography — 2012 IRNE Award); Nine; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Adding Machine: A Musical; [title of show]; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Zanna, Don’t! (Elliot Norton Award nomination). He is co-director of Dance Explosion Studio of Performing Arts in Dedham, MA; a member of the dance faculty at Boston University; and artistic director of the theater program at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. David has worked as a master teacher, guest artist, and adjudicator for numerous organizations including Boston College, The Boston Conservatory, Dance Masters of America, and Dance Ovations Performing Arts Competition.
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.
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.
ANGIE JEPSON (Fight Choreographer) Angie returns to SpeakEasy after having choreographed fights for several SpeakEasy productions including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and reasons to be pretty. Other Boston-area fight choreography credits include Becoming Cuba and M with the Huntington Theatre Company, Fences with Gloucester Stage Company,Camelot with New Repertory Theatre, and The Haberdasher with Argos Productions. Angie is also an actress and professor in the Boston area and currently teaches at Boston University and Worcester State University.
JOE LANZA* Local credits include: In On It(Whistler In The Dark); The Caretaker(Nora Theatre Company); The Pain and the Itch(Company OneSkylight at Merrimack Repertory Theatre); How Many Miles to Basra?(Stoneham Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Gloucester Stage Company); The Diary of Anne Frank (New Rep On Tour); A New Brain(MetroStage Company); and Butley (The Huntington Theatre Company). Joe holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University’s School of Theatre and studied abroad at LAMDA.
ERIC LEVENSON** (Scenic Design). Previous SpeakEasy designs include sets for Far from Heaven; CARRIE the musical; Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Nine; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; Blackbird; Some Men; Parade; Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production with Súgán); A Class Act; Three Days of Rain; An American Daughter and Balm in Gilead (Elliot Norton Design Award). Eric recently participated in Sally Taylor’s Consenses, a multi-discipline project which premiered on Martha’s Vineyard in August. Eric is an All-Categories member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829.
SEAGHAN MCKAY** (Projection Designer) returns to SpeakEasy having previously designed projections for Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Next to Normal; Nine; Striking 12; [title of show]; and Jerry Springer – The Opera. Other local designs include The Flying Dutchman (Boston Lyric Opera);Gershwin Spectacular: Promenade (Boston Pops); Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre Company); On The Town (IRNE Nomination – Best Projection Design), Big River (Lyric Stage); Memory House(Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Light Up The Sky (Emerson Stage);Merrily We Roll Along, Rent (The Boston Conservatory); Hecuba, As You Like It (Brandeis Theater Company); The Threepenny Opera (Boston College); and Godspell (Gordon College). He assisted Projection Designer Peter Nigrini on the PBS documentary Becoming Helen Keller. Seághan is a member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829. www.seaghanmckay.com
MAURA NEFF (Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor) is happy to be return to SpeakEasy. Previous credits include CARRIE the musical; The Whale; The Color Purple; Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; In The Heights; Xanadu; Next Fall; In the Next Room; The Great American Trailer Park Musical;[title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer -The Opera; and The History Boys. Maura has worke as stage management and wardrobe for many local companies including A.R.T., Huntington Theatre, WGBH & Brian O’Donovan, BEMF, BYSO, NEC, The Boston Conservatory, Brandeis University, Central Square Theater, Company One, and New Bedford Festival Theatre. She also paints for New England Scenic. Maura is a member of the 2005-2006 Professional Stage Management Program at the Juilliard School and a proud graduate of the University of Vermont. Much love and thanks to family and friends.
DAWN SCHALL SAGLIO* (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed 15 shows for SpeakEasy, among them: CARRIE the musical; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Reckless; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The History Boys; The Women; Five by Tenn; and The Last Sunday in June. Other local credits include productions at the Huntington Theatre, Gloucester Stage, BPT, and The Nora. Her greatest credits are sons Nick, Eric, and Tucker. Dawn serves on SpeakEasy’s board of trustees and has been a member of Equity for 14 years. Love to Doug!
SCOTT SINCLAIR SpeakEasy: Striking 12; [title of show]; Jerry Springer – The Opera. Local credits: Blithe Spirit, and Lady Day (Lyric Stage Company). He currently holds the position of Audience Service/Marketing Associate at SpeakEasy. A native of New York, Scott proudly holds a BA in Arts Management and Directing from Emerson College.