Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your MindOctober 30 - November 30, 2013
Written by Kurt Vonnegut
Assembled by Nicky Silver
Directed by Cliff Fannin Baker
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson**
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by David Remedios
Projection Design by Seaghan McKay**
Roland Stackhouse thinks our greatest obstacle is indecisiveness-and he has the answer! Make Up Your Mind, Inc. But just as business takes off, romance rears its head, and Stackhouse finds himself in a world of wealthy coquettes, paid enforcers, blue movies, and confused clergy. It’s a world only Kurt Vonnegut could imagine! Alternately hilarious and touching, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind is really about more than sticking to decisions’-it’s about that rarest of all commodities, human connection.
Barlow Adamson*…Roland Stackhouse
Russ Bickell*…George Stackhouse
Tracy Goss*…Karen Finch
Marc Carver*…Understudy (Roland)
Paula Plum*…Understudy (Karen)
Barry M. Press*…Understudy (George Stackhouse, Fletcher/Vonnegut)
Cast & Crew
BARLOW ADAMSON* is delighted to return SpeakEasy where he has appeared in Reckless, Theater District, Almost Maine, Fuddy Meers, and An American Daughter. He has performed on many other local stages including, among others: Huntington Theatre Company (The Maiden’s Prayer, A Month In The Country); Lyric Stage Company (Chinglish, Time Stands Still, The Scene, Private Lives, Noises Off, Red Herring); Underground Railway (Yesterday Happened: Remembering H.M.); Nora Theatre Company (Operation Epsilon, On The Verge, The Swan); Gloucester Stage Company (The Norman Conquests, Dinner With Friends); New Repertory Theatre (A Christmas Story). Barlow is an artistic associate of the Mill 6 Collaborative and has directed productions for them including Shakespeare’s R+J; Bunburry: A Serious Play For Trivial People; and The Monster Tales. He has also directed the world premieres of From Denmark With Love and Bear Patrol for Vaquero Playground.
ROSS BICKELL* SpeakEasy: debut. Broadway: Noises Off, The Iceman Cometh, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: Deathbed (McGinn-Cazale), The Madras House (Mint), Waste (TFANA), Durango (Public), Remembrance (John Houseman), Privates on Parade and The Crucible (Roundabout) Somewhere in the Pacific (Playwrights), Down by the Ocean (York). Regional includes over 200 productions at such theaters as Merrimack, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public and City Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Old Log, Arena Stage, Alley, Huntington, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, Guthrie, Alliance, Pioneer, Humana Festival and the O’Neill Theater Center. Film and TV include:The Fighter, Major Payne, Airport ’77, all the Law & Orders, Wonder Woman, Fantasy Island, WKRP, Strangers with Candy, Dave Chappell Show and 30 Rock.
MARC CARVER* is making his SpeakEasy debut. Regionally, he has performed at Trinity Repertory Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage, Vermont Stage Company, Vineyard Playhouse, Gloucester Stage Company, and North Shore Music Theatre. In New York City, he has appeared in the world premiere of The Bilbao Effect and the New York premiere of Bill W. and Dr. Bob (New World Stages). His recent film and television work includes The Makeover (Hallmark Channel) and Gilded Lilys (ABC-TV). Marc studied at Brown University, Boston University, and Trinity Rep Conservatory.
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.
CLIFF FANNIN BAKER celebrates a career spanning 40 years in professional theatre. He was the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre for 23 seasons. His directing credits cover every genre, including over 30 world premieres, multiple national tours, and projects at regional theatres across the U.S. and around the globe. Later this season, he return to Arkansas Repertory Theatre to direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park. Mr. Baker has received numerous awards, including the Golden Circle Award for Regional Achievement, and the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He is a member of SSDC and the Dramatists Guild.
ERIK FOX 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, andHair (Boston Children’s Theatre); Romeo and Juliet,Urinetown: The Musical, andThe 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 Nothing With a Twist! (Bad Habit Productions); Into the Woods andLegally 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.
TRACY GOSS* This is Tracy’s first appearance at SpeakEasy and she is excited to be working with all of the members of the company. A long time member of AEA and SAGAFTRA she has worked in theatre, television, film, commercials and voiceovers. In 2011 Ms. Goss wrote, performed and produced off-Broadway Dr. Kate Rittenhouse – Darling To The Big Shots, a one-woman show based on her real life work as a celebrated international consultant and life coach. She has been a member of the Dartmouth Repertory Theatre, The Croton Shakespeare Festival and performed at the Woodstock Playhouse, Deertrees Theatre and a variety of summer stock companies and New York workshop productions. Ms. Goss received a B.S. in Acting from Emerson College and A Mastery of Management, from the Darden Business School. She is the author of the award winning leadership book “The Last Word on Power: Executive Re-Invention For Leaders Who Must Make The Impossible Happen”.
JULIE MARIE LANGEVIN SpeakEasy: Debut. Previous Boston credits includeShe Kills Monsters (PSM), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (ASM), and Hookman (ASM) at Company One. Other stage management credits include A Chorus Line and Nunsensations (Interlakes Theatre);Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Cape Rep Theatre); Old Times (BSC Theatre Guest Artist Series); Lyistrata; Machinal; Does This Woman Have a Name?; Bat Boy: The Musical; The Wizard of Oz;Cabaret; and Kathy Coudle King’s St. Bette’s (Bridgewater State University). She was a two-time nominee for the Judith Glynn Award, as well as the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship. Julie received a BA in Communications with a concentration in Theater from Bridgewater State University.
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.
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.
BARRY M. PRESS* is delighted to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He most recently appeared in Trinity Rep’s production Alan Ayckbourn’s House & Garden, and has been an active professional actor, director, and teacher for over thirty-five years having performed Off-Broadway and at Merrimack, Seattle, Yale, and Trinity Repertory Theatres, among others. Some of his favorite roles include: Ben Hecht in Moonlight and Magnolias; Niels Bohr inCopenhagen; Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle; and Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts I and II. Mr. Press has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is Artistic Director of Living Literature, a RI-based literacy program which he began in 1996, which dramatized non-dramatic writing. www.livingliterature.org
DAVID REMEDIOS** (Sound Design) has designed sound for SpeakEasy’s Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Recent credits include A View from the Bridge (Brandeis University); Welcome to Arroyo’s (Tufts University); The Other Place and Distracted (Central Square Theater); Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah and Modern Terrorism… (Contemporary American Theater Festival); These Shining Lives (Stoneham Theatre); Amadeus (New Rep); Ryan Landry’s ‘M’and Now or Later (Huntington Theatre Company); Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre and Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination); and The Last Will (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Awards: IRNE, Connecticut Critics’ Circle, Elliot Norton. remediossound.com.
LAUREN SCATTOLINI (Master Electrician) is very excited to be part of the SpeakEasy team this season. She has been a freelance technician in Boston for the past three years, during which time she was the Master Electrician for New Repertory Theatre’s production of The Kite Runner, and Assistant Master Electrician for New England Conservatory’s productions of La Perichole and The Turn of the Screw and Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Almira. She moved to Boston after working for five seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, home of the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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!
NICKY SILVER Plays include Pterodactyls, Beautiful Child, The Eros Trilogy, Raised in Captivity, The Food Chain, Fat Men in Skirts, Fit to be Tied, The Maiden’s Prayer, Free Will & Wanton Lust, My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine, The Altruists, Three Changes, The Agony & The Agony, and his latest play, The Lyons, which transferred from his home theater, The Vineyard, to Broadway. Mr. Silver is the recipient of the Oppenheimer Award, the Kesselring Prize, the Helen Hayes Award, the Dramalogue Award, four Drama Desk nominations, as well as four Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. His new play Too Much Sun is scheduled to premiere at The Vineyard Theatre in New York City this spring.
RICHARD SNEE* was last seen at SpeakEasy in Body Awareness. Since then he has appeared as Freud in Hysteria(Nora Theatre), Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Walter Fricke in Reflections of a Rock Lobster(Boston Children’s Theatre, 2012, 2013), and Reg in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, The Norman Conquests (Gloucester Stage, 2010 – 2012). He has also been back to Shear Madness where he has been a member of the company since 1987. A founding member of The Actors’ Shakespeare Project, he will be in their productions of Cherry Orchard and As You Like It later this season. Film credits include Gone, Baby, Gone; The Company Men; Mr. North; and Never Met Picasso. Richard has voiced characters for several animated series including Dr. Katz; Home Movies, Hey, Monie!and Science Court. He and his wife Paula Plum starred in the FX animated series, The Dick and Paula Celebrity Special. She was “Paula”. He was “The Dick”.
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).
Kurt Vonnegut couldn’t make up his mind. He left behind eleven different drafts of his play Make Up Your Mind, and if it was ever going to make it to the stage, then a few decisions had to be made. Enter Broadway playwright Nicky Silver, author of Pterodactyls and The Lyons, who was brought on […]read more
The second show of our season is KURT VONNEGUT’S MAKE UP YOUR MIND, running October 30 – November 30. We asked SpeakEasy Artistic Fellow Jeff Kubiatowicz, who was instrumental in bringing the play to our stage, to tell us more about the show. What is the play about? It’s the World Premiere of a dark […]read more