Necessary MonstersDEC 5, 2014 - JAN 3, 2015Buy Tickets Now
Written by John Kuntz
Directed by David R. Gammons
Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg
Sound and Video Design by Adam Stone
Dramaturgy by Walt McGough
Barnet & Sandra Weinstein
Neal & Clea Winneg
This production is made possible through the generosity of these donors. For more information about joining the Producers Circle please contact Jeff Kubiatowicz, Director of Development, at email@example.com or 617-482-3279.
Sex, murder, and terrible danger lurk just around the corner in Necessary Monsters, the new reality-bending comedy from John Kuntz, author of the award-winning plays The Salt Girl and The Hotel Nepenthe. Through a series of intricately connected stories, Kuntz pulls us into the labyrinth of the human psyche for this dream-like and darkly hilarious look at the ways that we do violence and the stories we create to keep us up at night.
Thomas Derrah*… Greer
McCaela Donovan*… Cissa/Gillian
Stacy Fischer*… Flora
Evelyn Howe*… Midge/Faye
John Kuntz*… Stephen/Theo
Georgia Lyman*… Mia/Abigail
Greg Maraio… Victor/Clint
Michael Underhill… Drake
Run Time: Approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes with no intermission.
Please be Advised: This production includes strobe lights, loud noises, gunshot effects, and cigarettes smoked onstage.
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Cast & Crew
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.
THOMAS DERRAH* (George/Valentina) returns to SpeakEasy Stage, having previously appeared in Necessary Monsters,Clybourne Park,Red,The Drowsy Chaperone, andFuddy Meers. He is a founding member of the ART and has performed in 120 productions there. Mr. Derrah has also performed on Broadway inJackie: An American Life(23 roles) and Off-Broadway inBig Time,Johan Padan, andOliver Twist. He has performed regionally in theatres in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston, and has toured extensively to theatres and festivals in Europe and Asia. He also performed the title role inJulius Caesaron several tours throughout France for the Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans. Mr. Derrah has also appeared locally at the Huntington, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Stoneham Theatre, and ASP. He has several IRNE and Norton Awards for acting, including the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. He was also awarded the 2010 Brustein Award and a Los Angeles DramaLogue Award. Mr. Derrah appeared in Julie Taymor’s filmFool’s Fireas well as programs on CBS, A&E, and PBS. Other film credits includeMystic RiverandPink Panther II. Mr. Derrah teaches acting at Harvard and MIT, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama
McCAELA DONOVAN* (Marcy/Peggy/Hippie) is always happy to be back at SpeakEasy, where she has appeared in Necessary Monsters, Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Nine. Local credits: Huntington Theatre Company (A Little Night Music, Candide), American Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group, Reagle Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis Theater Company, Stoneham Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Lyric Stage, Bridge Rep of Boston, Fiddlehead Theatre, and Company One. New York Credits: NYMT Festival, Primary Stages. BFA – Musical Theatre (Ithaca College); MA -Theatre Education (Emerson College); MFA Acting (Brandeis University). She is also a member of Actors’ Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and SAFD, and serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University. Thanks to the SpeakEasy family, her amazing BU colleagues and students, and to JS.
STACY FISCHER* returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Our Lady of 121st Street and The Shape of Things. Some of her most recent credits include the World Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Sister Play and Uncle Vanya (Harbor Stage); Insignificance (Central Square Theater); Robert Brustein’s The Last Will (Commonwealth Shakespeare); and Our Town (Huntington Theatre). She is the recipient of an Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress for her role as Jessica in Hysteria (Nora Theatre). Stacy has performed in numerous theatres in the Boston area including Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Lyric Stage, New Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and WHAT. She is a graduate of Emerson College and is a founding member of Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, MA.
DAVID R. GAMMONS (Director) is a director, designer, visual artist, and theatre educator. He is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy Stage, where in previous seasons he has directed the New England premieres of The Whale; The Motherf**ker with the Hat (2013 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Actress); Red (2012 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Actor); and Blackbird (2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress). At the Huntington Theatre, David directed a workshop reading of Necessary Monsters as well as John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepentheas part of the Emerging America Festival. Other recent directing credits include The Comedy of Errors,Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe, The Duchess of Malfi, and Titus Andronicus (2007 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director) for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Cherry Docs, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, andMy Name is Rachel Corrie at New Repertory Theatre; the World Premieres of Walt McGough’s The Farmand John Kuntz’s The Salt Girl at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; and The Winter’s Tale as part of the Shakespeare Exploded Festival at the American Repertory Theater. Mr. Gammons has proudly served as the Director of the Theatre Program at Concord Academy for the last fifteen years, where he teaches directing and oversees a company of young performers devoted to developing original experimental work for the stage. Mr. Gammons is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, and a graduate of the Directing Program of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. www.davidrgammons.com.
EVELYN HOWE* recently appeared at SpeakEasy as Veronica in The Motherf**ker with the Hat, for which she won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress. Other Boston-area shows include Arabian Nights at Central Square Theater and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark with Lyric Stage. In NYC, she recently performed at Cherry Lane Theatre originating the role of Nina in the new play Little Bird, and is currently involved in various short film projects. She resides in NYC, but is thrilled to be back in Boston with her SpeakEasy family for this amazing play.
JOHN KUNTZ* (Roy, Clint, Moderator, Officiant, White Man) is so excited to be back at SpeakEasy, where he was most recently seen as Charlie in The Whale and as Stephen/Theo in Necessary Monsters. John is a founding company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he most recently appeared as Iago in Othello and as GI Joe/The Flight Attendant in God’s Ear. John is the author of over 15 full-length plays, including Necessary Monsters, The Hotel Nepenthe, and The Salt Girl. He is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards, two IRNE Awards, a New York International Fringe Festival Award, a 2015 MCC Fellowship Award in Dramatic Writing, and both the Michael Kanin & Paula Vogel National Playwriting Awards. He is on the theatre faculty of The Boston Conservatory.
GEORGIA LYMAN* returns to SpeakEasy after appearing as Liz in The Whale last season and as Crystal Allen in The Women. Locally she has appeared at New Repertory Theatre (Chesapeake, afterlife: a ghost story, White People); Lyric Stage (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Scene); and the Publick Theatre (The Real Inspector Hound). She is excited to be taking another journey with John Kuntz, having starred in the original production of his play The Hotel Nepenthe for Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Georgia was also a founding member of the critically acclaimed Orfeo Group (Love Song, Look Back in Anger). She has been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award four times and won for Outstanding Solo Performance last year. Her film & TV work includes the upcoming The Forger with John Travolta, plus The Makeover with Julia Stiles, RIPD, The Town, Brotherhood, and Law & Order: SVU.
GREG MARAIO (Jonathon/Miranda) is thrilled to be returning to SpeakEasy after appearing as Victor/Clint in last season’s Necessary Monsters by John Kuntz. A Boston native, Greg has been working as an actor, director, and costumer for the past ten years. He most recently appeared as Jerry in the world premiere of Colossal with Company One, and originated the title role of the world premiere of The Misadventures of Spy Matthias at Theatre on Fire. Other recent credit include Splendor; The Good Negro; The Gibson Girl; Mr. Marmalade; and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company One); A Behanding in Spokane; Mojo; and Act a Lady (Theatre on Fire); Stuff Happens; The Kentucky Cycle; Sacred Hearts; and Flesh and Blood (Zeitgeist Stage). Greg is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University where he studied acting under Anne Pluto.
MICHAEL UNDERHILL is excited to be making his SpeakEasy debut in Necessary Monsters. Michael has been proudly working on the fringe with imaginary beasts as an Artistic Associate since 2009. He has also served on the Artistic Board of Happy Medium Theatre since 2012. Other local credits include Heart and Dagger, Stoneham Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Whistler in the Dark, Shakespeare NOW! and Theatre on Fire. Coming up next for Michael is Winter Panto 2015: KerPlop! with imaginary beasts. www.michaeljamesunderhill.com
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