Necessary Monsters

DEC 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

Producers Circle

Sam Yin

Associate Producers
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 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.

Get inside the world of NECESSARY MONSTERS and check out our dramaturgy tumblr.

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Bad Jews, Far From Heaven, Necessary Monsters, The Color Purple, The Whale

2014 IRNE Nominations


The Independent Reviewers of New England have announced their nominations for the 2015 IRNE Awards, and SpeakEasy is proud to have earned 20 nominations for our productions and artists. The ceremony will be held April 13, at 7:30 pm (doors at 7 p.m.), at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, […]

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A Living, Breathing Monster


Lighting Designer Jeff Adelberg discusses the challenges and joys of designing for a show like NECESSARY MONSTERS.

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Notes from Dramaturg Walt McGough


“We do not know what the dragon means, just as we do not know the meaning of the universe, but there is something in the image of the dragon that is congenial to man’s imagination, and thus the dragon arises in many latitudes and ages.  It is, one might say, a necessary monster, not some […]

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Here There be MONSTERS


SpeakEasy Stage: How did the two of you first start working together? David R. Gammons: I’d been aware of John’s work as a local celebrity— John Kuntz: Oh, pshaw. DRG: —and was about to direct Titus Andronicus for Actors’ Shakespeare Project. This was back in 2007. When we made a decision to make Titus an […]

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Necessary Monsters Photos


Production Images Click images below to view full size. Then right-click and “Save As” to download high-resolution versions. Credit all images to Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

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Interview: John Kuntz


What is NECESSARY MONSTERS all about? Necessary Monsters is (at least) five different over-lapping stories, all called “Necessary Monsters”. In the first scene you meet two people on a blind date, and discover that one of them is a film editor, working on a low-budget horror film called Necessary Monsters. In the next scene, you meet two people in […]

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