Next FallSeptember 16 -
October 15, 2011
Written by Geoffrey Nauffts
Directed by Scott Edminston
Scenic Design by Janie E. Howard
Costume Design by Carlos Agiular
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Original Music/Sound Design by
Production Stage Managed by
A 2010 Tony nominee for Best Play,Next Falltakes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Luke, a devout Christian, and Adam, a non-believer, have been together for four years; yet spiritual differences continue to spark trouble in their relationship. A sudden twist of fate, however, changes everything in this compelling new play that looks at what it means to ‘believe’ and what it might cost us not to.
Estimated Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes with one intermission.
Cast & Crew
CARLOS AGUILAR (Costume Design) is excited to be working in his premiere production with SpeakEasy. Previous Work (Set Designer): Hound of the Baskervilles (Central Square Theater), Little Monsters (Primary Stages collaboration at Brandeis University), Sunday In The Park With George, Funnyhouse of a Negro (Brandeis University); (Prop Designer/Assistant Set Designer) Endgame, Woyzeck, Taming of the Shrew (Cutting Ball Theater Co.) He also worked for productions at Magic Theater in San Francisco and San Francisco State University. Carlos is a recent graduate at Brandeis University.
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.
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.
DEWEY DELLAY is very happy to be back at SpeakEasy and work with these talented actors, designers, and staff members. Some of his past credits include: an Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Design for his music and design on The Women (Speakeasy Stage), 9 Parts of Desire, and Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage Company); an IRNE for best sound design on Five by Tenn(SpeakEasy Stage). He also was nominated for an IRNE for History Boys (SpeakEasy Stage). Dewey is now composing music for the television show Our America with Lisa Ling shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
SCOTT EDMISTON (Director) returns to SpeakEasy where he directed Far from Heaven; The History Boys; The Light in the Piazza; Five by Tenn; Other Desert Cities; Next Fall; In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); Reckless; The Women; The Last Sunday in June; and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. He has directed more than 60 productions across New England for Lyric Stage, A.R.T., Huntington Theatre, and New Rep, among others. Highlights: Long Day’s Journey into Night, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Time Stands Still, Sunday in the Park with George, Water by the Spoonful, A Marvelous Party, Nixon in China, Private Lives, and Betrayal. Scott is the recipient of SpeakEasy’s Outstanding Artist Award, three Elliot Norton Awards, two IRNE Awards, the StageSource Theatre Hero Award, and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. He is a Professor of the Practice and Chair of the Theatre Department at Northeastern University.
JANIE E. HOWLAND (Scenic Designer) is honored to be working with Scott and the team again. Previous Speakeasy designs include: History Boys and 5 by Tenn. Other designs include: Big River (Lyric Stage Company), Tonya & Nancy (Oberon), Breaking the Code (Underground Railway), Spring Awakening and Little Women (Boston Children’s Theatre). Venues include: Weston Playhouse, NSMT, New Rep, ART Instit., Nora Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory, Wheelock Family Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Studio 210, Opera Boston, Emerson Stage, Barnstormers, Foothills Theatre. Founding member of CYCO SCENIC; MFA from Brandeis University; 2009, 2006 and 1997 winner of the Elliot Norton Award; 2007 & 2006 winner of the IRNE award; part time faculty at Wellesley College and Emerson College; USA local 829.
KEVIN KAINE* is aflame with excitement to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He is a native New Yorker, but now reside on the rough streets of West Cambridge. Boston credits include Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick), Galileo (Ludovico) and R&J (Paris). NY credits includeTis’ Pity She’s a Whore(Soranzo), Othello (Othello), Lie of the Mind (Jake) and The Madhouse in Mantua or Romeo’s Magical Dream (his one man show). Respect to a terrific cast and Scott-E! Love to Ma Dukes, my sun and earth Snowpea & Aiden Noble,The Fam in law, Buttons and lil goose and the Wheeler family. Beantown showing love so I gots to show it back. Another brick baby. Live life, Love righteous.
DEB MARTIN* (Eleanor) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared as Holly in Next Fall and Corine in Triumph of Love. Favorite roles include Goneril in King Lear with Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Corrine in Gidion’s Knot with Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston (IRNE Nomination, Best Actress), Victoria Grant in the National Tour ofVictor/Victoria, Anna in Ivanov, Irma in The Balcony, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kristín in Miss Julie. She recently participated in development workshops with New Repertory Theatre & German Stage. Deb can be seen in the film Spartan, written and directed by David Mamet. She is a graduate of Emerson College and studied with Atlantic Theater Company. Upcoming projects: Sam in Mud Blue Sky (Bridge Repertory Theater).
WILL MCGARRAHAN* (Isadore/Charlotte) is happy to return to SpeakEasy Stage where he performed in Big Fish; Far From Heaven; Next Fall; The Drowsy Chaperone; Reckless; Some Men; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Five By Tenn; Company; The Last Sunday in June; Elegies: A Song Cycle; Ruthless!; A Class Act; and A New Brain. Other local credits include Light Up The Sky, Into The Woods, Death of a Salesman, Becky’s New Car, 33 Variations, The Chosen, The Temperamentals, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, November, Souvenir, and Dirty Blonde. (Lyric Stage); A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre), The Wind in the Willows and Happy Days (Gloucester Stage); Nine Circles (Publick Theatre and Gloucester Stage); A Moon For The Misbegotten and Buried Child (Nora Theater); and The Wrestling Patient (SpeakEasy Stage/Boston Playwrights/40 Magnolias). Will worked as an actor, singer and pianist for many years in Seattle before moving to Boston’s South End in 2001.
GEOFFERY NAUFFTS (Playwright) has worked as an actor both on and off Broadway, regionally and extensively in film and television. He’s directed short plays by Kenneth Lonergan, Frank Pugliese, David Marshall Grant, Theresa Rebeck and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as Naked Angels’ critically acclaimed production of Steven Belber’s Tape in New York, Los Angeles and London. As a writer, his credits include: Baby Steps, an award-winning short film starring Kathy Bates; Jenifer, a CBS movie of the week, and two seasons on ABC’s hit series Brothers and Sisters. He is currently collaborating with Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Barrile for Ben Stiller’s company, Red Hour, and is writing a movie entitled 81 Words for HBO based on an NPR This American Life segment. His critically acclaimed play Next Fall received the Outer Circle Critics’ John Gasner Award in 2010 for Best New American Play, and was nominated for a Drama League, Outer Circle Critics, Drama Desk, and Tony Award for best play. He recently concluded a four-year term as artistic director of Naked Angels in New York City, where he’s been a proud member for over twenty-five years.
KAREN PERLOW (Lighting Design) is ecstatic to be back at SpeakEasy, where her favorite productions include: The Color Purple, In the Heights, Reckless, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The History Boys, Five by Tenn, Bat Boy, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, A New Brain, and A Man of No Importance, the last a co-production with Súgán Theatre Company. Upcoming productions include: Dear Elizabeth at Lyric Stage, Reconsidering Hannah at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and Arabian Nights at Central Square Theater. Karen teaches English to speakers of other languages, as well as Lighting Design at Northeastern University. She is a three-time IRNE Award-winner for Best Lighting Design. karenperlowlightdesign.com
DAN ROACH* is beyond thrilled to be making his Speakeasy Stage debut, and to be working with such a talented group of artists. Some recent credits include: Boston: Murder on the Nile (Barnstormers), Bedroom Farce (Barnstormers), Othello (CSC) Othello (New England Shakespeare Ensemble), Macbeth (CSC/Shakespeare Now), The Comedy of Errors (CSC), The Rainmaker (Foothills Theatre) Othello (New Rep on Tour), As You Like It (CSC) Los Angeles: Stories of the Night Told Over (Hayworth Theatre), Still Photos (Celebration Theatre), In the Boom Boom Room (Underground Theatre), Illyria (The Hayworth Theatre),Stitching (Ark Theatre) New York: Tracers (Arthur Seleen Theatre), KTP (Abingdon Theatre), Curing Ron (American Theatre of Actors), Styrofoam (Trilogy Theatre), Two Rooms (Trilogy Theatre), Uncovering Eden (Wings Theatre), Deathtrap (Gallery Players), Yanni & Johnny (Theatron) TV: Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Las Vegas Education: BA – University of South Carolina, MFA – Brooklyn College. Dan is originally from Newport, RI. He is a proud member of The Actor’s Equity Association
AMY LOUISE SPALLETTA* previously stage managed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Next Fall, Nine, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) for SpeakEasy. Previous Boston-area credits include: Our Town, God of Carnage, Educating Rita, The Miracle at Naples, and Third (Huntington Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Hot Mikado, Opus, Indulgences, Speed-the-Plow, Mister Roberts, Exits and Entrances, Cabaret, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Eurydice(New Repertory Theater); The Scene, This Wonderful Life, and Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage); and Mr. Marmalade (Company One). Other regional credits include: The Europeans and Scenes from an Execution (PTP/NYC). Amy graduated from Boston University with a concentration in stage management and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
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).
ROBERT WALSH* Off-Broadway: Big Maggie (Douglas Fairbanks Theatre), Penelope (Perry St. Theatre), company member: Theater of the Open Eye. Boston: founding company member: Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Ah, Wilderness!, Hamlet (Huntington Theatre Co.); Our Town, Mass Appeal (Merrimack Rep) Macbeth, Henry V (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses (Gloucester Stage Co.), among others. Regional: Anna Christie (StageWest); Romeo and Juliet (Portland Stage Co.); Peter Pan (Barter Theatre); The Children’s Hour (American Stage Festival). Television: Body of Proof (ABC); Matty’s Waltz (ABC); One Life To Live (ABC); The Guiding Light (CBS); Another World (NBC). Films: Evening; State and Main; Amistad; Eight Men Out; The Spanish Prisoner; In Dreams; Turk 182! Faculty: A.R.T./Harvard MXAT and Brandeis University.
JAMES WILKINSON SpeakEasy: Next to Normal; Red; The Divine Sister; Next Fall. James is a 2010 alum of Trinity College, where he graduated with degrees in Theatre and Dance (with honors) and English. He served as prop master for Gloucester Stage Company’s 2011 season. Other recent shows include Long Day’s Journey into Night (New Rep), Art (New Rep), and Archangels Don’t Play Pinball (Trinity College). He has worked at other New England theaters including The North Shore Music Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre, Salem Theatre Company, and the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble.