Striking 12December 8, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Book, Music, & Lyrics by
Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin & Valerie Vigoda
Directed by Scott Sinclair
Musical Direction by José Delgado
Scenic & Projection Design by
Costume Design by Tyler Kinney
Lighting Design by Daniel H. Jentzen
Stage Management by Victoria S. Coady*
Weaving a modern-day New Year’s Eve into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable “The Little Match Girl,” this unique hybrid of musical theatre and live concert tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker whose resolve to spend New Year’s Eve alone in his apartment crumbles when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer.
Jose Delgado ………………………………….Keyboard
Zachary Hardy* ………………………..….Percussion
Erikka Walsh ………………………………….……Violin
Cast & Crew
VICTORIA S. COADY* SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone (IRNE Award – Best Musical); Striking 12; Body Awareness; Adding Machine: A Musical (Norton & IRNE Awards – Outstanding Musical Production); [title of show]; The Wrestling Patient. Regional: afterlife: a ghost story; DollHouse (New Repertory Theatre); A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre);Uncle Vanya: Finita La Comedia (Boston Art Theatre), and three seasons as PSM at Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theater. Off-Broadway: The Merchant of Venice (NY & Royal Shakespeare Company, UK with TFANA), The Jew of Malta, Sore Throats, and All’s Well That Ends Well (TFANA). Victoria is Producer and Director of Operations for toUch Productions. A native Bostonian, she received her BFA in Stage Management from CalArts.
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.
JOSÉ DELGADO is elated to return to SpeakEasy having last appeared in Elegies (feat. soloist), M.J. LaChiusa’s Wild Party (Black), Floyd Collins (Homer), and Songs for a New World (feat. soloist). He was the music director for their award-winning productions of The Light in the Piazza, Parade, and Caroline, or Change and has also music directed many other SpeakEasy shows, including Johnny Guitar, Putting it Together, and Saturday Night. Other local credits include: Assassins (Company One), Cabaret (Foothills Theatre Co.), and Pal Joey (Stoneham Theatre). As a freelance composer and arranger, Jose has worked with and/or performed for Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori, Darius de Haas and members of the Boston Pops.
ZACHARY HARDY is thrilled to make his Speakeasy “onstage” debut, having played drums in the pit for Triumph of Love, Back to Bacharach, Parade, and Batboy. Zack works regularly drumming in Boston area theatre, taking a break to sing and act whenever he gets a chance. Area credits include Josh Baskin (Big the Musical – Footlight); Curly (Oklahoma! – Turtlelane); Cliff (Cabaret – Fiddlehead); Robert (Company – Metro Stage Co.) He and his wife are very busy at home with their two sons, Caleb and Nathan. He would like to thank Joe and Paul for giving him this opportunity.
DANIEL H. JENTZEN SpeakEasy: served as Master Electrician since 2009 and designed lighting for The Divine Sister, Striking 12, and The Savannah Disputation. Other recent projects include The Peking Acrobats (Center at Eagle Hill), Steel Magnolias (Stoneham Theatre), and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (WGBH). Daniel also teaches and conducts research in cognitive neuroscience, studying the psychology of theatre and design.
JULIE JENTZEN SpeakEasy: The Divine Sister, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, and Striking 12. New York City props artisan credits: Broadway’s Anything Goes, Playwrights Horizons’Assistance and The Public’s The Total Bent. Julie is training to be a wardrobe substitute on Rent at New World Stages.
TYLER KINNEY (Costume Design) Tyler is excited to return to SpeakEasy Stage, having previously designed Next to Normal and Striking 12. Tyler also designed costumes for Henry VIII, (IRNE Award for Best Costume Design, Actors’ Shakespeare Project); One Man, Two Guvnors; The Temperamentals; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lyric Stage Company); Collected Stories; Tales of Poe (New Rep); The Marvelous Wonderettes (Stoneham Theatre); Astro Boy & The God of Comics (Company One). Tyler is a BFA Theatre Design/Technology graduate from Emerson College. He was a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival national finalist for his scenic design of Bud, Not Buddy. Upcoming productions include Meet Me in St. Louis (Stoneham) and Henry VI, Part 2. (ASP). TylerKinney.com
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
BRENDAN MILBURN (Co-Author – Book, Music and Lyrics) graduated from Pomona College and NYU’s MFA program in Musical Theatre Writing. He does a lot of arranging for GrooveLily, and he’s an accomplished record producer as well. He often yearns for his native San Francisco. Seth Rogovoy wrote: “Milburn was a deft pianist, his nimble fingerwork doing double-duty as the band’s bassist and provider of its harmonic foundation, delivered with the jazzy sophistication of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and the rock and roll theatrics of Billy Joel.” Brendan’s music and/or lyrics have been/will be featured in a growing number of off/on-Broadway shows, and he’s always on the lookout for new projects/productions which will add more slashes (“/”) to his bio/credits. Along with his wife and longtime collaborator Valerie Vigoda, Brendan is a 2009 winner of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Writing for the Theatre. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theater, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. After years on the indie touring circuit, they are delighted to be creating many projects with various collaborators: STRIKING 12 (Off-Broadway 2006, Lucille Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Musical, Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Choice Award); TOY STORY THE MUSICAL (Disney); SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES (Deaf West Theatre/Center Theatre Group/McCarter Theatre, two 2007 Ovation Awards, including World Premiere Musical); WHEELHOUSE GrooveLily’s autobiographical concert-musical (in development); LONG STORY SHORT (City Theatre of Pittsburgh/TheatreWorks Palo Alto/San Diego Rep); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (McCarter Theatre/Paper Mill Playhouse); and ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, a new 1-woman fever-dream musical (La Jolla Playhouse/TheatreWorks Palo Alto). Brendan lives in Los Angeles with wife Valerie Vigoda and 5-year-old son Mose.
RACHEL SHEINKIN (Co-Author – Book and Lyrics) is happy to be working with GrooveLily again. Other music theatre collaborations include The 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Circle in the Square), for which she won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book for a Musical; BLOOD DRIVE (O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference) and SERENADE (Baryshnikov Arts Center). She has been a Manhattan Theatre Club playwriting fellow and is currently an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Future projects on the horizon include two more musicals with GrooveLily.
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.
VALERIE VIGODA (Co-Author – Book, Music and Lyrics), electric violinist and singer, is the founding member of GrooveLily. Originally from McLean, VA, Valerie is a classically-trained musician, honors graduate of Princeton University, and former Army lieutenant. She has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper (opening for Tina Turner and Cher), Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She founded GrooveLily (originally “The Valerie Vigoda Band”) in 1994, with a critically-acclaimed CD called “Inhabit My Heart.” Dirty Linen Magazine wrote: “to call Valerie Vigoda talented barely seems to do her justice. She has a great voice, is an intelligent lyricist… and an ace violinist. Methinks we’ll hear more of her.” Along with her husband and longtime collaborator Brendan Milburn, Valerie is a 2009 winner of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Writing for the Theatre. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theater, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. After years on the indie touring circuit, they are delighted to be creating many projects with various collaborators: STRIKING 12 (Off-Broadway 2006, Lucille Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Musical, Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Choice Award); TOY STORY THE MUSICAL (Disney); SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES (Deaf West Theatre/Center Theatre Group/McCarter Theatre, two 2007 Ovation Awards, including World Premiere Musical); WHEELHOUSE, GrooveLily’s autobiographical concert-musical (in development); LONG STORY SHORT (City Theatre of Pittsburgh/TheatreWorks Palo Alto/San Diego Rep); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (McCarter Theatre/Paper Mill Playhouse); and ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, a new 1-woman fever-dream musical (La Jolla Playhouse/TheatreWorks Palo Alto). Valerie lives in Los Angeles with husband Brendan Milburn and 5-year-old son Mose.
ERIKKA WALSH is excited and honored to be making her SpeakEasy debut. Local credits: Alice vs. Wonderland (American Repertory Theater). Regional credits include: Romeo and Juliet and Pericles (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival); Rigoletto (Center City Opera Theater); Hugging the Shoulder (Represented Theater Co); Blood Wedding (Woodshed Collective); Urban Death (Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group); Die Fledermaus (Gulf Coast Symphony, FL); Comedy of Errors and And the World Goes Round (Holmdel Theater Company). Training: American Academy of Dramatic Art (NY) and Temple University. Erikka is currently a second year student at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.