The Color PurpleJanuary 5 - February 8, 2014
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by
Brenda Russell, Allee Willis,
and Stephen Bray
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by
Nicholas James Connell
Choreographec by Christian Bufford
Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Lighting Design by
Karen Perlow and Erik Fox
Sound Design by David Reiffel
Production Stage Managed by
Tareena D. Wimbish*
Assistant Stage Managed by
Phyllis Y. Smith*
All her life, Celie has known only hardship and cruelty. Her abusive father married her off at the age of 14 to a callous man who separated her from her only true friend in the world, her sister Nettie. But with every reason to despair, Celie clings to hope, and the promise that love will lead her to healing and joy.
Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
Crystin Gilmore…Shug Avery
Maurice Emmanuel Parent*…Mister
Jye’l Ancrum, Kymyra J. Anderson-Wolf, Kira Cowan, Matthews D., Anich D’Jae, Akian Doyle, Xikiyah Firmin, Terrell Foster-James, Alia Hodge, David Jiles, Jr., Jaime Mclaurin, Cliff Odle, Deborah Pierre, Aaron Michael Ray, Carolyn Saxon, Kelton Washington, Taylor Washington,
Cast & Crew
JYE’L ANCRUM is new to SpeakEasy Stage Company and is ecstatic about joining the cast ofThe Color Purple. He enjoys playing drums and singing at school and in the church choir. Jye’l is a sixth grade student at Smith Leadership Academy and is 12 years old.
KYMARA J. ANDERSON-WOLF is pleased to be making her SpeakEasy debut. While attending the Paul. A. Dever School, her 5th grade teacher noticed the theatrical twinkle in her eye and cast her in Newsies as Les. She has appeared annually in A Night With Arts via Kingdom Builders Worship Center where she also attends church and sings with the youth choir, numerous talent shows at Smith Leadership Academy where she attends school. She enjoys documenting her gifts on her personal YouTube page where you get a glimpse of the passion she has for singing.
CHRISTIAN BUFFORD is elated to be making his professional debut as a choreographer for SpeakEasy Stage Company. Previously seen in SpeakEasy’s production of In the Heights, he is honored to be a part of this creative team. Originally from North Carolina, he is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Now a senior at The Boston Conservatory, Christian studies musical theatre. Recent performing credits include The Donkey Show with the American Repertory Theater and The Rocky Horror Show with the Gold Dust Orphans. He was also seen inGershwin Spectacular! with the Boston Pops as well the infamous Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theater. He has also had the pleasure of dancing for the incomparable Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. A huge thanks to Paul, Mom, Dad, and Kayla.
NICHOLAS JAMES CONNELL (Musical Director) is so happy to be back in Boston at his favorite theatre company. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter and music director from Las Vegas with a BM in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Past SpeakEasy shows include music direction forThe Color Purple, In the Heights (IRNE Award for Best Musical Direction),Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Xanadu, Next to Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Check out his original pop music on iTunes and Spotify. www.nicholasconnell.com
KIRA COWAN is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut. Favorite past credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan), Parade (Minnie McKnight/Angela), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix), and Once on This Island (Ti Moune). Kira currently serves as choreographer for Shrewsbury High School and Weston Drama Workshop. In the real world, she is the editor of a money-saving website called TipHero.com. Many thanks go out to Jared, her parents, and her friends for their love and constant support.
ANICH D’JAE has previously appeared with SpeakEasy in Caroline, Or Change and Zanna, Don’t!, and is honored to be a part of this production. Being in Boston feels like coming home. Since graduating from The Boston Conservatory, Anich has kept busy by doing everything from NYU Musical Theater projects with Kirsten Child’s to filming indies and web series. She is currently creating and executive producing #212Living, a docu-series following six artists striving to succeed in NYC. Anich is blessed to have the best support system in the world, her family! They are her inspiration and without them, and God, she wouldn’t be where she is today.
MATTHEWS D. is excited to make his SpeakEasy debut. Matthews is an aspiring actor and singer. This past summer he took part in writing and producing a musical talent skit with the TAG summer program at UMass Boston. Matthews is an honor roll student in the 7th grade at Smith Leadership Academy.
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.
JARED DIXON is excited to return to both Boston and SpeakEasy after appearing in In The Heights (Benny). His other Boston theatre credits include Ragtime: The Musical (Booker T. Washington),A Little Princess (Pasko), and an upcoming production of Hello Again (Senator). Jared has been a featured soloist in theBound For Broadway series in NY and the Songs of A Dream Concertin CT. He has also written and released two R&B albums: Back2Love The EP (2010) and EPic: Volume No.1 (2013).
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.
AKIAH DOYLE is very excited to make her SpeakEasy debut. Akiah is a member of her church choir and has performed in many of the Church Sunday school holiday plays. She has also performed in her school choir. Akiah loves to sing! She is in the sixth grade at the Smith Leadership Academy.
XIKIYAH FIRMIN is making her SpeakEasy and professional stage debut with this production. As a 6th grade student at the Smith Leadership Academy in Roxbury, Xikiyah has from a young age enjoyed singing positive Hip Hop Music in her father’s studio. She has also performed clarinet solos, appeared in Hip Hop contemporary dance recitals and performed in a number of school and community events.
TERRELL FOSTER-JAMES is very excited to work on his first show with SpeakEasy. He is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful cast, and inspiring show. Terrell has recently appeared in productions at Berklee College of Music, including, but not limited to Chicago, Ragtime, Tom Collins in RENT, and Hair. He is proud to be an Equity Membership Candidate.
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.
CRYSTIN GILMORE is pleased to be making her SpeakEasy debut. She received a BFA from the University of Memphis. A few previous roles/shows include The Color Purple (Shug Avery) at Playhouse on the Square; More Than This (Vanessa) at The Underground Theatre; Home (Pattie Mae) at Hattiloo Theatre; Caroline, or Change (Dottie) at Playhouse on the Square; Black Pearl Sings (Pearl) at Circuit Playhouse; and Sophisticated Ladies (Featured Dancer). She also appeared in Chicago (Momma Morton), Hairspray(Motormouth Maybelle), and The Wiz (Addapearle/Evilene) with Charleston Stage Company. “All my love to my supportive family and friends.” www.crystingilmore.com
ALIA HODGE is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut. She was most recently seen as Deena Jones in Interlakes Theatre’s production of Dreamgirls this past summer. She was also in Barnstormers Theatre’s production of Big River as Alice’s Daughter. Some of her favorite roles include Aida (Aida), The Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joanne (Rent), and Pilar (Legally Blonde). She is currently a junior musical theatre major at The Boston Conservatory, where she is part of the Conservatory Cabaret. Love to Mom, Zoe, Grandma, and all the gehls.
LOVELY HOFFMAN is delighted to make her SpeakEasy debut. Additional theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (New Repertory Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Lyric Stage Company),Ragtime (Emerson Umbrella), Sunfish (Stoneham Theatre), andHairspray (Reagle Music Theatre). Lovely is a contemporary R&B soul artist. She has toured with Grammy Award-winning artist T-Pain and has graced the stage performing alongside R&B artists Ne-yo, Jaheim and Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Lovely graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. She also minored in Music. Tweet @LovelyHoffman, #LovelyHoffman, or visit her at LovelyHoffman.com.
VALERIE HOUSTON is pleased to be making her SpeakEasy Stage debut. Valerie is a native of Memphis, TN. She is excited about performing in the New England theatre community for the first time at SpeakEasy Stage. She has previously performed at the Hattiloo Theater in Memphis as Ma’ Rainey in August Wilson’s Ma’ Rainey’s Black Bottom and as Sophia in the Memphis premiere of The Color Purple the Musical at the Playhouse on the Square. Valerie has also performed in numerous theatrical productions for the Blues City Cultural Center. She has written and performed a one-woman show entitled Madame CJ Walker the Miracle Hair Grower and is a recorded gospel artist. Valerie holds an associate’s degree in Music from Southwest Tennessee Community College and is currently completing her BLS at the University of Memphis in Interdisciplinary Studies. She would like to thank her family and friends for their loyalty and undying support.
DAVID JILES, JR* is ecstatic to be making his SpeakEasy debut. David is a graduate of both Darmouth College and Berklee College of Music where he has honed his craft and love for the arts. During the day, David teaches little kids how to sing and play piano and at night he performs his heart out. In New England, David has appeared at Stoneham Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, and The Boston Theater Marathon XIII. Before Boston, David worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises and has a host of Chicago theater credits, including Porchlight Music Theatre, Bailiwick Theater, and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. “Thanks to those who have paved the way for me to seek my dreams.”
MEGAN F. KINNEEN (Props Supervisor) Previous SpeakEasy productions include Tribes and The Color Purple (props supervisor). Other props credits include work at Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Suffolk University. Set designs include A Streetcar Named Desire for Wax Wings Productions and Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Apollinaire Theatre Company. Scene painting credits include work at Cobalt Studios, Glimmerglass Opera and Cyco Scenic Studios. Her portfolio can be found online at mfkdesign.com.
ALYCIA MARUCCI* (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to return to SpeakEasy after working on CARRIE the musical last season as the Assistant Stage Manager and on The Color Purple as run crew. Alycia is also the Assistant Group Sales Manager at Shear Madness, and does wardrobe for The Donkey Show at the A.R.T. Most recently, Alycia traveled to Victoria, British Columbia and NYC with the Boston Early Music Festival as the Production Stage Manager for their Carpentier double-bill of La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. Alycia is a graduate of Suffolk University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
JENNA MCFARLAND LORD SpeakEasy:The Drowsy Chaperone (IRNE Award nomination for Best Set Design), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Theater District, andThe Moonlight Room. Other Boston-area credits: Last Day, Living Together, Table Manners, Trying, Breath of Life, Sins of the Mother, Doubt: A Parable, The Widow’s Blind Date, The Belle of Amherst, My Old Lady, Dinner with Friends, LifeX3, Spinning into Butter, The Loman Family Picnic. (Gloucester Stage); Collected Stories (IRNEAward nomination for Best Set Design) Cherry Docs (IRNE Award nomination for Best Set Design – New Rep); Groundswell, November, This Wonderful Life (Lyric Stage); The Merry Wives of Windsor (ASP); Steel Magnolias, The Porch, Guys on Ice, The Mousetrap(Addison Award-Best Set Design),As Bees in Honey Drown (Stoneham Theatre);Don Giovanni (New England Conservatory); Noises Off, Oklahoma, The Full Monty, Twelfth Night, Cosi Fan Tutte (The Boston Conservatory); Hamlet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Now!); The Full Monty, The Rocky Horror Show (Foothills). Off-Broadway: The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath(New York Playwrights Lab). Ms. McFarland Lord received her theatre training at Emerson College and she is currently the Set Design teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the arts. jennamcfarlandlord.com
JAIME MCLAURIN is pleased to make her SpeakEasy debut. Jaime is a full-time student and enjoys performing on stage. She has always enjoyed singing and acting. She has always enjoyed being a part of school performances such as Dr. Seuss’ Seussical and musical group Student with Voices- SWV and was a part of All-State Elementary Choir in Florida, two years in a row. She takes pride in enjoying all types of music, which include salsa, merengue, bachata, hip-hop and R & B, jazz, rock-heavy metal, pop, punk, and country music. She enjoys spending time with her father, mother and sisters.
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.
CLIFF ODLE* is pleased and excited to be making his debut with SpeakEasy. Other New England theatres he has worked for include Wheelock Family Theatre (Pippi, Oliver,Tale of Two Cities); New Repertory Theatre (RACE, Passing Strange); Huntington Theatre (Brendan, King Hedley II); and Company One (The Good Negro, Last Days of Judas Iscariot). Cliff is a founding member of The New Urban Theatre Laboratory. He is also a lecturer at UMass Boston and has also taught at Wheelock College and Emerson College. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. He was recently the Project Director for the Emancipated Century/August Wilson Staged Reading project which produced staged readings of all ten of August Wilson’s plays in chronological order. Cliff is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and an even prouder father of two, Georgia and Clifford Charles.
MAURICE EMMANUEL PARENT* (Sutter) is ecstatic to return to SpeakEasy after appearing in Far from Heaven, The Color Purple (IRNE Award), and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. He is a Resident Company Member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he has performed in Measure for Measure, Romeo & Juliet, Troilus & Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, and King John. Maurice has also appeared locally with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Underground Railway Theater, New Rep, Lyric Stage, and the Huntington Theatre. He was the winner of the 2008 Elliot Norton “Best Actor” Award for his work in Some Men (SpeakEasy), Angels in America (Boston Theatre Works) and The Wild Party (New Rep). Maurice is a Boston Public School teacher and a member of the adjunct faculty at both Northeastern and Boston University.
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
DEBORAH PIERRE SpeakEasy: debut. Deborah is a vocalist and composer/arranger who seeks to push the boundaries of the perception of the human voice. Born and raised in Boston, MA, Deborah is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music working towards a Dual Major in Composition and Vocal Performance. She is now an active performer and composer/arranger around the university and city area. Deborah has performed at such venues as Symphony Hall, Faneuil Hall, Jordan Hall, and Berklee Performance Center, and has worked with many expert musicians, recently with Women of the World, Bobby McFerrin, Joey Blake, Julius Williams, and Lawrence Watson. Currently, Deborah is working on multiple projects utilizing her skills in conducting, arranging, and singing. Taking influences from classical, jazz, rock, and traditional Haitian music, Deborah’s unique sound blends into a tool with a world perspective, as she endeavors to learn and share the music of different cultures of the world.
ELIZABETH POLITO (Costume Design) previously designed The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut: Make up your Mind, In the Heights, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other recent work includes Bartered Bride, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Boston Midsummer Opera). Into the Woods, Water by the Spoonful, Stones in His Pockets, Time Stands Still (The Lyric Stage). Unbleached American, Bernarda Alba, These Shining Lives, The Nutcracker, The Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theatre). The Love of the Nightingale (Emerson College), The Cherry Orchard, Hairspray, Metamorphoses, Imaginary Invalid (Concord Academy), Calvin’s Monster (Boston Children’s Theatre), Medea (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Dr. Faustus (Suffolk University), 1001 (Company One), Funnyhouse of a Negro, Three Sisters (Brandeis Theatre Company), Hamlet (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project), and Cyrano (Apollinaire Theatre). She also assisted costume designer Charles Schoonmaker on Don Pasquale (Boston Midsummer Opera) and Nine (SpeakEasy Stage). She holds an M.F.A. from Brandeis University. elisabettapolito.com
AARON MICHAEL RAY SpeakEasy debut. Native of San Antonio, Texas. Recent credits include: A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), A New Brain (Moonbox Productions), Tommy (Turtle Lane Playhouse) Ragtime (Salem Theatre Company/Marblehead Little Theater), and Stage Manager ofJekyll & Hyde (Stoneham Theatre Young Company). Aaron was the Bass Soloist at Symphony Hall for the Distant Worlds Concert in 2013. Aaron is a current senior at Berklee College of Music and will graduate this May. He’s incredibly enthused to be in one of his dream shows! Special thanks to Mom and Dad for putting up with him. TGBG
DAVID REIFFEL (Sound Designer) is pleased to return to SpeakEasy, having previously designed sound for the company’s production of The Color Purple. His sound designs and music have been widely heard on Boston stages including New Rep (2012 IRNE nomination for Chesapeake), ASP, Stoneham, The Boston Conservatory, Titanic, Company One, and Apollinaire; and also further afield at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Chicago’s Court Theatre. David is also a busy musical theatre songwriter. Recent productions include music and lyrics for The Rag Doll (Blue Spruce, 2013 IRNE nomination, Best New Play) and lyrics for Cupcake (Club Café). Glory, for which he is writing the book, music, and lyrics, is presently in development at NOMTI (nomti.org), for which he serves as program director. www.davidreiffel.com
OMAR ROBINSON (Fight Choreography)
CAROLYN SAXON* (Lula Buffington / Almeta / Bus Passenger). SpeakEasy: The Color Purple, In The Heights (IRNE Nomination), Far From Heaven. Broadway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War; Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk; Hair; Purlie; Can-Can; Timmy the Great (Savion Glover, dir.); Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert. NY International Fringe Festival Film: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion (dir. by Woody Allen). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Paper Mill Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Artpark, MusicalFare, Struthers Library Theatre. Other: Boston Pops Gospel Choir, Carnegie Hall, Indianapolis Symphony, Boston Community Choir, NEC Millennium Choir, Mystic Chorale. Proud member of AEA. Love and thanks to Jamie.
PHYLLIS Y. SMITH* is very excited to be working with SpeakEasy on this project. Phyllis has been working in theatre for over 15 years and stage-managing for over a decade. Her past local credits include: Huntington Theatre’s A Raisin in the Sun, Roots of Liberty with Harvard University and Underground Railway Theatre, and Actors Shakespeare Project’s Twelfth Night or What You Will. In addition to her work with Boston’s theatre companies, Phyllis is also the Production Associate for the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Director of Productions for And Until Tomorrow, and an event manager having recently worked for the Boston Book Festival.
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).
KELTON WASHINGTON considers it a distinct honor to be making his SpeakEasy debut. The recent Berklee College of Music graduate is currently a candidate for a Masters of Fine Arts degree (Musical Theater) at the Boston Conservatory. He was last seen in Les Miserables (Reagle Music Theater), and Assassins as the Proprietor (F.U.D.G.E. Theater). Kelton is careful to thank God for making this dream a reality. Special thanks to Paul Daigneault, Mom & Dad, family & friends :).
TAYLOR WASHINGTON is honored to make her SpeakEasy debut. She has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metro West Orchestra. She thanks God for giving her the opportunity to do what she loves.
TAREENA D. WIMBISH* (Production Stage Manager) Tareena is delighted to return to SpeakEasy having recently worked on Far from Heaven and The Color Purple. Boston: Auld Lang Syne (Gloucester Stage); Our Lady, In Between, and Tongue of a Bird (New Rep); Proclamation Project and The Donkey Show (A.R.T.); Kiss Me, Kate (CSC); and Next to Normal (Cape Rep). Touring (select): Gazillion Bubble Show (Jon B. Platt) and The 39 Steps (2nd National–Windwood). Upcoming projects: The Colored Museum (Huntington). Tareena teaches stage management at Cape Rep. in Brewster, MA and received an MFA in Stage Management from UC – San Diego.
AUBIN WISE* (The Witch) is elated to return to SpeakEasy Stage, having appeared last season as Nettie in The Color Purple. Recent credits include Cairo in We Are The Tigers in Concert (54 Below), The Nurse/The Actress in Hello Again (Bridge Repertory Theatre), Aljana in A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), Whitney Houston in Where We Belong: The Winans Musical Workshop (Arts Emerson), and in the ensemble for Kiss Me Kate (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Aubin has also sung with the Boston Pops with Mario Frangoulis, conducted by Keith Lockhart. West Coast regional credits include Joanne in Rent (Jerica Productions), Lady in Teal in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Missouri Street Theatre and Arts Academy), Magenta in Rocky Horror Show (Missouri Street Theatre and Arts Academy), Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Solano Repertory Company), Ronny in Hair (Solano Repertory Company), and Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Solano College Theatre).
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Production History Based on the book by Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, the musical version of THE COLOR PURPLE had its World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 7, 2004. The Broadway production began its run on December 1, 2005, and earned 10 Tony Award nominations including a nod for […]read more