The Drowsy ChaperoneMay 6 - June 19, 2011
Music, & Lyrics by
Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Directed & Choreographed by
Musical Direction by
Nicholas James Connell
Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Seth Bodie
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by Aaron Mack
Stage Managed by Victoria S. Coady*
Assistant Stage Managed by
Ryan A. Anderson*
Mayhem, mix-ups and a gay (in the old sense of the word) wedding mark the high-spirited hijinx of The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five 2006 Tony Awards. The fun begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called “The Drowsy Chaperone” and the show magically bursts to life. Suddenly the man finds himself immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring to the rafters.
Will McGarrahan*……………………………Man in Chair
Kerry A. Dowling*………………………Mrs. Tottendale
David Christensen…………………………Robert Martin
Ryan Halsaver…………………………………Gangster #1
Joe Longthorne……………………………….Gangster #2
McCaela Donovan………………….Janet Van De Graaff
Karen McDonald*……………..The Drowsy Chaperone
Tiffany Chalothorn,Michael Coup, Alison McCartan, and Shawn Platzker
Cast & Crew
JERUSHA AMAN (Assistant Choreographer) SpeakEasy: debut! Past credits: Copacabana (F.D.R. High School, Lead Dancer); Into the Woodsand Annie Get Your Gun (Dance Captain), Thoroughly Modern Millieand Brigadoon (Choreographer). Other credits include the Off-Broadway production of Shake N’ Breakand work with Project Dance New York City. Jerusha is a senior at Boston University studying public relations and dance.
RYAN A. ANDERSON* SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone. Boston-area credits: Before I Leave You (Huntington Theatre Company); Ajax, The Blue Flower (American Repertory Theater); Love Song, The Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group); Speech and Debate, Laughing Wild, The Bald Soprano, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Pillowman, What The Butler Saw, Ride(Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre); Trouble and Chocolate (Boston Midsummer Opera). He received his BFA in Stage Management from Boston University.
LEIGH BARRETT is very happy to be joining the cast of Drowsy after spending time at the Lyric Stage Company in their production of Animal Crackers. Last seen at SpeakEasy in The Great American Trailer Musical (Jeannie). Other SpeakEasy shows include: Passion (Fosca), A Class Act (Lucy), Elegies, Adding Machine (Mrs. 1), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drood). Boston area credits include: New Rep: Indulgences (Advisor 1), Dessa Rose (Ruth), Ragtime (Mother), The Three Penny Opera (Jenny Diver), Side By Side By Sondheim, Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Into The Woods(Baker’s Wife), and The Wild Party (Madeline True); Lyric Stage: Nicholas Nickelby (La Creevy/Peg Slider), Grey Gardens (Little Edie), Souvenir (Florence Foster Jenkins), Follies (Sally), A Little Night Music (Charlotte), and Sunday in the Park with George; Stoneham Theatre: Christmas Carol, Pal Joey (Vera), and Gypsy (Rose); Gloucester Stage Company: Jacques Brel and Marry Me A Little at Gloucester Stage Company. Leigh is the grateful recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress(2004/2007) and and two IRNES. Much love to HB and the boys.
SETH BODIE (Costume Design) is a Boston-based costume, wig and make-up designer who works extensively in the theatre and opera worlds. Seth’s work has been seen in numerous productions at SpeakEasy Stage, as well as in productions by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Zeitgeist Stage, Opera Boston, Lyric Stage, Stoneham Theatre, New England Conservatory, Suffolk University, and The Boston Conservatory. Seth has also served on the faculty at both Suffolk University and Boston Arts Academy.
TIFFANY CHALOTHORN SpeakEasy: debut! She most recently appeared as Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at The Boston Conservatory, where she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Among her favorite roles are Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie; Toffee in Zombie Prom; and Berthe in Pippin. A huge thank you to Paul Daigneault for this incredible opportunity and to her wonderful family and friends for all the love and support.
DAVID CHRISTENSEN is so happy to return to SpeakEasy, having played Dwayne Wayne/Satan’s Bodyguard in Jerry Springer – The Opera. David graduated last May with a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, where his credits included such roles as Sasha Plakoff ( The Quick-Change Room); Chandler Tate (Comic Potential); and Andy Lee (42nd Street). Professional credits include Huck Finn (Big River); Young Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees); and David Kelley (Red, Hot and Cole). Most recently, David musical directed A Merry Mulberry Street Musical (Curtain Call). He is in his first year of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing Workshop. Love to Mom, Dad and Clara Bo. Special thanks and best wishes to Paul Daigneault.
JILLIAN CLARK (Run Crew/Wardrobe Assistant) is thrilled to join the SpeakEasy team for this exciting show. Jillian is the assistant wardrobe supervisor for the Boston Ballet, and has worked on the Ballet’s productions of La Bayadére, The Nutcracker and The ELO Experience. She also works as a stitcher in the Boston Ballet costume shop. Other wardrobe credits include Three Sisters (Boston University) and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Jillian also recently designed costumes for a workshop production of The Blue Room here at SpeakEasy. She holds a B.A. in Design for Theatre and Dance from UMass Amherst.
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.
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
DAVID CONNOLLY SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone (direction and choreography — 2012 IRNE Award); Nine; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Adding Machine: A Musical; [title of show]; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Zanna, Don’t! (Elliot Norton Award nomination). He is co-director of Dance Explosion Studio of Performing Arts in Dedham, MA; a member of the dance faculty at Boston University; and artistic director of the theater program at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. David has worked as a master teacher, guest artist, and adjudicator for numerous organizations including Boston College, The Boston Conservatory, Dance Masters of America, and Dance Ovations Performing Arts Competition.
MICHAEL COUP SpeakEasy: debut. He is a junior majoring in Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory. Most recently, he played Mortimer in a senior-directed production of The Fantasticks. Previous roles include Whizzer (Falsettos); Solomon (Speech and Debate); and an angel in a workshop cast of Angels: A Musical Adventure! The Drowsy Chaperone was the first Broadway show that Michael ever saw, and he is very excited to be a part of this cast! Thanks to Mum, Dad, Nicole, Kennedy, and the rest of his amazing family, both at home and school!
JAMES CROSBY (Technical Director) would like to express profound thanks and gratitude to his ’10-’11 crew. You made a very technical and tricky season smooth and enjoyable. James would also like to thank the folks at Wooden Kiwi and the Huntington for their hard work and uncompromisingly excellent scenery. James’ recent SpeakEasy credits include Jerry Springer – The Opera; Reckless; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Adding Machine: A Musical; and many more. Other recent credits include work on Educating Rita and the world premiere of Sons of the Prophet (Huntington). James is very happy to have been a part of SpeakEasy’s 20th anniversary season. Keep your eyeball on the highball, and may there be 20 more!
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.
JOHN DELFINO (Assistant to the Lighting Designer) SpeakEasy: debut. He studies Theatre, English, and Computer Science at Boston College. Recent Boston College design credits include: Top Girls (ALD), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (LD), The Pillowman (LD), and Speak Truth to Power (LD, Boston College).
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.
KERRY A. DOWLING* (Rita)returns to SpeakEasy having performed in Carrie; Far From Heaven; Clybourne Park; Next to Normal;The Drowsy Chaperone; Nine; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Reckless; Jerry Springer – the Opera; The New Century; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Parade; The Women; Bat Boy; Company; Elegies; A New Brain; Triumph of Love; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Songs for a New World(SpeakEasy); Nicholas Nickleby, Follies(Lyric Stage); A Man of No Importance (Súgán/SpeakEasy); Steel Magnolias, Pal Joey (Stoneham);The Most Happy Fella, Dueling Divas (Gloucester);Distracted(Underground Railway);Gypsy(Next Door). Kerry is the recipient of the 2010 SpeakEasy Stage Outstanding Artist Award.
SARAH DRAKE* is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after just having played Penny in Hairspray and Featured Singer in Come Fly with Me on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Previous SpeakEasy roles are Natalie in Next to Normal and Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone. A 2012 graduate of Boston Conservatory, other favorite roles include Rhoda (A New Brain), Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show) and Sydney (The Altruists). Sarah sends thanks to her amazing family for their constant love and positive energy; and to Paul and the entire SpeakEasy team for this opportunity.
RYAN HALSAVER is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after having appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster 1). Other professional credits include The Andrews Brothers (Patrick),The Drowsy Chaperone (George), Grease(Vince Fontaine), Hairspray(Corny Collins), I Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change. (Man 2) among others. Ryan is proud to be a part of this amazing cast and looks forward to rocking out with them every night! Special thanks to Paul Melone, Paul Daigneault, Jim Torres, Larry Sousa, and the wonderful SpeakEasy production team.
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.
ASHLEY JOYCE SpeakEasy: Red and The Drowsy Chaperone. Additional credits include wigs and make-up for Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Central City Opera. She also did wardrobe for A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre) and Candide (the Huntington Theatre). Ashley is looking forward to lacing up some roller skates and working with the lovely cast and crew for Xanadu!
LISA LAMBERT (Music and Lyrics) received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work on The Drowsy Chaperone. Other theater credits include: Cole Escola Live at Joe’s Pub; Big Rosemary (co-written with director Blake Edwards); The Ant andThe Elephant; Honest Ed: The Bargain Musical ; Mirth; Levity; People Park; The Irish Musical; An Awkward Evening with Martin & Johnson and An American in Harris. Film and Television: Slings & Arrows (Rhombus Media for Showcase); Skippy’s Rangers: The Show They Never Gave (Comedy Network);Do I Come on Too Strong? (BravoFact); Getting Along Famously(CBC TV); The Joe Blow Show (Comedy Network); Pippi Longstocking (Nelvana Ltd.); Blue (Rhombus Media); Highway 61 (Rhombus Media); Battery’s Down (New York-based web series); Skinnamarink TV.
JOE LONGTHORNE* is elated to return to SpeakEasy after previously appearing in The Drowsy Chaperone as one of those lovable Gangsters, and 2011’s Sorry, Wrong Number! Other Boston/Regional Credits: Rent (New Rep); The Balcony, Necessary Monsters, andTwelfth Night (The Boston Conservatory); Visions of America (Boston Pops); and Our Town andLend Me a Tenor (The Barnstormers Theatre). Joe appeared last summer in Les Misérables(The MUNY), and previously in Fiddler On The Roof (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Much love always to my family and friends, who support me endlessly. Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Thank you Paul, Nick, and Paul for bringing me back!www.JoeWLongthorne.com.
KAREN MACDONALD* SpeakEasy: The Drowsy Chaperone. Most recently she was seen in Good People at the Huntington. Last season in Boston, she was seen in Coriolanus,Cupcake, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Superior Donuts. Other regional and local credits include Before I Leave You, Bus Stop,All My Sons and A Civil War Christmas (Huntington); The Color of Rose (ArtsEmerson); Two Wives in India (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Blonde, The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead(Merrimack Repertory Theatre); boom (New Repertory Theatre);All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Third (Portland Stage); and productions at Hartford Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the Vineyard Playhouse. A founding company member of the American Repertory Theater, she appeared in 70 productions, including The Sea Gull,Endgame and Mother Courage. Nationally she has worked extensively, from Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre to Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Directing credits include An Ideal Husband and The Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage) and Dressed Up! Wigged Out! (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). The recipient of several Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for her performances, Ms. MacDonald received both the Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement in the Theatre and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in 2010. She teaches at Harvard University and was the 2010-2011 Monan Fellow at Boston College. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University and is a Boston native.
AARON MACK is glad to be back at SpeakEasy for his 5th season. Aaron is a freelance sound designer and composer based in greater Boston, and has two Elliot Norton Awards for Best Design for his work on The Adding Machine: A Musical at SpeakEasy, and The Aliens with Company One. Aaron is also the Titles Administrator at the Santa Fe Opera Company. Recent notable work includes: The Drowsy Chaperone (SpeakEasy), I Speak Therefore I Am (A.R.T. Institute), The Foreign Play Festival (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Nine (SpeakEasy) and Xanadu (SpeakEasy). As always, Aaron would like to thank the entire SpeakEasy family for their love and support, and his family and friends.
JONATHAN MANGANZINI (Properties Supervisor). Recent SpeakEasy credits include: reasons to be pretty and Body Awareness (Props Master) and In the Next Room (Production Assistant). Other local credits include: Car Talk: The Musical! and Forever, Briefly (Suffolk University, Props Master); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Gypsy (North Shore Music Theatre, Props Assistant). He is a recent graduate of Suffolk University.
BOB MARTIN (Book) has been working as an actor and writer in Canadian theatre, film, and television for three decades. He has had a long association with the Toronto Second City, where he co-wrote and performed in four Second City revues, directed three, and had a stint as Artistic Director. He is a co-creator of The Drowsy Chaperone, and has performed in many of its incarnations: Toronto Fringe, Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto), Elgin/Winter Garden (Toronto), Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles), Marquis Theatre (Broadway), and Novello (London). Bob won a number of awards for his work on Drowsy including an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award. He is co-creator of Slings & Arrows, a critically acclaimed dramatic series about life at a large not-for-profit theatre company, which was recently named one of the Ten Best TV shows of the decade by a number of publications including New York Magazine. His second Broadway show, Elf (Music by Matt Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Begulin), recently completed a successful run at the Hirschfeld Theatre, and will return to Broadway in the late fall. Bob’s current projects include Minsky’s (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Sue Birkenhead), a musical about burlesque in 1930’s New York; and on Michael; Tuesdays and Thursdays, a prime-time half hour comedy series for the CBC.
ALISON McCARTAN* (Violet) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Bad Jews and The Drowsy Chaperone. National Tour: Shrek the Musical (NETworks Presentations). Regional: Dames at Sea, Steel Magnolias, 42nd Street (The Wick Theatre); A Chorus Line (Weston Playhouse); Next to Normal, This is Our Youth (Hangar Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show (The Ordway). Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory! She would like to thank Paul Daigneault and everyone at SpeakEasy, her agents at Henderson Hogan, and her incredible family and friends for all their love and support. Thoughts Become Things!
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
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.
DON MCKELLAR (Book) received 2006 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his book for The Drowsy Chaperone. His career began as co-founder of Toronto’s Augusta Company, with whom he co-created six critically acclaimed experimental plays. Since then, Don has become a ubiquitous presence in the independent Canadian cinema. His screenwriting credits include the award-winning films: Roadkill, Highway 61,Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, and Blindness. For TV, he wrote and starred in the CBC series Twitch City (which also played on the Bravo Network in America). As an actor, he has appeared in such films as Exotica (directed by Atom Egoyan), eXistenZ (David Cronenberg), When Night is Falling, Clean, Waydowntown, The Red Violin, The Event, and Monkey Warfare. He was also a regular on the popular TV series Slings & Arrows.
GREG MORRISON (Music and Lyrics) received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone. Canadian Credits: Composer/Musical Director for Hello…Hello (Tarragon Theatre); Pochsy’s Lips; Oh, Baby; Citizen Pochsy and Pochsy Unplugged (Toronto Fringe premiere, Canadian/U.S. tours); The Drowsy Chaperone (Toronto Fringe premiere; Theatre Passe Muraille; Mirvish Productions at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre); Mump and Smoot in Something Else (Canadian Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre);Mump and Smoot in Flux (Canadian Stage); An Awkward Evening With Martin and Johnson(Tim Sims Playhouse); The Age of Dorian (Artword Theatre). Other: Musical Director for The Second City National Touring Company and the Alumni Caf (Tim Sims Playhouse). Musical Director for The Chimps and The Muckrakers (CBC Radio). TV songwriter credits: Slings & Arrows (Rhombus Media for Showcase/Sundance); Getting Along Famously (CBC); The Joe Blow Show(Comedy Network). Recipient of a Canadian Comedy Award, a Sterling Award for Original Composition and three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations.
STEPHANIE MOSKAL is delighted to be making her SpeakEasy debut! An incoming senior at The Boston Conservatory, Stephanie is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. She most recently performed at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. Some of her favorite roles include Amber (Hairspray ), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ariel (Footloose), and Asaka (Once On This Island). She would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for the never-ending love and support and a special thanks to Paul Daigneault for this amazing opportunity.
NELLANNA SpeakEasy: debut. Some of her recent and favorite performance credits include Apollo Performer (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story); Landlady/Lula (Violet); Joanne Jefferson (Rent); Cleanin’ Woman (Working); Aida (Aida), and Bombalurina ( Cats). When not on stage, Nellanna spends her time dreaming of her Broadway debut, working as a Public Health Professional, and serving the Metropolitan Boston community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Nellanna thanks the cast, crew and staff at SpeakEasy for this amazing opportunity and experience. She is also grateful to God for her loving and supportive family and friends.
JULIE A. OTIS is delighted to have been working in the Boston theatre community for over 15 years. Prior to SpeakEasy Stage Company, she worked with ArtsBoston, Boston Theatre Works, Broadway Across America-Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, and the American Repertory Theater. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Philosophy and Drama and has a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is thrilled to be a part of SpeakEasy’s team and to share their love of creating breathtaking moments of intimacy and expression for artists and audiences alike.
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
SHAWN PLATZKER SpeakEasy: debut. He is currently progressing into his fourth and final year at The Boston Conservatory, where he is a Musical Theater major. Shawn’s credits include Tony (West Side Story); Chris (Miss Saigon); Eddie Pazinski (Over the Tavern); and Arpad Laszlo (She Loves Me). He would like to extend his gratitude to his family, without whom all this would be locked in a dream; and to all the staff of SpeakEasy.
ROBERT SAOUD* (Bessie) Robert was last seen at SpeakEasy as Danny inXanadu. Prior to that, he was seeninThe Drowsy Chaperone; The New Century; Some Men; Anna in the Tropics; and Hello, Again. Nationally, Robert toured in Groucho as Chico Marx with Gabe Kaplan as Groucho.Most recently he was seen inHow to Succeed in Business without Really Tryingat Stoneham Theatre and in the spring will be featured in the Lyric Stage production ofPeter and the Starcatcher. Elsewhere in New England, he has appeared at the Huntington Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Trinity Rep, Lyric Stage, New Rep, Wheelock Family Theatre, and The Publick Theatre. Robert has also appeared in numerous cabarets, and is a Fellow of the 2000 Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium. He is also a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
BRIAN SWASEY SpeakEasy: debut. A native of Portland, Maine and a graduate of The University of New Hampshire, Brian has played such roles as Houdini in Ragtime (Maine State Music Theatre); Busboy in She Loves Me (Walnut Street Theatre); Slightly Soiled in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (North Shore Music Theatre); and The Naked Maid in Naked Boys Singing (Actors’ Playhouse, NYC). Other professional credits include 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Tommy, Hello, Dolly!, and an International and US Tour of West Side Story. Brian is currently an associate Producer at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing, NY. www.brianswasey.com
J.T. TURNER SpeakEasy: Chess, Triumph of Love, Floyd Collins, Saturday Night, Passion, A New Brain, and Johnny Guitar. Local credits: Kiss Me Kate, 1776 and Man of La Mancha (Lyric Stage), and A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre). Television: “The Brotherhood” and “Body of Proof.” Film: The Fighter, Mystic River, Meet Joe Black, and The Crucible. J.T. is also the Artistic Director of Moonlight Productions, a non-profit theater company dedicated to using theater as outreach to kids and teens.