The Great American Trailer Park MusicalApril 30 - June 20, 2010
Music & Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Music Direction by Nick Connell
Choreography by David Connelly
Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Seth Bodie
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by Aaron Mack
Production Stage Managed by
Boston-Area Premiere! Leigh Barrett, Mary Callanan, Kerry A. Dowling and David Benoit star in this delightful new musical about agoraphobia, adultery, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, kleptomania, flan and disco. When Pippi, a stripper on the run, comes between Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her toll-collector husband, neighbors Betty, Lin, and Pickles team up to save their friend’s marriage.
Runtime: 100 minutes, with no intermission
Kerry A. Dowling*…Betty
David Benoit*…Norbert Garstecki
Leigh Barrett*…Jeannie Garstecki
Caitlin Crosby Doonan*…Pippi
Cast & Crew
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.
DAVID BENOIT* is delighted to make his Speakeasy debut with “Trailer Park” and to come home and play with some old friends. Boston credits include: Forbidden Broadway, Forever Plaid (Sparky), and numerous regional productions. Recently, he appeared as Mr Zero in Studio Theatre’s Adding Machine, for which he earned a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance. Broadway: Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), Les Miserables, Dance of the Vampires. National Tours: Les Miz (Thenardier), Avenue Q, All Shook Up (Sheriff Earl). Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway: 92, Forever Plaid, Forbidden Broadway: Summer Shock!, The Big Bang, Forbidden Hollywood (Chicago). David is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Special thanks to Jed and Pete, Paul Daigneault and the Speakeasy staff. Hey S.M.U.T.co. friends! For: Mom and Dad…(minus the bad language).
MARY CALLANAN* is excited to return to SpeakEasy, having been last seen here in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other SpeakEasy shows include Violet and BatBoy and numerous Sorry, Wrong Numbers. Mary recently played Rosie in the North American tour of Mamma Mia! and is relieved to be out of spandex and platforms. National Tours: Sound of Music, Damn Yankees, and big in New England, Mary has also worked at the Lyric Stage, Stoneham, Stuart Street Playhouse, Gloucester Stage and the Ogunquit Playhouse. A Cabaret Fellow of the O’Neill Symposium, Mary has done cabaret work in NY, Boston, Provincetown, and yes, cruise ships. www.marycallanan.com
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.
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.
CAITLIN CROSBIE DOONAN* is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut. Recent Boston credits include: Kiss Me Kate(Dance Captain) and Follies (Young Emily) at the Lyric Stage Company, and performances at Symphony Hall and on tour with The Boston Pops. NY Credits include: world premiere of Blood and Other Humours, The Black Suits, and Nelson Rocks. Training: BM in Musical Theatre (NYU), MM in Musical Theatre (The Boston Conservatory – studio of James Javore). For more:www.caitlincrosbiedoonan.com. Thanks to everyone at SpeakEasy for this opportunity. This one’s for M&D who are endlessly supportive and proud of their daughter the stripper!
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.
GRANT MACDERMOTT is a recent graduate of Emerson College, where he earned his BFA in Acting. He grew up outside of New York City and has been working professionally since the age of 13. He created the role of Toyn in Constance Congdan’s play, Moontel Six, and acted in the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival of 2003. Since graduating, he has been seen on Boston Common with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, at New Repertory Theatre in Mister Roberts, in Stoneham Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, and most recently in Not Enough Air with Central Square Theatre.
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
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.
SANTINA UMBACH is thrilled to be returning to the SpeakEasy Stage after a year of touring overseas with Norwegian Cruise Lines! Other SpeakEasy credits include Lina Darling in Nine and Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, earning her an IRNE Nomination. She has appeared in numerous readings in NYC and is a proud 2011 Boston Conservatory graduate. Thanks to BRS, Paul, and her always supportive and loving friends and family!