The New CenturyJanuary 16 - February 14, 2009
Written by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco**
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley**
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg
Original Music & Sound Design by
Stage Management by Dawn Schall*
From the author of Jeffrey and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told comes this hilarious collection of four short plays. A wealthy Jewish matron with at least three gay children, a flamboyant public access TV host and a Midwestern scrapbooker/competitive cake decorator each have their say, then meet, in this outrageous look at where society is headed in the new millennium.
Paula Plum*…………………….…..………Helene Nadler
Bud Weber*…………………………David Nadler/Shane
Robert Saoud*……………………………..…Mr. Charles
Kerry Dowling*……………..……..Barbara Ellen Diggs
Cast & Crew
JEFF ADELBERG** (Lighting Design) SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Red; reasons to be pretty; Nine; Body Awareness; Adding Machine: A Musical (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design); [title of show]; Blackbird; The New Century; The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig. Other recent work: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe); The Lily’s Revenge(American Repertory Theater); John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepenthe (Huntington Theatre Company’s Emerging America Festival); Middletown, Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe (IRNE Award)(Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Equally Divided (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Company We Keep and John Kuntz’sThe Salt Girl (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Miracle on 34th Street, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Stoneham Theatre); A Soft Murder, Noises Off, Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Boston Conservatory); Boston’s Christmas Revels since 2010. Jeff attended the University of Connecticut and teaches at Boston College. LDJeff.com
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.
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.
PAULA PLUM* has appeared at SpeakEasy Stage as Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Doctors One through Six/Woman Patient in Reckless, Helene in The New Century, Margaret in The Savannah Disputation, Dorothy in The History Boys, and Joyce in Body Awareness. In 2009, she was one of five actors nation-wide to receive the prestigious Fox Actor Fellowship in association with SpeakEasy, and enjoyed three years here as “actor in residence.” As part of that Fellowship, she created What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, a theatre piece based on the life of poetess Edna St. Vincent Millay. Ms. Plum is the recipient of four IRNE Awards, the 1995 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress for her work in Lost in Yonkers, the 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress in Miss Witherspoon, the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. She is an actress, director, writer, and teacher and has created seven one-person shows for the Unadilla Theatre of Vermont, most notably Plum Pudding (IRNE Best Solo Performance, 2004). For Actors’ Shakespeare Project she has played Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Beatrice inMuch Ado About Nothing, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and The Countess in All’s Well That Ends Well. She has appeared at Lyric West as Vivian Bearing in Wit; at Gloucester Stage Company as Grace inFaith Healer, Molly in Molly Sweeney, Winnie in Happy Days, and Mouth in Not I; at the American Repertory Theatre as Inez in No Exit; as Babakina in Ivanov, as Yvette in Mother Courage, as Belphragia in Lysistrata, as Soot in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and as Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile; at the Lyric Stage Company as Dr. Brandt in 33 Variations, as Stevie in The Goat, as Amanda in Private Lives, as Kath in Entertaining Mr. Sloane, as Terry in Sideman, in the title role in The Heiress, as Abby in Mercy Seat, and in the title role in Miss Witherspoon. In 1998 she was directed by Eric Engel in the award-winning production Sing Me to Sleep by John Kuntz and again in 1999 in Kuntz’s Miss Price. Film credits include: “Mermaids,” “Malice,” and “Next Stop Wonderland.” Television: “Sins of the Preacher” (ABC Lifetime), “Science Court” (three seasons ABC), and co-creator and star of “The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special” for FX. In January 2005, she premiered her new work Wigged OUT! with Leslie Dillen’s Dressed UP! directed by Karen MacDonald for which she received the IRNE for Best Solo Performance, 2005. Ms Plum is a cum laude graduate of Boston University. She is married to actor Richard Snee.
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.
CRISTINA TODESCO** (Set Design) is pleased to be working with Speakeasy again after designing last season’s Tribes and The Whale. Previous Speakeasy credits: Red, The Divine Sister, Body Awareness, The New Century, Reckless. Other theaters include: Lyric Stage Company, NewRep, Harbor Stage, Boston Playwright’s, Boston Conservatory, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Olney Theater Center, ART Institute, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Huntington Theatre, Orfeo Group, Williamstown Theater Festival, Opera Boston, Stoneham Theater, Suffolk University, Boston University, and Boston College. A four time winner of the Eliot Norton Award for Best Design, she is on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theater Arts and a member of USA 829.