The Savannah DisputationSeptember 18 -
October 17, 2009
Written by Evan Smith
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson**
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley**
Lighting Design by Daniel H. Jentzen
Sound Design by Andrew Will Duncan
Production Stage Managed by
New England Premiere! A Pentecostal missionary gets more than she bargained when she drops in on two Catholic spinsters and sparks a crisis of faith. To fight back, the sisters enlist the help of their unsuspecting parish priest, setting the stage for a theological showdown about what it means to truly believe. Nancy E. Carroll and Paula Plum star in this touching and funny new play.
Running time: 100 minutes without intermission
Nancy E. Carroll*…Mary
Timothy Crowe*…Father Murphy
Cast & Crew
NANCY E. CARROLL* returns to the Speakeasy where she appeared in Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputations, The Women, Company, A Man Of No Importance. She spent a season touring with the Druid Theatre of Galway appearing as Mammy in The Cripple of Inishmaan (US/Ireland) and the Old Woman in Big Maggie (Ireland). Her other credits include: Broadway: Present Laughter; Off Broadway: Balancing Act; Regional: The Seagull, Rapture Blister Burn, Good People, Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, She Loves Me, The Rose Tattoo, Dead End (Huntington Theatre); Our Town, She Loves Me (Williamstown); Trad (Tir Na); 4000 Miles, North Shore Fish, Breath of Life, Doubt, Happy Days, My Old Lady, Collected Stories (Gloucester Stage); The Year of Magical Thinking, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); The Clean House, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Kindertransport (New Repertory Theatre); Bailegangaire (Súgán Theatre); Homebody/Kabul (Boston Theatre Works); Humble Boy, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale (Publick Theatre); Auntie and Me (Merrimack Repertory); The Pain & The Itch (Company One); Buried Child, The Unexpected Man (Nora Theatre). She received Elliot Norton Awards for Miss Erickson in Present Laughter, the Woman in Brendan and Mommo in Bailegangaire. Recent TV/Film credits include HBO’s Olive Kitteridge and Spotlight for Dreamworks.
CAROLYN CHARPIE SpeakEasy Debut. Other local credits include Aloha Say the Pretty Girls (Holland Productions), A Pregnant Pause (Harvard Farce Festival), and The Boston Theatre Marathon. Carolyn currently teaches drama in the Boston Public Schools, and graduated with a BA from Boston College where favorite roles include Urinetown, Book of Days, Rocky Horror, Marisol, and Metamorphoses. Carolyn gives many thanks to Paul for this opportunity. She would also like to extend her gratitude to Holland Productions (www.hollandproductions.org). Much love and thanks to family, friends, and Jim for all the support.
TIMOTHY CROWE* (Amy/Judge) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in The History Boys and The Savanah Disputation. He worked on Broadway in the Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Shadow Box. Off-Broadway, he has worked at the Soho Rep and Soho Playhouse in The Servant and Bill W. and Dr. Bob respectively. He is a long-standing and grateful member of the Trinity Repertory Company. Film and TV work include House of Cards, Outside Providence, Underdog, and the soon to be released The Hollars. He earned his MA from St. Louis University and studied and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
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.
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.
ERIC LEVENSON** (Scenic Design). Previous SpeakEasy designs include sets for Far from Heaven; CARRIE the musical; Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Nine; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; Blackbird; Some Men; Parade; Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production with Súgán); A Class Act; Three Days of Rain; An American Daughter and Balm in Gilead (Elliot Norton Design Award). Eric recently participated in Sally Taylor’s Consenses, a multi-discipline project which premiered on Martha’s Vineyard in August. Eric is an All-Categories member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829.
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.
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.
DAWN SCHALL SAGLIO* (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed 15 shows for SpeakEasy, among them: CARRIE the musical; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Reckless; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The History Boys; The Women; Five by Tenn; and The Last Sunday in June. Other local credits include productions at the Huntington Theatre, Gloucester Stage, BPT, and The Nora. Her greatest credits are sons Nick, Eric, and Tucker. Dawn serves on SpeakEasy’s board of trustees and has been a member of Equity for 14 years. Love to Doug!