[title of show]January 15 - February 13, 2010
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Music Direction by Will McGarrahan*
Choreography by David Connolly
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson**
Costume Design by Charles Schoonmaker**
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg
Sound Design by Aaron Mack
Projection Design by Seaghan McKay
Production Stage Managed by
Victoria S. Coady*
A love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration, [title of show] is a charming new musical about two struggling young writers writing a new musical about two struggling young writers writing a new musical. In the span of 90 minutes, the pair, along with the help of two friends, write and perform their show-within-a-show at a musical theatre festival, and along the way learn lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists.
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
JORDAN AHNQUIST* Since moving to Boston last year, Jordan has had the pleasure of spending most of his time in the cast of Boston’s long-running comedy, Shear Madness. Regionally Jordan has worked with The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Skylight, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, and The Utah Shakespearean Festival. Favorite credits include Tartuffe, Romeo and Juliet, Heartbreak House, South Pacific, and The Winter’s Tale. Jordan holds a B.A. in Theatre from Muhlenberg College. Thank you to my wonderful, supportive family.
AMY BARKER* Regional credits include: Vicki in The Full Monty and Irene in Hello, Dolly! (Westchester Broadway Theatre); The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, And the World Goes ‘Round (Foothills Theatre); Nine, Show Boat, South Pacific (NSMT); and A Little Night Music and Sound of Music (Pittsburgh CLO). Originally from Texas, Amy began her professional career as an opera-singing plum for Very Fine Fruit Juice. Insomniacs and sports fans may have seen Amy in some television commercials. Love to M&M and Dad.
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.
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.
NATALIE KEARNS is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, where she got her professional start with Parade. Other SpeakEasy credits as Props Master include The Little Dog Laughed, Some Men, Zanna Don’t!, Reckless, and [title of show], as well as Assistant Props Master for The Vibrator Play. Natalie is currently the staff Properties Artisan at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island and also serves as Props Master for the Brown/Trinity MFA Program. Local credits include props for Lyric Stage (Irma Vep, Follies), Nora Theatre (Not Enough Air), Opera Boston (Madame White Snake, La Grande Duchesse), Brown Summer Playwright’s Rep (2011, 2012 seasons), and Shakespeare & Co. (2010 summer season). Beyond New England, she’s had work featured at the Beijing Music Festival in China, Royal Shakespeare Company in England, and Central City Opera in Colorado. She was a Professional Intern at the Huntington Theatre Company for the 2008-2009 season and has her BFA in Theater Design/Technology from Emerson College. www.nataliekearns.com
JOE LANZA* Local credits include: In On It(Whistler In The Dark); The Caretaker(Nora Theatre Company); The Pain and the Itch(Company OneSkylight at Merrimack Repertory Theatre); How Many Miles to Basra?(Stoneham Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Gloucester Stage Company); The Diary of Anne Frank (New Rep On Tour); A New Brain(MetroStage Company); and Butley (The Huntington Theatre Company). Joe holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University’s School of Theatre and studied abroad at LAMDA.
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.
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.
SEAGHAN MCKAY** (Projection Designer) returns to SpeakEasy having previously designed projections for Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Next to Normal; Nine; Striking 12; [title of show]; and Jerry Springer – The Opera. Other local designs include The Flying Dutchman (Boston Lyric Opera);Gershwin Spectacular: Promenade (Boston Pops); Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre Company); On The Town (IRNE Nomination – Best Projection Design), Big River (Lyric Stage); Memory House(Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Light Up The Sky (Emerson Stage);Merrily We Roll Along, Rent (The Boston Conservatory); Hecuba, As You Like It (Brandeis Theater Company); The Threepenny Opera (Boston College); and Godspell (Gordon College). He assisted Projection Designer Peter Nigrini on the PBS documentary Becoming Helen Keller. Seághan is a member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829. www.seaghanmckay.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.
SCOTT SINCLAIR SpeakEasy: Striking 12; [title of show]; Jerry Springer – The Opera. Local credits: Blithe Spirit, and Lady Day (Lyric Stage Company). He currently holds the position of Audience Service/Marketing Associate at SpeakEasy. A native of New York, Scott proudly holds a BA in Arts Management and Directing from Emerson College.
SpeakEasy: [title of show]; A New Brain; Songs for A New World; Triumph of Love; Putting It Together; A Grand Night for Singing; Schoolhouse Rock Live!; Merrily We Roll Along; and A Fair Country. Local credits:Hamlet (Publick Theatre), Measure for Measure (Theatre Cooperative), The Snow Ball u/s (Huntington Theatre), The Summer Play Festival (Boston Actors’ Theater) and many cabarets and workshops with Centastage and NOMTI. She has directed several plays for the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival includingAntigone, Xingu, Steel Magnolias, Twelfth Night and The Infernal Machine. She was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and studied at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She is an alumna of Boston College.