Who’s Who: Once Cast


MAR 1 – 30

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JACOB BRANDT* (Andrej) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Caroline, or Change in 2006. Jacob is an actor, composer, and director in New York, having worked in various capacities with Ars Nova, Soho Rep, The Flea, Dixon Place, The Tank, Jack, and many others. He has appeared as an actor on regional stages such as Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington, Company One, and Wheelock Family Theatre. His own actor-musician musical, 1969: The Second Man, received its World Premiere at New York Theatre Workshop’s second stage last August. Jacob attended Harvard, where he studied acting and playwriting.

BILLY BUTLER (Billy) is excited to make his SpeakEasy debut. A Boston native, Billy is a performer, writer, and theatre-maker.  He has appeared at New England Light Opera, Greater Boston Stage Company, Seacoast Repertory, The Players’ Ring, Barnstormers, New York Musical Theatre Festival, St Clement’s Theatre, Abraxas Stage, and Interborough Theatre Company.  Billy also wrote the music and lyrics for Titus Andronicus Musicus and Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic; and the book, music, and lyrics for Gay Bride of FrankensteinMissing: Wynter; Bitter Pill; and The Brechtones. Currently, Billy is the 2018/19 Artist-in-Residence for the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.

CHRIS COFFEY (Svec). SpeakEasy: Debut. New Jersey born and bred, Chris has been performing, directing, and teaching across New England since 2016, when he completed a residency at Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY.   Favorite credits: Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Jack (Into the Woods) in Rep; Trofimov (The Cherry Orchard), Claudio & Verges (Much Ado About Nothing), Benvolio/Paris/Lady Cap. (Romeo & Juliet , [SALT Award: Ensemble of the Year]), and the title role in The Who’s ‘Tommy’. Manhattanville College & National Theater Institute alumnus. Thanks to Erin, his parents, and his puppies for the unabashed love and support. Check out his website here.

NILE SCOTT HAWVER* (Guy) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared as Monty in Violet and Will in Mothers and Sons. Boston: Lyric Stage, Greater Boston Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, Huntington Theatre, Boston Theater Company, Boston Lyric Opera, Commonwealth Shakespeare. Regional: Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Ocean State Theatre Company, and more. MFA: Acting; University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. BFA: Acting, University of RI. Love to Maggie and thanks to AEA. Upcoming: Million Dollar Quartet at Greater Boston Stage Company. Check out his acting website here and the official website of Nile Scott Studios here.

MACKENZIE LESSER-ROY* (Girl) is thrilled to be back in Boston making her SpeakEasy debut. Mackenzie played Girl in the ’16-’17 national tour of Once and most recently played the lead role of Jovie in the national tour of Elf.  She can be seen in several episodes of NBC’s “Rise” and has worked with renowned directors such as Jerry Mitchell and Rebecca Taichman. Proud alum of The Boston Conservatory. Many thanks to Paul Melone, Paul Daigneault, and the cast and crew. Love to M&D. Follow her on Instagram here.

BILLY MELEADY* (Da) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in The Seafarer [Elliot Norton Award—Best Ensemble] and A Man of No Importance (co-production: Súgán). He has been absent from Boston stages for a number of years and is delighted to return and very pleased to be working with SpeakEasy once again. Billy was “resident Irish actor” with The Súgán Theatre Co. at the BCA for many years and received both Elliot Norton and IRNE awards for his work with Súgán as well as New Repertory Theatre and Boston Playwrights Theatre. He last appeared onstage with The Irish Rep (NYC) in the East Coast premiere of The Belle of Belfast as Father Behan (a role he reprised from the world premiere with Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA for which he received an LA Ovation Award nomination for Featured Actor). Thanks to Paul, Paul, the cast and all at SpeakEasy Stage Company!

ROBERT X. NEWMAN (Emcee) is pleased to make his SpeakEasy debut in a show that helped inspire him to become a performer. Born in Juneau, Alaska, Robert has been listening to and playing folk music from the age of four, when he got his first violin.  He would like to thank his first music teacher, Lisa Miles, as well as his parents, Tony and Linda, for helping him find the passion (and courage) to play music onstage.

MARTA RYMER (Reza) is delighted to make her SpeakEasy debut. She is a Boston native who received her preparatory violin training at Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory. She is also an alum of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Recent theatrical appearances include: West Side Story (Fiddlehead Theatre); A Tale of Two Cities (York Theatre); Manuel Vs. the Statue of Liberty (Gallery Players); The New Electric Ballroom (ACKtors Table); and Wild Women of Planet Wongo (Parkside Lounge). Marta spends a portion of each summer at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson, NH. Check out her website here.

STEPHEN SHORE* (Eamon) is thrilled to make his SpeakEasy debut! Select NY Credits: Smoke (T. Schreiber Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (Fools & Kings Project); Romeo & Juliet (Barefoot Shakes).  Select Regional Credits: Treasure Island (Fulton); Oklahoma! (Roxy); Million Dollar Quartet (Encore Musical); Taming of the Shrew (TX Shakes); Cymbeline (VA Shakes); Of Mice and Men (Cardinal Stage); The Legend of Jim Cullen (Heartwood); and Much Ado About Nothing (GA Shakes). Proud graduate of the UNC School of the Arts (BFA). Stephen would like to thank his Mom, Nana, and Gracie for all their love and support. For Dad. Check out his website here.

JEFF SONG* (Bank Manager) makes his SpeakEasy debut with Once. Regional acting credits include work with Fresh Ink Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Company One, and the American Repertory Theater.  Credits as Composer/Music Director/Musician include Vietgone (Studio Theatre) and The White Snake (Baltimore Center Stage).  Jeff has appeared at numerous music festivals and on over a dozen recordings.  In addition, his original music has been featured on radio, TV, and at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.  As bassist for Ute Lemper, Jeff performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, L’Opéra de Vichy, and Palermo Festival Di Verdura.  A recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts grant, Jeff holds an MM from the New England Conservatory of Music.

KATHY ST. GEORGE*  (Baruska).  SpeakEasy:  Violet; Significant Other; Xanadu; Johnny Guitar; Ruthless!; and The Divine Sister [Elliot Norton Award—Outstanding Actress]. Broadway credits include:  two productions of Fiddler on the Roof, including the Tony Award-winning revival at the Gershwin Theatre, directed by Jerome Robbins. Off Broadway:  I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and six national tours. Local credits include: Peter Pan, 9 to 5 (North Shore Music Theatre); Mame, Dear Miss Garland, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Greater Boston Stage Company); Gypsy, Follies, Light Up The Sky (Lyric Stage Company); Showboat (Fiddlehead); Closer Than Ever, Das Barbecu [IRNE Award—Best Supporting Actress] (New Repertory Theatre); And Now… Miss Judy Garland [IRNE Award—Best Solo Performer], Menopause The Musical, and more. BS, M.Ed. –  Salem State. www.kathystgeorge.com