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BARLOW ADAMSON* (Jan) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Reckless; Almost, Maine; and Fuddy Meers. He has performed on many other local stages including Merrimack Repertory Theatre (The Villains’ Supper Club); Huntington Theatre Company (The Maiden’s Prayer, A Month In The Country); Lyric Stage Company (Chinglish, Time Stands Still, The Scene, Private Lives, Noises Off); Underground Railway (Paradise, Yesterday Happened: Remembering H.M.); Nora Theatre Company (Marjorie Prime, Operation Epsilon, On The Verge); Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Elemeno Pea – [Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor], The Honey Trap); Gloucester Stage Company (The Norman Conquests, Dinner With Friends).
MARIANNA BASSHAM* (The Teacher) returns to SpeakEasy having previously directed Every Brilliant Thing and appeared in Hand To God; A Future Perfect; In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); Reckless [IRNE Award]; and Blackbird [Elliot Norton Award]. Marianna has worked with The Huntington, Commonwealth Shakespeare, The Nora, Underground Railway, The Lyric, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project (where she is a resident acting company member), and others. She made her Off-Broadway debut this past fall at Playwrights’ Horizons in I was Most Alive with You by Craig Lucas.
KERRY A. DOWLING* (Joan) returns to SpeakEasy having previously performed in The Bridges of Madison County; Casa Valentina; 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; and Songs for a New World. Other local credits include Nicholas Nickleby, Follies (Lyric Stage); A Man of No Importance (Súgán/SpeakEasy); Calendar Girls; Being Earnest; Steel Magnolias; Pal Joey (Greater Boston Stage); 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.
CELESTE OLIVA* (Judy). SpeakEasy: Between Riverside and Crazy. Select theatre credits: Barbara DeMarco, Shear Madness (Off Broadway/Boston); Abigail 1702/It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Merrimack Rep); The Revolutionists, Arcadia, Grounded (Nora Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Stage Kiss, Becky’s New Car, Rich Girl, Chinglish, (Lyric Stage); Reconsidering Hanna(h) (Boston Playwright’s Theatre). TV: “Thoroughbreds,” “November Criminals,” “Bleed for This,” “Olive Kitteridge” and the upcoming “Burning Woman.” Film: The Company Men, Sex Tape, 21, Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River. Celeste received the 2013 Best Actress Award from Boston Magazine for her role in Chinglish, a role for which she also won an IRNE Award and Elliot Norton nomination. She also received a Best Actress IRNE in 2016 for Arcadia. Check out her website here.
NAEL NACER* (Ned) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in A Future Perfect and Tribes. Select area credits include: Constellations (Central Square Theater); A Doll’s House, Bedroom Farce, Awake and Sing!, Our Town [IRNE Award], The Seagull, and Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company); Calendar Girls (Greater Boston Stage Company); It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse); Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play and Intimate Apparel (Elliot Norton Award] (Lyric Stage Company); A Number, Pattern of Life, Lungs, The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre); The Flick [IRNE Award] (Gloucester Stage Company).
SAM SIMAHK* (Rodney) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having last performed here as Will Bloom in Big Fish! Broadway/Tour: Carousel; The King and I (1st National); Miss Saigon (Midwest Tour). Regional: Oklahoma! (Theatre Under the Stars); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Pittsburgh CLO); The King and I (Lyric Opera Chicago); A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre); She Loves Me (Greater Boston Stage); Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Sondheim on Sondheim, Spelling Bee (Lyric Stage); Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse). Originally from Ashburnham, MA, Sam is a proud graduate of Emerson College and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Check out his website here.
GIGI WATSON (Alicia) gratefully returns to SpeakEasy Stage after appearing last season in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Other Boston-area credits include Brawler (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre/Kitchen Theatre Company); Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theatre); The T Party (Company One); Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar (Fiddlehead Theatre Company); Meet Me in St. Louis (Greater Boston Stage Company); Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); and Café Variations (ArtsEmerson/SITI Company). Gigi holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College.