The Boston Project Podcast

The Boston Project is SpeakEasy’s new works initiative, which supports the creation of new plays set in the Greater Boston area. In an effort to reach a wider audience and engage with new work even while in quarantine, SpeakEasy has launched a new wing of this program – the Boston Project Podcast!

We are excited to bring you the first series of the podcast – a fully adapted, episodic version of the play The Usual Unusual by MJ Halberstadt, performed and recorded by local artists.

SERIES 1: The Usual Unusual
by MJ Halberstadt
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

The Usual Unusual is a scrappy and quaint bookstore where Boston’s LGBTQ+ community has gathered to shop, organize, and flirt since the 70’s. When the store’s charismatic founder Penn announces his retirement, neurotic staff-member Charlie persuades him to pass leadership on, rather than close the store. The staff’s efforts to unite a fractured community under one banner – or simply coordinate a weekly reading night — stoke generational disputes about identity, community, and trauma, and lead to fraught and hilarious results.

  • Cast

    Rasheedat “Ras” Badejo* …. Virgo
    Lily Chrones …. Yaz
    Michael John Ciszewski …. Ryan
    Olivia Z. Cote …. Ash
    Will McGarrahan* …. Penn
    Han C. Park …. Jesse
    Eddie Shields* …. Charlie
    Debra Wise* …. Margot

    *member of Actor’s Equity Association

    Check out the cast bios here.

  • Production Team

    Dramaturgy – Dr. Helen Deborah Lewis
    Sound Design & Engineering – Elizabeth Cahill
    Zoom Room Management – John Meredith*

    Boston Project Coordinator – Jasmine Brooks
    Producers – Paul Daigneault, Shira Gitlin, Alex Lonati
    Production Management – Dominique Burford, Paul Melone
    Production Assistants – Max Eliot, Nathan Marble

    Original Compositions for The Boston Project Podcast – Quan Yao Lim
    Original Boston Project Podcast Graphics – Evan Turissini