Far From HeavenSEP 12 - OCT 11, 2014Buy Tickets Now
Book by Richard Greenberg
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Based on the Focus Features/Vulcan Production Motion Picture, Written & Directed by Todd Haynes
Directed by Scott Edmiston
Musical Direction by Steven Bergman
Choreography by David Connolly
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson
Costume Design by Charles Schoonmaker
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by Noah Thomas
Properties Supervision by Larry Vigus
Wig Design by Rachel Padula Shufelt
Production Stage Manager Dawn Saglio*
Assistant Stage Manager Tareena Wimbish*
Assistant Stage Manager Alycia Marucci*
The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation: Gregory Bulger & Richard Dix
A. Joseph Castellana & Jim Seligman, Jack Cornwell & Mark Hickey, Melissa Langa & Jeff Wulfson
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From the creators of the musical Grey Gardens and Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) comes a lush musical adaptation of Todd Haynes’ acclaimed romantic melodrama of private longings and social taboos. A 1950s Connecticut housewife’s perfect life is shattered when she discovers her husband’s shocking secret and then seeks comfort in a forbidden relationship that dramatically alters her view of herself and the world.
Darren Bunch… Gus / Band Crooner / Ensemble
Aimee Doherty*… Eleanor Fine
Kerry A. Dowling*… Mrs. Leacock / Doris Decker / Ensemble
Jennifer Ellis*… Cathy Whitaker
Audree Hedequist… Janice Whitaker
Tyler Lenhart… Chase Decker / Ensemble
Michael Levesque… Dick Dawson / Ensemble
Sophia Mack… Sarah Deagan
Carla Martinez… Esther / Ensemble
Will McGarrahan*… Dr. Bowman / Morris Farnsworth / Ensemble
Jennifer Mischley… Doreen Dawson / Sheila Decker / Ensemble
Terrence O’Malley*… Stan Fine / Ensemble
Maurice Parent*… Raymond Deagan
Ellen Peterson… Mona Lauder / Ensemble
Carolyn Saxon*… Sybil
Josh Sussman… David Whitaker
Rachel Gianna Tassio… Nancy / Connie / Ensemble
Jared Troilo*… Frank Whitaker
Cast & Crew
STEVEN BERGMAN (Music Director). SpeakEasy: Adding Machine: A Musical (IRNE Nom, Norton Award – Best Musical). Other area credits include: Spring Awakening (IRNE Award – Best Music Director) and Parade (F.U.D.G.E Theatre); Annie, Beauty and the Beast (Wheelock Family Theatre); [title of show] (DASH winner – ACME Theater); The Gig, When Pigs Fly (Lyric Stage). Steven is also the composer / lyricist of Jack the Ripper, which was produced this past March at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and of Reigning Cats & Dogs, which will premiere in 2015 at the Arsenal Center. He is also the orchestrator / arranger for the 2013 cast recording of Drawin’ On The Walls by Chris Guin. A public school music and drama teacher by day, Steven sends love to his “two ladies.”
DARREN BUNCH is pleased to be making his SpeakEasy debut. Regional credits include The Donkey Show (Fairy) at A.R.T.; Grease (Johnny Casino) at Theatre By The Sea; and A Chorus Line, Bye Bye Birdie, and My Fair Lady at Reagle Music Theatre. Darren is currently a senior at The Boston Conservatory where he has performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Merrily We Roll Along, Hair, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Darren thanks the team at SpeakEasy for this wonderful opportunity, his family and friends for their love and support, and MT15 for always being there!
DAVID CONNOLLY (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to work with SpeakEasy Stage Company. Recent SpeakEasy credits include Xanadu; The Drowsy Chaperone (IRNE Award – Best Director of a Musical, Elliot Norton Award Nomination); Nine; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Adding Machine: A Musical; and [title of show]. David is a member of the Musical Theater faculty at The Boston Conservatory.
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.
AIMEE DOHERTY* (Sandra Bloom) returns to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared in Far From Heaven, Nine (IRNE Award – Best Actress), The Women, and Company. Recent local credits include The Witch in Into the Woods (Lyric Stage) and Betsy/Lindsay in Clybourne Park (New Century Theatrre). She is also a rotating cast member for Shear Madness at the Charles Street Playhouse. Television and radio credits include The Makeover (ABC), The Making of a Monster: Whitey Bugler (Discovery); and various radio spots for D’Angelos, Papa Gino’s, and the Museum of Science. This past spring, Aimee was honored with an Elliot Norton Award for her work in both Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre) and On the Town (Lyric Stage).
KERRY A. DOWLING* (Rita)returns to SpeakEasy having performed in 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; Songs for a New World(SpeakEasy); Nicholas Nickleby, Follies(Lyric Stage); A Man of No Importance (Súgán/SpeakEasy); Steel Magnolias, Pal Joey (Stoneham);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.
SCOTT EDMISTON (Director) returns to SpeakEasy where he directed Far from Heaven; The History Boys; The Light in the Piazza; Five by Tenn; Other Desert Cities; Next Fall; In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); Reckless; The Women; The Last Sunday in June; and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. He has directed more than 60 productions across New England for Lyric Stage, A.R.T., Huntington Theatre, and New Rep, among others. Highlights: Long Day’s Journey into Night, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Time Stands Still, Sunday in the Park with George, Water by the Spoonful, A Marvelous Party, Nixon in China, Private Lives, and Betrayal. Scott is the recipient of SpeakEasy’s Outstanding Artist Award, three Elliot Norton Awards, two IRNE Awards, the StageSource Theatre Hero Award, and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. He is a Professor of the Practice and Chair of the Theatre Department at Northeastern University.
JENNIFER ELLIS* is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy Stage, having last been seen in Nine. Local credits include Commonwealth Shakespeare, Lyric Stage, Gloucester Stage, New Rep, Central Square Theater, Metro Stage, Boston Lyric Opera, Peterborough Players, The Huntington Theatre, and Stoneham Theatre. She also regularly appears in the long-running hit Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse, and received an IRNE Award for her portrayal of Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella at Gloucester Stage. Jen also works as a corporate spokesperson and voiceover artist. Love to Ben. www.JenEllis.net
SCOTT FRANKEL (Music) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work on Grey Gardens, which ran at Playwrights Horizons before transferring to Broadway in 2006. He has also written the music for Finding Neverland (UK premiere, 2012), Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater commission), Doll (Ravinia Festival, Richard Rodgers Award), and Meet Mister Future, all with lyricist Michael Korie. Frankel is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Frederick Loewe Award. He was the 2011-2012 Frances and William Schuman Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and is a graduate of Yale University.
MARGARET GALVIN (Costume Design Intern) Margaret is excited to be working on her second show with SpeakEasy. A senior at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a focus in Fashion Design and Art History, she is thrilled to continue to experience different types of productions after her work on Far From Heaven. Margaret plans to pursue a career in Costume Design upon graduation.
RICHARD GREENBERG (Book) is the author of The Assembled Parties (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Take Me Out (Tony Award for Best Play; Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award), The House in Town, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist), The American Plan, and many other plays.
EVAN MICHAEL HAAS (Assistant Director) is pleased to make his SpeakEasy debut with Far from Heaven. He is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory where he emphasized in directing, studying with SpeakEasy Artistic Director Paul Daigneault. While at The Conservatory, Evan directed a stage adaptation of John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, as well as a production of The Stonewater Rapture by Doug Wright. He is currently Managing Director at Off the Grid Theatre Company, which recently produced The Yellow Wallpaper.
AUDREE HEDEQUIST (Young Violet), age 12, recently appeared as Janice in SpeakEasy’s production of Far From Heaven, for which she received an IRNE nomination . Some of her other favorite Boston-area credits include, Shrek, Annie, A Tale of Two Cities, The Miracle Worker (IRNE nom), Charlotte’s Web (Wheelock Family Theatre); HONK!,A Year With Frog and Toad (Boston Children’s Theatre); and The Little Mermaid (Riverside Theatre Works). Audree thanks her family and friends for all their support, and Paul and Matt for this amazing opportunity.
ANGELA JAYMES (Young Company Coordinator) couldn’t be more thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut in an educational context! She graduated with a BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College in 2013 and became a certified Teacher of Theatre this past February. This summer, Angela worked as the Movement Teacher for Wheelock Family Theatre’s Advanced Performance Intensive for Teens, and this past spring, she assistant directed a devised children’s musical with Artbarn Community Theatre in Brookline. She wishes to thank SpeakEasy for granting her the unique opportunity to help develop ways to further engage young actors. angela-jaymes.com.
MICHAEL KORIE (Lyrics) wrote the lyrics to Far From Heaven originally produced at Playwrights Horizons and developed at the Williamstown Festival, composer Scott Frankel, book by Richard Greenberg. The recording was recently released by P.S. Classics. Korie was nominated for a Tony and received the Outer Critics Circle award for his lyrics to Grey Gardens (collaborators Frankel and Doug Wright, directed by Michael Greif), produced at Playwrights Horizons, on Broadway, nationally, and abroad in Brazil, Australia, and Japan. Upcoming with the same team is an original musical for Stone Productions. He wrote lyrics to Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater (with composer Frankel, playwright John Weidman, director Susan Stroman), and to Doctor Zhivago (collaborators Michael Weller, Lucy Simon, Amy Powers, director Des McAnuff), currently running in Europe and Broadway bound. He is now writing lyrics to a new show for Disney Theatricals working with composer Josh Schmidt and playwright Donald Margulies. For opera, Korie wrote the libretto to composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath produced at Minnesota Opera, Disney Hall and Carnegie Hall. In progress with composer Jeanine Tesori and director Des McAnuff is Senna for The Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater. Korie’s librettos to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and New York City Opera, Kabbalah at Brooklyn Academy, and Where’s Dick? at Houston Grand Opera directed by Richard Foreman. . Korie’s lyrics have received the Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. His songs with composer Frankel were spotlighted at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Broadway Today. He serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild, contributes to The Dramatist, and moderates the musical theater division of the Dramatist Guild Fellows Program. He teaches at Yale.
TYLER LENHART is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut! Tyler is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory where he received his BFA in Musical Theater. Boston Conservatory: Merrily We Roll Along, Much Ado About Nothing, Noises Off, The Way of the World, Urinetown. Other favorites include: Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Frankie Epps in Parade, and Ernest in A Proper Place (Goodspeed Opera House). Tyler sends thanks to everyone here at SpeakEasy for this wonderful opportunity.
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.
MICHAEL LEVESQUE returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Next to Normal. Michael was most recently seen in the World Premieres of Creative License: A New Musical (Casey) and Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Musical (Abberline). Other local credits include The Shape of Things (Adam), Legally Blonde (Emmett), and Rooms (Ian). Many thanks to the family and friends that put up with the crazy schedule as well as the SpeakEasy team for this opportunity. SHMILY
SOPHIA MACK is pleased to make her SpeakEasy debut in Far From Heaven. Recent credits include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at Wheelock Family Theatre, Peter Pan at the French Woods Performing Arts Festival, and the Cabot After School productions of Annie and Honk. She has also performed in The Nutcracker with both the Boston Ballet and Washington Ballet, and done voice -over work for the children’s book series Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo.
CARLA MARTINEZ is honored to be making her SpeakEasy debut! She was most recently seen as Addaperle in The Wiz at Interlakes Summer Theatre. New England credits include: Hairspray (2014 Elliot Norton Award: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Ensemble); It’s a Wonderful Life, Oliver (Wheelock Family Theatre); The Full Monty, Forum, Les Misérables, Dreamgirls (Interlakes Summer Theatre). She is an actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer currently residing in Boston. Carla is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Endless thanks to family and friends for continuous love and support. Paciencia y fe!
ALYCIA MARUCCI* (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to return to SpeakEasy after working on CARRIE the musical last season as the Assistant Stage Manager and on The Color Purple as run crew. Alycia is also the Assistant Group Sales Manager at Shear Madness, and does wardrobe for The Donkey Show at the A.R.T. Most recently, Alycia traveled to Victoria, British Columbia and NYC with the Boston Early Music Festival as the Production Stage Manager for their Carpentier double-bill of La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. Alycia is a graduate of Suffolk University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
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.
JENNIFER MISCHLEY is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut. She recently appeared as Luisa in Nine at the MMAS Black Box Theatre. Other regional musical productions include South Pacific (Nellie), The King and I (Anna), and Beauty and the Beast (u/s Belle) with Fiddlehead Theatre. Other local shows include 1776 (Abigail Adams), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Chicago (Roxie), and Gypsy (Gypsy Rose Lee). Jennifer graduated from RIC with a BA in Theatre, holds an MS from Boston University, and has worked as an actor and voice-over artist in many television and radio commercials.
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.
TERRENCE O’MALLEY is very pleased to be returning to SpeakEasy having previously performed in Parade and The Food Chain. He has also appeared on stage with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (2 Gents), Lyric Stage (1776), and New Rep (A Christmas Carol). Terrence is also a science educator at both the New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science. Visitors to those institutions may have seen him enthusiastically lecturing on lobsters or letting loose loads of lightning. Love and great thanks to Melissa and Claire.
AMANDA OSTROW (Wardrobe Supervisor) Amanda is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after working on: Far From Heaven,CARRIE the musical, The Whale, The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind, Tribes, In the Heights,Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Xanadu. International touring credit: The Aluminum Show. Local credits include work at: Gloucester Stage Company, Hanover Theatre, Bad Habit Productions, Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Nora Theatre Company, and the Publick Theatre. Amanda received her BA in Media Studies and Business at the University of Southern Maine and is an EMC in Stage Management.
MAURICE EMMANUEL PARENT* (Sutter) is ecstatic to return to SpeakEasy after appearing in Far from Heaven, The Color Purple (IRNE Award), and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. He is a Resident Company Member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he has performed in Measure for Measure, Romeo & Juliet, Troilus & Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, and King John. Maurice has also appeared locally with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Underground Railway Theater, New Rep, Lyric Stage, and the Huntington Theatre. He was the winner of the 2008 Elliot Norton “Best Actor” Award for his work in Some Men (SpeakEasy), Angels in America (Boston Theatre Works) and The Wild Party (New Rep). Maurice is a Boston Public School teacher and a member of the adjunct faculty at both Northeastern and Boston University.
KAREN PERLOW (Lighting Design) is ecstatic to be back at SpeakEasy, where her favorite productions include: The Color Purple, In the Heights, Reckless, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The History Boys, Five by Tenn, Bat Boy, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, A New Brain, and A Man of No Importance, the last a co-production with Súgán Theatre Company. Upcoming productions include: Dear Elizabeth at Lyric Stage, Reconsidering Hannah at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and Arabian Nights at Central Square Theater. Karen teaches English to speakers of other languages, as well as Lighting Design at Northeastern University. She is a three-time IRNE Award-winner for Best Lighting Design. karenperlowlightdesign.com
ELLEN PETERSON is delighted to return to SpeakEasy where she was previously seen in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Parade. She just finished a run of MARY POPPINS at RI’s Theatre By The Sea. Ellen has also enjoyed working at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre, and in and around Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre, Huntington Theatre Co., Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Fiddlehead, Wheelock Family Theatre, Lyric Stage, Stoneham Theatre and New Rep. She has twice been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress IRNE award.
CAROLYN SAXON* (Lula Buffington / Almeta / Bus Passenger). SpeakEasy: The Color Purple, In The Heights (IRNE Nomination), Far From Heaven. Broadway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War; Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk; Hair; Purlie; Can-Can; Timmy the Great (Savion Glover, dir.); Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert. NY International Fringe Festival Film: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion (dir. by Woody Allen). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Paper Mill Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Artpark, MusicalFare, Struthers Library Theatre. Other: Boston Pops Gospel Choir, Carnegie Hall, Indianapolis Symphony, Boston Community Choir, NEC Millennium Choir, Mystic Chorale. Proud member of AEA. Love and thanks to Jamie.
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!
CHARLES SCHOONMAKER** (Costume Design) is happy to be back at the SpeakEasy. Previous work here includes The Light in the Piazza, Nine, and Other Desert Cities. He is the recipient of four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work in television. Boston-area theatre credits include Venus in Fur, God of Carnage, and A Long and Winding Road (Huntington Theatre Company); Tarzan (North Shore Music Theatre); Race, The Clean House (New Rep); Grey Gardens, The Legacy of Light, and 33 Variations (The Lyric). Credits in the Berkshires include the Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Dorset Theatre Festival, The Chester Theatre Company, and seven seasons as the resident costume designer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Television credits include Another World, All My Children, and As the World Turns. He teaches costume design at Bennington College. Charles-Schoonmaker.com
ALIX STRASNICK (Technical Director) Alix is excited to be back at SpeakEasy for her third season as the company’s Technical Director. Past SpeakEasy credits include Tribes; In the Heights, The Whale, and Next to Normal. Alix also served as Master Electrician for SpeakEasy’s productions of Next Fall and The Divine Sister. She is the Assistant Technical Director at the Groton School and worked on their productions of HairSpray and Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include Good Person, The Land (Fort Point Theatre Channel), Rock ‘n’ Roll, Lend Me a Tenor (Longwood Players), Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Apprentice Showcase) and She Kills Monsters (Company One).
JULIE STREETER (Master Electrician) Julie is excited to be working her first full season with SpeakEasy Stage! She also works as the ME at Brandeis University, and freelances for many of the theaters and event production companies in Boston.
JOSHUA SUSSMAN is thrilled to make his SpeakEasy Stage debut! Josh recently appeared as Kurt in The Sound of Music at Stagedoor Manor. Other recent performances include Brundibar with Underground Railway Theater, A Christmas Carol with Hanover Theatre, Bye Bye Birdie with Reagle Music Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird with Roxbury Repertory Theater, and The Velveteen Rabbit with Boston Children’s Theatre. Josh is an eighth grader at The Rashi School in Dedham. He wishes to thank Director Scott Edmiston and everyone at SpeakEasy for this incredible opportunity.
RACHEL GIANNA TASSIO SpeakEasy: Debut! Rachel graduated from the The Boston Conservatory in May with a BFA in Musical Theater. She has been seen in the Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals at Goodspeed Opera House and in productions with Off the Grid Theatre Company (www.offthegridtheatre.com). Thanks to Steve for teaching me not to slap my thigh.
NOAH THOMAS (Sound Design) is excited to design his first show for SpeakEasy Stage Company. Recently, Noah designed and engineered sound in St. Louis, MO for New Jewish Theater’s Awake and Sing (Kevin Kline Award – Best Production of a Play); The Last Five Years; and Man of La Mancha. He was also a founding member of Glass Monsters Company. For the last three years, he has been the Technical Director of the Theatre program at Lexington Christian Academy.
KEVIN THURBER (Audio Engineer) is excited to return to SpeakEasy having previously worked on CARRIE the musical. He is currently working towards a Bachelors of Science degree in Audio and Media Production at The New England Institute of Art in Brookline . Kevin also works in and around the Boston-area as a freelance audio engineer.
JARED TROILO* (Boland) returns to SpeakEasy having recently appeared in Far from Heaven and Jerry Springer – The Opera. He recently received IRNE Award nominations for his roles in My Fair Lady (Lyric Stage) and The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead Theatre). Other favorite credits include That Bachelorette Show (Off-Bway), A LittlePrincess (Fiddlehead Theatre); West Side Story, Godspell, Les Misérables (Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH); and The Drowsy Chaperone (Barnstormers). He received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is a proud member of AEA. Love to Mom, Dad, and Kira.
LARRY VIGUS is pleased to join the SpeakEasy family. He is currently on the theater staff at Boston College, and has worked in film, television, music videos, theatre, and commercials as a production designer, art director, props master, decorator, dresser, and props builder. He is also a professional actor, casting director, and acting and improvisation teacher. In Los Angeles, Larry founded LA ARTS Repertory Theatre and designed and installed custom museum exhibits. He recently production-designed the independent film 10-38 and has designed for Stoneham Theatre; New Repertory Theatre, and other theatres in New England.
TAREENA D. WIMBISH* (Production Stage Manager) Tareena is delighted to return to SpeakEasy having recently worked on Far from Heaven and The Color Purple. Boston: Auld Lang Syne (Gloucester Stage); Our Lady, In Between, and Tongue of a Bird (New Rep); Proclamation Project and The Donkey Show (A.R.T.); Kiss Me, Kate (CSC); and Next to Normal (Cape Rep). Touring (select): Gazillion Bubble Show (Jon B. Platt) and The 39 Steps (2nd National–Windwood). Upcoming projects: The Colored Museum (Huntington). Tareena teaches stage management at Cape Rep. in Brewster, MA and received an MFA in Stage Management from UC – San Diego.
From talkbacks to artists forums to Pay-What-You-Can evenings, this September is full of special events around SpeakEasy’s production of Far From Heaven! Following the 7:30pm performance on Thursday, September 18th, SpeakEasy will host a post-show talkback with Broadway Lyricist Michael Korie, where we will discuss the process of bringing this show to life. In addition, SpeakEasy […]read more
The Independent Reviewers of New England have announced their nominations for the 2015 IRNE Awards, and SpeakEasy is proud to have earned 20 nominations for our productions and artists. The ceremony will be held April 13, at 7:30 pm (doors at 7 p.m.), at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, […]read more
For the past 20 years, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie have established themselves as one of the most dynamic composer/lyricist teams in musical theatre. Artistic Associate Walt McGough spoke to both men about their process on “Far From Heaven.”read more
MICHAEL KORIE is perhaps best known for his work on the acclaimed Broadway musical Grey Gardens, on which he collaborated with Scott Frankel (music), Doug Wright (book) and Michael Greif (director). He also wrote the lyrics for the musical Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater (with composer Frankel, playwright John Weidman, director Susan Stroman), and to Doctor Zhivago (collaborators Michael Weller, Lucy […]read more
Scott Edmiston to Direct Boston Premiere of the Acclaimed Off-Broadway Musical (BOSTON) – From September 12 – October 11, 2014, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the Boston Premiere of FAR FROM HEAVEN, a lush new musical based on Todd Haynes’ acclaimed 2002 film. Featuring a book by Tony Award-winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) and […]read more