TribesSeptember 13 - October 19, 2013
Written by Nina Raine
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco**
Costume Design by Mary Lauve
Lighting Design by Annie Wiegand
Sound Design by Arshan Gailus
Projection Design by Garrett Herzig
Production Stage Managed by Adele Nadine Traub*
Born deaf into an argumentative academic family, Billy was pushed to assimilate into the hearing world as best he could by reading lips and staying out of the way. But when a young woman introduces him to the Deaf community, Billy decides it is time his family learns to communicate with him on his terms.
Cast & Crew
JAMES CAVERLY SpeakEasy: debut. James has been involved with the National Theatre of the Deaf for two years appearing in Journey of Identity, Stories In My Pocket Too, The W-5s: Stories Behind, andA Child’s Christmas in Wales. In Washington DC, he appeared in Faction of Fools’ Tales of Courage and Poultry as well as Tales of Honor and Anchovies. At Gallaudet University, he performed in L’Abbe de L’Eppe, UnContented Love, Spoon River Anthology, Urinetown, and Agamemnon,but his proudest accomplishment was directing Noises Off in which it gained recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Region II in 2011. He would like to give thanks to his family and friends for all the drama in his life.
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.
SABRINA DENNISON (Director of Artistic Sign Language) returns to SpeakEasy having served as ASL Coach for last season’s production of Clybourne Park. Sabrina was awarded Miss Hampton Beach as second runner-up 1986, first runner-up 1987, and crowned 1988. Played a major acting role in Siskel and Ebert’s 1990 top six Hollywood movie, “Santa Sangre,” directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Sabrina’s professional acting experience continued with U.S. tour including Ireland with the National Theater of the Deaf, when she took on the role of Greta, in “Ophelia.” Sabrina continued her tour with the Little Theater of the Deaf, where she performed a variety of stage productions for elementary school children, including The Brown Bag Princess and Jack Built a House, to name a few. Sabrina completed ASL translation for Yale University’s Twelfth Night. She took on the role of an ASL consultant in a Broadway musical Avenue Q (Broadway Across America), Trumpery, What the Butler Saw, The Lady Hamlet (Boston University School of Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, directed by Jim Petosa(Boston University School of Theatre), and Arabian Night, directed by Daniel Gidron (Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA). Played major role in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s production, Love Person, directed by Bevin O’Gara (Boston Center of the Arts). A proud Cape Cod native, where her late father was the only Bay Stater to be convicted of piracy (Robin Hood style) in 20th Century. is an avid artist in Newtonville. I dedicate this performance to my Mommie for making me who I am today. I love you and I miss you.
JESSICA DOONAN was the Rehearsal ASL Interpreter for SpeakEasy Stage’s Clybourne Park. She has a degree in Theater and American Sign Language from Northeastern University. Her previous show experience includes Two Gentleman of Verona (ASL Interpreter, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Song’s for a Winter’s Night (ASL Interpreter, Voices Rising),The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (ASL Interpreter, Boston University),Coriolanus (ASL Feeder, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Love Person (ASL Interpreter/Coordinator, Company One) and Porgy and Bess (Translation Assistant, American Repertory Theater).
ARSHAN GAILUS (Sound Designer) returns to SpeakEasy after designing sound for Clybourne Park and designing sound and composing original music for The Divine Sister. Other area credits include Lungs (New Repertory Theatre); Chinglish, Avenue Q, The Temperamentals, Superior Donuts, and The Understudy (The Lyric Stage Company); Macbeth and Twelfth Night (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design) (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), 1001, and Grimm (Company One). Arshan’s other work includes sound design and composition for independent video games in the Boston area and internationally. Arshan holds a B.S. in Music from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
GARRETT HERZIG is designing for SpeakEasy Stage for the first time. He has designed projections locally for Ryan Landry’s M (Huntington Theatre Company), Chinglish (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston) and Sugar (ArtsEmerson). Garrett has been the projections technician for the Huntington Theatre for many productions over the past four seasons. He works as the Assistant Lighting Supervisor for the Office of the Arts at Emerson College where he also teaches the Master Electrician course. garrettherzig.com
MEGAN F. KINNEEN (Props Supervisor) Previous SpeakEasy productions include Tribes and The Color Purple (props supervisor). Other props credits include work at Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Suffolk University. Set designs include A Streetcar Named Desire for Wax Wings Productions and Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Apollinaire Theatre Company. Scene painting credits include work at Cobalt Studios, Glimmerglass Opera and Cyco Scenic Studios. Her portfolio can be found online at mfkdesign.com.
ADRIANNE KRSTANSKY* returns to SpeakEasy after having appeared in Body Awareness and Snakebit. In New York City and regionally she has appeared at The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, LaJolla Playhouse. In New England, she has appeared at the American Repertory Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare, New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company among others. Film credits include Carol in The Company Men.
MARY LAUVE (Costume Design) Designed costumes for last season’s Clybourne Park, her ﬁrst show at SpeakEasy Stage. A longtime member of the Huntington Theatre costume department, Mary has worked on more than ﬁfty productions there, some highlights being Candide, The Thirty Nine Steps,She Loves Me and Two Men of Florence. For multiple seasons, she’s spent the summer on Boston Common with Commonwealth Shakespeare and has also had the opportunity to work with New Rep, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Arts Emerson, the Boston Pops and many other organizations in this area’s vibrant arts community.
KATHRYN MILES* SpeakEasy: debut. Recent Boston area credits include: Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company – 2013 Elliot Norton & IRNE Awards; Outstanding Production), These Shining Lives (Stoneham Theatre), Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Trout Stanley (Exquisite Corps), A Feeble Mind (Brown Box Theatre Project),Enron (Zeitgeist Stage), Melancholy Play (Holland Productions) and Macbeth, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing(Hampshire Shakespeare Company). Upcoming: Henry VIII(Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Ms. Myles holds a degree in theater from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. http://www.kathrynmyles.com
NAEL NACER* (Alex) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having previously performed in Tribes last season. Other area credits include: The Seagull (Elliot Norton Award -Best Ensemble), Our Town (IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor) at the Huntington Theatre Company; Pattern of Life, Lungs, The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre); Windowmen, The Farm, Gary (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Sila, Distracted (Underground Railway), The Temperamentals, Animal Crackers (The Lyric Stage Company); Love Person, 1001, The Aliens, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company One); The Flu Season (Whistler in the Dark); Waters Rising, Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire (National Theatre of Allston); A Number (Payomet PAC); Bent (SouthCity Theatre); and Polaroid Stories (Tinderbox Stage Company). Off-Broadway credits include The Hiding Place (59E59 Theatres) and Lemonade (NYC Fringe Festival).
M. BEVIN O’GARA (Director) returns to SpeakEasy after directing A Future Perfect (World Premiere), Tribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Award, Best Production) and Clybourne Park. Other credits include Becoming Cuba at the Huntington Theatre Company; Phèdre at Actor’s Shakespeare Project; Brahman/I, Chronicles of Kalki, You for Me for You, Love Person, and The Pain and the Itch at Company One; Matt and Ben at Central Square Theater; Two Wives in India and Gary at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; 2.5 Minute Ride for New Rep; Melancholy Play for Holland Productions and Tattoo Girl for Williamstown Theatre’s Workshop. She is the Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company and is the recipient of the Lois Roach Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Boston Theatre Community. mbevinogara.com
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.
NINA RAINE (Playwright) began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre after graduating from Oxford. She dramaturged and directed Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman (TMA Best Director Award, Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). Her debut play, Rabbit, premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2006 and transferred to the West End before going to New York. Rabbit won the Charles Wintour Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award for most Promising Playwright. Nina also directed her second play, Tiger Country, at Hampstead Theatre. She directedJumpy at the Royal Court Theatre, later transferring to the West End, and Shades (Critics Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer). Her commission for the Royal Court Theatre, TRIBES, directed by Roger Michell, won an Offie award and was also nominated for both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for best new play. TRIBES opened to rave reviews and won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. Nina recently opened Longing at Hampstead Theatre.
PATRICK SHEA* is very happy to mark his first appearance with SpeakEasy Stage. Mr. Shea began his career in the Acting Ensemble of the New York Shakespeare Festival and in the Broadway production of Child’s Play. A veteran cast member ofShear Madness here in Boston, he has also performed at New Rep, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, The Wilbur Theatre, The Nickerson Theatres and Worcester Foothills. He’s also made several appearances as an actor and narrator with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Lyric Opera. His film credits includeInfinitely Polar Bear, Ted, The Invention of Lying, Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Killer Flood, and By the Sea.
ERICA SPYRES* returns to SpeakEasy after having appeared in The Light in the Piazza (IRNE Award). Recent credits include Master Class and Marry Me a Little (New Rep); Of Mice & Men (Moonbox); Avenue Q (IRNE Award, Elliot Norton nomination), Time Stands Still (Elliot Norton nomination), The Mikado (Lyric Stage); and Pirates! (Huntington). Erica is a busy corporate spokesperson, radio/TV announcer, and can be seen and heard on commercials throughout the US. She coaches for My College Audition and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.ericaspyres.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).
MICHELE TEEVAN Previous SpeakEasy credits include Tribes (PA), What Lips My Lips Have Kissed (SM), Clybourne Park (PA), Other Desert Cities (PA), All About Election Eve (SM), Next to Normal (PA), Red (PA), Sorry, Wrong Number (ASM), The Divine Sister (PA) and The Blue Room (SM). Boston credits include Henry VIII (ASM) with Actors Shakespeare Project; Amadeus(PA)and Little Shop of Horrors (PA)withNew Repertory Theatre; The Nutcracker (ASM) with Northeast Youth Ballet; The Death of Tintagiles (SM) and Cruel Botany (SM) with imaginary beasts; The Fakus: A Noir (SM) with Centastage; and Romeo and Juliet (SM) with the Happy Medium Theatre Company. Michele is the Associate Production Manager at Speakeasy, the Production Manager at the Boston Opera Collaborative and is a graduate of Emerson College with her BFA in Stage and Production Management. .
CRISTINA TODESCO** (Set Design) is pleased to be working with Speakeasy again after designing last season’s Tribes and The Whale. Previous Speakeasy credits: Red, The Divine Sister, Body Awareness, The New Century, Reckless. Other theaters include: Lyric Stage Company, NewRep, Harbor Stage, Boston Playwright’s, Boston Conservatory, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Olney Theater Center, ART Institute, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Huntington Theatre, Orfeo Group, Williamstown Theater Festival, Opera Boston, Stoneham Theater, Suffolk University, Boston University, and Boston College. A four time winner of the Eliot Norton Award for Best Design, she is on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theater Arts and a member of USA 829.
ADELE NADINE TRAUB* (Stage Manager) loves returning for her third show at Speakeasy Stage. Previous projects include the award winning Tribes and Clybourne Park. A Founding Company member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Adele has stage managed 20 productions there, including this season’s Phedre. Other stage management credits include R. Buckminster Fuller at the A.R.T.; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues with Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany; db and Small Mouth Sounds with Vineyard Arts Project; Deported/a dream play, Two Wives in India, and The Salt Girl with Boston Playwrights’ Theater; Man of La Mancha and 1776 with Lyric Stage Company, and has spent several years stage managing for BU’s Dance Theater Group. Other projects this season include RiverSing with Revels, Under MilkWood with The Poets’ Theater, and Ulysses in a Bottle with Israeli Stage Company. During her four years as Production Stage Manager at The Boston Conservatory, Adele worked on over 40 productions with the Musical Theater, Dance, Opera, and Orchestra Departments. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and is a professional quilter. www.thequiltedchuppah.com
ANNIE WIEGAND (Lighting Design) is a freelance lighting designer who happens to be Deaf. Boston:You For Me For You, Love Person (Company One); Othello (Actors Shakespeare Project); How I Learned to Drive (Boston Center for American Performance). New York City: Miss NoWhere Diner (Akadēmeia Theatre) (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Best Lighting Design Nominee); The Medicine Showdown (The Flying Carpet Theatre Company); Reckless (Gallery Players); A Movement of the Soul (Berkshires Playwrights Lab); Lighting Director, The Acting Company Tours 2010-2013. Other: Top Girls (East Stroudsberg University); World Deaf Cinema Festival Awards, (Gallaudet University); Chautauqua Theatre Company Lighting Design Fellow 2009; Hangar Theatre Lab Company Lighting Designer 2008. www.anniewiegand.com
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