“Man of No Importance”
Premieres at SpeakEasy Stage

SpeakEasy Stage Company will kick off its 13th season with the New England premiere of “A Man of No Importance.” Performance dates are October 3 - November 9 at the Boston Center for the Arts. SpeakEasy’s producing artistic director and 2003 Elliot Norton Award winner Paul Daigneault will direct.

The creation of “Ragtime” collaborators Stephen Flaherty (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and Terrence McNally (book), the musical debuted at Lincoln Center last year.

Based on the 1964 film of the same name, “A Man of No Importance” looks at the plight of Alfie Byrne, a bus conductor living in 1960s Dublin. A passionate fan of Oscar Wilde, Byrne is intent on staging a production of Wilde’s “Salome” at his local church -- despite the objections of church authorities. In fighting for the play, Alfie is forced to face his own issues and take a stand.

A co-production of SpeakEasy and The Sugan Theatre Company, “Man of No Importance” will star Sean McGuirk as Byrne. McGuirk has most recently seen in the New Repertory production of “Moby Dick” as well as in “Shear Madness” at the Charles Playhouse.

Also featured in the cast are Nancy E. Carroll (“Sweeney Todd”), Dale Place (“Sideman”) and from SpeakEasy’s acclaimed production of “Bat Boy: The Musical,” Miguel Cervantes and Sarah Chase.

The rest of SpeakEasy's 2003-2004 season will include: Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years" (January 30-February 28); the hit off-Broadway comedy “Our Lady of 121st Street” (March 5 - 27); William Finn’s song cycle “Elegies” (May 7 - 29); and the Jonathan Tolin comedy “The Last Sunday in June” (June 4 - 26).

For tickets to any of SpeakEasy's productions or information on season subscriptions, call the box office at 617-426-2787.

-- OnStage Boston


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