"Red" to "Next To Normal"
SpeakEasy's 2011-2012 Season
Highlights Award Winners
The 2010 Tony Award-winning play "Red"
and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Next
to Normal" are among the five Boston-area premieres that
SpeakEasy Stage Company will present during its 2011-12
Season. The schedule was announced by the company’s Producing Artistic
Director Paul Daigneault. SpeakEasy Stage is the
Calderwood Pavilion Resident Theatre Company at the Boston
Center for the Arts.
on SpeakEasy’s schedule next season are the ingenious musical comedy
"Xanadu," the critically-acclaimed drama
"Next Fall," and the outrageous Charles Busch
comedy "The Divine Sister." Single ticket for
all shows will go on sale in late August. Season subscriptions are on
Daigneault commented, “I couldn’t be more excited
about our line-up for next year. We have a great mix of shows next year,
and I look forward to working with many of Boston’s best actors
and designers to bring these acclaimed works to local audiences.”
Although casting has not been announced, Norton
Award-winning directors Scott Edmiston and
David R. Gammons have signed on to direct at SpeakEasy next season.
Edmiston will direct the season opening "Next Fall," while Gammons
will tackle "Red." Daigneault, a two-time Norton Award-winning
director, will direct both musicals next year, "Next to Normal"
The season schedule, by date, is as follows:
By Geoffrey Nauffts
Directed By Scott Edmiston
September 16-October 15, 2011
Called “The funniest heartbreaker in town!” by The New
York Times and a 2010 Tony nominee for Best Play,
"Next Fall" takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment
and unconditional love. Luke, a devout Christian, and Adam, a non-believer,
have been together for four years; yet spiritual differences continue
to spark trouble in their relationship. A sudden twist of fate, however,
changes everything in this compelling new play that looks at what it means
to ‘believe’ and what it might cost us not to.
By Charles Busch
October 21 – November 19, 2011
"The Divine Sister" is an inspired homage to nearly every Hollywood
film ever made about nuns. Written by Charles Busch, the comic genius
behind such classics as "Die, Mommie, Die!," "Psycho
Beach Party" and "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,"
this gleefully twisted tale tells the story of an indomitable Mother Superior
trying to cope with a young postulant experiencing “visions,”
a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting
from Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows.
By John Logan
Directed by David R. Gammons
January 6 – February 4, 2012
Winner of six 2010 Tony Awards including Best
Play, "Red" is a searing portrait of an artist’s
ambition and vulnerability. After he lands the biggest commission in the
history of modern art, abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko begins
work on a series of large murals with the help of a new young assistant.
What takes place between the two men is a master class on the methods
and purpose of art and the dynamic relationship between an artist and
Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Paul Daigneault
March 9 – April 7, 2012
Featuring a complex and surging pop rock score, "Next to Normal"
shatters through the façade of a suburban family dealing with the
direct and indirect effects of mental illness. Winner of 3 Tony
Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama,
this intense, emotional and ultimately hopeful musical makes a direct
grab for the heart with its story of a family coming to terms with its
past and bravely facing its future.
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar
Directed by Paul Daigneault
May 11 – June 9, 2012
Based on the cult film of the same name, this new musical follows the
efforts of a magical Greek muse named Kira who descends to Earth to help
a struggling artist achieve his dream of opening a roller disco. Featuring
an ingenious book by Douglas Carter Beane ("The Little Dog
Laughed") and a score full of chart-topping tunes ("Magic,"
"Suddenly," "Evil Woman"), "Xanadu"
is hilarity on wheels.
Subscriptions are available in 4- or 5- play packages, and
4- and 5-ticket Flex Passes. Early bird rates are good for subscription
orders placed on or before June 5, 2011.
For information on subscriptions, call SpeakEasy Stage at
617-482-3279 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.