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SpeakEasy’s 23rd Season to feature cult musical ’Carrie,’ plus ’Color Purple’

Saturday May 11, 2013
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The World Premiere of "Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind," the acclaimed Off-Broadway drama "Tribes," and the soul-stirring Broadway musical "The Color Purple" are among the five premiere productions that SpeakEasy Stage will present in its 2013-2014 Season, the company’s Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today.

Also on the schedule for SpeakEasy’s 23rd Season are the weighty drama "The Whale," and the musical adaptation of the legendary Stephen King novel "Carrie The Musical."


"I am thrilled to be able to offer Boston this fantastic mix of shows" said Daigneault in announcing his new season line-up. "First, it is an honor to be presenting the World Premiere of a new comedy by Kurt Vonnegut, which has been by adapted award-winning playwright Nicky Silver. "Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind" is a zany, whimsical, and sardonic romp about our culture’s problem with indecisiveness, chock full of absurd observations and bizarre points of view that are pure Vonnegut."

"I also look forward to producing the New England premieres of two of the most celebrated plays in recent memory - "Tribes" and "The Whale" - as well as the regional premieres of two of the most talked-about musicals of our day - "Carrie" And "The Color Purple."

"All in all, it will be an incredibly bold, diverse, and entertaining season" he concluded.

Daigneault confirmed that he will take the reins on the "The Color Purple," with M. Bevin O’Gara directing "Tribes" and David R. Gammons helming "The Whale." Cliff Fannin Baker, the founder and former artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre, will join SpeakEasy to direct "Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind." At press time, a director had not been set for "Carrie."

Here is the current schedule for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s 2013-14 Season. All artists and titles are subject to change:


Tribes By Nina Raine; Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara; New England Premiere - Sept. 13 - Oct. 12, 2013.

"A smart, lively new play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech" - New York Times

Born deaf into a garrulous and 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 he is introduced to the Deaf community by Sylvia, a young woman slowly going deaf herself, Billy decides it is time his family learns to communicate with him on his terms. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, "Tribes" is a fiercely intelligent and sophisticated drama about family, belonging, and language.


Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind By Kurt Vonnegut and Nicky Silver; Directed by Cliff Fannin Baker; World Premiere - Nov. 1- 30, 2013.

"All a play is is a party - a novelist’s response to loneliness with the director, the actors, and the audience as an extended family...which is nice." - Kurt Vonnegut
SpeakEasy Stage is thrilled to present an exciting new script written by internationally renowned author Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions), and adapted by acclaimed Broadway playwright Nicky Silver (The Lyons, The Food Chain, Pterodactyls). Set in Manhattan in 1986, the play tells the story of a man who sets up a "decisology practice" from which he dispenses professional yet decidedly unconventional help to the desperately indecisive. But his own decision-making skills are called into question when he falls for one of his clients, the wife of a multi-millionaire, whose husband decides to cash in on the lovers’ passion in the most extraordinary way imaginable.


The Color Purple Book by Marsha Norman; Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray; Directed by Paul Daigneault; Boston Regional Premiere - Jan. 10 - Feb. 8, 2014

¬†"At once epic and personal... it couldn’t be more full of heart and spirit" - Boston Globe

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, "The Color Purple" is an inspiring musical saga that tells the unforgettable story of Celie, a woman who - through love - finds the strength to triumph over adversity and find her true place in the world. Set to a soul-stirring score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, "The Color Purple" is a story of hope and a celebration of life.


The Whale By Samuel D. Hunter; Directed by David R. Gammons; New England Premiere - March 7 - April 5, 2014

"Riveting! An impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions" - NY Observer

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, Charlie, a 600-pound recluse, hides away in his apartment slowly eating himself into oblivion. With his health failing, he decides to reach out to his daughter, a sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. Winner of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, "The Whale" is a big-hearted, humorous, and emotionally wrenching new work about grief, beauty, and redemption.


CARRIE the musical Music by Michael Gore; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen; Based on the novel by Stephen King; Director TBA; New England Premiere - May 9 - June 7, 2014

"The show has guts...Carrie has real weight and emotional conviction." - Time

Based on the haunting novel by Stephen King, "Carrie" tells the story of a bullied teenager who discovers she has extraordinary and terrifying powers. Relentlessly tormented at school and raised by an overprotective fanatical mother, Carrie White has always been an outsider. But when she is unexpectedly invited to the prom, she dares to have hope for a normal life. Little does she know what horrible trick her classmates have in store, and what destruction her anger will unleash.

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