SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present FAR FROM HEAVEN, 9/12-10/11
From September 12 - October 11, 2014, SpeakEasy Stage Company will 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 music and lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, the creators of Grey Gardens, FAR FROM HEAVEN tells the story of a 1950s Connecticut housewife whose 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.
Like Haynes' film, the musical is also an homage to the 1950s melodramas of film director Douglas Sirk, which beneath their simple plots, dealt with issues of class and conformity in small-town America, and were bold indictments of American mores.
Jennifer Ellis, whose recent work includes Jacques Brel... (Gloucester Stage) and The Secret Garden (Stoneham Theatre), heads an all-star Boston cast that includes Aimee Doherty, Kerry A. Dowling, Will McGarrahan, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Carolyn Saxon, and Jared Troilo.
Also featured are Darren Bunch, Audree Hedequist, Tyler Lenhart, Michael Levesque, Sophia Mack, Carla Martinez, Jennifer Mischley, Terrence O'Malley, Ellen Peterson, Josh Sussman, and Rachel Gianna Tassio.
Norton Award-winnner Scott Edmiston, whose SpeakEasy productions include The Light in the Piazza, Other Desert Cities, and The History Boys will direct this production, aided by choreographer David Connolly and music director Steven Bergman.
The design team includes Eric Levenson (scenic), Charles Schoonmaker (costumes), and Karen Perlow (lighting). The Production Stage Manager is Dawn Schall Saglio. The Assistant Stage Manager is Tareena D. Wimbish.
FAR FROM HEAVEN will run for five weeks, from September 12 through October 11 in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston's South End.
Tickets start at $25. For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.