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SpeakEasy Stage to Host Fall Benefit THE SWELLTIME VARIETY HOUR, 11/9


On Monday November 9, SpeakEasy Stage will proudly present THE SWELLTIME VARIETY HOUR, an evening of "songs, sketches, soaps, stars, surprises, and serviceable banter," written in the style of an old-time radio show by the company's own in-house playwright Walt McGough.

Popular Boston actors and husband -and-wife team Paula Plum and Richard Snee will be the hosts for this exciting evening, which will team up SpeakEasy staff and supporters with top local performers for a rousing take on the Golden Age of Radio.

Among those scheduled to participate are popular local actors Amy Barker, Kerry A. Dowling, Jennifer Ellis, John Kuntz, Will McGarrahan, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent.

SpeakEasy Stage Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault will direct; longtime SpeakEasy collaborator Paul S. Katz will music direct; and local composer David Reiffel will write original jingles for the event sponsors.

"There is so much talent behind the scenes at SpeakEasy that you never get to see," said Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault. "I look forward to giving our board, supporters, and backstage crew their chance to shine in the spotlight.

In addition to purchasing tickets, friends of the company can also show their support by sponsoring a participant walk-a-thon style by visiting

Everyone attending the event will also be invited to the cast party at the South End's celebrated neighborhood nightspot, The Trophy Room, located nearby at 26 Chandler Street.

THE SWELLTIME VARIETY HOUR will have one performance only on Monday, November 9 at 8PM 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 are $75 and go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 7. All proceeds will go to benefit SpeakEasy's 25th Anniversary Season. For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call 617.933.8600 or visit .

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