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SpeakEasy Stage to Present GRAND CONCOURSE

From March 3 to April 1, 2017, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the New England Premiere of GRAND CONCOURSE, a compelling new drama by award-winning actor, screenwriter, and playwright Heidi Schreck.

GRAND CONCOURSE tells the story of Shelley, a Catholic nun and former high school basketball star, who now struggles to find meaning in her work as The Manager of a Bronx soup kitchen. With the help of Oscar, a former Dominican dentist now making a living as a security guard, Shelley tends to her flock, a colorful crew that includes Frog, a homeless former intellectual who now passes time writing joke books. The arrival of Emma, a college dropout looking for a sense of purpose, is at first a welcome addition to the team, but the girl's erratic behavior soon takes its toll. With gentle humor and great heart, GRAND CONCOURSE explores the mysteries of faith, forgiveness, and compassion

Heidi Schreck makes her home in Brooklyn. Her other plays include Creature, There Are No More Big Secrets, and The Consultant. Her television writing includes Showtime's Nurse Jackie and Billions, Amazon's I Love Dick, as well as projects in development with ITV and Bravo, and a mini-series inspired by Mary Gaitskill's Bad Behavior. As an actor, Heidi has performed extensively at theaters in NYC and regionally. She has also appeared on Nurse Jackie, Billions, The Good Wife, and Law and Order: SVU. In her other life, she once worked as a reporter in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Director Bridget Kathleen O'Leary is making her SpeakEasy debut with this production. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre, where she has directed many productions including Blackberry Winter, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Collected Stories, DollHouse, and Fool for Love. Other Boston-area credits include work for BridgeRep, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Gloucester Stage; Boston Playwright's Theatre, The Nora Theatre Company, Underground Railway Theater, and Whistler in the Dark.

The cast for this New England Premiere production is Melinda Lopez (Shelley), Thomas Derrah (Frog), Ally Dawson (Emma) and Alejandro Simoes (Oscar).

The design team is Jenna McFarland Lord (scenic); Chelsea Kerl (costumes); Karen Perlow (lighting) and Lee Schuna (sound).

GRAND CONCOURSE will run for five weeks, from March 3 through April 1, 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.

Ticket prices start at $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and persons age 25 and under.


For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call the box office at 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com .



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