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THE SOUND INSIDE, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, THE INHERITANCE and More Announced for Speakea Photo THE SOUND INSIDE, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, THE INHERITANCE and More Announced for Speakeasy's 2021-2022 Season 
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2021

To mark its return, the company has announced a bold line-up of Boston premieres that  includes the riveting Broadway drama THE SOUND INSIDE; the raucous Off-Broadway comedy  BLKS; a mesmerizing journey into addiction and identity, PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS; the  beloved musical fable ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and the sweeping two-part epic THE  INHERITANCE.  

SpeakEasy to Present Benefit Production of Jason Robert Brown's Classic Song Cycle S Photo SpeakEasy to Present Benefit Production of Jason Robert Brown's Classic Song Cycle SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by A.A. Cristi - May 4, 2021

SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly stream a benefit production of Jason Robert Brown's classic musical,

SpeakEasy Stage Announces Spring 2021 Line-Up Photo SpeakEasy Stage Announces Spring 2021 Line-Up
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 14, 2021

SpeakEasy Stage Company's 30th Anniversary Season continues this spring with the New England premieres of three exciting new productions: the genderqueer comedy THE PINK UNICORN; the scorching satire TJ LOVES SALLY 4 EVER; and the inspirational tales of THE BOSTON PROJECT: PROJECT RESILIENCE.

Broadway's De'Lon Grant To Host SpeakEasy's 30th Celebration Photo Broadway's De'Lon Grant To Host SpeakEasy's 30th Celebration
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 30, 2020

In recognition of its 30th Anniversary Season, SpeakEasy Stage will hold a special digital concert ‚Äď Celebrating 30 Seasons of Groundbreaking Theatre - premiering Thursday, November 19th at 7:30PM, and streaming through Monday, November 23rd.¬†

SpeakEasy Stage Announces Two New Audience Engagement Initiatives Photo SpeakEasy Stage Announces Two New Audience Engagement Initiatives
by A.A. Cristi - May 14, 2020

A play discussion group focused on contemporary female voices and a weekly Q&A with the artists of SpeakEasy's 30th Anniversary Season are the two new audience engagement initiatives set to debut at SpeakEasy Stage next week.  

SLAVE PLAY, THE INHERITANCE and More Announced for SpeakEasy Stage Company 2020-2021  Photo SLAVE PLAY, THE INHERITANCE and More Announced for SpeakEasy Stage Company 2020-2021 Season
by A.A. Cristi - May 7, 2020

The epic two-part play THE INHERITANCE; the scorchingly satirical SLAVE PLAY; the devastating drama PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS; the feel-good folk musical BRIGHT STAR; and the beloved musical fable ONCE ON THIS ISLAND will make up SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2020-2021 Season, the company's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today.

SpeakEasy Stage Cancels All Remaining Performances of THE CHILDREN Photo SpeakEasy Stage Cancels All Remaining Performances of THE CHILDREN
by Stephi Wild - Mar 13, 2020

Giving the evolving circumstances around COVID-19, and out of concern for the health and safety of its patrons, staff, and artists, SpeakEasy Stage Company has decided to cancel all remaining performances of its production of THE CHILDREN effective immediately, Paul Daigneault, the company's Founder and Producing Artist Director, announced today.

SpeakEasy Stage Company and Boston Conservatory at Berklee form Exclusive Partnership Photo SpeakEasy Stage Company and Boston Conservatory at Berklee form Exclusive Partnership
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 14, 2020

SpeakEasy Stage Company and Boston Conservatory at Berklee have announced an exclusive artistic and academic partnership between the two institutions, beginning in the spring of 2020. This alliance will enhance the hands-on experiences of the next generation of theatre artists at one of the most respected theatre companies in New England.

Boston Conservatory At Berklee And SpeakEasy Stage Company  Announce Exclusive Partne Photo Boston Conservatory At Berklee And SpeakEasy Stage Company Announce Exclusive Partnership
by Stephi Wild - Feb 14, 2020

Boston Conservatory at Berklee and SpeakEasy Stage Company announce an exclusive artistic and academic partnership between the two institutions, beginning in the spring of 2020. This alliance will enhance the hands-on experiences of the next generation of theater artists at one of the most respected theater companies in New England.

BWW Review: ADMISSIONS: Biting Comedy Asks You to Check Your Privilege Photo BWW Review: ADMISSIONS: Biting Comedy Asks You to Check Your Privilege
by Nancy Grossman - Nov 1, 2019

It's probably just a coincidence, but two fine plays currently running at two award-winning regional theaters share an unusual commonality. Both focus on the issue of white privilege and the prevailing attitude that acknowledging its existence will end it. In THE THANKSGIVING PLAY at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the idea is to honor Native Americans in an elementary school play without benefit of any of them participating. In ADMISSIONS, receiving its Boston premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Company, a couple of white liberal educators work hard to expand racial diversity at their small New England prep school, but their progressive values are tested when their exceptional son's Ivy League dreams are derailed. Remarkably, there are no indigenous people or people of color on stage in either production, an intentional, pointed omission by the playwrights.

ADMISSIONS Comes to SpeakEasy Stage Photo ADMISSIONS Comes to SpeakEasy Stage
by Stephi Wild - Oct 8, 2019

From October 25 to November 30, 2019, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the New England premiere of ADMISSIONS, the winner of the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

BWW Review: N. E. Premiere of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Coincides With LGBTQ Pride Month Photo BWW Review: N. E. Premiere of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Coincides With LGBTQ Pride Month
by Nancy Grossman - Jun 5, 2019

Just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month, and on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the New England premiere of the Off-Broadway musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS in the Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. Inspired by a little-known historical event, Max Vernon pays tribute to '70s gay culture and the victims of the firebombing of the UpStairs Lounge in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1973. Although 32 people perished (the deadliest assault on a gay bar prior to the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub which killed 49 people), Vernon's book and score focus on the personalities of the archetypal characters, the challenges they faced in that era, and the strong ties they forged to make a life in the homosexual community.

FUN HOME Returns To SpeakEasy Stage Photo FUN HOME Returns To SpeakEasy Stage
by Stephi Wild - Jun 4, 2019

Due to popular demand, SpeakEasy Stage will proudly remount its acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME for four weeks, June 8-30, 2019.

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Comes to SpeakEasy Stage Photo THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Comes to SpeakEasy Stage
by Stephi Wild - May 19, 2019

From May 31 through June 22, 2019, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the New England Premiere production of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS.

Announcing SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2019-2020 Season Photo Announcing SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2019-2020 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 17, 2019

The Broadway hit musical drama CHOIR BOY; the satirical and timely new comedy ADMISSIONS; the modern urban masterpiece PASS OVER; the Tony-nominated eco-thriller THE CHILDREN;  and the sweeping Broadway musical  BRIGHT STAR will make up SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2019-2020 Season, the company's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today.

MOULIN ROUGE, JAGGED LITTLE PILL & More Earn Nominations for 23rd Annual IRNE Awards Photo MOULIN ROUGE, JAGGED LITTLE PILL & More Earn Nominations for 23rd Annual IRNE Awards
by Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2019

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) today announced the nominees for the 23rd Annual IRNE Awards, which honor the best of the previous year's actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies. Moulin Rouge!, a new musical produced by Global Creatures, and An American in Paris, produced by the Ogunquit Playhouse, led with 12 and 11 nominations, respectively, in the Large Stage Musical Category. The Huntington Theatre led all companies with 31 nominations across seven productions, including 11 for Man in the Ring, the story of six-time world champion prizefighter Emile Griffith.

Education Spotlight: HEAD OVER HEELS' Andrew Durand Photo Education Spotlight: HEAD OVER HEELS' Andrew Durand
by Julie Musbach - Dec 27, 2018

Education takes center stage in BroadwayWorld's new Education Spotlight education series. Continuing with the cast of Head Over Heels, next up is the charming Andrew Durand.

FUN HOME Returns To SpeakEasy This June Photo FUN HOME Returns To SpeakEasy This June
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 12, 2018

Due to unprecedented demand, SpeakEasy Stage will remount its acclaimed production of FUN HOME for four additional weeks, June 8-30, 2019.  Amy Jo Jackson, Ellie van Amerongen, and Marissa Simeqi will return to play the three Alisons in the production, which was SpeakEasy's top-selling show ever and was hailed as "one of the greatest musicals of all time" by the Boston Globe.  Tickets for the added dates are now on sale.

BWW Review: SpeakEasy Stage's FUN HOME: It's To Die For Photo BWW Review: SpeakEasy Stage's FUN HOME: It's To Die For
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 23, 2018

FUN HOME is a true story about real people, and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault's production at SpeakEasy Stage Company, the Boston regional premiere of the 2015 Tony Award-winning musical, will make a believer out of anyone who sets foot in the Roberts Studio Theatre. Based on Alison Bechdel's memoir/graphic novel of the same name, the groundbreaking musical tells the story of the cartoonist's complicated family, looking back at her childhood and adolescence with Alison at three different ages as our guide. It is a memory play, a coming out story, a tragedy, and a comedy. Above all else, it is one of the highest points in a Boston theater season that has already had some very high points.

SpeakEasy Stage Presents FUN HOME Photo SpeakEasy Stage Presents FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

From October 19 to November 24, 2018, SpeakEasy Stage will present the Boston Regional Theatre Premiere of the 2015 Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME.

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