Announcing Our 30th Season: You Are Why We Tell The Story

Announcing Our 30th Season: You Are Why We Tell The Story

May 7, 2020

Returns to SpeakEasy: Dates To Be Announced
Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based upon the Novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy

Directed by Pascale Florestal
Music Direction by David Freeman Coleman
A Co-Production with The Front Porch Arts Collective

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical! In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we are thrilled to present a rousing new adaptation of one of the most beloved musicals in SpeakEasy and Broadway history, which also has the distinction of being the first full-fledged musical we ever produced. Powered by a pulsating Calypso beat, this delightful musical fable tells the sweeping story of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who, guided by the mighty island gods, sets out on a remarkable journey to follow her heart and find her place in the world. Featuring a joyous, uplifting score by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Anastasia), Once on This Island is “a bewitching celebration of love, resilience, and the spirit of hope.” (NY Daily News)

New England Premiere: JAN 8 – FEB 6, 2020
Written by Duncan Macmillan

Directed by David R. Gammons
Featuring Marianna Bassham and John Kuntz

New York Times Critic’s Pick! Boasting critically acclaimed, sold-out runs in both London and New York, People, Places & Things is an exhilarating new play about surviving in the modern world. The story focuses on Emma, a thirty-something actress who thinks she is having the time of her life, until she finds herself in rehab.  Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma; it’s with everyone else. And when intoxication feels like the only way to survive, how can she ever sober up? From award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan (1984, Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing), comes this mesmerizing trip into addiction, rehab, and identity.

Boston Premiere: FEB 26 – MAR 27, 2021
Music, Book, and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell

Directed by Paul Daigneault
Music Direction by Eli Schildkraut
Choreography by Misha Shields

2016 Tony Award Nominee for Best Musical! Created by comedy legend Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell, Bright Star is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South during the 1920s and ‘40s. This richly emotional story weaves together two chapters in the life of literary editor Alice Murphy: the first, as a young backwoods girl in love with the son of a prominent family; and the second, as mentor to a young soldier just back from the war. Propelled by a rousing country and bluegrass score, and brimming with charm, Bright Star is a refreshingly original and daringly hopeful new entry in the musical theatre canon.

New England Premiere: APR 30 – JUN 20, 2021
Written by Matthew Lopez
A Play in Two Parts

Directed by Paul Daigneault
Featuring Nancy E. Carroll

2019 Olivier Award Winner for Best Play! Interweaving lives and spanning generations, The Inheritance brilliantly transposes E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End to 21st century New York. A generation after the peak of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? What is the legacy left to them by previous generations? What do they owe the future and each other? Award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez explores these and many other profound themes through the turbulent and often hilarious experiences of a group of young, ambitious New Yorkers in a work that has been hailed as “perhaps the most important American play of the century so far.” (The Daily Telegraph – UK)

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