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[title of show], Adding Machine, Savannah Disputation set for SpeakEasy’s 2009-2010 Season

The hit Broadway musical [title of show] will have its New England premiere in Boston as part of SpeakEasy Stage Company’s 2009-2010 season line-up, SpeakEasy Stage Company Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today.

Also on tap for the company’s 19th season are the New England premieres of the acclaimed off-Broadway comedy The Savannah Disputation, the award-winning tuner Adding Machine: The Musical, and the hilarious Off-Broadway hit The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Rounding out the season is the Boston Professional Premiere of Craig Lucas’ comic Christmas fable Reckless, to be directed by Norton Award-winner Scott Edmiston.

In addition to a great line-up of shows, Boston audiences can also look forward to seeing many of the Hub’s top performers on SpeakEasy’s stage next year. Scheduled to appear in the company’s 2009-2010 shows are: Leigh Barrett, Marianna Bassham, Mary Callanan, Nancy E. Carroll, Larry Coen, Kerry A. Dowling, Brendan Mc Nab, and Paula Plum.

“Without a doubt this is going to be our most fun and entertaining season ever,” said Daigneault. “And I am particularly proud that, at a time when so many companies are cutting back, doing one-person shows or revivals, we will once again be offering Boston theatergoers high quality productions of exciting new works.”

All five showss will play the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

Early bird rates are available for subscription orders placed on or before June 1.

For more information or to subscribe, the public can call SpeakEasy Stage at 617-482-3279 or go online to

Here is the complete schedule of SpeakEasy’s 2009-2010 Season:

The Savannah Disputation
By Evan Smith
Directed By Paul Daigneault
Starring Nancy E. Carroll and Paula Plum
September 18-October 17, 2009
New England Premiere!

A Pentecostal missionary gets more than she bargained when she drops in on two Catholic spinsters and sparks a crisis of faith. To fight back, the sisters enlist the help of their unsuspecting parish priest, setting the stage for a theological showdown about what it means to truly believe. Nancy E. Carroll and Paula Plum star in this touching and funny new play.

By Craig Lucas
Directed by Scott Edmiston
Starring Marianna Bassham, Larry Coen, and Paula Plum
November 13 – December 12, 2009
Boston Professional Premiere!

From playwright Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza, Prelude to a Kiss) comes this darkly comic tale of a modern-day Alice in a perilous winter wonderland. When Rachel jumps out of a window on Christmas Eve, she embarks on a series of outrageous adventures that test her belief that it is indeed a wonderful life.

[title of show]
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Directed by Paul Daigneault
January 15-February 13, 2010

New England Premiere!

[title of show] follows struggling writers Hunter and Jeff, who, with the help of their friends, journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show-about-a-show at a new musical theatre festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre, a uniquely American art form-and to the joy of collaboration.

Adding Machine: A Musical
Original music by Joshua Schmidt
Libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt
Based on the play The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice.
Directed by Paul Melone
Starring Brendan McNab
March 12 – April 10, 2010

New England Premiere!

This musical adaptation of Elmer Rice’s incendiary 1923 play tells the story of Mr. Zero who, after 25 years of service to his company, is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. An eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to this stylish and stylized show.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Music and Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Starring Leigh Barrett, Mary Callanan and Kerry A. Dowling

April 30 – May 29, 2010

Press Performance, Sunday, May 2 – 3PM

New England Premiere!

At last, the hit Off-Broadway musical about agoraphobia, adultery, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan, and disco comes to Boston. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic Jeannie and her toll-booth collector husband – the storms begin to brew at Armadillo Acres, Florida’s most exclusive trailer park.

Subscriptions for SpeakEasy’s 2009-2010 Season are now on sale. Early bird rates are good for orders placed on or before June 1, 2009. Patrons with subscription questions may also call Jim Torres at 617-482-3279 or write Jim at Tickets to individual shows in SpeakEasy’s 2009-2010 season go on sale August 17, 2009.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the SpeakEasy Stage Company (website | profile | tag archive). Your source for news and information about Boston Theatre. Join our email list, follow us on Twitter @exploretheatre and become a fan on Facebook.

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