With the opening of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, SpeakEasy Stage Company, has been inserting programs announcing four of their six productions for the 20th Anniversary Season for 2010-2011.
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Scott Edmiston
Featuring Anne Gottlieb
September 17 – October 16, 2010
This laugh-out-loud, provocative and touching play is a comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity. Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.
By Annie Baker
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Featuring Paula Plum & Adrianne Krstansky
October 22 – November 20, 2010
“Body Awareness” week on a Vermont college campus is the setting for this smart and touching comedy about ordinary people grasping for connection. When Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, agree to host a photographer famous for his female nude portraits, a firestorm erupts that could break apart their unconventional family. Presented as part of the Shirley, VT play festival.
Book, Music & Lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin & Valerie Vigoda
Featuring José Delgado
December 8, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Weaving a modern-day New Year’s Eve into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable The Little Match Girl, this unique hybrid of musical theatre and live concert tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker whose resolve to spend New Year’s Eve alone in his apartment crumbles when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer.
Reasons to Be Pretty
By Neil LaBute
Directed by Paul Melone
March 4 – April 2, 2011
This incendiary drama from Neil LaBute (Fat Pig, The Shape of Things) asks, “How much is ‘pretty’ worth?” Sparked by one man’s offhand remark about his girlfriend’s appearance, Reasons to Be Pretty navigates the crumbling relationships of four young friends as they come to terms with their unfulfilling lives and question the American obsession with physical beauty.
A formal press release will be issued when they have selected the final two productions of the season.