Artistic director Paul Daugneault said in a statement, "I look forward to working with many of Boston’s best actors and designers to bring these acclaimed works to local audiences.” SpeakEasy focuses on staging Boston premieres that connect, challenge and inspire audiences.
Geoffrey Nauffts' Next Fall, to be directed by Scott Edmiston, will open the season Sept. 16 with performances running through Oct. 15. The play was a 2010 Tony nominee for Best Play and "takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love."
The Divine Sister, by Charles Busch, will follow, with performances running Oct. 21-Nov. 19. The comedy is "an inspired homage to nearly every Hollywood film ever made about nuns."
John Logan's Red, to be directed by David R. Gammons, will kick off 2012 with performances Jan. 6-Feb. 4. The Tony Award-winning play is described as "a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability."
Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, will be the first musical of the season. Paul Daigneault will direct the production that will play March 9-April 7. The musical won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and concerns a "suburban family dealing with the direct and indirect effects of mental illness." Xanadu, with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and book by Douglas Carter Beane, will conclude the season and run May 11-June 9. The musical, which will be directed by Daigneault, is based on the cult film of the same name.
Subscriptions for the 2011-2012 season are currently on sale; tickets to individual shows go on sale in late August. For more information and tickets, visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.