Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Season Will Include Curious Incident, Allegiance, and More

Regional News   Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Season Will Include Curious Incident, Allegiance, and More
 
The upcoming lineup will also feature Shakespeare in Love.
Lea Salonga and George Takei in Allegiance
Lea Salonga and George Takei in Allegiance Matthew Murphy

SpeakEasy Stage has announced its 2017–2018 season, which will include the Boston regional premiere of the Tony-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the East Coast regional premiere of the musical Allegiance.

The new season will launch September 8 with the Boston premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus' Men on Boats. Directed by Dawn M. Simmons, the production, which continues through October 7, is described as a "rollicking adventure tale brought thrillingly to life by a gender-bending cast of diverse performers who use carefully exaggerated theatrics to tell the story of an actual 1869 expedition led by John Wesley Powell to chart the Colorado River."

Simon Stephens' Tony-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Paul Daigneault, will follow, playing October 20–November 18. The limited engagement of the critically acclaimed work, which concerns 15-year-old math savant Christopher Boone, marks the play's Boston regional premiere.

The New England premiere of Shakespeare in Love, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, will be presented January 12–February 10, 2018. Directed by Scott Edmiston, the play concerns a young William Shakespeare, who is suffering from writer's block. "Enter Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will’s, who disguises herself as a boy so she can skirt the law and appear (as a girl) in his play. But when the playwright and his muse fall in love, the plot undergoes some surprising rewrites," according to production notes.

Adrianne Krstansky will star in the Boston premiere of Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe's Every Brilliant Thing. The solo show, which spotlights depression and resilience, will be offered March 2–31.

The season concludes with Allegiance, inspired by the childhood experience of George Takei. The musical will make its East Coast regional premiere at SpeakEasy May 4–June 2. Daigneault will direct the musical featuring a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes and enter internment camps following the events at Pearl Harbor. SpeakEasy will present "an intimate version of this important musical."

All shows will be performed in SpeakEasy’s home in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. For more information visit SpeakEasyStage.com.

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