John August and Andrew Lippa Will Reimagine Big Fish as Part of SpeakEasy's 2014-15 Season

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05 May 2014

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A reimagining of the Broadway musical Big Fish, the New England premiere of the comedy Bad Jews, the Boston premiere of Far From Heaven and two world-premiere plays are among SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2014-15 season.

The company will team up with Big Fish book writer John August and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa to craft a "new, more intimate version" of the musical. SpeakEasy producing artistic director Paul Daigneault will direct and help re-imagine the show, which is based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the film directed by Tim Burton.

With this new adaptation of Big Fish, August and Lippa, according to a press release, "hope to further ensure a long theatrical life for the musical by reducing the cast from 30 actors to 13 and re-orchestrating the score for a six-piece bluegrass band. As part of this groundbreaking collaboration, the authors will be traveling to Boston to participate in the rehearsal process for this world-premiere production."

"Besides being inherently theatrical and wildly imaginative, Big Fish also speaks to the special yet complex relationship between a parent and child," said director Daigneault in a statement. "I greatly look forward to being in the rehearsal room with John August and Andrew Lippa to help re-imagine this touching show."

An additional production, which will run May 8-June 6, 2015, will be announced at a later date.



Here's a glance at the company's 24th season:

Far From Heaven
Sept. 12-Oct. 11
Roberts Studio Theatre

Press performance Sept. 14
Book by Richard Greenberg
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Scott Edmiston
"From the creators of the musical Grey Gardens and Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) comes a lush musical adaptation of Todd Haynes' acclaimed romantic melodrama of private longings and social taboos. A 1950s Connecticut housewife's perfect life is shattered when she discovers her husband's shocking secret and seeks comfort in a forbidden relationship that dramatically alters her view of herself and the world."

Bad Jews
Oct. 24-Nov. 22
Roberts Studio Theatre

Press performance Oct. 26
By Joshua Harmon
Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw
"Two cousins wage war over a coveted family heirloom in this biting comedy about religion and culture. At odds are the annoyingly devout Daphna Feygenbaum, a young woman who wears her Jewishness like a righteous badge of honor, and her equally self-centered cousin Liam Haber, an entitled young man who has spent much of his life distancing himself from his cultural traditions. When the combatants are forced to spend the night in close quarters, the result is a viciously funny brawl over family, faith, and legacy."

Necessary Monsters
World Premiere
Dec. 5-Jan. 3, 2015
Roberts Studio Theatre

Press performance Dec. 7
By John Kuntz
Directed by David R. Gammons
"Sex, murder, and terrible danger lurk just around the corner in Necessary Monsters, the new reality-bending comedy from John Kuntz, author of the award-winning plays The Salt Girl and The Hotel Nepenthe. Through a series of intricately connected stories, Kuntz pulls us into the labyrinth of the human psyche for this dream-like and darkly hilarious look at the ways that we do violence and the stories we create to keep us up at night."

A Future Perfect
World Premiere
Jan. 9-Feb. 7, 2015
Roberts Studio Theatre

Press performance Jan. 11
By Ken Urban
Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
"Claire and Max find their values put to the test when best friends Alex and Elena announce they are having a baby. Claire is climbing the corporate ladder in advertising, while her husband Max is a puppeteer for PBS. With friends entering into parenthood, they ask: What happened to the indie rock kids that hated everything their parents believed in? A dark comedy about friendship, babies, and defining success."

Big Fish
March 13-April 11, 2015
Wimberly Theatre

Press performance March 15
Book by John August
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Paul Daigneault
"Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose larger-than-life stories of epic adventures delight everyone around him—except his pragmatic son Will. Just as Edward’s health begins to decline, Will learns that he is about to become a father, and sets out to discover his family’s real story by seeking the truth behind his father's tall tales."

To Be Announced
May 8-June 6, 2015
Roberts Studio Theatre

Press performance May 10

For more information, visit SpeakEasyStage.com.