Casting Announced for SpeakEasy's History Boys; Edmiston Directs

News   Casting Announced for SpeakEasy's History Boys; Edmiston Directs
Casting is now complete for SpeakEasy Stage's upcoming production of Alan Bennett's Tony Award-winning play, The History Boys.

Directed by Norton Award winner Scott Edmiston, the award-winning drama will play Boston's Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre May 2-June 7. The cast will be headed by Trinity Repertory Company veterans Bob Colonna as Hector and Timothy Crowe as the Headmaster. They will be joined onstage by popular Boston actress Paula Plum as Dorothy Lintott and Boston University alumnus Chris Thorn as Irwin.

The "boys" of the show's title will be played by current students or alumni of four area colleges: Boston College (Jonathan Popp, Class of 2004); Boston University (Jared Craig, '07; Joe Lanza, '04; and Karl Baker Olson, '07); Brandeis University (Sheldon Best, '08; Mohit Gourisaria, '09; and Samson Kohanski, '08) and Eastern Connecticut State University (Dan Whelton, '03).

History Boys, according to SpeakEasy, is "set in a British boarding school during the 1980s [and] chronicles the struggle for the hearts and minds of a group of sixth-form (senior) boys. At odds are two teachers: Hector, a maverick English professor who uses somewhat unorthodox methods to educate his pupils; and Irwin, a young upstart who sees education more as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself."

The design team comprises scenic designer Janie E. Howland, costume designer Gail Astrid Buckley, lighting designer Karen Perlow and original music/sound designer Dewey Dellay.

The original production of The History Boys at the National Theatre won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best New Play. The production eventually moved to Broadway, where it opened April 23, 2006, and won six Tony Awards including Best Director for Hytner and Best Play for Bennett. The Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre is located within the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston, MA. Tickets are available by calling (617) 933-8600 or by visiting

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