2hr. 30min. (1 intermission)
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A fantastical musical of Prohibition-era NYC queer life written and composed by Danny Ashkenasi. Lissa Moira directs a cast of 28.
1929 - New York City. John and Jane Allison are newlyweds. Although they love each other, they have desires they haven't even acknowledged to themselves, let alone explored. But after giving her neighbor Roberta White a kiss, Jane goes "down the rabbit hole," entering the strange world of a Speakeasy, where time and space and identity don't appear to follow conventional rules. On accepting a sexual proposition in a public men's room, John mysteriously slides "through the looking glass," and in one fantastical magical realist dream night, they explore their sexuality through the course of two simultaneous and intertwining magical adventures.
Speakeasy shares the sexual freedoms explored in the 1920s and 30s, and how those freedoms were ruined with the end of Prohibition. It is a love song to queer life in NYC and to forgotten entertainers.