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SpeakEasy Stage 2015-16 Season to Feature Recent Broadway Hits Violet and Casa Valentina

Three off-Broadway favorites will complete the season.

Nick Westrate, Patrick Page, and Tom McGowan in a scene from Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina on Broadway.
(© Joan Marcus)

SpeakEasy Stage Company has announced the productions that will make up its 2015-16 season, including two hit musicals, two celebrated off-Broadway plays, and the New England debut of Harvey Fierstein's Tony-nominated Casa Valentina.

Opening the season will be Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' appropriate (September 12-October 10), which follows the estranged members of the Lafayette clan as they gather at their crumbling Arkansas plantation home to mourn the loss of their patriarch and settle his estate.

Next up will be Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina (October 24-November 21), directed by Scott Edmiston. The play, which was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award, is based on actual events and takes place in 1962 at a Catskills resort where a group of heterosexual men secretly gather to dress and behave like women.

The recent Broadway hit musical Violet (January 9-February 6, 2016) will be the company's first offering of the new year. With a book by Brian Crawley and music and lyrics by Jeanine Tesori, Violet tells the story of a young North Carolina woman who travels by bus to Tulsa to see a faith-healer who she thinks can transform her life. Paul Daigneault will direct.

In March, SpeakEasy will present the New England premiere of Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy (March 12-April 9, 2016), directed by Summer L. Williams. A "saucy spin on race, sex, and sexuality," Bootycandy is based on the author's own experiences growing up black and gay.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Dogfight (May 7-June 4, 2016) will bring the season to a close, with Paul Daigneault at the helm. Featuring a book by Peter Duchan and based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort, this show follows three young Marines who set out for one final boys' night of debauchery on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam.

For these and other SpeakEasy Stage Company productions, click here.