Thank you so much for joining us for the World Premiere production of DIASPORA! by Phaedra Michelle Scott. I have been very lucky to work on many theatrical productions but this is the first (hopefully many) new plays that I have been part of the initial development to this production today. Like its playwright, Phaedra Michelle Scott, this play is smart, sweet, funny, genuine, critical and full of joy. It shows a side of Boston that we both experienced as newcomers to the city I now call home. This play explores the power of history, memory, family, friendship and of course what happens when you grow older and see the world differently. What I have always loved about this play is how real every character and moment feels. Phaedra's ability to tell timeless themes with characters who are authentic and complex reminds me why we need more plays like these. Phaedra and I met working at the Huntington in 2015, a cubicle wall separating us but that small cubicle area blossomed into a friendship and artistic relationship that has led to this production today. I am forever grateful the Huntington brought us together, to SpeakEasy Stage for the two year development on this project and to New Rep for deciding to give this play a life after many years of development. Thank you to all of the actors, dramaturges and producers who came through the years of development of this play. Most of all thank you to Phaedra, for her bravery, artistry and friendship. Enjoy!
Special thanks to the following individuals for helping us create the world of DIASPORA!: Liv Merryman (Dramaturgy), Katie Cona (Lead Carpenter), Jay Wiltz (Master Electrician & Lighting Assistant), Brenda Dziadzio (Scenic Painter), Kayleigh Kane (Intimacy & Fight Choreographer), Tim Gregor (Carpenter), Diego Farrell (Technical Director), Louise Potter (Scenic & Props Support), Ailey Rivkin (Scenic Support), and Jack Riter (Scenic Support).
Thanks to Ken Yotsukura Photography for our pre-production and production photos. Check out Ken's work at: www.kbyphotos.com
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Angelica Potter (she/her)- Director of Organizational Transition
Maria Hendricks (she/her)- Resident Artistic Director & Fall Props Team
Michael Hisamoto (he/him)- Resident Artistic Director
Lois Roach (she/her)- Resident Artistic Director
Lisa Cerqueira (she/her)- Business Operations Associate
Cal Callahan (any pronouns)- Education & Community Engagement Coordinator & Fall Props Team
Maria Basescu (she/her)- Communications/PR Consultant
Board of Directors
Chris Jones - Chair
Danielle Galligan - Vice-Chair
Sarah O'Neill - Clerk
Michael Zimmer - Treasurer
Lillian Sober Ain
Lisa A. Breit
Shannon Joseph Fairley-Pittman, Ed.D.
Stanley Kay, Legal Counsel