Speed-the-Plow

Cast

Bobby Gould
Rick Kaplan
Charlie Fox
Michael Daly
Karen
Gretchen Egolf*

Production Team

Playwright
David Mamet
Director

Producing credits include the Off-Broadway premieres of Umbrella by L. Pontius, Harvest by David Wright Crawford and The Vietnamization of New Jersey by Christopher Durang; Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, and Zayd Dohrn’s Haymarket, Permanent Whole Life (Alchemy Theatre Company @ The New York International Fringe Festival), and Shameless (Red Friday Productions in Boston). Directorial work for Alchemy includes The Vietnamization of New Jersey, Haymarket, Speed-the-Plow, The Normal Heart, and Ned Campbell’s Ollie Utz is Free; New York: the premiere of PeopleSpeak by John Augustine at 59E59 Theaters (Summer Shorts Festival 2); Boston: Shameless, Martin Jones’ Old Soldiers at Theatre Cooperative; the premieres of Henry Kimmel’s Tainted Window and Paul Mohrbacher’s Samarkand for The Atlantis Playmaker’s Festival; John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, James Christy’s Creep, and Jean Genet’s The Maids at Actor’s Workshop. Additional directing credits include Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe, Play, Act Without Words I and Act Without Words II at the Moscow Art Theatre School; Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine, Elizabeth Egloff’s The Swan, and Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 at American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Assistant Director (while playing the role of “Gavrila”) on Yuri Yeremin’s production of Chekhov’s Ivanov, starring Debra Winger and Arliss Howard, and on the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne, directed by Marcus Stern, at American Repertory Theatre. He has taught at Boston’s Actors Workshop. Member SSDC.

Production Stage Manager
Kathleen O’Keefe
Assistant Stage Manager
Mark Alan Cajigao
Set Design
John Farrell
Lighting Design
James L. Vermeulen
Costume Design
Sam Hamilton
Properties
Autumn Backman
Fight Choreographer
Rick Sordelet
Sound Design
Dallas Roberts
Music Consultant
Roger Raines
Technical Advisor
Graeme McDonnell
Technical Assistant
Peter Jones
Press Representative

Kevin P. McAnarney (Press Representative for Speed-the-Plow) has a varied background in public relations, casting and management. Kevin has handled major concerts on Broadway; international dance attractions and special events at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater, Carnegie Hall and others including two Katharine Hepburn tributes as well as the first NYC Academy Awards benefit. He did national press for Cirque du Soleil for four years and helped to open Mystere, in Las Vegas; tours of the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble to only name a few. For six years, he represented the Drama Desk Awards. He was honored to be the B’way press rep for Love! Valour! Compassion! (the first show ever to win the 5 top New York Theatre Awards in one season including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Obie Awards). KPM Associates (Grant Lindsey, associate) was the Broadway press agent for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; Some other NYC clients include: A R Gurney’s Sylvia; Children’s Defense League; Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Alisa Alonzo); Theater Hall of Fame, Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino, National Dance Week; Madrid’s Ballet Ullate; the musical john and jen; Moiseyev Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets Grandiva; and Moisés Kaufman and the award-winning hits Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. They continue to represent Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Career Transitions for Dancers and others. Mr. McAnarney managed a 13-city tour of the musical Camelot starring Rock Hudson; Cape Cod Melody Tent and Beacon Theatre. He was also a union treasurer and box office manager. Kevin was a member of the organizing of Broadway Cares and helped write the mission statement; an organizing member of B’WAY (Better Wellness And You), the Wellness Committee for the theatre industry. He is serving his tenth term on the Board of Governors of ATPAM.

Publicity Photos
Jessica Katz

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Show Poster for Speed-the-Plow

at ArcLight Theater

Press

“As its inaugural offering… The Alchemy Theatre Company presented a tight-fisted production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. Mr. Mamet chose well in letting Alchemy Theatre Company mount this revival. It turned his study of Hollywood detritus into theatrical gold.”
Free Press
“A theatre troupe that’s doing good work should NOT be a ‘best-kept’ secret. It should be a well-known fact. So I plan to blow the lid on some companies that have made me flip my lid. How about the Alchemy Theatre Company… a best-kept secret that doesn’t deserve to be.”
Theatreweek
“As potent and funny as ever… hilarious… David Mamet’s theatrical essay on the slide of art into the muck of popular taste — set, of course, in Hollywood — shows no sign of aging.”
Time Out New York
“A marvelous, savage satire of a brutal world… the actors are skillful… craftily staged.”
New York Daily News
“David Mamet’s satire of the macho world of movie production has been given a sturdy revival by the new Alchemy Theatre Company… a promising new theatre company.”
Backstage
“Keen direction… Speed-the-Plow is the premiere production for the Alchemy Theatre Company, a risky choice of show to bet the ranch on and for that they are to be lauded. They are off to a fine start.”
Punch In International (Conde Nast)