Enter the Diamond Mine, a speakeasy that could be straight from Reading in 1920. We’ve got a hot jazz trio, our very own Vaudeville troupe, and bootleggers seated at the next table. Though national prohibition of alcohol had passed, Reading was living up its reputation as a wide open town. As the years passed, Reading changed. Speakeasy is a play that follows Reading from 1920 to 1933, through several characters’ stories.
Written by Sue Lange, directed by Vicki Graff, composed and musical directed by Chris Heslop, Set Design by Andrew Pochan, Stage Managed by Eileen Tarquinio.
Cast includes: Kira Apple, S. Marie DeBooth, Marie Suzanne DeBooth, Christine Cieplinski, Joel Gori, Joel Lesher, Anita Lewis, Jane Ney, Michael O’Brian, Luis Pagan-Anderson, Chris Roché, and Julia Smith.
performed at the Olympian Ballroom, 603 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA
Supported by the Berks Arts Council/Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Puffin Foundation, the Reading Musical Foundation, the West Reading Tavern, 1Up Collectibles, Unscented Consulting, the TEA Factory, and Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, and Wyomissing Optometric Center with food sponsored by Sweet Street Desserts, Tom Sturgis Pretzels, and Unique Pretzel Bakery
- Listen to Artistic Director Vicki Graff talk with Keri Shultz from the Reading Musical Foundation about Speakeasy (podcast title: Continuing the Conversation, Date 5.1.14)
- Read the press release for more information about Speakeasy
- Read the Reading Eagle preview article
- Read the Reading Eagle review
- Watch Sue Lange, playwright, Joel Gori, Founder and Actor, and Eileen Tarquinio, Stage Manager, talk about the production on BCTV’s Backstage with David Edgar Guest