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SpeakEasy Stage Company to honor Thomas Derrah

The late Thomas Derrah will be honored by SpeakEasy Stage Company at it spring gala in April.
Joe Mazza
The late Thomas Derrah will be honored by SpeakEasy Stage Company at it spring gala in April.

The late lamented actor Thomas Derrah will be honored by SpeakEasy Stage Company at its spring gala.

The iconic figure of the Boston theater who died last fall will be posthumously awarded the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Memorial Award for Inspired Support of the Arts in recognition of Derrah’s great work and dedication to teaching and inspiring young actors.

The gala, to be held April 6 at the Revere Hotel, will feature a performance by Mary Callanan and Brian Patton. (Callanan, who recently starred in the Tony-winning musical “Bandstand,” is a veteran of many SpeakEasy productions.)

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Derrah, who was 64, received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence and was a founding member of the American Repertory Theater, where he appeared in over 120 productions. He also performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theatres across the country. In Boston, he acted with SpeakEasy, the Huntington, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Stoneham, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project.