Monthly Archives: April 2012
For John Felock’s 50th Birthday we went to Rio and on a cruise. Attached are
a few photos and two pictures with the GMG in Rio and one in Casablanca.
Rio de Janeiro March 19-2012
John and Denise in Rio de Janeiro March 20th John turns 50
That is a question I am often asked by friends after they see one of our performances, after they give the obligatory praise. It has many answers, from a slightly offended, “What do you mean?” to an incredibly infuriating “Well, what do you think happens?”
Endings are always difficult, for both the performer and the viewer. After many a final performance I have gone home and stared at the ceiling in my bedroom, still in costume, wondering what to do now. When an actor takes that final bow, there is always a sense of finality. When will I get to play Beatrice/Maid Marian/a tree again? All right, maybe I wasn’t too sad about the last one, but still. Maybe because its easier and maybe because it’s not as hard, we often don’t have endings in our plays. I’ll allow you a moment of horrified silence.
Now then. I don’t remember much about my earlier plays, so I mostly have to go on the ones I have done in the past five years. After every single performance, there was at least one person who asked why I fell in love with the guy I hated, which happens a lot, or why that person stopped being evil in time for the curtain call. Well… I can never answer them, at least not to their satisfaction. Usually I’m saved by someone asking me to help clean up. But when I’m not, and the person won’t stop asking questions, you do have to wonder why we don’t write in a clear and concise ending.
`There is a very simple answer to this question, hidden among some more complex and twisted ones, which I won’t address here. What we do in Coupe is play. We play like we are little kids and we don’t have to worry about science projects and climate change, or science projects about climate change. We play with lines and characters that haven’t been tampered with since the great scriptwriters came up with them. We play and we don’t care what other people think of what we come up with. So, if I had time to come up with a clear and concise answer to “What happens next?” it would be this.
Our acting has a kind of surreal, ethereal beauty to it, since we are children and we are impossibly cryptic to those who don’t know us. We do plays without endings, or without beginnings. Sometimes there are neither and our characters were just born as they are, right now. It’s like when I was little and my family’s garden, with its decrepit statues and sad flowers, was my stage and no one knew or cared that the characters I created had no past, though they always had a future.
I don’t always have a chance to come up with something like that, though, so my answer is always different. But, I can promise you this: While we are still in Coupe, and while we are still playing, there will always be an after, even if it doesn’t make sense. What did I do after marrying Robin Hood? Why, I moved to Camelot, of course! What else is there to do in Coupe, other than move on and keep on acting?
Love, Mary C.
Keep an eye on this girl, I think she’s going places. EJ
Second community interview of the day: Joey interviewing Seafarer Director Jay DiPrima and cast member Rory O’Connor.
personal hold on Cape Ann’s cultural history. He has written
a mini-catalog of moving songs of the sea, including the
unforgettable anthem: “Wrapped in the Arms of Gloucester”.
It is my honor to bring Paul Cohan, a.k.a. SASQUATCH back
to the Rhumb Line once again. ~ Fly
Visit this link to see the charming video and hear the sweet
music of Paul’s lovely ballad, “Christmas In Gloucester”…
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner – $10.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
DAN KING, ORVILLE GIDDINGS & MORE…
…to seeing you there! :-) ~ Fly
Just wanted to thank the tremendous group of volunteer contractors that came and helped to start putting walls up at 11 Pleasant Street with us on Saturday! Check out the slideshow to see pictures of Kevin Hansery, Ron Nilsson, Aaron Noble, Tad Cunningham, and Patti Seitz doing some tremendous work. Interior walls up and ready for plumbing!
Also, thanks to Dunkin Donuts and Braga Management for some delicious donuts and coffee that made the day even more enjoyable and to Building Center for the beautiful lumber!
This week’s line-up:
J.B. Amero, Dan King, Wolf Ginandes & David Brown
The music, as always, promises be as hot as the Tamales… and as cool as the Margaritas!
PLUS, A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE:
Dougie Hiltz & the Harem
Tuesday, April 17… 7 to 9pm
86 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930-5710
This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com
Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.
Fishtown Players Theater announces its production of Conor McPherson’s instant classic, The Seafarer, is to be performed starting April 19th with a pay as you can performance at The Gorton’s Theater (home of Gloucester Stage Co.) at 267 E. Main Street, Gloucester.
Additional performances on 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 22 & 29 at 3 pm. Tickets are $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students. For information and reservations please call, 978-515-7957. There will be a special benefit for The Gloucester Writers Center on April 26 at 7:30 pm. Call the Center for details (978-283-7738).
The Seafarer is about redeeming grace. How far would you go to save your soul? Sharky (the protagonist) has hit rock bottom and the play is about his struggle to overcome all odds including the devil himself-to do right by his friends and family.
McPherson (also wrote The Weir and St. Nicholas) is heralded by many critics as the best playwright of his generation. The play stunned audiences and critics in both London and New York and won the Olivier Prize for best new play in 2007 and received numerous Tony nominations.
The playwright uses levity as a bridge to a more profound meaning. The play holds audiences in stitches and stunned silence throughout. This production is co-directed by Jay DiPrima and Michael McNamara. The players are; Jay DiPrima, Rory O’Connor, Michael McNamara, Bob Karish and David Adams.
If possible, can you please get the word out about the 25th Annual Walk of Gloucester Pride Stride. Walkers can visit our website www.GloucesterPrideStride.com to download a pledge sheet, or non profits can download and email a registration form.
The 25th Annual Gloucester Pride Stride Walk will begin at noon on Sunday April 29, 2012 at Stage Fort Park. The 5 mile walk will start and finish at Stage Fort Park, while enjoying scenic views of the Boulevard, Rogers Street, State Fish Pier, Main Street & Boulevard. We look forward to your participation on behalf of your favorite Cape Ann Non-Profit. We will start collecting pledges at 10:00 A.M. in the Visitor Center. If you are unable to join us on the 29th, you can still collect pledges for your Cape Ann Non-Profit and bring them to Becky Sumner at The First National Bank of Ipswich located in the Walgreens Plaza, or mail them to us. A donation may be mailed to the Gloucester Pride Stride Committee to help defray the costs of the annual walk.
Be prepared for a disaster: Join the Gloucester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) sponsored by FEMA
In a major disaster, emergency services cannot be everywhere at once, but properly trained citizens can be prepared to help themselves and assist their neighbors while waiting for the arrival of professional public safety personnel.
FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. With this training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that temporarily overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates until help arrives. When professional help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to these professionals and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community and have been used to distribute disaster education material and provide services at special events such as road races, parades, sporting events, and more.
The Gloucester CERT team has already been deployed several times to assist in Gloucester’s Emergency Operations Center and in their neighborhoods during times of severe weather incidents. Our volunteers have been trained in emergency shelter operations, emergency communications and caring for animals during emergencies.
There are many jobs within CERT for someone who wants to be involved and help. During and following a disaster, CERT members are needed to assist at the EOC with documentation, help care for shelter residents, etc. Other CERT activities are more field related such as pumping cellars, filling sandbags, clearing snow and the like. Non-disaster related team activities may include keeping databases, developing a website, writing a newsletter, planning activities, helping with special events and organizing exercises and activities.
CERT training is open to anyone 18 years or older. Training classes will begin on Wednesday, May 9th 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Fuller School Library, and continue once a week for 6 weeks.
Boston Casting is seeking commercial fishermen. You must either be a fisherman or know your way around a commercial fishing boat.
Shoots May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd FOR ONE DAY . This is a paid job.
If you are interested in auditioning, please email a photo, description of your fishing experience, and contact info toFishermenCasting@gmail.com
Please also include if you are available Wednesday, April 18th.
From Team Gloucester-
Posted on April 16, 2012
Kudos to Katie Taormina, finishing 88th woman in 3:14 despite brutally hot conditions. Top 100! Pretty Awesome, Katie.