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Photo_1_6334L to R: (Latham) Robert Walsh; (Stumpy) Francisco Solorzano


 The New England Premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue ends its run at Gloucester Stage on Sunday, October 11. Directed by Mr. Horovitz, Gloucester Blue takes place in the attic loft of an old industrial building in The Fort section of Gloucester owned by the upscale Bradford Ellis IV also known as Bummy and his wife Lexi. Working class housepainter Stumpy has been contracted to refurbish the building and he has hired Latham, friend-of-a-friend, to help him complete the job. As the play opens, Stumpy and Latham are hard at work, spackling damaged walls and applying fresh plaster and primer. Out of work for the last six months Latham is grateful for the job. When Lexi shows up with paint color samples, a story of intrigue, seduction, betrayal and money is set into motion in this dark comedy. The New England premiere of Horovitz’s newest Gloucester play has received unanimous rave reviews during its run at Gloucester Stage.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pmTicket prices are $28 for all performances. Tickets are $1 for ages 25 Years Old and under for all performances. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com


Photos by Gary Ng



RobertWalsh.212Gloucester Stage is pleased to announce that Robert Walsh has been named Artistic Director of the 36-year old non-profit professional theatre, effective immediately. Walsh’s appointment as Artistic Director continues a 20-year relationship with Gloucester Stage as both an actor and director as well as serving as Interim Artistic Director since December, 2014. During Gloucester Stage’s 2015 season Walsh directed Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom and currently appears in the New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue, which has extended it run through October 11.

According to the President of Gloucester Stage’s Board of DirectorsRobert Boulrice, “This summer we conducted an exhaustive national search that generated 86 applicants. I am delighted to say that after a whole lot of work, all we had to do was remove the “Interim” tag from Bob Walsh’s Artistic Director title! The cream rose to the top, and it was locally churned.” Reflecting on the Walsh’s accomplishments as Interim Artistic Director, Boulrice continues, “Bob has been at the artistic helm for the entire 2015 season. Many patrons have commented that this has been our best season ever. He is already at work finding plays for our next season, news of which we want to tease our audiences with before the 2015 season ends. As an actor/director, Bob Walsh has graced the Gloucester Stage for many years. As our Artistic Director, it will be great having him program the plays that will appear on it.”

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Israel Horovitz Gloucester Blue cast -1 ©Kim Smith 2015

Francisco Solorzano, Esme Allen, Israel Horovitz, Robert Walsh, and Lewis. D. Wheeler

A New England premiere of a new play by Israel Horovitz, the founding artistic director of Gloucester Stage, is always an event to celebrate. “Gloucester Blue, ” now playing through October 3rd, is no exception. This incisive and dark comic thriller is propelled by the secret desires that explode from its four characters. The story begins when trust fund babies Lexi and Bradford Ellis hire a housepainter named Stumpy to fix up their luxury Gloucester home. When Stumpy’s regular partner can’t do the job, Stumpy enlists a dubious character named Latham to help him, and that’s when the trouble begins. In no short order, smoldering passions are ignited that quickly turn to unexpected violence. The second act of this two-act play takes you on a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns that you’ll never expect.

The four-person cast brilliantly brings the characters to life. Working their craft on the imaginative set designed by Jenna McFarland Lord, Francisco Solorzano (Stumpy), Robert Walsh (Latham), Lewis D. Wheeler (Bradford Ellis) and Esme Allen (Lexi) create vivid characters that both provoke laughter and make your heart stop with their incendiary revelations. Their interplay is electric as they strive to reveal the darkest secrets of others while concealing their own.

For more information, visit gloucesterstage.com.

Israel Horovitz Gloucester Blue ©Kim Smith 2015



Photo_4_1061Foreground: Clara: Marya Lowry; Background: Breda: Nancy E. Carroll

The New England Premiere of Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom ends its run at Gloucester Stage on Saturday, August 15. Directed by Gloucester Stage Interim Artistic Director Robert Walsh and written by Enda Walsh, the author of the musical Once, this award winning work has been receiving unanimous rave reviews during its run at Gloucester Stage. The New Electric Ballroom tells the story of three sisters living in a small fishing town on the coast of Ireland. The youngest, Ada, works at the local fish-packing plant, but older sisters, Breda and Clara stay home and relive their teenage encounter with a teen idol, a 1950’s rock and roll singer at the local dance hall, called the New Electric Ballroom. They relive their experience in a daily ritual complete with the clothes and makeup from their youth. Their surreal routine is interrupted by the fishmonger Patsy who ends up offering the sisters more than just the catch of the day. .Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at7:30 pm and Saturday at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $28 for all performances. Tickets are $1 for ages 25 Years Old and under for all performances.All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Photo_7_1216Foreground: Breda: Nancy E. Carroll; Background L to R: Marya Lowry; Breda and Ada: Adrianne Krstansky

NeverDark Series Continues: Staged Reading of Harold Pinter Play Starring Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay_Crouse_color_headshot_300_dpiGloucester Stage continues the NeverDark series with a special staged reading of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party featuring Gloucester’s Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 pm. There will be a Talk Back with the director and actors following the reading. In The Birthday Party Stanley Webber is an unassuming piano player living in a rundown boarding house on the English coast. Two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, arrive supposedly on his birthday. As the celebration progresses the strangers turn Stanley’s birthday party into a nightmare. The reading is directed by Courtney O’Connor and features Lindsay Crouse, Allyn Burrows, Chelsea Diehl, Tom Grenon, John Porell, and Brett Milanowski. Admission to the reading is Pay-What-You-Wish. For information about the staged reading of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and the NeverDark series, call the Gloucester Stage Box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

Gloucester resident and Gloucester Stage favorite Lindsay Crouse was last seen at Gloucester Stage in her award winning role inDriving Miss Daisy. Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse made her Gloucester Stage debut in 2007 in The Belle of Amherst; followed by a return to Gloucester Stage in 2008 in Going To St. Ives, in 2010 in Table Manners, in 2011 in Living Together and in 2012 in Round and Round The Garden. A long-time veteran of the New York stage, Lindsay Crouse has performed off and on Broadway, and has won the Obie and Theater World Awards. At the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, she starred with John Mahoney in Conor McPherson’s The Weir, breaking the theater’s box office records. On television, Ms. Crouse has guest-starred on C.S.I.,Criminal Minds, Law and Order, E.R, NYPD Blue, Colombo,Murder She Wrote, Touched By An Angel, Hill Street Blues, Frasier, ARLI$$ and Alias. She spent a season as the infamous Professor Maggie Walsh on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She appeared on all three television networks simultaneously playing recurring characters on Providence for NBC, Hack for CBS, andDragnet for ABC. She has played three different characters on Law and Order, and appeared as the formidable Judge Andrews on Law and Order SVU. A feature film veteran, some of Ms. Crouse’s best known films include The Insider, The Verdict, House of Games,Slapshot, Communion, All The President’s Men, Prince Of The City, Daniel, The Arrival, Indian In The Cupboard, Mr. Brooks andPlaces In The Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Crouse currently teaches around the country a class that is unique in the world, combining principles of Buddhism with principles of drama, creating a fresh approach to acting, writing and directing in all media.

A longtime Gloucester resident, Ms. Crouse began spending her summers in Gloucester as a child and does not miss a summer on Cape Ann. Her parents began summering in Gloucester in the late 1940’s as an escape from New York City. Lindsay’s father playwright Russel Crouse found inspiration on Cape Ann. He often worked here with his longtime partner and collaborator Howard Lindsay. Their partnership of over 28 years is one of the longest in theatre history and responsible for such hits as The Sound of Music, Anything Goes, Life With Father and the Pulitzer Prize winning The State of the Union among others.

NeverDark is a series of second-stage events that include lectures, talk backs, film screenings, play readings, and other events designed to enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of all Gloucester Stage Mainstage productions. The NeverDark series continues with the staged reading of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 pm All NeverDark events are Pay-What-You-Wish. For information about the NeverDark series, call the Gloucester Stage Box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.



Noah Tuleja (Hamel) and Amanda Collins (Dotty)

An acting tour de force set in an imaginatively envisioned comic strip world. Bravo to actors Amanda Collins, Jennifer Ellis, Richard Snee, and Noah Tuleja!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night shows remain. For more information visit the fantastically easy to navigate Gloucester Stage Company website here.


Zena (played by Jennifer Ellis) could be my Seaside Heights Jersey girl cousin’s twin sister.

She is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!


Outstanding multi-character performance by Richard Snee

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Gloucester Stage Opens Tonight!

Richard Nelson’s “Sweet and Sad” opens May 28 at Gloucester Stage, 267 E. Main Street, Gloucester, MA, with performances until June 20.

Presented in collaboration with Stoneham Theatre. Directed by Weylin Symes. Video trailer created by 8mufnz for Gloucester Stage. For tickets visit gloucesterstage.com or call the Box Office at 978-281-4433.


Don’t Miss Gloucester Stage Company’s Holiday Delights!

“Holiday Delights,” is a fun-filled holiday spectacular presented by the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops, playing December 19th through the 21st. For more information please call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

Well well well what do we have here? Yet Another Reason to Designate Gloucester A World Class Cultural Destination- Gloucester Stage Company Renderings!

While Boston Magazine top ten sleepy bedroom communities take their shots at GTown (while secretly making 95% of their dinner reservation and  community event fun plans around it) we have yet another reason to celebrate.

Check out the renderings from the Epstein Joslin Architects, Inc newsletter and forwarded to me by GMG contributor Greg Bover

Here’s an interview I did with Alan Joslin on May 17, 2011

From the Epstein Joslin Architects, Inc newsletter-


An auto dealership, a fish processing warehouse, and


A vision for Gloucester Stage Company’s home on the harbor

The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded

The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny

The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny

The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny

The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny

The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny Blodgett, and award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz as a “safe harbor for playwrights and new plays”. For it’s first seven seasons, the company performed at the historic Blackburn Tavern in downtown Gloucester. In 1987, Gorton’s generously offered GSC a long term residence in its building in East Gloucester on The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny Blodgett, and award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz as a “safe

Video Interview- Introducing "The Seafarer" With Rory O’Connor and Jay DiPrima


For more information visit the www.fishtownplayers.com website

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).