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PLAYTIME STORIES CONTINUES WITH DR. SEUSS DAY

AT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON SATURDAY, JULY 16

Live Theater Performances and Activities for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly continues Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories, live performances and activities for ages 2 and older, on Saturday, July 16 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for included for July 16: Dr. Seuss Day: What Pet Should I Get?; The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax; July 23: Virginia Lee Burton Day: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House; July 30Rumpelstiltskin and Where the Wild Things Are.  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

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PLAYTIME STORIES CONTINUES WITH CURIOUS GEORGE AND LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO

AT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON SATURDAY, JULY 9

Live Theater Performances of Classic Stories for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly continues Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories, live performances and activities for ages 2 and older, on Saturday, July 9 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for July 9 areCurious George and Little Bunny Foo Foo. Other Stories planned for July include July 16: Dr. Seuss Day: What Pet Should I Get? and The Cat in the Hat; July 23: Virginia Lee Burton Day: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shoveland The Little House; July 30Rumpelstiltskin and
Where the Wild Things Are.
  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER & PAULA PLUM REUNITE FOR NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF THE LAST SCHWARTZ AT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY

unnamedGloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz opening on July 7 and running through July 30 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA., A funny and provocative look at family life, The Last Schwartz takes place in the Catskills as the Schwartz family gathers on the one year anniversary of their father’s passing. Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer made her Gloucester Stage debut during the 2015 season with Out of Sterno, which earned high critical acclaim and audience accolades during its smash hit GSC run. The Last Schwartz reunites Laufer with GSC Out of Sterno director Paula Plum. An award winning actress and GSC favorite, Plum returns to stage Laufer’s comic drama spiced with intrigue featuring a cast including returning GSC actors Brianne Beatrice and Paul Melendy, and GSC newcomers Andrea Goldman, Gabriel Kuttner, Glen Moore and Veronica Anastasio Wiseman.

Lynn native actress and director Paula Plum was last seen on the GSC stage in 2014’s Auld Lang Syne opposite her husband Richard Snee. Her GSC directing credits include Out of Sterno and I’m Not Rappaport. Ms. Plum is a founding member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project. She has been Artistic Director of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn since its inception in 2003. Other directing credits include Macbeth and School for Scandal with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Steel Magnolias at Stoneham Theatre; Jake’s Womenat Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Baltimore Waltz at Lyric Stage; The Lady and the Clarinet at New Ehrlich Theatre; Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbonwith Back Alley Theatre; Tell Me On A Sunday at Stuart St. Theatre; andRomeo and Juliet with Happy Medium Theatre. As the 2009 recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship, awarded to five actors nationwide, Ms. Plum conducted a workshop at her host theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, entitled Handling the Hot Moments, exploring the ways actors negotiate intimacy on stage. Her article of the same title was published in the October 2011 issue of American Theatre Magazine. While she is best known to GSC audiences as an actress, Ms. Plum is also a playwright, teacher and acting coach. Her most recent play, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, explores the passions and peccadilloes of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Ms. Plum is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, five IRNE awards, two Elliot Norton Awards for Best Actress, and was the 2003 Distinguished Alumna of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

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Last Chance To Catch Albatross at Gloucester Stage

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Last Chance To See Award Winning Albatross At Gloucester Stage Company

The critically acclaimed Albatross by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett runs through July 3 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The production has been receiving rave reviews and nightly standing ovations during it run in Gloucester. Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Albatross brings Coleridge’s tortured seaman into the present day to recount one man’s doomed journey on the open sea. A fast paced adventure filled with sea battles, storms, and ice-bound ships, Albatross uses visually thrilling stagecraft powered by the latest multimedia technology to bring The Mariner into the modern world. Directed by Rick Lombardo, this rollicking sea yarn features actor and co-author Benjamin Evett recreating his bravura 2015 Elliot Norton-winning solo performance of The Mariner in his Gloucester Stage debut. In 2015 Albatross enjoyed an acclaimed premiere at The Poets’ Theater in Boston winning two Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production by a Small Theater and Outstanding Solo Performance. Following the limited engagement at GSC, Albatross will move to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2016 and Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York City in January, 2017.

Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett’s Albatross July 3rd at Gloucester Stage Company. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Single ticket prices are $28 to $38 with discounts available for Senior Citizens and Patrons 25 years old and under. Gloucester Stage Flex Passes for the 2016 Season are also on sale now. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit http://www.gloucesterstage.com.DSC_7799

 

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Summer 2016 Session

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Professional Theater Training for 5 – 18  Year Olds

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop exposes young people to professional theater during a 6 week acting program for children ages 5 to 18 on Fridays from July 8 through August 12. The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop provides young people an opportunity to develop self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as to introduce them to the skills necessary for professional theater. A professional training program, the workshops include an introduction to theater basics such as theater games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing, public speaking and confidence building training. Award winning actress Heidi Dallin teaches acting in collaboration with Special Guest Instructors to offer specialized training in theater related disciplines. This summer some of the Guest Instructors will include: Academy nominated actress Lindsay Crouse teaching an Advanced Acting Class;  Elliot Norton Award winning actress Marya Lowry teaching Acting Shakespeare Techniques; and Emerson College trained Dialect Instructor Elizabeth Milanovich  teaching a variety of dialects including Cockney, Proper British, American Southern and Russian. The  2016 Summer Session  begins Friday, July 8 and meets on Fridays for two hours per week through Friday, August 12 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The students are divided in classes according to age: Children’s Class: 9 am to 11 am-5 to 8 year olds; Pre-Teen Class: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm-9 to 11 year olds; Teen Class: 2 pm to 4 pm-12 to 18 years old. The Youth Acting Workshop Program received a grant for tuition reduction thanks to sponsorship in part from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation and John and Mollie Byrnes.  Call Heidi at 978-283-6688 to register or visit www.gloucesterstage.com for more information.

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PLAYTIME STORIES OPENS FOR 2016 SEASON ON JUNE 18

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Gloucester Stage Presents Live Theater Performances for Young Audiences 

Gloucester Stage Company proudly launches the 2016 season of  Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories, live performances and interactive events for ages 3 and older, onSaturday, June 18 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators. The company performs a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations followed by a weekly series of dynamic interactive events related to the story. According Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program last summer. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for June 18 are the classic Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends: Thomas Goes Fishing, Based on The Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry and The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen on June 25; Curious George and Little Bunny Foo Foo on July 9. Other Stories planned for July include Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Dr. Seuss classics, The Lorax and What Pet Should I Get?  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.comSummer_2015_Edit (1)

The Award Winning Albatross Opens For Limited Run At Gloucester Stage Company

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 Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Albatross brings Coleridge’s tortured seaman into the present day to recount one man’s doomed journey on the open sea. Written by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett, Albatross, a fast paced adventure filled with sea battles, storms, and ice-bound ships, uses visually thrilling stagecraft powered by the latest multimedia technology to bring The Mariner into the modern world. In his Gloucester Stage debut, actor and co-author Benjamin Evett recreates his bravura 2015 Elliot Norton-winning solo performance of The Mariner in this rollicking sea yarn staged by director Rick Lombardo. Following the limited engagement at GSC, Albatross will enjoy runs at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2016 and at 59E59 Theaters in New York City in January, 2017. Albatross runs from June 16th through July 3rd, at Gloucester Stage Company. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm andSaturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Single ticket prices are $28 to $38 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Cape Ann Residents, Senior Citizens and Patrons 25 years old and under. For information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

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PLAYTIME STORIES RETURNS TO GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON JUNE 18

Live Theater Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older
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Playtime Stories Company member Ella de Gaspe Beaubien shows off the paper bag puppet she made during a puppet making workshop following the performance

Gloucester Stage Company proudly launches the 2016 season of  Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, June 18 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. According Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program last summer. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each weekPlaytime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for June 18 are the classicThomas The Tank Engine and Friends: Thomas Goes Fishing, Based onThe Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry and The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen onJune 25; Curious George and Little Bunny Foo Foo on July 9. Other Stories planned for July include Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Dr. Seuss classics, The Lorax and What Pet Should I Get?  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

 

GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY LAUNCHES 37th SEASON WITH PETER SHAFFER’S LETTICE AND LOVAGE

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Gloucester Stage Company kicks off the 37th season of producing professional theater on Cape Ann with Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage opening on May 19 and running through June 11 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Peter Shaffer, Lettice and Lovage follows tour guide Lettice Douffet as she leads tours through an obscure English mansion utterly devoid of interest. Lettice decides to “Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!” her tours by fabricating fanciful stories, which ignites the wrath of her employer, Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. The battle that ensues rapidly turns to friendship as the ladies embark on a series of escapades in this delightful comedy. Directed by Gloucester Stage veteran Benny Sato Ambush, Lettice and Lovage features Academy Award nominated actress and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse as Lettice Douffet, Marya Lowry as Lotte Schon, Mark S. Cohen as Bardolph and Janelle Day Mills as Miss Framer. Lettice and Lovage reunites Lindsay Crouse with director Benny Sato Ambush. The pair collaborated on Gloucester Stage’s critically acclaimed 2013 production of Driving Miss Daisy.

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EXCITING NEWS FOR GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY!


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Best Actress Play Midsize Nominee Amanda Collins and Best Supporting Actress Play Midsize Nominee Jennifer Ellis for Out of Sterno

 

Boston Critics Recognize Gloucester Stage Company’s 2015 Season

Non-Profit Theater Receives Nine IRNE Award Nominations

 

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) recently announced the nominees for the 20th Annual IRNE Awards. Gloucester Stage Company received a total of nine nominations for the 2015 season. The IRNE Awards honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, midsize and fringe theater companies in the New England area.

The Gloucester Stage nominations include two for Deborah Zoe Laufer’sOut of Sterno: Best Actress-PlayMidsize: Amanda Collins; and Best Supporting Actress-Play-Midsize: Jennifer Ellis; two for Israel Horovitz’sGloucester Blue: Best New Play and Best Actor-Play-Midsize: Robert Walsh; one nomination for Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom:Best Supporting Actor-Play-Midsize: Derry Woodhouse and four nominations for Annie Baker’s The Flick: Best Play-Midsize; BestLighting Design: Russ Swift, Best Actor-Play-Midsize: Nael Nacer andBest Director-Play-Midsize: Bridget Kathleen O’Leary.

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GLOUCESTER STAGE ANNOUNCES 2016 SEASON LINEUP

Gloucester Stage Company: The 2016 Season

 One World Premiere, Two New England Premieres

A Tony Nominee & Elliot Norton Award Winners

Set For 37th Gloucester Stage Season

Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director, Robert Walsh, recently announced the six-play lineup for Gloucester Stage’s 37th Season of professional theater in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “We are thrilled to announce our 2016 season: every story is a journey and in each of these six journeys you will find adventure, delight, surprise, intrigue and joy,” explains Walsh. The 2016 season features an Israel Horovitz world premiere, two New England premieres, the return of Academy Award-nominated actress, and Gloucester resident, Lindsay Crouse, Managing Director Jeff Zinn’s GSC directorial debut, the re-teaming of last season’s hit, Out of Sterno director Paula Plum and playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer, and the Gloucester Stage debut of Elliot Norton Award winner Benjamin Evett and Tony nominee Barbara Walsh.

Gloucester Stage kicks off the 37th season on May 19 with Gloucester Stage favorite Lindsay Crouse in Peter Shaffer’s, Lettice and Lovage, directed by Benny Sato Ambush; followed by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett’s,Albatross, on June 16, featuring Benjamin Evett and directed by Rick Lombardo; Deborah Zoe Laufer’s, The Last Schwartz, directed by Paula Plum opens on July 7. Then Jason Robert Brown’s, Songs For A New World, opens on August 4, directed by GSC Artistic Director, Robert Walsh, and featuring Barbara Walsh in her Gloucester Stage debut; September 1st, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s The Totalitarians opens, directed by Managing Director Jeff Zinn, followed by the world premiere of Israel Horovitz’s newest work, Man In Snow, opening on September 29.

Special Note for Cape Ann Residents:

PAY WHAT YOU WISH: Pay What You Wish tickets are available for the second matinee of each production. Tickets can only be purchased day of show at the door.

CAPE ANN NIGHT: The reduced ticket price for the first Preview Performance of each production is $25 for residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester. Proof of residency required. Limit: 2 Cape Ann Night tickets per household per production. Limited amount of tickets available per performance.

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Last Chance to See Holiday Comedy at Gloucester Stage

unnamedThe fast-paced and funny romp, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez with original music by Will Knapp ends its run on December 20 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and George Bailey—and just about every other holiday character—make an appearance in this hilarious comedy when three actors decide to retell every Christmas story ever told in only 90 minutes rather than perform yet another rendition of A Christmas Carol. A holiday comedy for all ages features holiday traditions from around the world, a sing-along of every carol ever sung, audience participation and all your holiday favorites reshaped into something entirely new. Directed by Allison Benko in her professional directing debut with a set design by 2015 Scenic/Construction Apprentice Rogin Farrer, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) features three actors: Brady Adair, Arthur Gomez and Suzan Perry all making their Gloucester Stage debut in this comic holiday treat. Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) performances are Wednesday through Saturday at7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm through December 20. Tickets are $26 for Adults and $11 for Children 12 years old and under. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com.

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) at the Gloucester Stage

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) Opens At Gloucester Stage On December 3

Gloucester Stage proudly presents the holiday comedy, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez with original music by Will Knapp from December 3 through December 20 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and George Bailey—and just about every other holiday character—make an appearance in this hilarious comedy when three actors decide to retell every Christmas story ever told in only 90 minutes rather than perform yet another rendition of A Christmas Carol. This fast-paced and funny romp for all ages features holiday traditions from around the world, a sing-along of every carol ever sung, audience participation and all your holiday favorites reshaped into something entirely new. Directed by 2015 Directing Apprentice Allison Benko in her professional directing debut with a set design by 2015 Scenic/Construction Apprentice Rogin Farrer, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)features three actors: Brady Adair, Arthur Gomez and Suzan Perry all making their Gloucester Stage debut in this comic holiday treat. Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm andSaturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. from December 3 through December 20. Tickets are $26 for Adults and $11 for Children 12 years old and under. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

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LINDSAY CROUSE STARS IN ONE-NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT GLOUCESTER SATGE!

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE LINDSAY CROUSE STARS

IN ONE-NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT GLOUCESTER STAGE

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Gloucester Stage proudly presents a one-night only benefit performance of A.R. Gurney’s funny and touching modern classic Love Letters starring Gloucester Stage favorites: Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse, and star of 2015’s Sweet and Sad  Joel Colodner on November 1 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. All proceeds from the evening benefit Gloucester Stage, a 36 year old non-profit professional theatre. The festive evening begins at 6:30 pm with a special Backstage Pre-Show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres from Willow Rest, fine wine, and craft beer plus an exclusive opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes at Gloucester Stage. At 7:30 a short live auction of unique items begins on the stage led by auctioneer Jeff Zinn, Gloucester Stage’s new Managing Director followed by the main event, a one-time only performance of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. Following the performance the cast and audience can enjoy a fine dessert buffet and gourmet coffees in the lobby. Tickets are $150 per person for the entire evening of events including the backstage pre-show reception, performance and dessert buffet, or $100 per person for the performance and dessert buffet only. All proceeds benefit Gloucester Stage. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

Lindsay Crouse made her Gloucester Stage debut in 2007 in The Belle of Amherst; followed by a return to Gloucester Stage in 2008 inGoing To St. Ives, in 2010 in Table Manners, in 2011 in Living Together and in 2012 in Round and Round The Garden and most recently, in 2013 in Driving Miss Daisy. Upcoming projects for Ms. Crouse include the lead role in the world premiere of Tracy Lett’s new play Mary Page Marlowe with the Chicago’s acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2016. 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’sThe Weir, breaking the theater’s box office records. On television, Ms. Crouse has guest-starred on C.S.I., Criminal Minds, Law andOrder, 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, and Dragnet 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 and Places In The Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Read more

Gloucester Stage Celebrates Playwright Arthur Miller’s Centennial

 

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Gloucester Stage proudly presents The Arthur Miller Centennial, a celebration of playwright Arthur Miller and his work in honor of his 100th birthday, on Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The audience is invited to enjoy birthday cake during a post-show reception with the cast and crew. Conceived by directing apprentice Allison Benko and stage management/production apprentice Jenna Worden, The Arthur Miller Centennialis a multimedia performance featuring recorded interviews with Miller himself as well as scenes from some of his best-known works including The Crucible, Death of a Salesmen, and After the Fall. Benko describes this special evening, “Arthur Miller is often called a quintessentially American playwright, and that might be true. But that’s a dangerously broad blanket statement — and what exactly does it mean? I think this production will be a way of asking that question. It’s a way of asking what Arthur Miller means to us, today, one hundred years after his birth.” The cast features local Boston performers including Kate Paulson and Sheridan Thomas, a professor at Tufts University.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE HOROVITZ’S GLOUCESTER BLUE

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CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE CLOSES  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

 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

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ROBERT WALSH NAMED GLOUCESTER STAGE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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” NOW PLAYING AT THE GLOUCESTER STAGE

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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.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PLAY CLOSES SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

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

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