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Heidi Dallin shares the following –

On Wednesday, June 13th, Lindsay Crouse and Jennie Israel, stars of the Gloucester Stage Company’s current production “Dancing with Lughnasa” were guests of the Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen BPR show, recorded at the WGBH Boston Public Library studio. “We had a great time on BPR on Wednesday! The interview is in the 1pm-2pm hour of the show. Lindsay’s husband Rick took some terrific behind the scenes photos. The link to the broadcast is below.”




Here is the link to the show: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2018/06/13/bpr-full-show-6-13-2018


Robert Walsh, Artistic Director   Jeff Zinn, Managing Director




Featuring Academy Award Nominee Lindsay Crouse

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 39th season of professional theater with Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa from June 8 through July 8at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Dancing at Lughnasa received the Tony Award for Best Play in 1992. Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival, Dancing at Lughnasa, chronicles the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away. Brian Friel’s award winning Irish masterpiece reunites veteran director Benny Sato Ambush with Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident actress Lindsay Crouse. The pair collaborated on Gloucester Stage’s critically acclaimed productions of Driving Miss Daisy in 2014 and Lettice and Lovage in 2016. The five Mundy sisters are Lindsay Crouse as Kate; Jennie Israel as Maggie, Bryn Austin as Agnes, Cassie Gilling as Chris, and Samantha Richert as Rose. The reminder of the cast includes Paddy Swanson as Father Jack, Ed Hoopman as Michael, and Chris Kandra as Gerry.

Often nicknamed the “Irish Chekov,” playwright Brian Friel had 24 plays published in a career spanning half a century. In addition to Dancing at Lughnasa his works include Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Faith Healer. In 1980 he co-founded the Field Day Theatre Company with actor Stephen Rea, which helped to unify opposing factions in Northern Ireland through performance. In 1989 BBC Radio launched the Brian Friel Season, a series launched in devotion to his work. Following his death in 2015 the National Library of Ireland valued his remaining notebooks and manuscripts at over one million dollars.

Director Benny Sato Ambush made his Gloucester Stage debut directing 2012’s Master Harold and the boys for which he won the IRNE Award for Best Director. He returned to GSC in 2013 to direct Driving Miss Daisy and in 2016 to direct Lettice and Lovage, both productions featured Lindsay Crouse. Mr. Ambush is a professional SDC stage director, former Producer/Artistic Director of professional theaters, educator, consultant and published commentator. As a director he has worked at the Old Globe Theater; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; South Coast Rep; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Merrimack Repertory Theater, Arizona Theater Company; Magic Theater; Geva Theater; Playwrights Horizon; Ford’s Theater; American Repertory Theater Institute; Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays; Lincoln Center Theater Institute; Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; Indiana’s New Harmony Project; Alaska Theater of Youth; International Theater Festival of Chicago; Sacramento Theater Company; National Black Theater Festival; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; Lyric Stage Company of Boston; and North Carolina Black Repertory Company. He also directed in the Boston Theater Marathon and on NPR Radio as well as directing all five of the San Francisco Bay Area McDonalds Gospel Fests. In 2005 Mr. Ambush directed the 68th annual edition of America’s oldest and longest running outdoor dramaThe Lost Colony in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His artistic leadership experience includes: Producing Director: Oakland (CA) Ensemble Theater; Associate Artistic Director: San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater; Acting Artistic Director: Providence, RI’s Rites and Reason Theater Company; Co-Artistic Director: San Francisco Bay Area Playwrights Festival; and Producing Artistic Director – Richmond, VA’s LORT C TheaterVirginia (one of only 13 people-of-color to have ever been Artistic Director of a LORT Theater).Mr. Ambush was Associate Artistic Director of Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard University in the summer of 2000 and Director of the Institute for Teledramatic Arts and Technology at California State University, Monterey Bay. For the past nine years he has served as the  Senior Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence of Emerson Stage, the producing wing of the Department of Performing Arts (PA) at Emerson College. He has taught on the Acting/Directing Faculty in the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College, Boston MA as well as a Visiting Arts Professor for the NYU Graduate Acting Program; and Artist in Residence, Tisch School of the Arts, NYC. Mr. Ambush has served on numerous regional and national boards including Theater Communications Group (TCG), has been a panelist and site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an  MFA from University of California, San Diego and a BA from Brown University.

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Robert Walsh, Artistic Director                Jeff Zinn, Managing Director

From: Heidi J. Dallin, Media Relations Director Phone: 978-281-4099 / 978-283-6688 Email: hjdallin@hotmail.com

Gloucester Stage Company: The 2018 Season

Two World Premieres, Two New England Premieres,

A Modern American Classic & A Tony Award Winner

Set for 39th Gloucester Stage Season

Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Managing Director Jeff Zinn, recently announced the six-play lineup for Gloucester Stage’s 39th Season of professional theater in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “We are very excited about the line-up of plays for our 39th season!”, says Walsh, “We’re thrilled to include two world premieres, two New England premieres, to honor the late Sam Shepard, and celebrate the indomitable spirit of the Mundy sisters in Dancing at Lughnasa.” According to Managing Director Zinn, “Choosing our 39th season challenged us to uphold and deepen our mission at Gloucester Stage.  “Revolutionary Women” emerges as a central motif: Madame Defarge, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Agitatorsall feature strong womenchallenging the world around them. That same fighting spirit continues with the irrepressible Cyrano, a battle between brothers in True West, and one man’s last stand against corporate greed in My Station in Life.  We’re so proud of the powerful company of artists we’ve assembled to bring these stories to life; welcoming back Lindsay Crouse, and Jacqueline Parker, and bringing Wendy Kesselman, Brenda Withers, and Ellie Heyman into the Gloucester Stage family.”

The Gloucester Stage 2018 season performance days and times for all productions are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Single Ticket prices are $35 to $45 with discounts available for Cape Ann Night, Preview Performances, Senior Citizens, Veterans,and Patrons 18 years old and under. Gloucester Stage Flex Passes for the 2018 Season are also on sale now. For information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase single tickets or Flex Passes, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.


May 11 – June 2


Madame Defarge by Wendy Kesselman

Directed by Ellie Heyman

A passionate re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ infamous Madame Defarge illuminates this new musical by Wendy Kesselman (The Diary of Anne Frank, My Sister in This House, The Black Monk).  Set against the turmoil of the French Revolution, as Sydney Carton (“It’s a far far better thing…”) sacrifices all for his love Lucie Manette, and Doctor Manette is “recalled to life” after eighteen years in the Bastille, Therese Defarge battles oppression with longings for love, freedom, justice, and revenge. Ellie Heyman makes her Gloucester Stage debut directing this fresh musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities. The world premiere of Wendy Kesselman’sMadame Defarge runs May 11 through June 2. 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.

June 8 – July 7


Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Directed by Benny Sato Ambush

Featuring Lindsay Crouse

Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival, Dancing at Lughnasa, chronicles the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away. Brian Friel’s award winning Irish masterpiece reunites veteran director Benny Sato Ambush with Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident actress Lindsay Crouse. The pair collaborated on Gloucester Stage’s critically acclaimed productions of Driving Miss Daisy in 2014 and Lettice and Lovage in 2016. Dancing at Lughnasa runs from June 8 through July 7. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

July 13 – August 11



by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers

Directed by Robert Walsh

Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh directs Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers’ fantastic 21st century retelling of Rostand’s 1897 classic. A cast of five plays a multitude of roles in this imaginative retelling of the story of Cyrano and his love for Roxane. Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers’ Cyrano, runs from July 13 through August 11. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

August 17 – September 8

True West by Sam Shepard

Directed by Joe Short

Sam Shepard’s American classic, True West, explores the explosive conflict between two brothers: Austin, the successful family man; and Lee, the nomadic drifter and petty thief. Directed by Joe Short, Sam Shepard’s True Westruns from August 17 through September 8. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturdayand Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

September 14 – October 6


The Agitators by Mat Smart

Directed by Jacqueline Parker

The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Directed by Boston’s award-winning Jacqueline Parker, this powerful story follows their 45-year friendship from its beginnings in New York, through a Civil War, and to the highest halls of government as they agitated the nation and each other.The New England premiere of The Agitators runs from September 14 through October 6. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

October 12 – October 21


My Station in Life by Ken Riaf

Directed by Robert Walsh

Featuring Ken Baltin as Simon Geller

From the rubble of his studio dungeon, Simon Geller, the last standing single-handed radio operator in the country, broadcasts commercial free classical music from Gloucester – the town that loves and endures his peculiar presence. In Ken Riaf’s world premiere, this local legend comes to life portrayed by Ken Baltin, with direction by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh. Building on the standing-room-only response to Gloucester Stage’s 2017 NeverDark event, My Station in Life will be presented for a limited run of two weeks. My Station in Life runsOctober 12 through 21 at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturdayand Sunday at 2:00 pm.



Wednesday – Saturday: 7:30 pm;

SaturdaySunday: 2:00 pm


Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA

SINGLE TICKET PRICES: Single Ticket prices are $35 to $45 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Senior Citizens, Veterans, and Patrons 18 years old and under. For detailed ticket information visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

SUBSCRIPTIONS: Flex Pass packages start at $158 for 5 tickets to use for any show and include early access to seating. This year also offers subscribers the ability to reserve their seats for the entire season with a reserved membership. Subscriptions can be purchased or renewed by calling the Box Office at 978.281.4433 or by visitinggloucesterstage.com/subscribe

PAY WHAT YOU WISH: Gloucester Stage is committed to inclusion and diversity, including socio-economic status. Pay What You Wish performances are the first Saturday Matinee (2pm) of each production, allowing access to the arts for all. Tickets are available at the door and donations can be made before or after the show.

CAPE ANN NIGHT: Enriching our local community is key to our mission impact. Residents of Cape Ann can purchase $25 tickets on the first Friday of each production. Limit of 2 (two) per household. Discounted tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office 978.281.4433, must have a valid address.

For further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

$750,000 #NEH grant opportunity for Gloucester…so many possible ideas and projects!

Archival documentation of a federal grant awarded to Gloucester and nationally recognized for its innovation at the time: reclaiming the City dump for an atheletic field at the High School. Photographs of the project included a sweeping vista from atop Hovey Street. Innovative public works dump reclaimed as Gloucester High School track WPA Annual Bulletin

overlay-banner2_originalShared projects and working together are a focus for a new 2018 NEH grant opportunity.

Contact Mayor Romeo Theken’s arts & culture hotline sefatia4arts@gloucester-ma.gov  by Febraury 28 to add to a list of potential projects for Gloucester for this NEH Deadline, March 15, or to consider as other funding opportunities arise.

Mayor Romeo Theken shares the 2018 press release from the Commonwealth:

Activities supported by National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant funds include:
 capital expenditures such as the design, purchase, construction, restoration
or renovation of facilities and historic landscapes;
 the purchase of equipment and software;
 the documentation of cultural heritage materials that are lost or imperiled:
 the sustaining of digital scholarly infrastructure;
 the preservation and conservation of collections; and
 the sharing of collections.

The grant below is a new grant from NEH and could be a great opportunity to enhance your local cultural or historical organizations. Please share it far and wide. And let us know if we can provide a letter of support for an application from your community.  Regards, Rick Jakious

Good afternoon, 
The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced a new grant program to support humanities infrastructures. Cultural institutions, such as libraries, museums, archives, colleges and universities, and historic sites, are eligible to apply for grants of up to $750,000.
These challenge grants, which require a match of nonfederal funds, may be used toward capital expenditures such as construction and renovation projects, purchase of equipment and software, sharing of humanities collections between institutions, documentation of lost or imperiled cultural heritage, sustaining digital scholarly infrastructure, and preservation and conservation of humanities collections.
The application deadline for the first NEH Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants is March 15, 2018. Interested applicants should direct questions about grant proposals to challenge@neh.govor 202-606-8309. 
Please consider sharing this exciting new funding opportunity with cultural institutions in your district.
Thank you,Timothy H. Robison
Director of Congressional Affairs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW  4th Floor
Washington, D.C.  20506
(202) 606-8273

Innovative and worthy contemporary Gloucester possibilities abound: shared Archives (NSAA, Rocky Neck, Sargent House, City Archives, CAM, Legion, Libraries, Wards historical societies, etc); Digitize City Archives; Digitize Gloucester Daily Times archives; building and historic landscape projects city owned (City Archives, City Hall, Legion, Fitz Henry Lane, Fire Station, Stage Fort, beaches, etc) or in partnership; DPW work; on and on.

Additional grant opportunities, news, and deadlines: Read more


Robert Walsh, Artistic Director     Jeff Zinn, Managing Director

From: Heidi J. Dallin, Media Relations Director Phone: 978-281-4099/978-283-6688 Email: hjdallin@hotmail.com

Dating Comedy Show Trials of Love arrives at Gloucester Stage for Valentine’s Day


Mike Dorval’s hilariously interactive Trials of Love comes to Gloucester Stage for one night only on Valentine’s Night, Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 pm. After playing to sold out houses at the Charles Playhouse in Boston — the side-splitting cast will be laughing along with couples on this side of the bridge. According to GSC Managing Director Jeff Zinn, “Trials of Love is truly unique — each new couple and audience brings fresh fodder for comedy. It’s the perfect date night out, ladies’ night, or group outing.”  This interactive problem-solving comedy show, hosted by Mike Dorval, the show’s creator, will run Valentine’s Night, Wednesday February 14th at 7:30pm at Gloucester Stage at 267 E Main St, Gloucester MA 01930. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.; reserved seating; tickets available online at gloucesterstage.com.


Trials of Love, crafted by Dorval, a renowned standup comedian, brings everyday couples into the Love Judge’s (Dorval’s) ‘courtroom’ to have their relationship conflicts worked out through comedic insight and juried audience participation. The couple receives prizes and a lifetime courtroom pass — as well as having their relationship saved — and the partner who emerges victorious is awarded an official proclamation for their triumph. The Love Judge promises there isn’t a couples’ conundrum he can’t resolve — although he does footnote that “isn’t an actual promise.”

The show features fellow comedians from around the East Coast and New York, Carman Lagala, Sam Evans, Emily Ruskowski, Katie McCarthy, and Srilatha Rajamani.

In addition to each night’s featured couple on trial, the Lightning Round of Love gives every member of the audience an opportunity to stump the Love Judge with their relationship dilemma, and the top problem of the night also wins a prize — in addition to their newfound flaw-free relationship!

For more information or tickets visit gloucesterstage.com or  Facebook/Twitter/Instagram@GloucesterStag










Gloucester Stage Company wraps up its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird from October 6 through October 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Director Judy Braha brings Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel to life on the GSC stage. A timeless American classic, To Kill a Mockingbirdexplores civil rights and racism set against the backdrop of the segregated South of the 1930s and as seen through the eyes of 10 year old Scout Finch as she watches her father, attorney Atticus Finch, strive to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape. The cast is led by Lewis D. Wheeler as Atticus Finch; Amanda Collins as Jean Louise Finch, Carly Williams as Scout Finch,Thomas Rhett Kee as Heck Tate, Cheryl Singleton as Calpurnia, Douglass Bowen-Flynn as Mr. Gilmer and Boo Radley, Stewart Evan Smith as Rev. Sykes, Cliff Blake as Bob Ewell and Mr. Radley, Thomas Grenon as Walter Cunningham and Judge Taylor, Teresa Langford as Mrs. Dubose and Mayella Ewell, and Aaron Dowdy as Tom Robinson. Two Gloucester residents and Gloucester Stage Youth Acting workshop students make their professional stage debut inTo Kill A Mockingbird: Nathaniel Oaks as Jem and Gabriel Magee as Dill.

All Photos Gary NG


The entire O’Maley 8th grade will be seeing classmate Nate Oaks in To Kill A Mockingbird @GloucesterStage!

So cool! Thank you Gloucester Stage, Gloucester Public Schools and GEF

Congratulations, Nate, and Gabriel Magee, another Heidi Dallin Youth Acting Workshop (YAW) actor. Buy your tickets soon-  Gloucester Stage productions sell out and are not to be missed. Read more about Nate and the entire cast


Gloucester Stage

GloucesterCast 241 With Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Jeff Zinn, Heidi Dallin and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/10/17

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GloucesterCast 241 With Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Jeff Zinn, Heidi Dallin and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/10/17


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GMG Podcast 241 w- Nichole, Joey, Heidi, Jeff Zinn copyright kim Smith.JPG

Topics Include:

Gloucester Gig Rowers

Flight Of The Monarch Now Playing At Gloucester Stage Co  Buy tickets here

Jeff Zinn does readings for audible books, check them out here

Kim Smith participating in Flight of The Monarch free talk-back September 17th after the matinee. (You don’t even have to go to the show to come participate in the talk-back) Here’s the link for more info

Hurricane Irma

What do you think the mentality of people that won’t leave when the Governor issues a mandatory evacuation order?

How do hurricanes affect migrating birds?

Sea Cadets program through the US Navy.  Here’s a link to the Gloucester Sea cadet division

Kate likes the reusable because you can put more in and carry less bags.  some people have suggested to make stores charge 25 cents for plastic bags.
Cardinal Talk

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Youth writing contest

Ten minute plays that fit the challenge – Friends and Followers : technology’s impact on relationships

Gloucester Stage Company Youth Acting Workshop (YAW) Young Playwrights Festival

DEADLINE SOON- Submission deadline August 18. Must be 18 or younger.




Gloucester in the Boston Globe: Israel Horovitz’s new play at Gloucester Stage

Israel Horovtiz Out of the Mouths of Babes Boston Globe Aug 11

Israel Horovitz play opening tonight at Gloucester Stage is a Boston Globe TOP PICK

Here’s the link for theater fans who like to read ahead of time (I read after):

A showcase in Gloucester for a quartet of acclaimed actresses: Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouth of Babes by Terry Byrne, Boston Globe, Friday August 11, 2017

He’s back!

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The Gloucester Stage New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouth of Babes opens tonight. Don’t miss buying tickets now while there are still seats available.  Acclaimed playwright and director. Check. Captivating acting from distinguished cast. Check. Memorable bon mots, good time. Check. Another pinch yourself this is real and right here in Gloucester (but these runs are for short, short times!) Check.

Reminder– Cape Ann night tonight

  • Preview – The first three performances in the first week of each run are designated as previews and will be priced at $32 for adults, $29 for seniors 65 and older, and $20 for those 25 years of age and under. The first preview performance is also “Cape Ann Night.” Residents of Cape Ann with valid ID can purchase general admission tickets for $20 on a first come first served basis. Reserved tickets can also be purchased in advance for Cape Ann Night at regular preview prices.)

Film Cape Ann forwards P-town theater casting call for the role of artist Edward Hopper!

Apparently they have already cast the part of Jo Hopper (1883-1968), depicted sketching here in Gloucester on Good Harbor Beach, in a watercolor portrait by her husband, Edward Hopper (1882-1967),  in the collection of the Whitney Museum.

watercolor Jo sketching collection Whitney Museum- more than 110+ Edward Hopper all Around Gloucester


cp casting

Hopper’s Ghosts by Kevin Rice

Role: Edward Hopper, painter, age range, 40 – 55, tall, over 6’2″. Cultured, well-read, sophisticated, stoic, great sense of humor. Looking for experienced actor for two-character play about the famous realist painter Edward Hopper and his wife Jo.

Rehearsals begin August 21, 2017 
and play runs September 6-17, 2017.

This is a Payomet Performing Arts Center production with performances at the Provincetown Theater. Looking for union and non-union actors. Housing provided. Please send resume and headshot to: Kevin Rice: ricenow@yahoo.com

Hopper’s birthday was July 22. For the method actors-  A couple of years back I posted a 1960s video clip of the Hoppers in their NYC studio and home in NYC.  Click here to have a peek at what they looked like then!


GloucesterCast 234 With Robert Walsh, Heidi Dallin , Cast Members From The Rainmaker, Wayne Berger, Cat Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/23/17

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GloucesterCast 234 With Robert Walsh, Heidi Dallin , Cast Members From The Rainmaker, Wayne Berger, Cat Ryan Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/23/17



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The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash At Gloucester Stage Running Through August 5th Check Out The Cast and Get Tickets Here
Weekly Events At The Pigeon Cove Tavern– Monday Wine Tastings/Tuesday Acoustic Night/Wednesday $1 Oysters All Night/ Thursday Bingo/Friday Price Fixe Menu
Northern Gannet
Monarch Update

Gloucester beaches in the Boston Globe | Officer Al D’Angelo, Jack Doyle, Bob Ryan, & Heidi Dallin SHINE!

Ways to beat the traffic and work around MBTA closures– Bob Ryan (General Manager Cape Ann Transportation Authority) and Heidi Dallin (Gloucester Stage and so much more) are such incredible Gloucester–and greater Cape Ann– ambassadors.

Enjoyable read-


Boston Globe article by Hattie Bernstein  “Heading to the Beach this Weekend? Here’s Some Parking Tips” 

CATA Stage Fort Park trolley shuttle Park N Ride 

Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle  and lighthouse tours


Relaxing on the beach? Dozing by the pool? Not these writers and performers, who are using the warmer months to take some risks, test themselves and expand their talents onstage.

Brad Hall

Over a span of some four decades in which he helped found Chicago’s Practical Theater Company, with an ensemble that included his future wife, Julia Louis-Dreyfus; acted for two seasons on “Saturday Night Live”; created the TV sitcoms “The Single Guy” and “Watching Ellie”; and wrote comedy movies including “Bye Bye Love,” Brad Hall says he has few career regrets.

“That’s because I have a selective memory,” Mr. Hall joked in a recent phone interview. A bit more sincerely, he added: “Those regrets that I do have are, exclusively, not doing plays that I wish I had done. So now I decided to say yes when people ask me to do them.”

Among the opportunities that Mr. Hall has embraced in this more receptive mode is the Gloucester Stage Company’s summer production of “The Effect,” by the British playwright Lucy Prebble.

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Photo Credit: Cody O’Loughlin for The New York Times

GloucesterCast 227 With The Cast, Writer and Director Of Bank Job, Heidi Dallin, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/4/17

GloucesterCast 227 With The Cast, Writer and Director Of Bank Job, Heidi Dallin, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/4/17

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Topics Include:

Chamber Announces Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year  Greg Bover Our Guy!  Reception for Greg Wednesday June 7th 5-7 PM at The Studio Restaurant
Gloucester Love Fest Monday Monday June 5th At the Gloucester Writer’s Center For More Info
Cape Ann Eats Roundup-
Congratulations To Dennis and Doug Silva At The Topside Grill Who Won The Liquor License
The Studio and Rudder Have Been Running Half Off Specials Nearly Every Day
Wicked Tuna Season Finale Tonight June 4th at 9PM On Nat Geo

LIVE: Stage Fort Park Welcome Center opens tonight for the season!

Scenes from Gloucester businesses joining in to share news about what’s ahead for the upcoming season.







Will share more announcements and party feedback later.

Big Mike’s Bikes is back

Cape Pond Ice was featured in Yankee Magazine. Scott Memhard adds: “our popular Historic Icehouse Tours here at Cape Pond Ice Company are off to a busy season start, with some local enthusiastic Tour Guides, offered Monday – Saturday @ 11 am & 2 pm.  And our ART@the Icehouse gallery upstairs, featuring a number of local artists, opens Memorial Day weekend for our 2nd Season. If any area business Welcoming staff would like to come down and have a free tour, they are welcome, at no charge!”

Join American Craft Week Oct 6-15 | Gloucester made the USA Top 10 list and you should be in the guide!

Here’s a super easy and great opportunity to share what you do or help your friend’s work get noticed.  Crafters, artisans, makers, retailers, creatives: make sure to sign up before July 1, 2017 when it’s just $25.

Please share. Also, please encourage any under 30 Gloucester to showcase their work. Perhaps they’ll be designated next year’s ‘rising stars’. Participants & Events :: American Craft Week :: HOW TO JOIN  and check out their resource page- “PR power packet page”

Here’s why Gloucester won

gloucester is top 10 town in USA for craft lovers winner 2017

It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (more on the pioneers below.) Pauline Bresnahan participates and drummed up the vote: “Gloucester has always encouraged creativity, individuality and artistic expression. Honored to be able to participate and encourage others to take part in this celebration for everyone who has fallen in love with their art and craft that shows their creativity.”

October is BEAUTIFUL!


I’ve gathered special events and festivals that run annually each October/Fall in Gloucester and on Cape Ann.  Make sure to look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. Mind you this is only the fall (October!) listings:

Just in October

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air Note that Paint Essex annual Plein Air  (founded in 2012) moved from a summer slot to the fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA”

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 2010 /in Gloucester 2014 – Annual American Craft Week held in October Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 Annual American Craft Week October 6-15  Last year Pauline’s Gifts and Cape Ann Artisans participated. I think we can increase that list a bit! 

Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008)

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October, also features artisans and makers.

Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest continuous in the country) featured as part of Artweek Boston 2016

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Look for fall Premiers

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October


Start with a visit to Cape Ann Museum a world class American art museum with a not to miss fine art and archive collections founded in 1873. Just Go! Outsider art and fine craft maker high lights include Folly Cove designers repository,  1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago World’s Fair harbor diorama, Fiesta oars, and the Community of Neighborhoods quilt cycle.

In each and every decade, printed ephemera and guides capture Gloucester’s long proud cultural history. Guides matter. Here are a couple of pioneer examples with a craft emphasis from the 1960s and 1892. American Craft Week is the digital equivalent of a who’s who in the American craft scene.


“We are told in the print that the American public is hungry for art…untouched by the machine. Cape Ann craft workers can satisfy that hunger…given a chance.” Henry Bollman, 1961

Bollman a ceramicist volunteered to chair the crafts section VIII of the 10th annual Gloucester Arts Festival: Ruth Balch, leather sandals; Henry Bollman, ceramics; Harriet Curtis, weaving and trays; Doris Frankbonner, ceramics and jewelry; Folly Cove Designers, Block Printing; Heather Godfrey, furniture decoration; Max Kuhne, silver leaf; Morris Lubin, Metal work; Reina Martin, silver and gold; Robert Natti, Pottery; Ruth Powers, Rugs

1961 Gloucester MA artisans

1960 list craft exhibition: John Black (silk screen); Henry Bollman (Ceramics); Greg Burke (Mosaics); Doris Coleman (Rockport Beach Glass jewelry); Edward Coleman (Rockport Beach glass jewelry); Carol Creed (mosaics); Alfred Czerepak (wood sculpture); Otis Dana (old pine furniture); Preston Donn (stained glass); Anne Daukas (woodwork); Folly cove designers (printed fabrics); Hazel Gaudreau (pottery); Heather Godfrey (hand painted trays and furniture); Thelma Karr (fabric designing); Evelyn Krames (enameling); Sol Krames (enameling); Max Kuehne (silver leaf); Gene Lesch (pewter and soft metals); Moris Lubin (art metal work); Ada Maker (ceramic coffee table); Barbara Marshall (cabinetmaker); Reino Martin (gold and silversmith); Sandra Matheson (cermaics)

1960 craft exhibition

Detail from one of the maps indicating the “General location of artists residing in same place permanently or each summer.” This one shows Gloucester Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove area mainly painters and sculptors among them: Paul Manship, Walker Hancock, Leon Kroll, George Demetrios, Virginia Lee Burton, Folly Cove Designers

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The Gloucester Arts Festival scheduled ancillary programming like Cape Ann Festival of the Arts guided hikes and arts and writing exhibitions and contests for Gloucester’s youth.


The Art and Loan Exhibition for The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Gloucester held August 24-29   featured “a representation collection of the antique and artistic from the many homes on Cape Ann…In connection with the exhibit a souvenir silver scarf pin was sold representing a fishing schooner under full rig with the dates 1642-1892 in raised work, and found ready purchasers…A piece of room paper from the walls of the old Ellery House, the first wall paper used in Gloucester, is exhibited…an interesting bit of fancy work is a frame inscribed in letters worked in silk Hannah Masters her Sampler May 8 1768…Another piece of family work which shows evidence of much labor and painstaking is a Clark family tree worked in silk on canvas in 1832 by Mary B. Clark, mother of Mayor Andrews…” The loan and art committee were reimbursed  $1195.81; the souvenir pins inventory was $211.40. Thankfully the city published a “true and detailed account of the 250th anniversary observance and illustrated these Lane and Beach works. The 1817 view of Gloucester by Capt Beach was loaned by Asa G. Andrews, too. JB Foster was the one and only artist on the extensive exhibition checklist (321 detailed items) that listed his work for sale $100 “At the Wharf Gloucester Harbor”. James Pringle wrote the seminal digitized “History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts” 1892.

1892 art and loan on exhibit for Gloucester MA 250th

American Craft Week

New England Premiere Opens Gloucester Stage 2017 Season


Gloucester Stage Company kicks off its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Bank Job from May 19 through June 10 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For two brothers, Russell and Tracey, new to the armed robbery industry, what seems like easy money turns out to be a lot more difficult than it looks in the movies in John Kolvenbach’s hilarious Bank Job. When heist plans A and B (and C through F) fail, the brothers find themselves locked in the executive bathroom with no way out and no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, a guileless cop, and the man in the shadows who put them up to the whole thing. A fun comedy, Bank Job is about the holes we dig ourselves into—and the unexpected comrades we trust to dig us out. Directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh and featuring GSC veterans Johnny Lee Davenport, Nael Nacer, Richard McElvain and Paul Melendy and GSC newcomer Shuyi Jia..


Bank Job had its world premiere in 2014 at the Amphibian Stage Productions Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. Bank Job playwright John Kolvenbach will be at Gloucester Stage on Sunday, June 4 for a free post show discussion with the director and cast following the 2pmperformance. John Kolvenbach is an American playwright known for works including Sister Play, Gizmo Love, Love Song, On An Average Day, Goldfish, Marriage Play, and Fabuloso. Both Love Song and On An Average Day were performed on the West End in London. Love Song was directed by John Crowley and featured Kristen Johnson, Cillian Murphy, Neve Campbell and Michael McKean, and was nominated for an Olivier Award as best new comedy. On an Average Day was also directed by Crowley and featured Woody Harrelson and Kyle McLachlan. Mr. Kolvenbach’s plays have been performed in London’s West End and all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Zurich, San Juan, Berlin and throughout the United States.

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Gloucester’s Katy Geraghty part of Broadway’s Tony Award nominated musical Groundhog Day!

How exciting to follow news about this stunning vocalist and actress. Not at all surprised to hear that Katy Geraghty is part of a Broadway musical!

from today’s Gloucester Daily Times:

Katy On Broadway
A Gloucester woman is making her Broadway debut in a show that has racked up a number of Tony Award nominations. Katy Geraghty, a 2012 graduate of Gloucester High School and the daughter of city residents Rick and Martha Geraghty*, plays the role of Debbie in the acclaimed musical “Groundhog Day,” which opened April 17 at the August-Wilson Theater on New York’s 52nd Street…Geraghty, also a 2016 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said she landed the role after being called to audition in March last year. She said she had caught the attention of “Groundhog Day” musical director David Holtzenberg, whose husband, Michael Heitzman, directed Geraghty in North Shore Music Theatre’s 2015 production of “Shrek, the Musical.” “Groundhog Day,” based on the 1993 film that featured Bill Murray, stars Andy Karl, best known for his role in “Legally Blonde,” and has been nominated for a Tony as best musical…

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Groundhog Day perform on TODAY show

Today show groundhog day


Katy on Instagram

*Martha Geraghty is a Cape Ann Reads finalist

Katy stepping up to help Cape Ann Big Band raise money for O’Maley Middle School band (from prior post –2min video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‘S Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty) I think we first saw Katy in Once Upon a Mattress


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