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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.

GloucesterCast 126 With Aurelia Nelson, Dan Martin, Toby Pett, Peter Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 126 With Aurelia Nelson, Dan Martin, Toby Pett, Peter Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:Aurelia Nelson From 104.9 Show Curtain Up, Listen To 104.9 On Demand Here, Lorenzo Lamas As A Guest, Peter Van Ness from GMG and www.GimmeLive.com, Gloucester vs Beverly Music Scene, HarborWalk Outdoor Movie Series, The Origins Of 104.9, Lindsay Crouse, How Did 104.9 Get The Red Sox?, Billy Costa and Dana Hersey, How Does 104.9 Gage Listener Interest?, Peter Goes On About a Bunch Of Old Bands As My Eyes Glaze Over, Peter and Vickie’s Eighties Revue Show Coming Up, Dan Talks About The Challenges Of Working With Aurelia ;) ,North Shore Sports Desk, Nick Curcuru Blooper Reel, Joey’s Failure and Learning Experience With Gallagher, Learning Experiences While Interviewing People, Aaron Neville, A Stream Of Obscenities from Aurelia, Death Row Meal For Aurelia and Dan, The Franklin and The Azorean, Bucket List Tourist Vacation Spots, Taste Of Cape Ann, Aurelia Torments Me With Talk Of The Rubber Duck, Blues Festival At Stage Fort On Tap, Are There Job Opportunities For Young People In Gloucester.


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GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 09/21/14

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Topics Include: The effervescent Toby Pett and Mr Grumpypants Kim Smith, Block Party Kudos, Sefathia, Mark McDonough Valerie Markeley, Block Party Review, Gianni Gallo, Rome TV based in where else but Gloucester MA, Mercedes Flavin and Paolo Laboa and The Space at Alchemy, J Pace, The Big Dig, The Format For The 100th Podcast, Holy Cow, Burnham’s Field, John McElhenny, Steve Winslow, Melissa Cox, Mayor Kirk, The Ward 2 Move, Richardson’s Ice Cream, Appleton Farms, Gloucester Daily Times Website Redesign, Arizona’s Stupid Motorist Law, Israel Horowitz’ My Old Lady Playing At Cape Ann Community Cinema, House Of Games, Lindsay Crouse, Adam Horowitz and The Beastie Boys, Rob Newton From Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Prototype For Kim’s Butterfly Screening Audience, Kim Smith Butterfly Movie On PBS, Send Kim Your Monarch Butterfly Sightings, www.journeynorth.org , Eastern Point Lit House Kumbaya Moment, Duckworth Book Series The Secret Life Of Bees, NFL Football Food Menu, Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto, The Hard Core Liberal Car and Ron Gilson’s 10 Cent Trade In, Live On Boats Being Sold In Favor Of Cheap Housing, SmallHouseBliss, Send In Your Football Day Food Pictures

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Rick Blue and Lindsay Crouse 2014 The Year Of Coming Home and Giving Back

Exciting news from Rick and Lindsay in this year of coming home and creating an incredible community spiritual center in the heart of Gloucester’s Downtown.  We speak about the new center and what’s new for this year’s Summer Retreat.

Click to watch the video below and follow the links for more info-




“Helping people to see is the transformative power of theatre” – Benny Sato Ambush, director, Driving Miss Daisy


Lindsay Crouse as Daisy Werthan and Johhny Lee Davenport as Hoke Coleburn
photo Gary Ng

I’ll bet there are many people, who read GMG regularly and have not seen any of this season’s plays at Gloucester Stage.  If you’re one of those people, you’ve got until next Sunday (9/22) to rectify that situation.  And it’s the perfect week to do so because Driving Miss Daisy is the best production of this excellent season.

Let’s start with the play itself.  “Driving Miss Daisy” was written by Alfred Uhry, who is the only playwright ever to win an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize.  Perhaps you saw the 4-time Oscar-winning movie starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.  If you haven’t, I suggest you wait until after you see the play at Gloucester Stage (get tickets here).  The play is much more powerful.

Gloucester Stage’s production of Driving Miss Daisy stars Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse (who has appeared in dozens of films, including 3 of my favorites: The Insider,  Being Human and The Verdict),  Johnny Lee Davenport and Robert Pemberton — all of whom give stellar, riveting performances.

We saw the play on Sunday with our ten-year-old son, John.  He was skeptical.  While reading the playbill before it began, John complained that it couldn’t be interesting with only three characters.  “But I loved it!” he exclaimed after it was over.  “It’s a great life lesson.”
  “What lesson would that be?” I asked.
   “Don’t be mean. You’ll regret it.”

We stayed for the “Talk Back” with the actors and director, during which Lindsay Crouse profoundly elaborated on that very concept, describing her character, Miss Daisy, as struggling to forgive herself after having pushed blame off onto others in her life.

Near the end of the Talk Back, director Benny Sato Ambush responded to a comment from the audience about how the characters faced their fears by noting the root of the Greek word for theatre is θεάομαι (theáomai, “to see”) and seeing the root of your fears helps you overcome them, saying “Helping people to see is the transformative power of theatre.”


Whether you’re 10 or 100, seeing Driving Miss Daisy at Gloucester Stage will be a transformative experience for you.  And if you live on Cape Ann, you can get half price tickets on Wednesday & Thursday.  Call the box office 978-281-4433!

Video- The Summer (of teaching) With Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay stopped down the dock to talk about the many opportunities to listen to her teachings including one at The Hive on the 26th, The Summer Retreat, Amesbury, New York, Rocky Neck Cultural Center and Rockport.

She will be at The Hive 11 Pleasant St Gloucester April 26th 7-9PM to give her talk- “Creative Where It Counts” Listen to the interview for more info-

For more info- www.thesummerretreat.org



click below for the interview


The eight annual Summer Retreat is just a couple of months away!

For More Info- www.thesummerretreat.org


The Retreat is a rare opportunity for people to take a break from their busy lives and experience something wonderful. It’s a chance to:

Rest and revitalize with life-changing happiness teachings from world-class teachers and master practitioners – including the amazing Lama Marut, author of A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life.

Enjoy meditation, yoga at all levels and community in the beauty of pastoral New England.

Understand how to live in happiness for six days…so you can be happy the rest of your life.

The retreat is led by Lama Marut — an American Buddhist monk whose teachings are both profound and completely engaging. He will make you laugh. He will make you think. He will probably change your life.

You can check out his podcasts – including podcasts from last year’s Summer Retreat – on iTunes.

Thanks to Joey and Good Morning Gloucester for supporting the Summer Retreat!


Living Simply/Simply Living talks at Woodman’s 8/23 and 8/24

I’m hoping to go.

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Hi Joey,
If people were intrigued by your Recovering Silence Retreat interview with Lindsay Crouse and would like to know more about Buddhism Lama Marut style, they can check out two public talks scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Lama Marut will be giving Living Simply/Simply Living talks at The Essex Room at Woodman’s on 8/23 and 8/24, 7:30 to 9:30pm. Admission is by donation. His talks have something for everyone. No Buddhism membership card required. Two hours for two days. Small amount of time, big return. Simplify your life and be happy. Maybe we’ll even see you there! Or, if you’re too tired to make the drive, you can watch on Ustream: www.ustream.tv/channel/lama-marut-living-simply-simply-living-essex-ma
Many thanks for the laughs,

Woodmans 2009


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Meditation and Teaching Retreat with Lama Marut, Rich Blue and Lindsay Crouse


Byfield, Massachusetts
Email | 978.879.8432
Secure Online RegistrationSecure Online Registration available
Led by Lama Marut and Cindy Lee
Lindsay Crouse and Rick Blue

In this complex, frightening time, each day we’re anxious scared, and tense.
We worry that our fears will hurt our health, and run in circles looking for relief.
There’s just no place to rest.

These five days are tailor-made for this.
Being silent is an act of kindness to yourself, and meditation is a place to rest.
But finding peace is not for you alone. Above all it can be a way to live.

Secure Online RegistrationSecure Online Registration available now

Questions or requests, please contact:
Claire Franklin 978.559.1263 / Alison Landoni 978.879.8432

A Great Interview With Lindsay Crouse Coming Tonight At 6PM

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of talking with and interviewing Lindsay Crouse at Sailor Stan’s.

Lindsay, if you didn’t know has acting credits on Internet Movie Database going all the way back to the 70’s, was nominated for an Academy Award and starred in a film which is one of my favorite films of all times- House of Games with Joe Mantegna.

This interview was one of my favorites out of over 1000 that I’ve done and right up there with The Bobby Bobskill Chronicles (must see for any GMG Fan).

Now if you’ve been following along for the past couple of years you know I have a certain interviewing style in which I like to put my subject at ease and the editing I do usually consists of putting titles, credits and a few key transitions (fades in and out). What I like most about my interviewing style is that I’m not afraid to mess up and point out my glaring mistakes mid-interview. While I could easily edit the mistakes out, the honesty of leaving them in and letting my subject know that I’m consciously going to leave them in lets them know that I’m not trying to take what we do here too seriously and the point is for us to have fun and get the message across.  To that end I think we succeed.

The interview with Lindsay is a classic example of this style and an example of the contrast of how some people who run TV studios will fuss over lighting for 45 minutes and try to control every single element of the interview and end up actually detracting from a great interview. When the subject is so nervous about making everything so technically perfect the message doesn’t resonate nearly as well as our gonzo style of letting it roll -mistakes be damned.

You can take your $10,000 cameras, you can spend 45 minutes on lighting and makeup, you can have a team of editors and dress it up with some crazy post production effects- Give me my $250 Sony HD camera with a tripod and let me roll- it’s gonna be gold baby!

It didn’t hurt that Lindsay is about the least pretentious warm hearted people that you’d ever want to meet.

Our interview yesterday was one of my favorites despite flying coffee creamer cups, diesel trucks passing by and drunken interruptions.


Below is a clip from House of Games, rent it if you can-

and don’t forget to come back tonight at 6

Lindsay Crouse shows her ‘Table Manners’ as Gloucester Stage opens for season

Gloucester Stage’s 2010 season kicks off on June 17 with “Table Manners,” a heartbreakingly hilarious reunion of adult siblings and their spouses and the first play of Alan Ayckbourn’s infamous “The Norman Conquests” trilogy. The play runs through July 3 at the theater, 267 East Main St., Gloucester.Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel, the production features the return of Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse to Gloucester Stage as she joins an all star cast of Boston actors featuring Richard Snee, Barlow Adamson, Sarah Newhouse, Jennie Israel and Steven Barkhimer.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. from June 17-19, June 24-26 and July 1-2, with Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. on June 19, June 26 and July 3 and Sunday performances at 4 p.m. on June 20 and June 27.

Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. is An Evening of Theatre and Fireworks. The performance will be followed by a party and special viewing of the Gloucester fireworks. There is no performance on Sunday, July 4.

The 3 p.m. Saturday matinee on June 19 is a special Pay What You Can matinee.

A limited number of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 p.m. performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase half price tickets for $18.50. Advance reservations are strongly suggested on Cape Ann nights.

Following the Sunday, June 20 4 p.m. performance, audiences are invited to a free post show discussion with the artists from “Table Manners.”

For information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit gloucesterstage.org.