Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel recently announced Gloucester Stage’s 2011 Summer Play Pass season to begin on Thursday, June 9 with Living Together, the second installment of The Norman Conquests trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn. Living Together features the full cast from Gloucester Stage’s 2010 hit production of Table Manners, the trilogy’s first installment. The Gloucester Stage professional summer season also includes a powerful world premiere drama by an acclaimed stage, screen and television writer; a chamber version of one of the heartiest and heart warming musicals ever written; the return of last season’s moving Trying with the acclaimed 2010 cast and the return of Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz as he brings a re-envisioning of a play he first premiered at Gloucester Stage 17 years ago. According to Engel, “I’m hoping for and expecting to have our best season ever–the best of who we’ve been recently, who we’ve been historically as a champion of smart new plays, and, at the same time, venturing into new territory to present an intimate version of a really big musical. I’m thrilled with the roster of returning artists. How exciting to have the full casts from last season’s Table Manners and Trying committed to join us again in summer 2011!” Single tickets and play passes for the 2011 Season are available for purchase by calling the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visiting www.gloucesterstage.org.
GLOUCESTER STAGE 2011
SUMMER PLAYPASS SEASON
June 9 – June 26 Living Together
by Alan Ayckbourn
Gloucester Stage’s 2011 season kicks off with Living Together, the second installment of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests trilogy. In 2010 Gloucester Stage presented the first play of the trilogy, Table Manners. This heartbreakingly hilarious reunion of adult siblings and their spouses enjoyed wide critical acclaim and sell out audiences. Taking place adjacent to the dining room and simultaneous with the chaos of Table Manners, Living Together features the anti-upping antics of the family living room and proudly. reunites the entire cast from last season’s hit production of Table Manners. The reunited cast includes Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse and an all star cast of Boston actors including Richard Snee, Barlow Adamson, Sarah Newhouse, Jennie Israel and Steven Barkhimer. The performance schedule for Living Together is Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11 at 8 pm; Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, June 18 at 8 pm; Wednesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 25 at 8 pm: Saturday matinees at 3 pm on June 11, June 18 & June 25 & Sunday performances at 4 pm on June 12, June 19 & June 26.
June 30 – July 17 The Most Happy Fella
Book, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser’s musical theatre triumph The Most Happy Fella is a touching love story featuring the toe tapping hit songs Standing on the Corner, Big “D” and Ooh, My Feet and the heartfelt ballads Somebody Somewhere, Joey, Joey, Joey and My Heart Is So Full of You; a big story about a special love told in a unique, intimate style at Gloucester Stage. The performance schedule for The Most Happy Fella is Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 9 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 16 at 8 pm, Saturday matinees on July 2, July 9 and July 16 at 3 pm & Sunday performances on July 3, July 10 and July 17 at 4 pm. Sunday, July 3 at 4:00 pm is An Evening of Theatre and Fireworks; the performance will be followed by a party and special viewing of the Gloucester fireworks.
July 21 – August 7 Last Day WORLD PREMIERE
by Richard Vetere
Gloucester Stage proudly presents Last Day, a world premiere from acclaimed stage, screen and television writer Richard Vetere. Vetere’s newest work is a dark, delicious and mysterious love story set in a Long Island cemetery where not all secrets are underground. Vetere is the author of past Gloucester Stage hits as the award winning Gangster Apparel and First Love. The performance schedule for Last Day is Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 30 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 6 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on July 23, July 30 and August 6 at 3 pm and Sunday performances on July 24, July 31 and August 7 at 4 pm.
August 10 – August 21 Trying Limited Run: Two Weeks Only
by Joanna McClelland Glass
2010 PRODUCTION RETURNS
A cross-generational tour de force ensues when Sarah, a determined young secretary from the Canadian prairie, finds herself working for the aging Francis Biddle, Attorney General during World War II and the primary American Judge on the postwar Nuremberg Trials. This intimate and inspiring story, based on the playwright’s own experience, has been acclaimed by audiences and critics throughout the United States and Canada. The 2010 production of Trying met with unanimous popular and critical acclaim and the 2010 cast featuring Richard Mawe as Judge Frances Biddle and Becky Webber as Sarah return for a limited run of two weeks. The performance schedule for Trying is Wednesday, August 10 through Saturday, August 13 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on August 13 and August 20 at 3 pm and Sunday performances are August 14 and August 21 at 4 pm.
August 25 – September 11 Fighting Over Beverley
by Israel Horovitz
A romantic comedy set in Gloucester, Israel Horovitz’s Fighting Over Beverley is a love triangle among three 70+ year-olds: Beverley, who came to America from England as a war-bride; Zelly, her Gloucester fisherman-husband; and Archie, the Brit she jilted 53 years earlier. Elliot Norton Award winner Sandra Shipley is set to play Beverley, the English war bride. For its 2011 return to Gloucester Stage Horovitz has re-envisioned the funny and poignant Fighting Over Beverley which first premiered at Gloucester Stage in 1993. Fighting Over Beverley is part of Horovitz’s popular series of North Shore Massachusetts-based plays that includes The Widow’s Blind Date, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard and Gloucester Stage’s 2009-season triumph Sins of the Mother. Performances of Fighting Over Beverley are Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27; Wednesday, August 31 through Saturday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 7 through Saturday, September 10 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on August 27, September 3 and September 10 at 3 pm and Sunday performances on August 28, September 4 and September 11 at 4 pm.
PLACE TICKET PRICES PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Gloucester Stage Company Adult $37.00 The ticket price for the first 3 pm
267 East Main Street Seniors $32.00 Saturday matinee of each pro-
Gloucester, MA Students $32.00 duction is Pay What You Can.
CAPE ANN NIGHTS:
The Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm performances are $20 for residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester. Proof of residency required. Limited amount of tickets available per performance.
For further information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org