Bradley Smith displays a curious collection of interests, art and ephemera inside the blue shed, the Patron’s Museum & Education Center at 92 Thatcher Road (RT 127A), which he founded in 1987. He’s a poet, Shakespeare enthusiast , Korean veteran, and a Winfrey’s chocolate fan which he’s shared with us more than once. Many moons ago there was a candy store at this location (something like Taft’s Salt Water Taffy.)
SAND, WHITE SAND, WET SAND, ON AND AROUND MY HAND
IN THIS STRANGE AND FOREIGN LAND.
EYES, SIGHTLESS EYES, ONCE SAYING LAST FAREWELL,
THOSE SAD, SWEET SIGHS, MY FONDEST LORALIE.
STIFLING BERTH, DEADLY MIRTH, WARLIKE GIRTH,
THEN THE CLOSE GREY UNFAMILIAR EARTH.
WATER, PACIFIC HUE, LAPPING FEET,
LIFE’S CRESTING, FADING, LAST RETREAT.
MEN, BRAVE MEN EMBRACE THEIR GRAVES AND DIE
BENEATH THE WARM, BLUE WHITE SKY
ALL CARES TORN AWAY.
-Bradley Smith, Korean air force veteran and aesthete (Smith’s poem Sand about WWII)
This Thursday night (opening night) is pay-what-you-like, so it’s a great opportunity to get a taste of live performance of Shakespeare at a bargain price! Not that the regular ticket price of $15 is expensive to begin with…
I was there for some of the rehearsals and it looks like these two plays will be really good!
– Fr. Matthew Green
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe is rehearsing for their upcoming productions, “Love on a Midsummer Night” and “Visiting Lear”, adaptations of two Shakespeare classics. They will be performed together as “A night of one-acts, Love On A Midsummer Night & Visiting Lear” on Nov. 1st-4th and 9th-11th at the Gloucester Stage Co. I got a behind-the-scenes look at a rehearsal at the Rockport Teen Center this week, and even a month before going “prime time”, there is great energy and acting going on! Here are some photos. These and more can be viewed on my Flickr photostream.
Those involved in “Love on a Midsummer Night”: Andrew Hoover, Matthew Recine, Rachel Sternlicht, Nicole Bauke, Beth Bevins, Dom Parry, Jesse Sorrells, Andrew Millefoglie, and Susan Laniewski, Ken Stoeffler, and Nick Neyeloff.
The cast, crew, etc. of “Visiting Lear”: David Cluett, Stephanie Corcoran, Joseph Stiliano, Susan Lanieski, and Ray Jenness.
– Fr. Matthew Green
Adam Bolonsky produces the Gloucester Reads Shakespeare project
Larueen reads from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the Beauty Bar on Parker Street.
First in a series of locals reading for the Gloucester Reads Shakespeare project at goodmorninggloucester.com.
Martin DelVecchio forwards-
Shakespeare is coming to East Gloucester Elementary School!
The 5th-grade class presents three performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
Thursday, March 29th at 7:00p (Stratford cast)
Friday, March 30th at 7:00p (London cast)
Saturday, March 31st at 2:00p (Stratford cast)
Tickets are $5.00 each; contact EGSfifthgradeplay@gmail.com for details.
And bring a food donation for The Open Door!
cape ann Shakespeare troupe
“A Shakespeare Celebration”
Directed by Ray Jenness
Scenes, Sonnets, Songs, Cake and Punch for the Bard’s 445th Birthday
With Special Guest Singing Group ‘Leven
April 25th at 8PM and April 26th at 6PM
Rockport Community House
Donation: $15, General; $10, Student/Senior
At the door or reserve at email@example.com
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rockport Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded and managed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Click for a trailer.
WERE THE WORLD MINE
Friday, Saturday & Sunday @ 7:15pm
Cape Ann Community Cinema (at Gloucester Stage)
267 East Main Street * East Gloucester * 978/282-1988
Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets cast by his eccentric teacher as Puck in his school’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He stumbles upon a recipe for a love potion hidden within the script, and uses it to turn almost everyone in his narrow-minded town gay. With vibrant imagery, a first-rate ensemble cast and innovative music rivaling the best of pop/ rock and contemporary Broadway, “Were The World Mine” attempts to push modern gay cinema and musical film beyond expectation.
“Endearing…an indie alternative to Disney’s ‘High School Musical’.” -Stephen Holden, New York Times
“A rousing, warm-hearted spectacle.” -Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter