OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE
A New Version of the Classic Tale with a Contemporary Spin
Gloucester Stage Company continues its 39th season of professional theater with the New England premiere of Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers’Cyrano from July 13 through August 11 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh directs this adaptation of Rostand’s 1897 classic, Cyrano de Bergerac. According to Walsh, “Cyrano, a new adaptation of the famous play by Edmond Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac), by Brenda Withers & Jason O’Connell, is a fast-paced, contemporized version featuring a small cast breathing fresh life into this large-scale classic. Witty, clever, insouciant and fully enjoying the poetic bravura through a modern-day lens and very approachable language, this New England premiere will be perfect for Gloucester Stage! A beautiful tale told with panache.”
A cast of five plays a multitude of roles in this imaginative retelling of the classic story of Cyrano and his love for Roxane. Acclaimed Boston actor Jeremiah Kissel makes his GSC debut as Cyrano. Andrea Goldman last seen at GSC in 2016’s The Last Schwartz, returns to play Roxane. Salem resident Paul Melendy, last seen at GSC in 2016’s The Last Schwartz with Ms. Goldman and in 2017’s Bank Job returns to play DeGuiche. James Ricardo Milord and Erin Nicole Washington both make their GSC debut as Christian and LeBret/Duenna. Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers’ Cyrano had its world premiere in February 2018 at Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth, Texas.”
Artistic Director and Cyrano director Robert Walsh has worked at Gloucester Stage as both an actor and director for over 20 years. Most recently, in 2017 he directed Bank Job, in 2016 he directed Songs For A New World and in 2015 he directed the Elliot Norton Award winning The New Electric Ballroom and starred in Gloucester Blue. Walsh’s other GSC directing credits include North Shore Fish, FightingOver Beverley, The Widow’s Blind Date, The Primary English Class, and Our Town. As an actor he has appeared on the stage in Gloucester in Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses,The Barking Sharks, and Two for the Seesaw. He has also served as the Producing Artistic Director at the American Stage Festival where he directedBus Stop, Intimate Exchanges, Jacques Brel…, andLend Me a Tenor, among others. As Artistic Associate at Actors’ Shakespeare Project he has directed As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, andMeasure For Measure. Other productions directed include:Othello with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Round and Round The Garden, Table Manners, K2, Later Life and HolidayMemories at Merrimack Rep; Rancho Mirage, Race, Speed-The-Plow, andTrue West with New Repertory Theatre; The Secret of Sherlock HolmesandThe Goatwoman of Corvis Countyat Shakespeare & Co.; MisallianceandA Life in the Theatre at Two River Theatre Co.; I Hate
Hamlet with StageWest; The Little Foxesat Barter Theatre; and Of Mice and Men at Stoneham Theatre, among others. His roles in recent feature films include Black Mass, Patriot’s Dayand the upcoming, Altar Rock. Mr. Walsh directed the on-field ceremonies for the ’99 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. He is on the faculty at Brandeis University.
Jeremiah Kissel makes his Gloucester Stage debut as Cyrano. Winner of the 2003 Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, Mr. Kissel is a thirty-five year veteran of Boston’s professional theaters, and has played leading roles for The Huntington, American Repertory, Merrimack Rep, as well as The Lyric Stage, Shear Madness, and various out of town companies when they passed through Boston. His recent appearances include Old Money and King Lear for Commonwealth Shakespeare, and Fiddler on the Roof and Two Jews Walk Into a War for The New Rep. He is the winner of Helen Hayes, IRNE, Hatch, Graniteer and Arts Impulse Awards as well as several Elliot Norton Awards including most recently, Best Actor for playing Bernie Madoff in 2014, and most notably, the very first Norton Award given to a local Boston actor in 1990. His screen credits include The Town, The Fighter, Joy,Stronger and The Wrong Car, and he can be seen in the upcoming Hulu series, Castle Rock. The last time he was in Cyrano, it was as Christian at The Theater at Monmouth, in 1983.
On a clear day, took this photo from Shore Road.
Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, July 11th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: CHARLEE BIANCHINI!
photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando
It has been too long since the last time Charlee Bianchini
charmed us with her beautiful music. Don’t miss this rare
experience. Deep, soulful original songs. Magic. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
7/18 – Bill Gleason (w/Ken Steiner on upright)
7/25 – Lynne Taylor
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂
At around 3:45 yesterday afternoon Finn and I saw a couple of police cars, a firetruck, etc. drive down towards the fort and onto the wharf by Compass Seafood. We drove past the area and around the building to discover an active scene with members of the Coast Guard, Gloucester Police, and Fire Department. Shortly after taking these photos we learned that a body had been discovered in the harbor. An update later in the evening reports that the body was of a male in his 50s that had gone missing after listening to some music Sunday evening. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Scrumptious feast at Seaport Grille this week. We treated ourselves and are not the least bit sorry.
Helpful info that came on the accompanying wet nap
Barre at the Bar – Summer Series!
Join us for a series of poolside barre classes from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on the outdoor pool deck, followed by a social from 7:00 – 8:00 PM!
Thursday, July 19th with Haley + Heather
Thursday, July 26th with Lindsay + Lynnee
Thursday, August 16th with Andi + Laura
REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 1ST
$20 Per Person, Per Class
Cost includes fee for class, (1) glass of wine or beverage of choice, heavy appetizers, raffle ticket and goody bag!
Open to members + the community – Bring a friend!
Call 978-526-8900 to sign up!
– Class limited to 15 participants
– Participants can purchase additional glasses of wine after glass included in cost of event
– Fee for event charged at time of sign-up
– Cancel up to 48 hours for full refund
– Participants may register for one or all classes
$19 fee to join until 7/31/18!
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