GloucesterCast 345 with Warren Waugh, Cidalia Schwatrz, Cast Of The 39 Steps, Chris McCarthy, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/14/19

GloucesterCast 345 with Warren Waugh, Cidalia Schwatrz, Cast Of The 39 Steps, Chris McCarthy, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/14/19

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Do Your Children Have March School Vacation?

If so, have them join us for two action packed weeks at Gloucester Stage!

Harborlight will be spending two full weeks learning all there is to know about the world of theatre at Gloucester Stage Company. At the end of the two weeks they will perform an original show.  Thanks to the amazing team at Gloucester Stage and Harborlight’s Performing Arts Director, Katie Oberlander, students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to pull off a professional production….from soup to nuts.

Earlier this week teams from both organization met to structure the week.   So many exciting components are in the works and the two-week session promises to be one that these students never forget.

I n t en s i v e  T h e a t r e  P r o d u c t i o n

Harborlight Players, grades 4-8

This two-week course takes students to Gloucester Stage Company (GSC) for an intensive experience in theatre production, on stage and backstage. In addition to acting, students participate in all aspects of production, including box office management, lighting and set design, auditions and casting, costumes and props. Actors, assistant directors, stage managers, designers, and marketing and sales are all part of what it takes to stage an original production, which is what the students do on the GSC stage as the culmination of their theatre experience.

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Harborlight Montessori in Beverly is ecstatic to be debuting Experience Weeks this year.  For six weeks, one in February, two in March, one in April, and two in June, students (both enrolled at Harborlight and from elsewhere) can participate in rich, exciting, experiential, and fun Experience Weeks.

The two week collaboration with Gloucester Stage is just one example.  Students from other schools are invited to join us during February vacation, April vacation, and the last two weeks of June as well! See what is happening during your child’s school vacation!  Partnerships with Maritime Gloucester, Salem Sound Coastwatch, and much much more!

LEARN MORE HERE

 

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cultural districts across the state convened at Natick Center for the Arts MCC #powerofculture

Cape Ann participated in the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) statewide cultural district convening which was hosted by the Natick Center for the Arts. Statewide district gatherings occur once or twice a year: the last two were held in Cambridge, and Beverly. Representatives from Gloucester, Rockport and Essex cultural districts were in attendance. (Manchester and Ipswich do not not have a designation at this time. Gloucester could have seven.)

Massachusetts Cultural Council Director, Anita Walker, welcomed the crowd, and introduced officials from Natick and new additions to the MCC staff. Jill Cahill, Gloucester’s Director of Community Development, brought a gift from the Mayor and the City to add to a send-off  of thanks and well wishes for Meri Jenkins, longtime MCC leader who managed cities and towns through cultural facilities funding and district designations. Luis Edgardo Cotto and Justina Crawford will be taking over the MCC Community Initiative programs managed by Meri.

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The MCC approved five year district renewals for both Rocky Neck and Rockport last year. District renewal for Gloucester’s downtown is underway. Essex received official citations for their renewal at this convening. Here’s a photo of Christopher Stepler, artist and Manager of Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and Lee Spence, former Director. One update they shared was that the successful historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share displayed at Essex Town Hall in a renovated bright space on the top floor above the TOHP Burnham Public Library (thanks in part to Cultural Facilities funding) was selected to travel to the NPS regional Visitor Center in Salem.

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GLOUCESTER STAGE YOUTH ACTING WORKSHOP Second Annual Young Playwrights Festival

GLOUCESTER STAGE YOUTH ACTING WORKSHOP

Second Annual Young Playwrights Festival

Festival Goes International With Playwright From England

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop presents the second annual Young Playwrights Festival on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 PM at Gloucester Stage,267 East Main Street, GloucesterThere will be a talk back and reception with the artists from the festival following the staged readings. The evening features seven new 10 minute plays from young playwrights ranging in age from 9 years old to 17 years old and a troupe of actors and directors from the YAW Program,Apprentice Program and Boston area professional actors Salem resident Paul Melendy last seen at GSC in this summer’s Cyrano, and Salem resident award winning actress Dossy Peabody.  The young playwrights include: From Gloucester: 16 year old Meagan Gallo who will also make her professional stage debut in the upcoming My Station in Life by Ken Riaf; 17 year old Colby Taormina; 15 year old Nate Oaks; 10 year old Elliana Parsons; 9 year old Scarlet Lee, and 12 year old Malia Andrews. From Winchester: 10 year old Lucy Camera-Murray and from England: 17 year old Emma Robinson. The Young Playwrights’ Festivalis a project of Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop, a professional theater training program for young people age 5 to age 18. The Fall session of classes began on September 14 and includes classes in: Acting, Commedia Dell’Arte, Stage Combat and Acting Shakepeare.


Admission to the Young Playwrights Festival is $5.00 per person. Advance reservations are suggested. For tickets, go to www.gloucesterstage.com or call 978-281-4433.

GLOUCESTER STAGE PRESENTS SAM SHEPARD’S “TRUE WEST!”

Robert Walsh, Artistic Director   Jeff Zinn, Managing Director

SAM SHEPARD’S

 

MODERN AMERICAN CLASSIC

 

TRUE WEST

 

OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

 

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 39th season of professional theater with Sam Shepard’s modern American classic, True West from August 17 through September 8 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Directed by Joe Short, True West explores the explosive conflict between two brothers: Austin, the successful family man; and Lee, the nomadic drifter and petty thief. Set in the kitchen of their mother’s home 40 miles east of Los Angeles, these sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a screenplay he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when his brother Lee drops in. Lee pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale. The conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other’s shoes. The cast features GSC veterans Nael Nacer as Lee; Mark Cohen as film producer Sal Kimmer and Marya Lowry as Mom and GSC newcomer Alexander Platt as Austin.

 

True West had its world premiere on July 10, 1980 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where Mr. Shepard was the resident playwright. The world premiere was directed by Robert Woodruff and featured Peter Coyote (Austin) and Jim Haynie (Lee). On December 23, 1980, it opened at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City, starring Tommy Lee Jones (Austin) and Peter Boyle (Lee). In 1982, it was revived at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago featuring then-unknown actors Gary Sinise (who also directed the production) and John Malkovich. The Steppenwolf production transferred to the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York where it enjoyed a run of 762 performances. After Sinise and Malkovich left the production, the leads roles were played by a variety of well-known actors including Jim Belushi, Erik Estrada, Gary Cole, Dennis Quaid and Randy Quaid. On March 2, 2000, a Broadway revival of True West opened at the Circle on the Square Theatre featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, who alternated playing the lead roles. This critically acclaimed production earned Tony Award nominations for best actor (for both Hoffman and Reilly), best director, and best play.

 

American author, actor, director, and playwright Sam Shepard published over forty plays in his lifetime. Winner of eleven Obie awards (the most received by any writer or director), and of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child, Sam Shepard ranks as one of America’s most celebrated dramatists.. Sam Shepard had his first New York plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, produced by Theatre Genesis in 1963. For several seasons, he worked with Off-Off-Broadway theatre groups including La MaMa and Caffe Cino. Eleven of his plays have won Obie Awards including Chicago and Icarus’s Mother (1965); Red Cross and La Turista (1966); Forensic and the Navigators and Melodrama Play  (1967); The Tooth Of Crime (1972); Action (1974); and Curse of the Starving Class (1976). Mr. Shepard was awarded a Pulitzer Prize as well as an Obie Award for his play Buried Child (1979). Fool for Love (1982) received the Obie for Best Play as well as for Direction. A Lie of the Mind (1985) won the 1986 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the 1986 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play. A revival of Buried Child under the direction of Gary Sinise opened on Broadway in April 1996 and was nominated for a Tony Award. Kicking A Dead Horse(2007) and Ages of the Moon (2009) both received their world premieres at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Kicking A Dead Horse transferred to The Public Theater in New York and to the Almeida Theatre in London, and Ages of the Moon received its US premiere at Atlantic Theater Company. Mr. Shepard wrote the screenplays for Zabriskie Point; Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; and Robert Altman’s Fool for Love, a film version of his play of the same title. As an actor he has appeared in the films Days of Heaven, Resurrection, Raggedy Man, The Right Stuff, Frances, Country, Fool for Love, Crimes of the Heart, Baby Boom, Steel Magnolias, Bright Angel, Defenseless, Voyager, Thunderheart, The Pelican Brief, Safe Passage and Hamlet. In 1986, Mr. Shepard was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1992, he received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. After his death in 2017 Mr. Shepard’s plays have remained a prominent part of the theater community.

Nael Nacer returns to GSC to play Lee after performing in 2017’s Bank Job and 2015’s The Flick for which he received the IRNE Award for Best Actor. New England area credits include: A Doll’s HouseBedroom FarceCome Back, Little ShebaAwake and Sing!Our Town and The Seagull with the Huntington Theatre Company; Constellations, Distracted, Sila with Central Square Theater; Calendar Girls at Greater Boston Theatre Company; 45 Plays for 45 PresidentsIt’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Shear Madness at Charles Playhouse; Mr. Burns, a Post-ElectricPlayIntimate Apparel for which he received Elliot Norton Award for Best Actor, The Temperamentals, and Animal Crackers at Lyric Stage Company;  A Number, Pattern of LifeLungsThe Kite Runner with New Repertory Theatre; A Future Perfect and Tribes at SpeakEasy Stage Company;  Rhinoceros,Windowmen and Gary at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre;  The Aliens, Love Person, 1001 and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot with Company One. His next project is the title role in Macbeth at Actors’ Shakespeare Project this October. Mr. Nacer is a monologue coach for My College Audition.

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GloucesterCast 289 With  Susan Lipsett, Paul Melendy, Erin Nicole Washington, Heidi Dallin, Bob Walsh,  Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/22/18

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GloucesterCast 289 With  Susan Lipsett, Paul Melendy, Erin Nicole Washington, Heidi Dallin, Bob Walsh,  Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/22/18

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH LINDSAY CROUSE, BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO JARED BOWAN AND MARGERY EAGAN FOR GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY’S “DANCING WITH LUGHNASA”

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.”

Enjoy!

Heidi

 

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

DANCING AT LUGHNASA OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

Robert Walsh, Artistic Director   Jeff Zinn, Managing Director

TONY AWARD WINNER

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

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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GLOUCESTER STAGE: ANNOUNCING THE 2018 SEASON

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.

GLOUCESTER STAGE 39TH SEASON

May 11 – June 2

A WORLD PREMIERE

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

A TONY AWARD WINNER

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

A NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

Cyrano

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

A NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

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

A WORLD PREMIERE

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.

         

         GLOUCESTER STAGE 2018 SEASON PERFORMANCE TIMES:

Wednesday – Saturday: 7:30 pm;

SaturdaySunday: 2:00 pm

PLACE:

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.

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VALENTINE’S EVENING GLOUCESTER STAGE PRESENTS TRIALS OF LOVE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

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

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE!

AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

 

HARPER LEE’S

 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

 

OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE 

 

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

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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

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

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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.
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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.

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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

From CP CASTING

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CASTING MALE LEAD
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
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Weekly Events At The Pigeon Cove Tavern– Monday Wine Tastings/Tuesday Acoustic Night/Wednesday $1 Oysters All Night/ Thursday Bingo/Friday Price Fixe Menu
Boathouse
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-

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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