Rogers Street Theater reprises great Evening of Dorothy Parker #GloucesterMA

Views of and from Rogers Street Theater (former Empire space/Floating Lotus entrance on Main) before the show

An Evening of Dorothy Parker: Staged Reading Celebrating Her Life & Work
A collabortive presentation by Carole Frohlich, David McCaleb & Nick Neyeloff with Sally Nutt & Lauren Suchecki

Rogers Street Theater, 68 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA.

Four expressive actors linger, pause and saunter through Parker bon mots and excerpts from her poems, prose, plays, reviews and ruminations. Snippets of her biography accompany segues, sparingly and effectively. The evening works for ardent fans or uninitiated because of the writing, staging and nuanced interpretation. This reading and fine acting honored Parker’s immense and undeniable writing and observational talent, and evoked her mastery of internal dialogue. Felt poignant, fresh and relevant.

TODAY: GMF’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2019 is ON and here’s the program!

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Update from the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation:

2PM It’s on but use caution!

We regret that Meetinghouse Green is now frozen over solid and is not safe for parking or walking, so allow time to find on-street parking or use one of the lots in the Historic District.  The front steps will be clear and sanded but please exercise extra caution when coming up from Church Street.  You are also welcome to use the side entrance instead, close to the intersection of Church and Pine Streets, where there is an interior staircase and an elevator.

The 2019 GMF Martin Luther King Day Celebration event is in four segments separated by breaks with refreshments.  You are welcome to attend part or all of the Program:


  • 2:00-2:15 Introduction: ‘Why Are We Here? Sandra Ronan
  • 2:15-2:45 ‘Shadowed Lives,’ Effects of Slavery on Cape Ann Stephanie Buck
  • 2:45-3:00 Break with Refreshments 
  • 3:05-3:50 The Honorable Seth Moulton United States Representative, Massachusetts 6th Congressional District
  • 3:05-3:50 Alvin Foster and his band Soul Eclectic, music that underpinned Black people’s courage to be happy and celebrate life, love, spirituality and growth in the face of racism
  • 3:50-4:00 Break with Refreshments
  • 4:00-5:00 Keynote Speaker: Clennon L. King, ‘MLK’S Boston Years’ The award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Clennon L. King will present a slideshow, focusing on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movements in Boston and New England, from the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1954, to be followed by Q&A with the audience
  • 5:00-5:15 Break with Refreshments
  • 5:15-6:00 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech accompanied by a slide show of period and present-day images
  • Conclusion Audience invited to join in ringing the Paul Revere Bell for freedom

This free annual civic event is hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. GMF mugs, caps, totes, shirts, and memberships are available along with refreshments all through the afternoon and your support is greatly appreciated.
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

Front stairs open but approach is icy. Approach from side entrance. Many have suggested a temporary winter ice skating rink on this glorious spot but not in this way.



Martin Luther King

When working at the graduate school at Wheelock College in Boston during 2000-2003, I was making some travel arrangements for a guest speaker. As I was working on these arrangements, noticed the name was a professor Christine King Farris from Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. She asked me for an escort as she stated she never travels alone after what had happened to her brother. What an honor to have met this woman and she was so kind to sign a book on her brother who was Martin Luther King. I have kept this and feel honored to have it.
January 20, 2014 MLKJanuary 20, 2014 Christine King Farris

Watch this with your kids

We can talk about him all we want, but there’s just no substitute for the real thing.  Dr. King is one of the greatest orators of all time.  His brilliantly written speeches are full of musical references, quotes from songs, poetry and metaphor — all woven into a moving piece of performance art.  Dr. King’s voice is lyrical and musical.   It’s like hearing a great song — as entertaining as it is profound.  Enjoy!

P&V’s LOL #10: Lasting change never comes until you defy authority

Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested in Montgomery, AL on 4 Sep 1958

It’s obvious, really.  Authority is the machine that defends the status quo.  It’s like inertia — a body stays in motion or at rest until a force acts against it.  Defiance is that force.  When you look at people from all times and cultures who have brought us lasting change,  defiance is the one thread that runs through their words and deeds.

Let’s start with Jesus.  He was defiant at every turn.  When he said, “if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;” he was preaching defiance, not submission as some people think.  In Jesus’ culture you’d only strike someone with your right hand.  You’d punch or slap a peer, which would land on his left cheek.  But masters backhanded slaves, hitting their right cheeks.  It was an insult.  So by turning your cheek to present your left side, you are defying both the insult and the authority of the master, thereby treating him as your equal.  (For a more scholarly treatment of Jesus’ nonviolent defiance, click here.)

The founders of our country were defiant.  One quick read of the Declaration of Independence settles that matter.

Gandhi was defiant.  Using the “weapon” of non-violence, he simply refused to accept British rule.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was defiant, exalting the practice of non-violent civil disobedience to new heights in order to bring us the lasting change that paved the way for an African-American to be inaugurated for his second term into the highest office of authority anywhere, on the official national holiday celebrated in Dr. King’s name.

Last Friday, activists posted MKL’s I Have A Dream Speech on YouTube as an act of civil disobedience defying the copyright laws that make posting his speeches illegal.

Watch this video with your kids.  It’s not just a lesson in how to bring lasting change.  Dr. King is one of the greatest orators of all time.  His brilliantly written speeches are full of musical references, quotes from songs, poetry and metaphor — all woven into a moving piece of performance art.  Dr. King’s voice is lyrical and musical.   It’s like hearing a great song — as entertaining as it is profound.  Enjoy!

So what’s next . . .?

"How Long? Not long," says Dr. King.

Peter introduces another lyrical speech by Dr. King whose treatment of this familiar song is like nothing else you’ve ever heard.

J.B. Amero sits in for Dan King tonight at Jalapenos.  Snow’s gone.  Music’s on.  So get out and have some fun.

Martin Luther King Jr ~ gimmesound artist of the week


This afternoon Dave Sags and the Good Old Salty Jazz Band is at the Rose Baker Senior Center till 3pm ~ Take the kids and enjoy some great music and celebrate life.

Tonight the Bandit Kings host the open jam at the Rhumb Line with George Hall sitting in for Dan King before they head to the west coast.  Swing by to send them off with a bang.