Gloucester Stage 2010 Season



GLOUCESTER STAGE SETS 2010 PLAYPASS SEASON

A SEASON OF LOVE, LAUGHTER AND REDEMPTION, Laughter Redemption
Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel recently announced Gloucester Stage’s 2010 Summer Playpass season to begin on Thursday, June 17. The Gloucester Stage professional summer season includes a powerful new work by an emerging playwright; a new take on a classic comedy written in 1895; an all star cast of award winning actors in an Alan Ayckbourn comedy of marriage and family, an evening of two plays dealing with love and loss and an inspiring story based on the playwright’s own experience. According to Engel, ‘In selecting plays for our 31st season, we’ve focused on themes of love, laughter and redemption’the antidotes to political conflict, war and economic strife. I’m thrilled with the roster of artists we are gathering for our season’some returning to GSC, some joining us for their first season.’ Award winning actress and director Karen MacDonald returns to Gloucester for her third consecutive summer and will direct this summer while Carmel O’Reilly, Artistic Director of Boston’s S’g’n Theatre makes her GSC directing debut in August. During the 2010 playpass season actresses Lindsay Crouse, Paula Plum and Nancy E. Carroll and actors Richard Mawe, Richard Snee, Steve Barkhimer, Lewis D. Wheeler and Craig Mathers will appear on the GSC stage. Single tickets and playpasses for the 2010 Season will be available for purchase on Monday, April 19 by calling the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visiting www.gloucesterstage.org.

GLOUCESTER STAGE 2010
SUMMER PLAYPASS SEASON

June 17 – July 3
Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn
directed by Eric C. Engel

Gloucester Stage’s 2010 season kicks off with Table Manners, a heartbreakingly hilarious reunion of adult siblings and their spouses and the first play of Alan Ayckbourn’s infamous The Norman Conquests trilogy. Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel, the production features the return of Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse to Gloucester Stage as she joins an all star cast of Boston actors featuring Paula Plum, Richard Snee and Steven Barkhimer. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm from June 17 through June 19, June 24 through June 26 and July 1 and July 2, Saturday matinees at 3 pm on June 19, June 26 and July 3 and Sunday performances at 4 pm on June 20 and June 27. Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 is An Evening of Theatre and Fireworks; the performance will be followed by a party and special viewing of the Gloucester fireworks. There is no performance on Sunday, July 4.

July 8 ‘ July 25
Tender
by Kelly Younger
A New Play directed by Eric C. Engel

The family home, wallpapered with a lifetime of I.O.U’s, is about to go into foreclosure and Christopher, the Patron Saint of Travelers, is on standby. All that is tender is not green in this humorous and heartbreaking family drama by Kelly Younger, one of America’s emerging playwrights. Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel directs this new work. Tender was developed with support from the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA. The performance schedule for Tender is Thursday, July 8 through Saturday, July 10 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 14 through Saturday, July 17 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 21 through Saturday, July 24 at 8 pm, Saturday matinees on July 10, July 17 and July 24 at 3 pm & Sunday performances on July 11, July 18 and July 25 at 4 pm.

July 29 ‘ August 8
Trying
by Joanna McClelland Glass
Limited Run: Two Weeks Only
directed by Eric C. Engel

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. Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel, the production features the return of Gloucester Stage favorite Richard Mawe as Judge Frances Biddle in a limited run of two weeks. The performance schedule for Trying is Thursday, July 29 through Saturday, July 31 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 7 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on July 31 and August 7 at 3 pm and Sunday performances are August 1 and August 8 at 4 pm

August 12 – August 22
Lost & Found
Riders To The Sea by John Millington Synge
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Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson
Directed by Carmel O’Reilly & featuring Elliot Norton Award Winner Nancy E. Carroll
Limited Run: Two Weeks Only

Lost & Found features two plays ‘ one old and one new, but they both deal with love, loss, and ultimately, the triumph of the human soul. Carmel O’Reilly, Artistic Director of Boston’s S’g’n Theatre makes her GSC directing debut with this evening of dynamic and uplifting theatre at Gloucester Stage for only a limited two week engagement. Rockport resident Nancy E. Carroll returns from her Broadway debut to perform the legendary role of Maurya in Riders To The Sea, John Millington Synge’s short but powerful and poetic classic about one woman’s sacrifice to the sea. In Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson a man in a cabin in Alaska, in the middle of nowhere, a howling blizzard and the sudden arrival of a mysterious guest set the stage for an enchanting and transformative adventure. The performance schedule for Lost & Found featuring Riders To The Sea and Brilliant Traces is Thursday, August 12 through Saturday, August 14 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 18 through Saturday, August 21 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on August 14, and August 21 at 3 pm and Sunday performances on August 15 and August 22 at 4 pm.

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