Gloucester Stage Announces 30th Anniversary Season



GLOUCESTER STAGE

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE IN GLOUCESTER
Eric C. Engel, Artistic Director

GLOUCESTER STAGE SETS 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel recently announced Gloucester Stage’s 30th Anniversary Season. The 2009 Summer Playpass season features the return of actresses Lindsay Crouse, Nancy E. Carroll, Paula Plum and Karen MacDonald, actors Shelley Bolman, Robert Pemberton and Robert Walsh and Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz. The 30 year old theatre’s five play professional Summer Playpass season includes a fun-filled musical for the whole family, classic comedy, thought provoking drama and the New England premiere of an Israel Horoviz Gloucester play developed here at the GSC. According to Engel, ‘This season we’re celebrating a thirty year old love fest – with the city of Gloucester and with greater Boston audiences. With Shelley Bolman, Nancy Carroll, Lindsay Crouse, Karen MacDonald, Bob Pemberton, Paula Plum and Bob Walsh all returning, our artist roster rivals that of any theater in the country! The beginning of our season is about love, laughter and family and the latter half of our season reinforces our historical commitment to provocative and new work including a gripping play by Israel Horovitz developed at GSC over the past several years. We plan to continue our successful new play reading series as well. Details of the exciting new works will be announced soon.” The 2009 schedule also includes two special two night only performance events featuring Rockport resident and award winning actress Nancy E. Carroll reviving her role of Joan Didion in The Year of Magical Thinking on July 12 & July 13; and former Rockette and A Chorus Line cast member Joanna Rush in her one woman show Asking For It on August 16 & August 17.

GLOUCESTER STAGE 2009
SUMMER PLAYPASS SEASON

June 4-June 21 You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Based on the Comic Strip ‘Peanuts’ by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyric by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer & Additional Music by Andrew Lippa

The Gloucester Stage 30th Anniversary season opens on Thursday, June 4 with the Broadway musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown which will be presented in celebration of Gloucester’s Pathways For Children. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown features a professional cast led by Shelley Bolman as Snoopy. Mr. Bolman returns to Gloucester Stage after two acclaimed performances in the 2008 season in Billy Bishop Goes to War and The Woman in Black. The performance schedule is Thursday, June 4 through Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, June 10 through Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, June 17 through Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees on June 6, June 13 and June 20 at 3 p.m. & Sunday performances on June 7, June 14 and June 21 at 4 p.m. Special ticket prices for this delightful musical for the whole family only are $15 for Children 12 years old and under and $25 with Student ID.

July 2’July 19 Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon
directed by David Zoffoli

Karen MacDonald appears on stage in Gloucester this summer following her Gloucester Stage debut as the director of last season’s The Woman in Black. The American Repertory Theatre actress will play all three female roles in Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Gloucester Stage Artistic Associate David Zoffoli directs Simon’s classic comedy about love, sex and seafood. The performance schedule for Last of the Red Hot Lovers is Thursday, July 2 at 8 p.m., Friday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. for a special performance followed by fireworks and Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m.; Wednesday, July 8 through Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees on July 11 and July 18 at 3 p.m. & Sunday performances on July5, July 12 and July 19 at 4 p.m.

July 23’August 2 The Breath of Life by David Hare
Limited Run: Two Weeks Only directed by Eric C. Engel
featuring Elliot Norton Award Winners Nancy E. Carroll and Paula Plum

Artistic Director Eric C. Engel directs two of Boston’s grand dames of theatre, Nancy E. Carroll and Paula Plum in roles originated by Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith in David Hare’s The Breath of Life in a limited run of two weeks only. Ms. Carroll and Ms. Plum play two women who once shared the same man and who now are attempting to reconcile closure with clarity. The performance schedule is Thursday, July 23 through Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturday matinees on July 25 and August 1 at 3 p.m. and Sunday performances on, July 26 and August 2 at 4 p.m.

August 6-August 23 August 6-August 23 The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
By Edward directed by Directed by Eric C. Engel
featuring Academy Award Nominee Lindsay Crouse and Elliot Norton Award Winner Robert Pemberton

Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia? Edward Albee’s provocative comic drama features Academy Award Nominee Lindsay Crouse and Elliot Norton Award Winner Robert Pemberton and is directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel. Longtime Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse celebrates her third consecutive summer onstage at the GSC directed by Mr. Engel. In 2007 she made her Gloucester Stage debut in The Belle of Amherst and last summer she returned in Going To St. Ives. The performance schedule for The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia? is Thursday, August 6 through Saturday, August 8 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 19 through Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturday matinees