Gloucester Stage Company Announces 2007 Season

Eric C. Engel, Artistic Director


Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel recently announced Gloucester Stage’s 2007 season. Engel’s first season as Artistic Director features three comedies, two New England premieres and a world premiere; an Academy Award nominee, the revival of a classic Israel Horovitz drama which premiered at Gloucester Stage and two works in repertory that offer a glimpse into the lives of distinguished writers Emily Dickinson and George Bernard Shaw. According to Engel, ‘We wanted to offer more programming during our peak visitor season in July and August. We are trying something new this year by presenting two plays in repertoire over a four week period. We also wanted to inspire laughter, the kind that comes from an honest exploration of the world in which we find ourselves so we are opening the season with three thought provoking & timely comedies.’


May 25-June 3
Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent
by Yvette Heyliger

Gloucester Stage presents the New England premiere of Yvette Heyliger’s
Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent. This comic and sometimes
provocative work considers what would have happened if First Lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton and the intern, Monica Lewinsky, met by chance in the White
House China Room in 1996 before the scandal broke. The play comes to
Gloucester after highly successful runs in New York and at the National
Black Theatre Festival. Directed by playwright Yvette Heyliger, the original
New York cast is led by Gloucester native Heidi Dallin as Hillary Clinton.
The performance schedule is Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at 3
p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 at 5 p.m. and Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m.;
Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 at 5 p.m.

June 7’June 24
Our Son’s Wedding
by Donna DeMatteo

The sparks fly in this funny and poignant new play as an Italian’American
plumber and his strong-willed wife check into Boston’s Ritz Carlton Hotel on
the occasion of their son’s nuptials – to another man! Eric C. Engel directs
this world premiere comedy. The performance schedule for Our Son’s Wedding
is Thursday, July 7 through Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, June
13 through Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday,
June 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees on June 9, June 16 and June 23 at 3
p.m. & Sunday performances on June 10, June 17 and June 24 at 5 p.m.

June 28’July 15
by Mike Batistick

In this dark and funny play Drazen, a native of Croatia, and Ken, a native
of Nigeria, spend their days at a Lower East Side Off-Track Betting shop in
New York City. Both men quickly discover that no matter what part of the
world you come from America can be a dangerous place. David Sullivan directs
this New England premiere. The performance schedule is Thursday, June 28
through Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday,
July 7 and Wednesday, July 11 through Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday
matinees on June 30, July 7 and July 14 at 3 p.m. and Sunday performances on
July 1, July 8 and July 15 at 5 p.m.

July 19-August 12
The Belle of Amherst
by William Luce

July 19-August 12
Dear Liar
by Jerome Kilty

These powerful portraits of influential artists are set to run in repertoire
for four weeks from July 19 through August 12. Academy Award nominee and
Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse stars in William Luce’s The Belle of
Amherst. Directed by Eric C. Engel, the play is based on the writings of
poet Emily Dickinson. Broadway veterans and Gloucester Stage regulars Sandra
Shipley and Paul O’Brien return for Jerome Kilty’s Dear Liar. Directed by
David Zoffoli, Dear Liar is adapted from the correspondence of George
Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. The performance schedule for The
Belle of Amherst is Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m.
and Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 25 at 3 p.m., Thursday, July
26 and Saturday, July 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 29 at 1 p.m.,
Wednesday, August 1 and Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m., Thursday, August 2. and
Saturday, August 4 at 3 p.m., and Sunday, August 5 at 5 p.m., Wednesday,
August 8 at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 9 and Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, August 12 at 1 p.m. The performance schedule for Dear Liar is
Thursday, July 19. and Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 22 at 1
p.m., Wednesday, July 25 and Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 26 at
3 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 at 5 p.m.,
Wednesday, August 1 at 3 p.m., Thursday, August 2 and Saturday, August 4 at
8 p.m., and Sunday, August 5 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 at 3 p.m. Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 11
at 3 p.m. and Sunday, August 12 at 5 p.m.

August 16-September 2
The Widow’s Blind Date
by Israel Horovitz

One of the most successful plays in Gloucester Stage history returns to its
birthplace. After The Widow’s Blind Date’s world premiere at Gloucester
Stage the gripping play went on to successful runs in Boston, New York and
all over the world. Set in Wakefield, Massachusetts, a seemingly light
hearted reunion of three former high school classmates moves on to a
stunning conclusion. The performance schedule for The Widow’s Blind Date is
Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, August
22 through Saturday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 29 through Saturday,
September 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturday matinees on August 18, August 25 and
September 1 at 3 p.m. and Sunday performances on August 19, August 26 and
September 2 at 5 p.m.


Adults $35