August 11–September 2
Out of the Mouths of Babes
written and directed by Israel Horovitz
Four women arrive in Paris for the funeral of the 100-year-old man who loved each of them—at times variously, at times simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, delicious secrets and a dead cat. Featuring GSC favorite, Paula Plum. “Israel Horovitz knows how to write a solid comic line that works without sounding like a punch line on a television sitcom. You won’t go away depressed or troubled about the world we live in, but you will be sweetly and happily entertained…” Rex Reed New York Observer, June 2016. (Now en route to London’s West End following its sell-out run in New York.)
Horovitz has written more than 70 produced plays, many of which have been translated and performed in more than 30 languages worldwide. Among Horovitz’s best-known plays are Line, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, The Primary English Class, The Widow’s Blind Date, What Strong Fences Make, and The Indian Wants the Bronx.
About the Play
Four women arrive in Paris for the funeral of the 100-year-old man, who loved each of them—at times variously, at times simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, delicious secrets and a dead cat in the New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s latest comedy. The GSC New England premiere production is directed by the author and features GSC favorite, Lynn native Paula Plum. Out of the Mouths of Babes enjoyed a sell-out run in NYC last summer and is now en route to its premiere in London’s West End. Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouths of Babes runs from August 11 through September 2 at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.
Israel Horovitz’s (playwright/director) plays have been translated and performed in more than 30 languages, worldwide. His 70+ plays include Line (now in 39th year of continuous performance, off-Broadway, at 13th St. Repertory Theatre), The Indian Wants The Bronx, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays, The Widow’s Blind Date, Today I Am A Fountain Pen, Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, My Old Lady, Free Gift, Cat-Lady, Stations of the Cross, One Under, 50 Years of Caddieing, Speaking Well of the Dead, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, Security, A Mother’s Love, Sins of the Mother, 6 Hotels (including The Audition Play, Fiddleheads and Lovers, Speaking of Tushy, 2nd Violin, Beirut Rocks, and The Hotel Play), Compromise, The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath, The Vote in Orange, The P Word, The Bump, Virtual Alex, and his newest play Gloucester Blue. Horovitz’s play My Old Lady is in the repertory of The Moscow Art Theatre. Screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival), Sunshine (European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), New York, I Love You, and EMMY and Golden Globe-nominated James Dean. Horovitz wrote, directed and performed the award-winning documentary 3 Weeks After Paradise. Awards include the OBIE (twice), the Prix de Plaisir du Théâtre, The Prix Italia (for radio plays), The Sony Radio Academy Award (for Man In Snow), The Writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, The Christopher Award, The Drama Desk Award, an Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Elliot Norton Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Award from B’Nai Brith, The Literature Prize of Washington College, an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Salem (Massachusetts) State College, Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award, The Walker Hancock Prize, and many others. Horovitz is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage Company (Gloucester, Massachusetts), and is active Artistic Director of the New York Playwrights Lab. He teaches a master class in screenwriting at Columbia University and La Fèmis, France’s national film school, and a playwriting master class at University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Horovitz visits France, frequently, where he often directs French-language productions of his plays. He is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history, and has recently been decorated as Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honor for foreign artists. His memoires Un New-Yorkais a Paris have recently been published in France by Grasset. He also works frequently in Italy, where he is co-Artistic Director of Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto. The 70/70 Horovitz Project, created by NYC’s Barefoot Theatre, began on Horovitz’s 70th birthday. During the year between 31 March 2009 and 31 March 2010, 70 of Horovitz’s plays were given productions and/or readings by theatres in more than 20 countries around the globe.
“There are two hardy reasons to shuffle on down to the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village to see Out of the Mouths of Babes, the new comedy by Israel Horovitz. One is the four accomplished actresses who comprise the entire cast, headed by Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey. The other is the playwright himself, who still knows how to write a solid comic line that works without sounding like a punch line on a television sitcom. You won’t go away depressed or troubled about the world we live in, but you will be sweetly and happily entertained.”
Read the full “Observer” review about the 2016 Cherry Lane Theatre production of “Out of the Mouths of Babes” here
Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouths of Babes runs from August 11 through September 2. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. In the final week of the run there will be an additional Tuesday evening performance at 7:30pm.
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