John and Mollie Byrnes
August 11 – September 2
Out of the Mouths of Babes
Written and Directed by Israel Horovitz
About the Play
The New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s latest comedy.
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.
Out of the Mouths of Babes come to Gloucester Stage after a sell-out run in NYC last summer, and is currently en route to its premiere in London’s West End. Gloucester Stage’s founding artistic director returns to direct his latest comedy, with a cast 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.
Paula Plum* (Evvie)
Israel Horovitz (Playwright & Director)
Israel’s 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.
Jenna McFarland Lord (Set Design)
Emme Shaw (Property Design)
Emme trained at Carnegie Mellon’s esteemed Drama Conservatory. She is proud to say she has worked with the GSC and Mr Horovitz for many years and is very glad to be working with this crew now. This is the fourth time Jenna Macfarland and Emme have collaborated and it is still a blast.
Russ Swift† (Lighting Design)
Jane Alois Stein† (Costume Design)
David Remedios† (Sound Design)
David Remedios has previously designed sound for The Totalitarians, The Flick and An Ideal Husband at Gloucester Stage. Recent credits include Faithful Cheaters (Trinity Rep); Our American Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company at Shubert Theatre); Women in Jeopardy!, The Making of a Great Moment, and Abigail/1702 (IRNE nom.), (Merrimack Rep); The Scottsboro Boys (IRNE nom.), (SpeakEasy Stage); Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre). Upcoming projects include Wild Horses and The Niceties (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); The Royale, KNYUM, and The Villains’ Supper Club (Merrimack Rep). David is a proud member of United Scenic Artist Local USA 829. remediossound.com.
Jenna Worden* (Stage Manager)
Jenna Worden is delighted to return for her third season with Gloucester Stage. Favorite GSC credits include Out of Sterno, The Flick, and The Totalitarians. In addition, Jenna has worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Our American Hamlet), WGBH (A Christmas Celtic Sojourn), Childsplay AZ, and Phoenix Theatre. She recently signed on as Programs Coordinator of Brighter Boston, a non-profit partnership providing teenagers with professional internships in technical theatre and event production. Jenna earned both her BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd in History from Northern Arizona University.
“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
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
° Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE (USA)
Written and performed by Randy Noojin
Sunday, Aug. 13, 7:30pm
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Written and directed by Israel Horovitz
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7:30pm
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