Janet & Mark Gottesman
September 8 – 30
Flight of the Monarch
Written by Jim Frangione | Directed by Jeff Zinn*°
About the Play
Due to the overwhelming response from its reading during our NeverDark series, Flight of the Monarch now makes its world premiere at Gloucester Stage.
Two middle-aged siblings, Sheila and Thomas, born, raised and still living in a small fishing town on the New England coast. This darkly comic play explores how siblings’ lives are intertwined, what we owe to the people who know and love us best and, how family members’ needs and desires may push the boundaries of what we are expected to do for others.
Directed by GSC Managing Director Jeff Zinn, this world premiere features GSC favorite Rockport resident Nancy E. Carroll, and GSC newcomer Bates Wilder.
Nancy E. Carroll* (Sheila Callaghan)
Gloucester Stage: The New Electric Ballroom, 4000 Miles, North Shore Fish, Trad, Breath of Life, Doubt, Happy Days, My Old Lady, Collected Stories; Broadway: Present Laughter (Roundabout Theatre); International: The Cripple of Inishmaan, Big Maggie (Druid Theatre, Ireland), Return of the Winemaker (Cork Arts Theatre, Ireland); Regional: Ripcord, I Was Most Alive With You, The Seagull, Rapture Blister Burn, Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, Present Laughter, The Rose Tattoo, Dead End (Huntington Theatre); Rapture Blister Burn (Geffen Playhouse); Our Town, She Loves Me (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre); The Year of Magical Thinking, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); Trad (Tir Na Theatre); The Clean House, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Kindertransport (New Repertory Theatre); Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputation, The Women, Company, A Man Of No Importance (Speakeasy Stage); Bailengangaire (Súgán Theatre); Humble Boy, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale (Publick Theatre); Auntie and Me (Merrimack Repertory); Precious Little, Buried Child, The Unexpected Man (Nora Theatre). TV and Film: Spotlight, Olive Kitteridge, Irrational Man. Elliot Norton Awards Present Laughter, Brendan, Bailegangaire
TBA (Thomas Callaghan)
Jim Frangione (Playwright)
Jim Frangione was born on January 26, 1958 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for Heist (2001), State and Main (2000) and The Spanish Prisoner (1997).
Jeff Zinn (director) is Managing Director of Gloucester Stage Company. He has been acting, directing, teaching, and writing about theater for more than 30 years. Before coming to GSC he was best known as the longtime artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) on Cape Cod where he produced almost 200 productions, many of which he directed. Under his leadership WHAT became a nationally recognized regional theater presenting provocative new American plays for a diverse and appreciative audience. During his time there he also led a multimillion dollar capital campaign culminating in the construction of the Julie Harris Stage, a year-round 200 seat venue described as “a gem” by the architecture critic of the Boston Globe. As an actor he made his Equity debut as “Danny” in the original off-Broadway production of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity In Chicago, and appeared on Broadway with Derek Jacobi in The Suicide.
As a director he developed new plays at Ensemble Studio Theater, The White Barn Theater, The West Bank Cafe, Theater for the New City, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, New Jersey Repertory Theater, Boston Playwrights Theater, and as a member of the Circle Repertory Company Lab. Locally he has directed for the Nora Theater and the New Repertory Theater.
His book, The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off (Smith and Kraus Publishing) was released in 2015. He lives in Merrimac with his wife, Crystal.
Cristina Todesco† (Set Design)
TBA (Properties Design)
John Malinowski (Lighting Design)
Miranda Kau Giurleo (Costume Design)
Miranda Kau Giurleo gladly returns to Gloucester Stage where she designed last season’s Lettice and Lovage, and Totalitarians. Previous GSC credits include: The New Electric Ballroom, Fighting Over Beverly, Dear Liar, The Wind in the Willows, Ponies, Calvin Berger, Our Son’s Wedding, The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath, and The Heidi Chronicles. Other design credits include: The Scottsboro Boys (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Chill (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Convert, and Roots of Liberty (Underground Railway Theatre), Matchless/The Happy Prince (Central Square Theatre), Peerless, Leftovers, Dry Land, Shockheaded Peter, Grimm, Love Person, Neighbors, She Kills Monsters, The Good Negro, and After the Quake (Company One), Measure for Measure, As You Like It, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), and Closer Than Ever (New Repertoire Theatre).
She has previously designed and built costumes for the U.S.S. Constitution Museum production of Sailor’s Lives, Sailor’s Wives, and is currently on the faculty at Bridgewater State University.
Dewey Dellay (Sound Design)
Marsha Smith* (Stage Manager)
GSC: Songs for a New World, Man in Snow, Fences, Jacques Brel…, This is Our Youth, Spring Awakening, Round and Round the Garden, Fighting Over Beverly, Living Together, An Ideal Husband,Tender, Sins of the Mother, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Doubt, Widow’s Blind Date, Ponies, The Price.
Regional: School for Scandal, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Big Fish, Violet SpeakEasy Stage Co; On The Town, Lyric Stage Company; Reconcidering Hana(h), Franklin, Burning, The Company We Keep, The Farm, 5 Down 1 Across, Little Black Dress, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; 9 Circles, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Publick Theatre; Einstien’s Dreams, Underground Railway Theatre.
Education: BFA in Stage Management Emerson College. Marsha Lives on her family’s farm in Hudson NH and is glad to be back at GSC.
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* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
** Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. In the final week of the run there will be an additional Tuesday evening performance at 7:30pm.