Flight of the Monarch

 

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Flight of the Monarch
by Jim Frangione
directed by Jeff Zinn**

Developed as part of Gloucester Stage’s NeverDark series, Flight of the Monarch, is the story of 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. Featuring GSC favorite, Nancy Carroll, (4000 Miles; New Electric Ballroom) and Bates Wilder (Joy; Dust of War.)

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).

About the Play 

Developed as part of Gloucester Stage’s NeverDark series, Flight of the Monarch, is the story of 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. The world premiere of Flight of the Monarch runs from September 8 through September 30. 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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Jeff_Zinn_220x220Jeff 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.

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* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
** Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)

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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