May 19 – June 10
by John Kolvenbach
directed by Robert Walsh**
John Kolvenbach’s plays have been performed on the West End (Love Song, on an average day) and all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Zurich, San Juan, Berlin and in many theaters in the US. His most notable works include Sister Play, Gizmo Love, Love Song, On An Average Day, Goldfish, Marriage Play, Bank Job, Fabuloso.
About the Play
For two brothers new to the armed robbery industry, what seems like easy money turns out to be a lot more difficult than it looks in the movies in John Kolvenbach’s Bank Job. When heist plans A and B (and C through F) fail, Tracey and Russell find themselves locked in the bank bathroom with no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, a guileless cop, and the man in the shadows who put them up to the whole thing. Directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh, Bank Job is a fun comedy about the holes we dig ourselves into—and the unexpected comrades we trust to dig us out. The New England premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Bank Job runs May 19 through June 10 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.
John Kolvenbach is an American playwright. His plays have been performed on the West End (Love Song, on an average day) and all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Zurich, San Juan, Berlin and in many theaters in the US. The plays are published by Methuen and the Dramatists Play Service.His most notable works include Sister Play, Gizmo Love, Love Song, On An Average Day, Goldfish, Marriage Play, Bank Job, Fabuloso.
After graduating from Middlebury College in 1988 he attended Rutgers University, graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts degree in 1992. Both Love Song and On an average day were performed in the West End in London. Love Song was directed by John Crowley and featured Kristen Johnson, Cillian Murphy, Neve Campbell and Michael McKean. Love Song was nominated for an Olivier Award as best new comedy.
On an average day was also directed by Crowley and featured Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. Love Song premiered at the Steppenwolf company in Chicago, directed by Austin Pendleton. Fabuloso premiered on Cape Cod at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) in the summer of 2008, directed by the author.
Also at WHAT; the premiere of Gizmo Love (2004), directed by Sam Weisman and productions of On an average day (2006) and Love Song (2007) both directed by Jeff Zinn. Goldfish was presented by South Coast Repertory in their 2009 season, directed by Loretta Greco. Kolvenbach’s companion piece to Goldfish, entitled Mrs. Whitney, was presented in repertory with Goldfish at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the Fall of 2009.
He also acted in the 1996 Indian period epic film Kaalapani directed by Priyadarshan where he was cast alongside Mohanlal.
In 2014, Sister Play received its premier at The Harbor Stage Company and at the Magic in 2015, both productions were directed by the author.
“Debut slapstick comedy brings hearty laughs to Living Room throng” (AXS Blog – Kansas City)
“A doctor and his brother rob a bank, but their plan is almost immediately foiled—and mayhem ensues. It’s sort of a backstage comedy, and a family story, that’s set at a bank robbery, if you can imagine that combination. It’s a bit of a stew, and it all takes place in the executive washroom of a branch bank somewhere in New York, maybe in Queens.”
Interview with John Kolvenbach at TheaterJones
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* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
** Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)