BAREFOOT IN THE PARKby Neil Simon
Made possible by
The Donald Saunders &
Liv Ullman Family
June 7 to June 30
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
by Neil Simon
Directed by Shana Gozansky
The romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park, award-winning playwright Neil Simon’s longest-running hit, and the tenth longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history, opens Gloucester Stage’s 40th Anniversary season on June 7. The comedy centers on newlyweds Corie & Paul as they move into a top floor garret off Third Avenue in Manhattan and quickly discover there’s more to marriage than meets the eye. Shana Gozansky makes her GSC debut directing Paula Plum*, Richard Snee*, McCaela Curran Donovan* and Joe Short* in this perfect summer delight.
Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park runs June 7 through June 30. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.
McCAELA DONOVAN* (Cory) is happy to be back at Gloucester Stage Company after appearing in ‘Crimes of the Heart’. Local credits: Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Reagle Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis Theatre Company, Greater Boston Theatre Company, Actor’s Shakespeare Project,The Lyric Stage, Bridge Rep of Boston, Fiddlehead Theatre Co and Company One. New York Credits: NYMT Festival, Primary Stages. BFA- Musical Theatre (Ithaca College), MA -Theatre Education (Emerson College), MFA Acting (Brandeis University ). She is a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SAFD. McCaela serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University. Thanks to the Gloucester team, the wonderful humans on this production and her husband Joe, the best scene partner onstage and off.
PAULA PLUM* (Mrs. Banks) is the recipient of five IRNE Awards, the 1995 & 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress, the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. In 2009 she was one of five actors nation-wide to receive the Fox ActorFellowship in association with SpeakEasy Theatre Co. Ms. Plum is an actress, director, writer, and teacher and has created seven one-person shows for the Undadilla Theatre of Vermont, most notably, Plum Pudding. As a founding member of The Actors’ Shakespeare Project, she has directed Macbeth and School for Scandal. For 12 years she has been the Artistic Director of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn for WGBH, a concert of traditional Cetlic music, dance and poetry that tours New England in December. Original work includes “Wigged Out!”, a comedy about her mother’s death, and “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed” a dramatic biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Other directing credits include: Jakes Women ( Merrimack Repertory Theatre) I’m Not Rappaport ( GSC) Baltimore Waltz (Lyric Stage) and Steel Magnolias ( Stoneham Theatre) She is married to actor Richard Snee.
JOE SHORT* (Paul) is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. He has performed in
numerous theaters in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Joe was a founding artistic associate of two successful New England theatre companies: Bridge Rep of Boston and The Wilbury Theatre Group, in Providence, RI. He has also directed both professionally and at the university level, most recently directing True West, by Sam Shepard, for the Gloucester Stage Company.
Joe is an instructor of acting at numerous universities in the area, and has been an instructor of acting, voice, and movement at the University of Rhode Island since 2010. Joe is the Production Technician for the newly created Theatre, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University, and the production manager at Gloucester Stage Company since 2013. Joe earned his B.F.A. at the University of Rhode Island, and is an M.F.A. graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep
RICHARD SNEE* (Victor Velasco) Auld Lang Syne, Table Manners, Living Together, Round and Round the Garden. Regional: Othello(American Repertory Theatre); Present Laughter, Sisters Rosensweig (Huntington Theatre Company); Uncle Vanya, Boy Gets Girl, Something in the Air, A Christmas Carol (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Richard has been a member of the Boston company of Shear Madness since 1987 and is a founding member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and has appeared in several of their productions including Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, and Comedy of Errors. He has also performed at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, SpeakEasy Stage Company, the Nora Theatre Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Wilbur Theater, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and a lot of other places over the last thirty years. His film credits include Gone, Baby, Gone; The Company Men; My Best Friend’s Girl; Never Met Picasso; Treading Water; Mr. North; and Teacakes or Cannoli.Richard’s television credits include voicing characters for several animated series including Science Court; Dr. Katz; Home Movies; and Hey, Monie! Richard and his wife, Paula Plum, helped create and starred in the FX network’s animated series, The Dick and Paula Celebrity Special. She was “Paula.” He was “The Dick.”
*Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Born on July 4, 1927, in New York City, Neil Simon began writing comedy for some of radio and television’s top talents in the 1940s. Turning to the stage, he enjoyed his first major hit with Barefoot in the Park in 1963, and later scored Tony Awards for The Odd Couple (1965), Biloxi Blues (1985) and Lost in Yonkers (1991). Simon also became a successful screenwriter, earning acclaim for both original and adapted works. In addition to his numerous Tony and Academy Award nominations, Simon in 1983 became the first living playwright to have a Broadway theater named in his honor. He passed away on August 26, 2018
Barefoot in the Park is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.