May 19–June 11

By Peter Shaffer Directed by Benny Sato Ambush Featuring Lindsay Crouse*

“British playwright Peter Shaffer (“Equus,” “Amadeus”) has created two bastions against the decline of Western civilization in the personas of two magnificently eccentric ladies, Lettice Douffet and Lotte Schoen…” Variety
Leading tours through an obscure English mansion utterly devoid of interest, Lettice Douffet chooses to ‘Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!’ by fabricating fanciful stories. Igniting the wrath of her employer, a battle ensues that rapidly turns to friendship and a series of escapades that will surely delight. Featuring Lindsay Crouse as Lettice, this delectable comedy by acclaimed playwright, Peter Shaffer, will be directed by GSC veteran, Benny Sato Ambush. Genre British comedy Who it’s for Fans of Downton Abbey; Fans of Lindsay Crouse, Fans of The Norman Conquests (Alan Ayckbourn)
Mark Cohen 220x220Mark Cohen* (Mr. Bardolph/Angry Man) is very excited to be working for the first time with Gloucester Stage.  Favorite recent roles include Marius in The Road to Mecca, Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive (Boston Center for American Performance), Salter in A Number (Whistler in the Dark Theatre), and Watson in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Brown Summer Rep Season 2015).  He also appeared in Sleeping Weazel’s 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues, and with many other local theatres, including Israeli Stage, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, and Harbor Light Stage.  Mark is the featured player in Abuela Luna’s two new films Shakespeare in the Shadows and The Land of Nod.  He has been home-based on the fulltime faculty at Boston University for 10 years and maintained a teaching/directing relationship with Brown University for 22 years.  He is a proud longstanding member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Lindsay Crouse 220x220Lindsay Crouse* (Miss Lettice Douffet) was last seen at Gloucester Stage in her award-winning role in Driving Miss Daisy. Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse made her Gloucester Stage debut in 2007 in The Belle of Amherst; followed by a return to Gloucester Stage in 2008 in Going To St. Ives, in 2010 in Table Manners, in 2011 in Living Together and in 2012 in Round and Round The Garden. A long-time veteran of the New York stage, Lindsay Crouse has performed off and on Broadway, and has won the Obie and Theater World Awards. At the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, she starred with John Mahoney in Conor McPherson’s The Weir, breaking the theater’s box office records. On television, Ms. Crouse has guest-starred on C.S.I., Criminal Minds, Law and Order, E.R, NYPD Blue, Colombo, Murder She Wrote, Touched By An Angel, Hill Street Blues, Frasier, ARLI$$ and Alias. She spent a season as the infamous Professor Maggie Walsh on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She appeared on all three television networks simultaneously playing recurring characters on Providence for NBC, Hack for CBS, and Dragnet for ABC. She has played three different characters on Law and Order, and appeared as the formidable Judge Andrews on Law and Order SVU. A feature film veteran, some of Ms. Crouse’s best known films include The Insider, The Verdict, House of Games, Slapshot, Communion, All The President’s Men, Prince Of The City, Daniel, The Arrival, Indian In The Cupboard, Mr. Brooks and Places In The Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Crouse currently teaches around the country a class that is unique in the world, combining principles of Buddhism with principles of drama, creating a fresh approach to acting, writing and directing in all media.

Mary Lowry headshot 220x220Marya Lowry* (Miss Charlotte Schoen) GSC (The New Electric Ballroom). Actors’ Shakespeare Project, (The Cherry Orchard, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Duchess of Malfi, Macbeth (title role), Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Richard III). Local Theatre: Gamm Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Nora Theatre, and New Repertory Theatre. Featured Performer and Narrator: Boston Pops and the Handel & Haydn Society at Symphony Hall, Cantata Singers at Jordan Hall, and the Musicians of the Old Post Road. International and Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Barter Theatre, Riverside Shakespeare Company, Luminato Festival, Toronto, Roy Hart International Arts Centre, France, Bulgarian singing tour with Divi Zheni. Teaching: Brandeis University since 1986. International Teaching includes Greece, France, Italy, Poland, Cyprus, United Kingdom, and Canada. Marya is a spiritual mentor to incarcerated women.

JanelleMills_Headshot2008 220x220Janelle Mills (Miss Framer) is thrilled to be working with Gloucester Stage for the first time. Most recently she appeared in Bad Habit Productions Six Degrees of Separation and Titanic Theatre Company’s production of Polish Joke.  Other recent credits include: Ollie/Helen in The Misadventures of Spy Matthias (Theatre on Fire); Mrs. Marshall in Playhouse Creatures (Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company); Gertrude in From Denmark with Love (Vaquero Playground); and Tilly in It’s a Wonderful Life (Stoneham Theatre).  Janelle had the privilege of being a member of the IRNE award winning Ensemble for The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Stage Company).  She has also worked with many other area theatre companies including the Publick Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage Company, Arts after Hours, and Fort Point Theatre Channel. Infinite thanks and love to her family.

Peter Shaffer (Playwright) a renowned English playwright, was born in Liverpool, England on May 15th, 1926. He studied history on a scholarship at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Before beginning his playwriting career, Shaffer was a coal miner during World War II; afterwards, he held various odd jobs, such as bookstore clerk and assistant at the New York Public Library. During the early years of his career he also worked as a literary critic. Soon after his graduation in 1950, Shaffer collaborated with his twin, Anthony Shaffer, to publish three mystery novels under the pseudonym “Peter Anthony.” Following this, his first radio play, The Prodigal Father, saw success on BBC, as did a number of other TV and radio works of his. Shaffer’s first great theatrical success was Five Finger Exercise, which opened in London for a two-year run. Once Great Britain’s National Theatre was established in 1963, Shaffer did all of his subsequent work in its service. One of Shaffer’s most famous plays, Equus, was published in 1973 and won him numerous awards, including a 1975 Tony Award for best play, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Equus ran on Broadway for more than 1,000 performances, and was revived in 2008 in a run starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame. Amadeus, another successful play, followed in 1979, winning the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Theatre Critics’ Award in London; it later won the 1981 Tony Award for best play on Broadway. Many of Shaffer’s plays have been adapted into successful films — most notably Amadeus in 1984, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Benny Sato Ambush (Director) Senior Distinguished Producer-In-Residence, Emerson Stage; Acting/Directing Faculty, Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College; Visiting Arts Professor NYU Graduate Acting Program; Artist in Residence, Tisch School of the Arts, NYC; a professional freelance SDC stage director; former Producer/Artistic Director of two professional theaters; theater consultant; published commentator. Many directing credits throughout the nation’s professional and academic theater communities. Many teaching tenures in colleges and universities nationwide. International experience. Prior productions directed at Gloucester Stage Company: Athol Fugard’s MASTER HAROLD…and the boys (2012) which earned two IRNE Awards – Best Director (Midsize Theater) and Best Production (Midsize Theater); Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy (2013) which earned four IRNE Award nominations including Best Director (Midsize Theater) and Best Production (Midsize Theater), and won the Best Actress and Best Actor Awards (Midsize Theater) for Lindsay Crouse and Johnny Lee Davenport.

Amelia Broome (Dialect Coach) is a certified Linklater voice teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching voice, speech, and musical theatre. She has served as dialect coach for the Lyric Stage, Speakeasy Stage Company, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the Huntington Theatre Company. She is on the Acting Faculty at Emerson College. Selected performance credits: Lyric Stage Company: Sweeney Todd -Mrs. Lovett ; Rich Girl– Eve; Kiss Me Kate – Lilli Vanessi/Kate; Gloucester Stage Company: Spring Awakening -Adult Female (2014 IRNE nomination), My Old Lady– Chloe; New Rep Theatre: Master Class -Maria Callas; Next Door Theatre: Steel Magnolias -M’Lynn; SpeakEasy Stage Company: Next Fall –Arlene; Adding Machine: A Musical -Mrs. Zero, The Light in The Piazza -Margaret Johnson (2009 IRNE award best actress); Jerry Springer The Opera – Zandra/Irene/Mary; Foothills Theatre: Tea at Five – Katharine Hepburn (IRNE nomination best solo performance); Film: Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. Member: AEA, MTEA (Music Theater Educators Alliance), and VASTA. Amelia holds an MFA from Boston University

Dewey Dellay (Original Music/Sound Design) Dewey is pleased to be back working with Ms. Crouse at Gloucester Stage after having composed and sound design for Going to St Ives. Some other partial past credits – OFF-BROADWAY: Duet (Greenwich Street Theatre). LONDON’S WEST END: The Countess (Criterion Theatre). BOSTON/REGIONAL: An Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Design and an IRNE for best sound design. He recently composed for Casa Valentina at SpeakEasy Stage Company, and The Testament of Mary at New Repertory Theatre. TELEVISION: Music for Emmy nominated National Geographic’s China’s Mystery Mummies; Discovery Channel’s Miami Jail. Dewey composed the music for 5 seasons of music for the television show Our America with Lisa Ling on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and is now contributing music to This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN.

Miranda Kau Giurleo (Costume Designer) gladly returns to GSC where she designed last season’s The New Electric Ballroom.   Previous GSC credits include: 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 Convert, and Roots of Liberty (Underground Railway Theatre), Matchless/The Happy Prince (Central Square Theatre), 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.

Brian J. Lilienthal (Lighting Designer) Regional: Over 250 productions at Huntington Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, The Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, among many.  Mr. Lilienthal has designed operas for Long Beach Opera, Bard SummerScape, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He has won the Los Angeles Ovation Award for lighting design, and has been nominated multiple times for Boston’s IRNE Award. He has spent nine summers as the resident lighting designer for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.  MFA: California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Lilienthal currently teaches lighting design at Tufts University, and is a member of the newly formed Patriots Program at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. He lives in Somerville, MA, and is a drummer with a rockabilly trio that performs throughout New England.

Maura Neff* (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making her Gloucester Stage Company Debut.  Neff is a local stage manager, event manager, and scenic artist who does wardrobe, and dabbles in design.  She is also a member of the front of house staff at the Huntington Theatre Company.  A graduate of the University of Vermont and the Juilliard School’s Professional Stage Management Program, Neff has worked for companies including WGBH & Brian O’Donovan, the Huntington Theatre Company, the American Repertory Theatre & it’s Institute, SpeakEasy Stage Company, New Bedford Festival Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Harvard Dance, Arts Emerson, Brandeis University, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Central Square Theatre, and Company One.  Favorite productions include A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (WGBH & Brian O’Donovan), which she has been doing for nine years, 42nd Street (Boston Conservatory), Hair and Mary Poppins (New Bedford Festival Theatre), The History Boys (SpeakEasy), and the visiting production of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Arts Emerson).  Neff would like to thank Bob for this opportunity, Benny, Jeff, Joe, and the whole team at GSC, Gabe, and her family and friends for all of their support.

Jon Savage (Set Design) Recent credits include Out of Sterno (Gloucester Stage Company) The Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theater); Imagining Madoff (New Repertory Theatre); The Farm (Boston Playwrights Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Elliot Norton Award, Best Production, Large Company); Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Elliot Norton Award, Best Design, Large Company); Ryan Landry’s “M” (Huntington Theatre Company). Regional credits include A Grand Night for Singing (Bucks County Playhouse); State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Is He Dead? (Olney Theatre); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Bay Street Theatre). Jon was the Associate Set Designer for the Broadway production of Hot Feet and has worked in television and film for productions on the History Channel and the HBO miniseries John Adams and served as a curator for the U.S. National Student Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial, 2007. Jon is currently on faculty at Boston University and is a member of United Scenic Artists.  

“Virtually every movement Lindsay Crouse makes and every word she utters is charged with theatricality in the Gloucester Stage Company production of “Lettice and Lovage.’’ -Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

“The Gloucester Stage Company has opened its 2016 season with a rollicking comedy that is more than a play — it is a burst of joy designed to captivate any audience.”- Jack Butterworth,

“Driving to the end of Route 128, in a modest space near the harbor, surrounded by lobster boats and the sound of squawking gulls, one is hardly prepared for ambitious theatre and stunning performances.“- Charles Giuliano, Berkshire Fine Arts

“Crouse is animated, humorous and versatile in this nonstop performance, and Lowry does a first-rate job with the complex character she plays…”- Sally Applegate, Wicked Local

“The play is an absolute delight on every level.”- Al Chase, The White Rhino Report

“I’ve also been so impressed not only with the quality of the actors, but with the quality of the people. Lindsay Crouse, for one, takes the time to introduce herself to every volunteer and really makes us feel like part of the company (Claire Wilson).”- Terry Byrne, The Boston Globe

“Crouse takes on the title role of tour guide Lettice Douffet and makes it her own with panache and good humor. Marya Lowry is her incredulous employer Lotte Schoen and together they raise the bar for the art of verbal sparring. The esteemed scene partners feast on Shaffer’s rich language and throw themselves into the theatrical shenanigans of the play, with supporting silliness well-represented by Janelle Mills (Miss Framer) and Mark Cohen (Mr. Bardolph).”- Nancy Grossman,

Lindsay Crouse is a powerhouse, commanding the stage with every dramatic utterance, scaling each tall tale she tells with towering gusto.”- Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

Watch WGBH Jared Bowen “Open Studio” interview with Lindsay, including video clips from the show! (segment starts at 6:15) Bowen

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) **Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society † Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of IATSE
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