2018 Season

Bank Job
Albatross
The Last Schwartz
Songs for a New World
The Totalitarians
Man in Snow
NeverDark Series

May 22, 2018 | Boundless 

May 27, 2018 | Unhappily Married in Valencia

May 29, 2018 | The Blues Spectrum 

June 10, 2018 | Left Leaning Dad 

June 12, 2018 | Midnight Ride

June 19, 2018 | Homebody

June 26, 2018 | Golda’s Balcony 

July 1, 2018 | Darwin’s Basement

July 17, 2018 | Escaped Alone

July 31, 2018 | Rough Out

August 5, 2018 | Red

August 21, 2018 | Cloud Tectonics

August 26, 2018 | Moon Over Dark Street 

August 28, 2018 | Ladies on the Mic

September 16, 2018 | Rebel Voices

September 23, 2018 | Hold These Truths

Awards

IRNE (WON): Best Play (Midsize) for Dancing at Lughnasa

IRNE (Nomination): Best New Play for My Station in Life by Ken Riaf

IRNE (Nomination): Benny Sato Ambush, Best Director of a Play (Midsize) for Dancing at Lughnasa

IRNE (Nomination): Lindsay Crouse, Best Actress in a Play (Midsize) for Dancing at Lughnasa

IRNE (Nomination): Samantha Richert, Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Midsize) for Dancing at Lughnasa

IRNE (Nomination): Marcella Barbeau, Best Lighting Design, True West

*NORTON (Nomination): Ken Baltin, Best Actor in a Play (Small) as Simon Geller in My Station in Life

*NORTON (Nomination): Jeremiah Kissel, Best Actor in a Play (Small) as Cyrano in Cyrano

*Winners still to be announced

2017 Season

Bank Job
Albatross
The Last Schwartz
Songs for a New World
The Totalitarians
Man in Snow
NeverDark Series

The Memory of Water

Written by Shelagh Stephenson and directed by Jennie Israel  |  Tuesday, September 12, 7:30pm

Water memory is the alleged ability of water to retain a memory of substances previously dissolved in it…and those properties of water, being in constant ebb and flow, changing, circling around, is where this play begins. Three estranged sisters meet in rural England on the eve of their mother’s funeral, struggling to connect even as they exist in drastically different memories of their childhood. The play was awarded the Olivier in England for comedy, and allows the audience moments of fantastic levity, emotional loss, and all the pieces in between; it is an appreciation of human nature in all it’s quirks and imperfections.

Cast includes: Lindsay Crouse, Amelia Broome, Ella Loudon, Lydia Barnett-Mulligan, Steve Barkhimer and Barlow Adamson

 

The Pizzicato Effect II: Mediocrity

Created and performed by Brendan Hughes |  Monday, August 28, 7:30pm

Brendan Hughes returns to Gloucester Stage with another evening from his collection of hilarious and strangely meaningful lectures about Time, about Narrative, about Mediocrity, and, most topically, about the Truth.

 

Travels with a Masked Man

Written and performed by John Hadden  |  Sunday, August 27, 7:30pm

John Hadden performs his two-character, one man play about deception, “the game” (espionage) and rough filial love. Based on his book Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me. Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films––but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other.

 

Israel Horovitz’s New Shorts

Written and directed by Israel Horovitz  |  Tuesday, August 22, 7:30pm

Staged readings of new original short plays directed by the author.

 

Seeger

Written and performed by Randy Noojin  |  Monday, August 14, 7:30pm

Seeger is a critically-acclaimed, multimedia solo show about America’s beloved folksinger/activist, Pete Seeger, singing at a benefit in Washington, D.C. advocating free speech in Cuba, where he uses his greatest songs, If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Bring ‘Em Home, and We Shall Overcome, to tell the story of his struggles for free speech in America. “I was blown away when Randy Noojin came on stage and effectively resurrected Pete Seeger. Not only is Noojin a dynamite folk singer who performs around a dozen Seeger classics, he’s written a brilliant script that perfectly captures the spirit, personality, and passions of Pete Seeger.” – Hyreviews.com

 

Hard Travelin’ with Woody

Written and performed by Randy Noojin  |  Sunday, August 13, 7:30pm

Hard Travelin’ with Woody is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning multimedia solo show with the music and artworks of Woody Guthrie. Hop a box car through the Dustbowl and commune with the spirit, stories and songs of America’s iconic folksinger, saint-of-the-workingman and poet-of-the-people as he plays for a union meeting of striking mine workers on the verge of yielding to corporate vigilante violence. “Captures the spirit of Woody, solid, entertaining work that should travel far and wide in these hard times, just like Guthrie himself.” – The Huffington Post.

 

My Station in Life

A reading of a new play by Ken Riaf  |  Sunday, July 30, 7:30pm

What’s the difference between selling and selling out? From the rubble of his studio dungeon Simon Geller, the last standing single-handed radio operator in the country, broadcasts commercial free classical music from Gloucester – the town that loves and endures his peculiar presence. A recluse who speaks to thousands daily while sawing off the limb he’s out on.

 

On the Cover of Time: A Memoir with Songs

Book and lyrics by Harriet Reisen, music by Jeanie Stahl, performed by Anne Gottlieb and Jeanie Stahl | Directed by Doug Lockwood  | Tuesday, July 25, 7:30pm

The story of a woman and her generation, the baby boomers, through the seventy years after World War II. Born in the early months of the population surge that followed World War II, the milestones of the woman’s life and her generation’s always wind up on the cover of Time magazine. Rosie wants to be a “somebody,” like her mother’s sister Rita, “not a nobody” like her housewife Mom. Aunt Rita is a glamorous executive at Doyle, Dane, Bernbach, the top “shop” during the Creative Revolution in advertising. The mystery of Rita’s early death becomes Rosie’s obsession. Only when she solves that mystery can Rosie finally come into her own.

 

Pill Hill Stories

Written and performed by Jay O’Callahan  |  Tuesday, July 18, 7:30pm

Stories of a boy growing up in a neighborhood near Boston after World War II. In a touching way, these stories explore friendship, prejudice and class differences. O’Callahan was presented the National Endowment for the Arts for Performance Excellence Award for these stories. He has performed his Pill Hill stories in London at the London Westbank, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and Lincoln Center in New York. “An undoubted triumph” Irish Literary Supplement. Jay O’Callahan, author, storyteller and workshop leader has performed his stories in New Zealand, Lincoln Center, The Abbey Theater in Dublin, Africa, the National Fine Arts Complex in London and throughout the United States. His work has been heard on National Public Radio. Jay has be commissioned to write stories by various groups including NASA to celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Quebec Labrador Foundation, Lehigh University and The Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jay’s newest story, Falling for Emily Dickinson, takes the listener into the poet’s mysterious and passionate world. Time Magazine called his work “genius”. He is currently working on an epic novel called Mage that he hopes to publish in the near future.

 

The Chess Player

Adapted from Stephan Zweig’s novella and performed by Richard McElvain  |  Sunday, June 4, 7:30pm

Imprisoned by Gestapo. Solitary Confinement. Mind disintegrating. Losing a battle with madness. A stolen book of chess games becomes your only hope. Fighting madness by choosing schizophrenia. And that’s just the show’s first half.

 

Sea Change A New Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics by Tom Megan  |  Tuesday, June 20, 7:30pm
Directed by: Weylin Symes, Stoneham Theatre Artistic Director  |  Musical Direction by: Tom Megan

Set in Gloucester at the height of the fishing crisis, Michael Mateus, a family fisherman, struggles to find his way amidst a wave of New Age real estate developers, the warnings of traditional fishermen and an ancient Sea Goddess who demands a sacrifice to replenish the abundance of the sea. Tom Megan: A Richard Rodgers award winner for the musical The Kid Who Would Be Pope, Tom’s thematic interests cover a wide range from A Vision, based on the life and work of William Butler Yeats (Playwrights Horizon, Eugene O Neill Center, Boston Conservatory, June 2016) to Jack a wry look at the life of Jack Kennedy (Sacred Fools Theater, LA). Tom’s satirical writing includes annual lyrics for “Banned in Boston” an Urban Improv fundraiser and his own topical songs. www.TomMegan.com Featuring: Devin Bean, Sarah Bendell, Sean Crosley, Aimee Doherty, Kathy St. George, Tim Sawyer, Felix Teich, JT Turner, Cathy Wilmot and Stephen Zubricki

 

Thurgood

Written by George Stevens, Jr., performed by Johnny Lee Davenport  |  Tuesday, June 27, 7:30pm

Presented in partnership with the New Repertory TheatreA one man play about Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court. Thurgood spans Marshall’s impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education.

Awards

IRNE (Nomination): Lewis Wheeler, Best Actor in a Play (Midsize) for To Kill A Mockingbird

IRNE (Nomination): Russ Swift, Best Lighting Design, The Rainmaker

IRNE (Nomination): Michael Griggs, Best Projection Design for The Effect

IRNE (Nomination): Carly Williams, Promising Young Performer for To Kill A Mockingbird

2016 Season

Lettice and Lovage
Albatross
The Last Schwartz
Songs for a New World
The Totalitarians
Man in Snow
NeverDark Series

 

SUNDAY, JULY 17 AT 7:30pm | FREE Staged reading of a new play

CRIB

By Gino DiIorio Directed by Summer L. Williams An African American professor finds herself in the middle of a plagiarism scandal. CRIB engages questions of race, scholarship, and mental illness. Tracy is an African American Professor in the midst of a tenure fight. Rajon is a star basketball player, negotiating the challenges of freshman year and his court prowess. When Rajon is accused of plagiarism and faced with expulsion, Coach Pari comes to his rescue, reminding Tracy that the school is run on athletic money, not on anything she hopes to achieve in the classroom.  In turn, Tracy finds herself in the middle of an unwanted battle between academics and athletics.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 19 AT 7:30 PM | $20

FALLING FOR EMILY DICKINSON

Created and performed by Jay O’Callahan Enter the mysterious and passionate world of this seemingly quiet and demure poet with Jay O’Callahan. “My story, Falling for Emily Dickinson, tells of being drawn into her work, life and times. Dickinson was a great poet who struggled with her emotions and yet ‘found ecstasy in living’. In my story I explore my own creative process, and how Dickinson challenges my perspective on art and on life.”

 

SUNDAY, JULY 24 AT 7:30 PM | FREE staged reading of a new play

FEAR UP HARSH

Written by Christopher Demos-Brown Directed by Tom Bloom An Iraq War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient’s perfect life begins to unravel when a former comrade-in-arms comes to call in a play that shines a light on the corrupting effect of awards and commendations. FEAR UP HARSH premiered at Zoetic Stage in Miami in 2014 and received a 2014 Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 26 AT 7:30 PM | $20

A THOUSAND DOORWAYS

Created and performed by Diane Edgecomb A chance encounter with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring back their ancient legends. This is the true account of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkish-Kurdistan in search of the last Kurdish storytellers and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and their stories with her.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT 7:30 PM | $20

THE PIZZICATO EFFECT

Created and performed by Brendan Hughes Deploying diagrams, theories and preposterous arcana, Brendan Hughes delivers comic, ontological mini-lectures drawn from the darkest corners of Wikipedia, from Euclid’s drug-induced perfect rectangle to Plato’s penchant for name-dropping, from Julius Caesar’s IT department to Pope Gregory XIII’s time warping proclivities, Miles Davis’s unplayed notes to Wolfgang A. Mozart’s delicious command of restraint… all in a valiant attempt to double-click on the Universe. (click here to read Broadway World article: “Two Capes”)

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 AT 7:30 PM | FREE staged reading of a new play

OCTOBER ETERNAL

Written by Kyle Bradstreet Directed by Robert Walsh “Absurd. All of this, so beautifully absurd…” A peaceful forest of red maple trees. A bottomless barrel of whiskey. A storage trunk stocked full of memories. For the two unnamed characters in Bradstreet’s latest play, what more could they possibly ask- other than escape from this seemingly perfect eternity…and each other.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 AT 7:30 PM | FREE Workshop performance of a new play

ARMY B.R.A.T.

Written and Performed by Robin Galloway Directed by Eliza Baldi Army B.R.A.T. examines the funny, poignant, and unexpected stories of Robin Galloway and her life on the move as a 4th generation US Army B.R.A.T. It explores the privilege, cost and weight of family legacy, and her life-long desire to achieve a state of “home” – a journey of one woman questioning her destiny.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 7:30 PM | FREE Staged reading of a new play

STRING AROUND MY FINGER

By Brenda Withers Intermittently heartbreaking and hilarious, String Around My Finger opens with a young woman and her fiancée coping with her miscarriage on the eve of their wedding. Insurance is questionable and finances are tough; how will they pay for the hospital? Should they cancel the wedding in order to reclaim the deposits? Also on hand are his somewhat overbearing sister and the physician’s assistant who attempts to bring sanity and balance to a situation that threatens to spin out of control. From the award winning actress and author of Matt And Ben. (click here to read Broadway World article: “Two Capes”)

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 AT 7:30 PM | FREE Staged reading of a new play

FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH

Written by Jim Frangione Directed by Jeff Zinn 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. Update: Flight of the Monarch will receive a full production in its World Premiere as part of the Gloucester Stage 2017 season.

 

SUNDAY, September 18 AT 7:30 PM | FREE Staged reading of a new play

THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY

Written and Directed by Israel Horovitz

Love in the time of terrorism is the theme of Israel Horovitz’s newest play THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY, which follows three couples during 72 hours, before and after a rock concert in Paris. THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY is the final play in Horovitz’s Paris trilogy, which also includes his internationally-acclaimed MY OLD LADY, and this year’s off-Broadway hit OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES, which starred Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey and played to packed houses at NYC’s legendary Cherry Lane Theatre.

 

Awards

IRNE (WON): Best Play (Midsize) Man in Snow by Israel Horovitz

NORTON (Nomination): Outstanding Production (Small Theater) for Lettice and Lovage

IRNE (Nomination): Benny Sato Ambush, Best Director of a Play (Midsize) for Lettice and Lovage

IRNE (Nomination): Lindsay Crouse, Best Actress in a Play (Midsize) for Lettice and Lovage

IRNE (Nomination): Brianne Beatrice, Best Actress in a Play (Midsize) for The Last Schwartz

IRNE (Nomination): Paul Melendy, Best Actor in a Play (Midsize) for The Last Schwartz

IRNE (Nomination): Andrea Goldman, Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Midsize) for The Last Schwartz

IRNE (Nomination): Marya Lowry, Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Midsize) for Lettice and Lovage

IRNE (Nomination): Mark O’Malley, Best Lighting Design Man in Snow

2015 Season

Sweet and Sad
Out of Sterno
The New Electric Ballroom
Gloucester Blue
Every Xmas Story
Special Events

web_LoveLettersBenefit_borderSunday, November 1, 2015

Love Letters

By A.R. Gurney

Starring Joel Colodner and Lindsay Crouse

You are invited to join us for a one-night only Benefit Performance of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters at Gloucester Stage with acclaimed stars Lindsay Crouse* and Joel Colodner*. All proceeds benefit the theatre.

 

Saturday, October 17 October 17 at 7:30pm

The Arthur Miller Centennial

Conceived by Allison Benko and Jenna Worden

Featured Dennis Staroselsky, Sheriden Thomas, Kate Paulsen

About the Performance

A live performance case study of Arthur Miller’s works in celebration of his 100th birthday. The Arthur Miller Centennial will be a multimedia performance featuring recorded interviews with Miller himself as well as scenes from some of his well-known works including The Crucible, Death of a Salesmen, and After the Fall.

Awards

NORTON (WON): Outstanding Ensemble (Midsize), The New Electric Ballroom

IRNE (WON): Nael Nacer, Best Actor in a Play (Midsize) for The Flick

IRNE (WON): Derry Woodhouse, Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Midsize) for The New Electric Ballroom

NORTON (Nomination): Outstanding Production by a Small Theater The New Electric Ballroom

IRNE (Nomination): Best Play (Midsize) The Flick

IRNE (Nomination): Best New Play for Gloucester Blue by Israel Horovitz

IRNE (Nomination): Bridget O’Leary, Best Director of a Play (Midsize) for The Flick

NORTON (Nomination): Robert Walsh, Outstanding Director, Small Theater for The New Electric Ballroom

NORTON (Nomination): Robert Walsh, Outstanding Actor, Small Theater for Gloucester Blue

IRNE (Nomination): Robert Walsh, Best Actor in a Play (Midsize) for Gloucester Blue

IRNE (Nomination): Amanda Collins, Best Actress in a Play (Midsize) for Out of Sterno

IRNE (Nomination): Jennifer Ellis, Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Midsize) for Out of Sterno

IRNE (Nomination): Russ Swift, Best Lighting Design The Flick

 

 

2014 Season

Jacques Brel is alive and Well and Living in Paris
Auld Lang Syne
4000 Miles
Play Readings

August 4, 2014 | Gloucester Blue by Israel Horovitz
Featuring Therese Plaehn, Francisco Solorzano, Lewis Wheeler and Robert Walsh.
An adult dark comedy about house painters and paint…sex, violence, murder and sex. The latest of Horovitz’s Gloucester-based plays.

August 11, 2014 | Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Featuring Broadway veterans and GSC favorites Sandra Shipley and Paul O’Brien.
Mrs. Kitty Warren has worked hard to provide for her daughter, but when Vivie learns the truth about her mother’s profession, the stage is set for a battle royal between mother and daughter about love, sex, money and morality. It’s Shaw at his wicked best.

August 25, 2014 | Pitched by Jon Busch
Featuring Elliot Norton Award-Winners Anne Gottlieb and Robert Pemberton.
This brand new work by Marblehead playwright Jon Busch, is like George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession meets “Mad Men” as a  young advertising copywriter sets out on a career in an industry she abhors.

Special Events

September 15, 2014 | My Old Lady (Film Synopsis) | A down-and-out New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there with her protective daughter. The movie features an all-star cast with Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas. My Old Lady is the written and directed by renowned playwright/screenwriter Israel Horovitz, founding artistic director of the Gloucester Stage Company.

Many thanks to the Event Sponsors and Event Donors who joined GSC Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz for an advance screening of his feature film My Old Lady at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester! The evening was a sell-out with all proceeds benefiting Gloucester Stage Company. Gloucester Stage Company thanks our partners at Cape Ann Community Cinema for their support in organizing this special evening. Thanks also to Willow Rest for the marvelous food and to Cape Ann TV for taping our red-carpet arrival interviews!

Red Carpet Arrival Interviews
See the My Old Lady Red-Carpet Arrival Interviews at Cape Ann TV! Heidi Dallin interviews special guests, including Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, State Senator Bruce Tarr, and Israel Horovitz.

Awards

IRNE (WON): Jacqui Parker, Best Actress (Drama) for FENCES

IRNE (WON): Daver Morrison, Best Actor (Drama) for FENCES

IRNE (Nomination): Best Play (Midsize) for FENCES

IRNE (Nomination): Eric Engel, Best Director of a Drama (Midsize) for FENCES

NORTON (Nomination): Jermel Nakia, Outstanding Actor (Midsize) for Fences

IRNE (Nomination): Bezawit Strong, Promising Performance by a Young Actor for FENCES

2013 Season

Play Readings

July 29, 2013 | The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash

September 9, 2013 | Honor Thy Mother by Kyle Bradstreet

September 16, 2013 | Bach Schweitzer by Robert Boulrice

Special Events

May 17–19 | Share the Music under the direction of Wendy Betts | Singin’ The Fifties

Awards

IRNE (WON): Best Production of a Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (WON): Eric C. Engel, Best Director of a Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (WON): Lindsay Crouse, Best Actress in a Play for Driving Miss Daisy

IRNE (WON): Johnny Lee Davenport, Best Actor in a Play for Driving Miss Daisy

IRNE (Nomination): Jodi Leigh Allen, Best Choreography for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Best Ensemble, Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Lindsy Crouse, Best Actress in a Play for Driving Miss Daisy

IRNE (Nomination): Aimee Doherty, Best Actress in a Play for North Shore Fish

IRNE (Nomination): Johnny Lee Davenport, Best Actor in a Play for Driving Miss Daisy

IRNE (Nomination): Amelia Broome, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Ross Mumford, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Melody Madarasz, Best Actress in a Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Phil Taylor, Best Actor in a Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Catherine Stornetta, Best Music Director for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Eric C. Engel, Best Director of a Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Benny Sato Ambush, Best Director of a Play for Driving Miss Daisy

IRNE (Nomination): Robert Walsh, Best Director of a Play for North Shore Fish

IRNE (Nomination): Best Musical for Spring Awakening

IRNE (Nomination): Best Play for Driving Miss Daisy

Reviews

Driving Miss Daisy

The Boston Globe – “…revelatory performances that draw us completely into the heart of this ‘family.'”
BroadwayWorld – DRIVING MISS DAISY in a Deluxe Vehicle
Edge Boston – “…a pitch-perfect cast, under Benny Sato Ambush’s superb direction”
The Cape Ann Beacon – “sparkles with humorous and clever dialog while touching the heart with poignant and beautifully acted scenes”
On Boston Stages – “…an event not to be missed…a wonderful, warm way to end GSC’s 34th season.”
Good Morning Gloucester – “Whether you’re 10 or 100, seeing Driving Miss Daisy at Gloucester Stage will be a transformative experience for you.”
Mark Sardella – “a funny, moving ride”

This is Our Youth

The Boston Globe – “…raw and unsettling production directed by Lewis D. Wheeler”
BroadwayWorld.com – “played out with precision, high energy, and raw emotion”
The Cape Ann Beacon – “…a humorous and engaging play”
The Daily Item – “Moves as fast as a New York minute…”
ArtsFuse – “A superb staging…A perceptive vision of American Muddle”
Mark Sardella – “…compelling, passionate, and funny…”
Edge Boston – “the cast is exceptional throughout”
Events Insider – “…the acting performances are uniformly terrific.”
The Ipswich Chronicle – “…this production is well worth the audience’s investment”
The Boston Globe – “Kenneth Lonergan returns to This Is Our Youth

North Shore Fish

The Boston Globe – “…raw energy that delivers a visceral jolt.”
BroadwayWorld – “Prize Catch: North Shore Fish at Gloucester Stage Company”
WBUR – “A play that speaks eloquently about things, then and now”
On Boston Stages – “Revived ‘NORTH SHORE FISH’ Still Packs Punch”
The Cape Ann Beacon – “…wonderfully written…excellent cast and first-rate direction”
Whit Rhino Blog Report – “Under the skillful direction of Robert Walsh, the cast is superb…”
North Shore Art Throb – “We’re all fish people”
Gloucester Times – “Tale of 2 Fisheries…”
Cape Ann Beacon – “‘North Shore Fish’portrays hard life on Gloucester waterfront”
The Boston Globe – Pick of the Day
Gloucester Daily Times – “Rough-edged and racy, Horovitz play returns to roots”
The Boston Globe – “comedic drama ‘North Shore Fish opens at the Gloucester Stage Company”

Spring Awakening

BroadwayWorld.com – “Intimate SPRING AWAKENING at Gloucester Stage Company”
On Boston Stages – ” a very strong production….”Spring Awakening” will haunt you long after you’ve seen it.”
The Boston Globe – “Teenage angst set to music in ‘Spring'”
Jules Becker’s Quick Takes – “The young actors and actresses at Gloucester Stage-individually as well as in combination and total ensemble- are so persuasive that this critic wishes that he could mention all of them…Expect that kind of exquisite epiphany from Gloucester Stage Company’s soaring ‘Spring Awakening.'”
Event Insider – “Gloucester Stage Company Delivers Powerful ‘Spring Awakening’ (4.5 stars)”
BroadwayWorld.com – “Intimate SPRING AWAKENING at Gloucester Stage Company”
Cape Ann Beacon -“A haunting production of ‘Spring Awakening’ at Gloucester Stage”
WBUR – “The cast is excellent… the singing and musicianship are all on target, and Engel’s direction is snappy and polished.”
The White Rhino Report – “Awakening To The Artistry At The Gloucester Stage Company”
Boston Arts Review – “Righteous AWAKENING”

2012 Season

Play Readings

July 17 | Tyger by Donald Cohen

July 30–31 | Miss Price (revisited) by John Kuntz

August 20 | A Fine Bright Day Today by Philip Goulding

Special Events

June 2–4 | Lee Merriweather stars in The Women of Spoon River, Their Voices from the Hill adapted by Lee Merriweather with Jim Hesselman

Awards

IRNE (Special Citation WON): Special Ensemble citation for all 3 plays in The Norman Conquest Trilogy

IRNE (WON): Benny Sato Ambush, Best Director (Midsize Theater) for Master Harold…and the Boys

IRNE (WON): Best Play (Midsize Theater) for Master Harold…and the Boys

IRNE (Nomination): Best Ensemble, Master Harold…and the Boys

IRNE (Nomination): Johnny Lee Davenport, Best Actor in a Drama for Master Harold…and the Boys

IRNE (Nomination): Melody Madarasz, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Crimes of the Heart

IRNE (Nomination): Best Puppet Appearance for Carnival

IRNE (Nomination): Russ Swift, Best Lighting Design for Master Harold…and the Boys

2011 Season

Play Readings

August 1 | I Met a Lady by Richard Vetere

August 15 | Animal Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph

September 11 | Three Weeks After Paradise by Israel Horovitz (New England Premiere)

Awards

IRNE (WON): Jennifer Ellis, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for The Most Happy Fella

IRNE (Nomination): Best Ensemble, Living Together

IRNE (Nomination): Jennie Israel, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Living Together

IRNE (Nomination): Kerry A. Dowling, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for The Most Happy Fella

IRNE (Nomination): Timothy John Smith, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for The Most Happy Fella

IRNE (Nomination): Drew Pulver, Best Actor in a Musical for The Most Happy Fella

IRNE (Nomination): Michael V. Joseph, Best Music Director for The Most Happy Fella

IRNE (Nomination): Eric C. Engel, Best Director of a Musical for The Most Happy Fella

IRNE (Nomination): Best Musical, The Most Happy Fella

IRNE (Nomination): Best Play (Midsize Theater), Living Together

2010 Season

Play Readings

July 20 | The Farm by Walter McGough

August 3 | Home Sweet Homeland by Joanna Rush

August 24 | Three Sisters From Queens by Richard Vetere

Special Events

August 17 |Four Shorts written and directed by Israel Horovitz: Just The Way You Are; Inconsolable; The Vote in Orange; What Strong Fences Make

Awards

IRNE (Nomination): Best New Play (Small theater), Tender

IRNE (Nomination): Best Ensemble, Table Manners

IRNE (Nomination): Steven Barkhimer, Best Actor in a Drama for Table Manners

IRNE (Nomination): Richard Mawe, Best Actor in a Drama for Trying

IRNE (Nomination): Eric C. Engel, Best Director for Table Manners

2009 Season

Special Events

July 12–13 | The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, directed by Eric C. Engel, starring Nancy E. Carroll | a revival of last season’s Lyric Stage Company production

August 16–17 | Asking for It written and performed by Former Rockette Joanna Rush, directed by Tony Award nominee Lynn Taylor-Corbett

July 28 | Celebrating the Guitar II back by popular demand, Q&A about guitar making with Ken Parker, followed by a solo concert by John Hart

Awards

IRNE (WON): Best New Play for Sins of the Mother

IRNE (WON): Best Ensemble for Sins of the Mother

IRNE (Nomination): Anne Gottlieb, Best Actress in a Play for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

IRNE (Nomination): Karen McDonald, Best Actress in a Play for Last of the Red Hot Lovers

IRNE (Nomination): Robert Walsh, Best Actor in a Play for Sins of the Mother

2008 Season

Play Readings

July 22 | The Threshing Floor by James Baldwin, directed by Scott Edmiston

July 27 | Sow and Weep by Nitzan Halperin, directed by Judy Braha

August 17 | The Hotel Plays written and directed by Israel Horovitz

September 7 | His Mother’s Voice  by Frederick Kimball, directed by David Wheeler

Special Events

July 29 | Celebrate the Guitar an evening with guitar maker Ken Parker | followed by a concert by Paul Asbell

Awards

IRNE (Nominated): Melissa Beroni, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Doubt

IRNE (Nominated): Nancy E. Carroll, Best Actress in a Drama for Doubt

IRNE (Nominated): Jacqui Parker, Best Actress in a Drama for Going to St. Ives

2007 Season

2006 Season

Play Readings

All My Sons by Arthur Miller, directed by Eric C. Engel, featuring Robert Klein

The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Eric C. Engel, featuring Jill Clayburgh

Special Events

Women on Fire by Irene O’Garden, featuring Judith Ivey

2005 Season

Special Event

Plum Pudding by Paula Plum, acclaimed actress, reprises her tour de force compilation of characters | winner of the Elliot Norton Award

Awards

Elliot Norton WON: Sandra Shipley, Outstanding Actress (Midsized Company) for Long Day’s Journey into Night

Seasons 1980–2004

2004 Season

June 9–27 Marry Me a Little songs by Stephen Sondheim, conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, directed by Paul Daigneault, musical director Jeffery Goldberg, choreographer Corinna Tiabucco

June 30–July 18 Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by David Zoffoli

July 21–August 8 Compromise by Isreal Horovitz, directed by Michael Morris

August 11–29 Spinning into Butter by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Eric C. Engel

September 1–19 The Loman Family Picnic by Donald Marguiles, original music composed by David Shine, directed by Daniel Gidron, musical instruction: John Hicks, movement coach: Corinna Tiabucco

2003 Season

June25–July13 Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and living in Paris productuion conception, English lyrics and additional material by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, music by Jacques Brel, directed by Scott Edmiston, musical direction by Todd Gordon

July16–August 3 Proof by David Auburn, directed by Jason Southerland

August 6–24 Off Season: a Duet by Israel Horovitz and Terrance McNally| World Premiere: two one act plays

Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones, directed by Zoya Kachadurian

Collected Sories by Donald Margulies, diected by Eric C. Engel

2004 Elliot Norton award recipients
Outstanding Production (Small Company) for Collected Stories
Leigh Barrett, Outstanding Actress (Small Company) for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and living in Paris

2002 Season

June 5–23 The Weir by Conor McPherson, directed by Michael Morris

June 26–July 14 Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weil a Musical Voyage, lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weil, directed by Nancy Curran Willis, musical direction by Tim Evans

July 17–August 4 Speaking Well of the Dead by Israel Horovitz and The Crazy Girl by frank Pugliese, directed by Davide Wheeler, featuring Jill Clayburgh and Lily Rabe | World Premiere

August 7–25 The Subject Was Roses by Frank Gilroy, directed by Eric C. Engel

August 28–September 8 The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, directed by Isabel Ramos

September 11–22 | Boston Theatre Works’ production of The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman, directed by Nancy Curran Willis and Jason Southerland | New England Premiere

2001 Season

June 6–24 Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel, directed by Mort Kaplan

June 27–July 1 Filler Up conceived by and starring Deb Filler, directed by Lowry Marshall | American Premiere

July 4-15 Dew Point by Neena Beber, directed by Simon Hammerstein | World Premiere

July 18–August 5 Art by Yasmina Reza, directed by David Wheeler

August 8–26 50 Years of Caddying by Israel Horovitz, diected by Simon Hammerstein | World premiere

August 29–September 16 Midnight Sun by Maja Ardal, directed by Jason Southerland | American Premiere

Special Sundays

July 8 James Dean | World Premiere screening of Israel Horovitz’s film, directed by Mark Rydell

July 15 Soccer Moms film legend, Jill Clayburgh stars in World Premiere reading of Catherine Clarke’s comedy

August 12 Phone Tag and The Chips are Down staged reading of 2 of Israel Horovitz’s plays, starring NYC Comedy troup and the R.E.A.L. Theatre

September 2 Zuleika Dobson, reading of Max Behboms’s comic novel

September 9 reading of Ultra Light by Mike Gorman

2000 Season

April 27–May 5 Always Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley, directed by Nakies Constantinou

May 24–June 4 First Love by Richard Vetere, directed by Simon Hammerstein and Matthew Putnam | New England Premiere

June 78–16 Cruel and Barbarous Treatment: Stage Adaptations of Stories by John Cheever and Mary McCarthy, directed by Matthew Putnam

June 21–July 9 Urban Cowboy: The New Musical Book by Aaron Latham and Phillip Oesterman, music and lyrics by various artists, directed by Phillip Oesterman, musical direction by Jon Rosen, choreographer: Melinda Roy and Robert Rovston | World Premiere

July 12–23 Pipe | World Premiere Musical story by John Grenier and Marc Gwinn, book/lyrics by John Grenier, diected by Mark Gwinn, music direction by Elender Meinecke | World Premiere

July 26–August 13 Jump/Cut by Neena Beber, directed by Simon Hammerstein | World Premiere

August 16–September 3 promises.com by Israel Horowitz, directed by Joel Bishoff | World Premiere

1999 Season

July 7–25 Park Your Car in Harvard Yard by Israel Horovitz, directed by Michael Allosso

July 28–August 15 Fighting Over Beverly by Israel Horovitz, directed by Michael Allosso

August 18–September 5 Fast Hands by Israel Horovitz, starring Israel Horovitz, directed by Paul Dervis | World Premiere

August 8–September 26 Strong Man’s Weak Child by Israel Horovitz, directed by Paul Dervis

1998 Season

Two one act plays by Israel Horovitz: Free Gift directed by Paul Dervis; Stations of the Cross directed by Paul Dervis and Israel Horovitz

July 29–August 16 Dealer’s Choice by Patrick Marber, directed by Michael Allosso

June 21–22 Sugar Plum a new musical by Barry Wyner, based on a play by Israel Horovitz | World Premiere

Fascinating Rhythm a celebrabiton of the music of George and Ira Gershwin, directed by Ian McColl

Henry Lumper by Israel Horovitz

A Midsummer Nights’s Dream by William Shakespeare

1999 Elliot Norton Award Recipients

Outstanding Production (Small Resident Company) for Dealer’s Choice

Ronald Hunter, Outstanding actor (Small Company) for Dealer’s Choice

1997 Season

May 1997 Tell Them by Jay O’Callahan, directed by Richard McElvain

June 11–July 6 Tapestry, the music of Carole King a Musical Revue

July 9–27 Emma by Jane Austen, adapted by Michael Fry | American Premiere

July 30–August 17 Faith Healer by Brian Friel, directed by James Christy

August 20–September 14 One Under by Israel Horovitz | World Premiere

Special Events

Spackling by Underground Railway Theatre

Pathways by Margaret Beal | New England Premiere

Waving from the Shore by Celeste Miller, dance piece | World Premiere

Between the Heartbeats (The Nurses Project) by Celeste Miller, a dance piece

1998 Elliot Norton Award Recipient

Outstanding production (Small Resident Company) for Faith Healer

1996 Season

Lebensraum by Israel Horovitz, directed by Richard McElvain | World Premiere

My Old Lady by Israel Horovitz | World Premiere

1995 Season

May 10–June 4 The Marriage Fool by Richard Vetere | New England Premiere

Barking Sharks by Israel Horovitz, directed by Michael Allosso, featuring Joey McIntyre of The New Kids on the Block

1994 Season

May 25–June 19 The Price by Arthur Miller

June 22–July 17 The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Longergan | World Premiere

July 20–August 14 A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neil

August 17–September 25 Unexpected Tenderness by Israel Horovitz | World Premiere

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley by Charles Dickens, adapted by Israel Horovitz

1993 Season

June 2–27 A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

June 30-July 25 Two by Jim Cartwright | American Premiere

July 28–August 22 The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller | New England Premiere

August 25–September 26 Fighting Over Beverly by Israel Horovitz | World Premiere

1994 Ellot Norton Award Recipient

Sandra Shipley, Outstanding actress for Two

1992 Season

May 8–24 Go On, Punch Me in the Stomach conceived written and directed by Deb Filler

May 27–June 7 99.9% True Stories by Alicia Quintaro and Tony Toledo

June 3–6 Adult Children of … Parents by Judith Black

June 12–July 5 I’m Not Rappaport by Herb Gardner, directed by Paula Plum

July 10–August 2 The Caretaker by Harold Pinter, directed by Patrick Swanson

August 7–September 6 North Shore Fish by Israel Horovitz, directed by Robert Walsh and Greg Johson

1991 Season

June 21–July 14 The Primary English Class by Israel Horovitz, directed by Robert Walsh

Jay O’Callahan Stories by Jay O’Callahan

A Streetcar Name Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by Sidney Montz

Talking Heads by Alan Bennett, directed by Patrick Swanson

The Fantasticks music by Harvey Schmidt book and lyrics by Tom Jones, directed by Andrea Southwick

1990 Season

January 10–28 Billy Bishop Goes to War by John Grey and Eric Peterson, directed by Edward Berkeley, narrator/pianist Bruce Ward

February 16–March 4 Tracers a collaborative effort based on the personal stories from the Vietnam war by: John DiFusco, Vincent Caristi, Richard Chaves, Dennis DiGregorio, Eric E. Emerson, Rick Gallavan, Melvin Marston, Harry Stephens, and Sheldon Lettich; directed by Grey Johnson.

Two for the Seesaw by William Gibson, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson

June 29–July 8 Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, directed by Patrick Swanson

July13–August 12 Hard Times by Charles Dickens, adapted by Stephen Jeffreys, directed by Grey Cattell Jihnson

August 17–September 30 Strong Man Man’s Weak Child written and directed by israel Horovitz, starring Dou Yesso star of Frank’s Place and My Two Dads | World Premiere

October 14–28 Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, a stage reading starring Tina Packer and Paula Plum in alternating performances | New England Premiere

Special Event

7 consecutive Sundays starting July 1 Endwords a one man “concert” from the writing of Samuel Beckett, directed for its off-Broadway triumph at Irish Rep, starring Chris O’Neill

1989 Season

March 17–April2 Coming Home to Someplace New a trilogy of stories written and performed by Jay O’Callahan

May 5–June 18 The Chopin Playoffs by Israel Horovitz, directed by Richard McElvain

June 23–July 9 Old Times by Harold Pinter, directed by Roger Curtis

July 14– August 6 The Widow’s Blind Date written and directed by Israel Horovitz

September 1–24 Better Days by Richard Dresser, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | World Premiere

September 29–October 22 Away by Michael Gow, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | New England Premiere

1990 Elliot Norton Award Recipient

Dossy Peabody, Outstanding actress for Widow’s Blind Date

1988 Season

May 13–June 12 A Rosen by Any Other Name by Israel Horovitz, directed by Richard McElvain | New England Premiere

June 17–July 17 The Club by David Williamson, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | New England Premiere

July 22–August 21 Wenceslas Square by Larry Shue, directed by Richard McElvain

August 31–October 9 Henry Lumper by Israel Horovitz, directed by grey Cattell Johnson

October 14–November 6 Travelling North by David Williamson, directed by Roger Curtis | New England Premiere

December 26–31 Our Town by Thornton Wilder a Gloucester Stage Company Project, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson

Sunday Play Reading Series

March 6 Judevine by David Budbill, directed by Dick Heller

March 13 The Removalists by David Williamson, directed by Roger Curtis

March 20 The Complete Guide to Idol Cooking, or, Jane Goodall Won’t Eat My Salmon created and performed by Kathleen Patrick, directed by Richard McElvain

March 27 Away by Michael Gow, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson

April 10 A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Richard McElvain

April 17 2 Short Plays: Twister and Split Decision by Kevin Heelan, directed by Richard McElvain

1987 Season

May 13–June 14 American Beef by Elizabeth Diggs, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | World Premiere

June 18–July 12 Semper Fi by Michael Brady | World Premiere

July 17–August 16 Year of the Duck by Israel Horowitz, directed by Geoffrey Sherman

August 20–September 13 Benefactors by Michael Frayn, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | New England Premiere
September 18–October 8 Road by Jim Cartwright, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | American Premiere

October 31–December 6 Today, I am a Fountain Pen by Israel Horovitz, directed by Richard McElvain

1986 Season

North Shore Fish by Israel Horovitz, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson, featuring TV personality Ted Reinstein | World Premiere

May 8–June 8 Park Your Car in Harvard Yard by Israel Horovitz, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | World Premiere

June 27–July 20 Hard Times by Charles Dickens, adapted by Stephen Jeffreys, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | American Premiere

July 25–August 17 Friends by Lee Kalcheim, directed by Tom Bloom

August 21–31 Line written and directed by Israel Horovitz, performed by it’s current cast from NYC’s 13th Street Theatre

1985 Season

July 9–21 Isn’t it Romantic by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson

July 23–August4 American Buffalo by David Mamet, directed by Tom Bloom

August 6–18 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, directed by Richard E. Hughes

August 20–September 8 Henry Lumper by Israel Horovitz, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | World Premiere

December 3–22 Nighthawks by Douglas Steinberg, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | World Premiere

December19–22 The Gift of the Magi adapted by Peter Ekstrom, directed  and choreographed by Sally Russell, musical direction by David Alpher

1984 Season

July 10–22 Mr. and Mrs. by Kevin Wade directed by John Fogle

August 8–19 To Gillian on her 37th Birthday by Michael Brady, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | New England  Premiere

July 26–August 5 Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, directed by Richard E. Hughes

August 22–September 1 The Primary English Class written and directed by Israel Horovitz | New England Premiere

1983 Season

July 20–31 A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller, directed by Richard E. Hughes

August 3–14 Small Change by Peter Gill, directed by Grey Cattell Johnson | New England Premiere

August 17–27 Album by David Rimmer, directed by Robin Bowers

August 24–September 4 The Widow’s Blind Date by Israel Horovitz, directed by William Bushnell Jr. | New England Premiere

1982 Season

July 28–August 1 Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Robert Carter

August 4–8 Key Exchange by Kevin Wade, directed by John Fogle

August 11–15 The Secret Thighs of New England Women by Jan Paetow, directed by James Huston

August 18–22 Quickies: A Festival of Seven Short Plays including The Brute by Anton Chekhov, directed by  James Butterfield, Hopscotch by Israel Horovitz, directed by Robin Bowers, Line by Israel Horovitz, directed by Stephen Prutting, The Dock Brief by John Mortomer, directed by James Butterfield

August 25–29 Rocket and Snood by Peter Parnell, directed by Joanne Green of the American Repertory Theater

September 1–5 Park Your Car in Harvard Yard by Israel Horovitz, a Workshop Production

Summer Saturdays

For 7 Saturdays The Gloucester Film Society presents… Plays on Film at 9.30pm | join actors, playwrights, and directors at screenings of the film versions of plays they love

1981 Season

Line by Israel Horovitz, performed by New York City’s 13th St Theatre Troupe

Acrobats by Israel Horovitz, performed by New York City’s 13th St Theatre Troupe

Kiotsune the Japanese classic

The Sorrows of Stephen by Peter Parnell

August 27–30 The Last Days of Isaac by Grethchen Cryer, directed by Allan Pierce

1980 Season

The Former One-on-One Basketball Champion by Israel Horovitz | World Premiere

Lou Gherig Did Not Die of Cancer by Pulitzer Price Winner Jason Miller

Duck Variations by David Mamet

Dramatic Pieces by Gloucester Poet, Charles Olson

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris a Theatre of Newburyport Production

Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World by Peter Parnell