February 22 @ 7:30pm |  February 23 @ 4:00pm and 7:30pm


Written and Directed by Jacqui Parker  |  Featuring Candis Hilton & Ines de la Cruz


Phillis Wheatley’s life and friendship comes alive on stage in Jacqui Parker’s (Director of The Agitators) new play. Freed-slave and famed Boston poet, Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in pre-19th century America. Educated and enslaved in the household of prominent Boston commercialist John Wheatley, paraded in front of the still-young American political leadership and the English empire’s aristocracy, Phillis was the abolitionists’ illustrative testimony that freed slaves were both artistic and intellectual. She was a household name across the world after publishing her poetry in both England and the United States – her achievements a catalyst for the fledgling antislavery movement. 

Wrestling with Freedom highlights the friendship between Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner, another freed slave woman. Inspired by actual letters written to Obour and poems written by Phillis, this play speaks to the American Revolutionary and struggles of slavery, through two brilliant women’s minds. Wrestling with Freedom is a world premiere presented at Gloucester Stage Company Friday, February 22 at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 23 at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. The show is approx 80minutes. Tickets are $25 and Students $15 – available online:

March 15 @ 7:30pm


Presented by Gloucester Writers Center


True Stories, Told Live on Friday, March 15th at 7:30pm at Gloucester Stage. Fish Tales started out as an idea – a local storytelling program at the Gloucester Writers Center, because at heart every writer is a storyteller. True stories, remembered by the storyteller, live. Our storytellers are ready to share funny and honest moments, and our enthusiastic audience reminds us that it is a joy and privilege to sit and listen to someone else’s life for a while. Tickets are $25 and donations accepted at the door. No one turned away from lack of funds.

Learn more about the Gloucester Writers Center here

March 22 @ 7:00pm |  March 23 @ 2:00pm


Written and Directed by Katie Oberlander  |  Harborlight Montessori Experience Weeks


This performance culminates a two-week course bringing students to Gloucester Stage Company (GSC) for an intensive experience in theatre production, on stage and backstage. In addition to acting, students participate in all aspects of production, including box office management, lighting and set design, auditions and casting, costumes and props. Actors, assistant directors, stage managers, designers, and marketing and sales are all part of what it takes to stage an original production, which is what the students do on the GSC stage as the culmination of their theatre experience.

The GOLDEN GOOSE AWARDS is a World Premiere play written by Katie Oberlander (Mastermime, Out of Circulation), presented at Gloucester Stage Company Friday, March 22 at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm. The show is approx 80minutes. Tickets are $15 and Students $8 – available online: