4,000 MilesJuly 31–August 17
“Funny, moving, wonderful … keen focus on life’s small moments can pay off in a big way onstage.” —NY Times
By Amy Herzog
Directed by Eric C. Engel
Featuring: Nancy E. Carroll*, Tom Rash, Samantha Ma, Sarah Oakes Muirhead
The play looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment in New York City. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.
Running time: about 2 hours (15 minute intermission)
Director/Artistic Director Eric Engel
Stage Manager Maureen Lane
Costume Designer Molly Trainer
Lighting Designer Russ Swift
Set Designer Ryan Bates
Props Master Joe Stallone
Production Assistant Joseph Fanning
“A journey worth taking at the Gloucester Stage Company…quirky sensibilities and canny insights into family dynamics.” – Robert Israel, The ArtsFuse
“…(Nancy) Carroll takes command…a lot of laughs…Carroll’s performance, a bright light…” – Joel Brown, The Boston Globe
“A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama…A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life’s small moments can pay off in a big way onstage.” —The New York Times
“This well-observed gem deserves to be a hit.” —The New York Post
“Herzog’s…humor, honesty and narrative subtlety make this a rarity: a family play that avoids sentimentality or sitcom shtick” —Time Magazine
“In 4000 Miles a warm-hearted new play by Amy Herzog, both love and irritability are woven into an illumination of the healing process after the loss of a loved one. The sensitive play [is] filled with small, revelatory and often humorous moments between a grandmother and her grandson.” —Associated Press
“Amy Herzog’s appealing new play, unfolds with the unassuming ease of conversations overheard, among people with complicated relationships.” —Bloomberg
“Amy Herzog’s fine, deeply affecting dual character study…Although 4000 Miles makes one think of a first-rate novella, it is solidly theatrical. 4000 Miles is the sort of rich, satisfying play you should take your grandmother to—especially if she’s as smart and fierce as Vera.” —Time Out New York
The play was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play, and was named Time Magazine’s #1 Play or Musical of 2012.
July 31–August 17
8PM Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat
3PM Sat & 4PM Sun
Sunday Talk Backs
Sunday, August 3 at 4PM
Join actors and directors for discussions.
Pay What You Can Performance
Saturday, August 2 at 3PM
At door, day of show only. Limited availability. Supported in part by grants from the Essex, Rockport & Gloucester Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by state agency Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Cape Ann Nights
Wednesday & Thursday Performances.
Residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester: $20. Proof of residency required. Limit 2 per household.
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Our Show Sponsor
Sponsored by Kathe and Allan Cohen and The Selma and Bayness Andrews Fund of the Boston Foundation.
* member of Actor’s Equity Association
** member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)