Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets
by Anne Undeland
Mr. FULLERTON, BETWEEN THE SHEETS
by Anne Undeland
Directed by JUDY BRAHAº
Celebrated novelist Edith Wharton (House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome) has just outsold every other writer at the turn of the century, when she falls for the handsome charms of Morton Fullerton, fellow-writer, bon-vivant and Don Juan. Wharton’s dinner parties are the talk of society, and her maid, Posy, will fill you in on all the details. Based on recently-discovered diaries, Mr Fullerton, Between the Sheets reveals the surprising passion of Wharton’s mid-life love affair and sexual discovery in early 20th Century Paris.
The unbridled passion of Mr Fullerton, Between the Sheets runs July 1 to July 24, written by Massachusetts Playwright Anne Undeland, and directed by Judy Brahaº (last at GSC directing To Kill A Mockingbird). Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm indoors at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester MA.
About Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton, born Edith Newbold Jones in New York on January 24, 1862, was an American novelist, short story writer, designer, and humanitarian.
In 1921, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Literature, for her novel The Age of Innocence. Among her other well known works are The House of Mirth and the novella Ethan Frome.
Edith lived a layered and complex life spanning from “The Mount” in Lenox, MA to Paris, France. She died on August 11, 1937 at age 75.
Critical Praise for Gloucester Stage’s MR. FULLERTON, BETWEEN THE SHEETS by Anne Undeland
“Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets tosses and turns its way through the throes of hidden romance, miscommunication, reconciliation, and, eventually, heartbreak.”
“This production, under director Judy Braha, was nothing short of masterful. It is a play of hidden desires and stolen nights, of self-discovery and sexuality, of relationships among friends and lovers, and everything else wrapped up in a midlife affair. ”
“Enjoyably exuberant performances“
Meet the Creative Team
Anne Undeland / Playwright
Anne Undeland is a member the Dramatists Guild, Howl Playwrights, The Writers’ Rock, and Berkshire Voices. Her work has been presented around the country with her short, The Kiss winning best play at the Ten Minute Play Festival at the West Side Y and her audio piece, Adeline’s Gambol, a finalist for the Miller Audio Award at the Missouri Review. Her full-length play, Lady Randy, was produced by WAM Theatre and performed at Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA in 2019, and her newest play, Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets was produced in 2021 by Great Barrington Public Theater and was nominated for four Berkshire Theater Critics Association Awards, including Outstanding New Play.
Judy Brahaº / Director
Judy Braha has been a director, teacher, actor, and arts advocate in New England for over three decades. Head of the MFA Directing program at Boston University School of Theatre for over 15 years and faculty member in the BFA Acting program for over 25, she most recently collaborated with the BU Prison Education Program and CFA Prison Initiative as a guest artist in André de Quadros’ groundbreaking class Empowering Song. Co-creator of the BU CFA Collaborative Arts Incubator, with de Quadros and Jeannette Guillemin, she is most interested in nurturing heightened collaborative experiences and enlivening the arts for social justice. Braha’s teaching and guest-artist credits also include Brandeis University, Emerson College, Yale University International Conference in Choral Conducting, MIT, Northeastern University, Wheaton College, Suffolk University, and Boston University Summer Theatre Institute. Professionally, she has directed regionally at many theaters including Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Boston Center for American Performance, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and The Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater.
As a founding member of The New Ehrlich Theater in the 1980’s, Braha directed many award-winning productions including Bent, The Fifth of July and House of Blue Leaves, paving the way for the amazing theater renaissance in Boston’s South End. Braha continues to be a proud member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and, of course, StageSource where she was a member of the Board of Directors for its first six years.
ºMember Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Union
Meet the Cast
Sarah Newhouse* / Edith Wharton
Ms. Newhouse is delighted to return to GSC, where she most recently appeared in Sweet & Sad, and previously, as Annie in all three parts of Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, The Norman Conquests. Select Boston-area credits: The King Stag, Macbeth, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (American Repertory Theatre); The River Was Whiskey and King of the Jews (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse); We All Fall Down (Huntington Theatre Company); The Book of Will, Legacy of Light, Lost in Yonkers, The Miracle Worker (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); La Salonniéres, The Apple Family Plays, Miracle on 34th Street, Picnic (GBSC/Stoneham Theatre). Select regional productions: The Rose Tattoo (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Arcadia (Firehouse Theatre at Newburyport), and Of Mice and Men (American Stage Festival). Off & Off-Broadway credits: Playwrights’ Horizons, Kraine Theatre, LaMama ETC, Manhattan Punch Line, Synchronicity Space. Ms. Newhouse is a founding company member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, with whom she has performed more than 30 roles in 15 years. Some of her favorite productions include Comedy of Errors, The Cherry Orchard, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Medea, Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Taming of the Shrew. Sarah is a graduate of the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, and currently serves on the board of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. Thanks to GSC and the creative team for this wonderful challenge!
Ryan Winkles* / Morton Fullerton
Ryan Winkles is excited to be making his GSC debut. Boston area theatre credits include: Derek in Universe Rushing Apart at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Male Witnesses in Mrs. Packard at Bridge Rep, Chris in All My Sons at Elements Theatre Company, Stephen in Visitors at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Dapper Man in Shoes On/Shoes Off at Brandeis Theatre. Ryan is also a company member at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA where favorite roles over the years include: Henry V (Henry V), Edgar (King Lear), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Sir Andrew (Twelfth Night), Silvius (As You Like It), Adolph (Creditors), Trissotin (Learned Ladies), Sir Henry (Hound of the Baskervilles), and Jane/Lord Edgar (Irma Vep). Other regional theatres include the rig, WAM Theatre, Great Barrington Public Theatre, Theater at Woodshill, Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. TV/Film: Paper Birds (French Press Films), Time Traveling Bong (Comedy Central), UFOTOG (Trumbull Studios).
Bridgette Hayes / Posy
Bridgette Hayes is a Boston-based actor, educator, designer, and dramaturg. She is delighted to be making her Gloucester Stage Company debut! Recent acting credits include: Everyday Life (Sleeping Weazel / Arts Emerson), Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Co.), Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (Greater Boston Stage Co.), First Love is the Revolution (Apollinaire Theater), Dog Paddle, Julius Caesar (Bridge Repertory Theater), An Octoroon (Company One / Arts Emerson), How Soft the Lining (Bad Habit Productions), The Love of the Nightingale (Hub Theatre), and Radium Girls (Flat Earth Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Contrast (Mirror Repertory Co.). Bridgette studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MLA in Dramatic Arts from Harvard University.
Joshua Wolf Coleman* / Henry James
Most recently Joshua has performed with Greater BostonSC in Miss Holmes. Regionally, at Trinity Rep in their production of August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater in Cloud 9 and A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge) as well as Bedlam Theatre’s co-production of The Crucible. He has worked with luminaries of the stage including Edward Albee, Joseph Chaiken, and Anne Bogart at The Guthrie Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and La Jolla Playhouse. Other roles include: Norry the Drag Queen, the Headless Sheep, and Puddn’head Wilson, as well as Macbeth, Lysander, Friar Lawrence, Angleo, and Iago. Television work includes Kevin can F*** Himself, Shameless, Bosch, How to Get Away With Murder, The West Wing, Scandal, House, Gray’s Anatomy, Touchstone’s film Hidalgo, and Netflix’s Aftermath.
Eric McGowan / Understudy
Eric McGowan is a Somerville, MA resident who has been undergoing temporary dissociative breaks from reality (also known as “acting”) for nearly 30 years. Since graduating from Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, Eric has acted in a variety of productions in and around Boston, ranging from Shakespeare and other classics to new plays, working with companies such as Hub Theatre Co., Apollinaire Theatre Co., and Flat Earth Theatre Co. Eric previously studied classes at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and Stella Adler Studio in New York City. When not on stage, Eric enjoys teaching drama to elementary school children, showing them how it is okay to play pretend even as an adult. Eric is thrilled to be working for the first time with Gloucester Stage Company and with such a fantastic cast and crew! Break legs y’all!
Meet the Production Team
Lauren Corcuera / Properties Designer
Lauren Corcuera is a Boston-area theater designer and technician who has found a home with props. Returning to Gloucester for the summer is something that Lauren looks forward to! Gloucester Stage credits include: The Agitators, Barefoot in the Park, Tiny Beautiful Things, Seared. Other select prop credits: Little Shop of Horrors, Murder on the Orient Express, The Cake, the Treasurer, Be Here Now, The Last Five Years, Mr. Parent, the Light (Lyric Stage), Stupid F***ing Bird, Next to Normal, Into the Woods (Emerson Stage), Circle Mirror Transformation (Brandeis University). Lauren is currently the assistant prop director at Emerson College.
Dewey Dellay / Composer/Sound Designer
Dewey Dellay is happy to be back in live theater at Gloucester Stage following his previous engagements here for Think of Me Tuesday and Baskerville. Some other shows in the area he has composed and designed for are The Inheritance (SpeakEasy Stage); Be Here Now (Lyric Stage Company); The Merchant of Venice (Actor’s Shakespeare Company). Dewey is the recipient of the Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Design and an IRNE for Best Sound Design. Other credits include composing for 5 seasons of “Our America with Lisa Ling”, National Geographic Explorer shows, Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers team, and numerous digital children’s books by Live Oak Media.
Angie Jepson / Intimacy Director
Angie Jepson is an intimacy director, fight director, actress, and professor in the Boston area. She became a certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators this past year, and she is honored to contribute to this ever-expanding and evolving field. Her philosophy is that each individual actor, no matter their age or experience level, deserves a safe, supportive and creative space where they can bring their full artistic selves into their scene work. Her intimacy and fight work has been seen onstage at theatres including the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Huntington Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Central Square Theatre, and at several universities in the Boston area. She is currently on faculty at the Boston Consevatory at Berklee and the Brown/Trinity MFA program.
Elise Joyner / Assistant Director
Elise Joyner is a director and stage manager based in the New York/New Jersey area. As a graduate from Kean University, she received a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology. Elise’s theatre journey began in high school as a stage manager, which continued throughout her college years. In her senior year in 2019, Elise co-directed dEAD dOG pARK with Megan Tobias for KTC Second Stage. Directing became a passion for Elise, and dEAD dOG pARK was nominated for Best Direction of a Play in the 2019 BroadwayWorld NJ Awards. Since then, Elise has been the directing apprentice for Premiere Stages’ Yasmina’s Necklace and the Assistant Director for Kean Theatre Conservatory’s PARADE. Most recently, she had the opportunity to be a Production Assistant for A.R.T.’s revival of 1776 directed by Diane Paulus and Jeffery L. Page. Elise is excited to continue her journey with Gloucester Stage!
Chelsea Kerl / Costume Designer
Chelsea Kerl is a Boston based freelance artist; she received her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University and previously attended the University of Maryland. Previous designs at Gloucester: Tiny Beautiful Things, Native Gardens, Ben Butler, Madame Defarge, To Kill a Mockingbird, Man in Snow, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), A Measure of Normalcy, and Gloucester Blue. Chelsea is the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and costume design professor at Wellesley College and Wellesley Repertory Theatre; she also teaches at Bridgewater State University and has often worked in the costume shop of the American Repertory Theatre. Select recent designs include- Huntington Theatre Company: Witch (Elliot Norton Award Winner, Outstanding Design: Large Theatre), Wheelock Family Theatre at BU: Willy Wonka; SpeakEasy Stage Company/Front Porch Arts Collective: Pass Over; Company One/American Repertory Theatre: Greater Good. More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com.
Kristin Kijanka / Assistant Stage Manager
Kristin Kijanka (she/her) is honored to be a GSC Stage Management Apprentice this summer! In August 2020, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in theatre arts. Since then, she has been a remote box office associate for Marin Theatre Company, a remote directing apprentice for Unicorn Theatre, and an in-person administrative associate for Palm Beach Dramaworks. Favorite credits include Rock of Ages (ASM) at the Lake Worth Playhouse; The Wolves (SM) at the University of South Florida; Disenchanted! (SM) at mad Theatre of Tampa. She sends love to her family and to Nazbi.
Jenna McFarland Lord / Scenic Design
Scenic Design for Gloucester Stage: Over 50 shows from 2002- present including: 39 Steps, Cyrano, New Electric Ballroom, North Shore Fish, Driving Miss Daisy, Belle of Amherst, Round and Round the Garden. Other Area Credits: Lyric Stage: Last 5 Years,Twelfth Night, Warrior Class, Groundswell, November, This Wonderful Life. SpeakEasy Stage Co.: BLKS (Elliot Norton for Design),Shakespeare in Love, Men on Boats, Bootycandy, The Color Purple, The Drowsy Chaperone , The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Actors Shakespeare Project: Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth. New Repertory Theatre: Collected Stories, Cherry Docs, Greater Boston Stage: Calendar Girls, Distant Music, Something’s Afoot, Guys on Ice, The Mousetrap. Central Square Theatre: Brundibar, The Convert. Off-Broadway: La Mama: Man in Snow. New York Playwrights Lab: The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath. Ms. McFarland Lord is currently the set design teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the arts. jennamcfarlandlord.com
Marsha Smith* / Stage Manager
Marsha Smith is very excited to return to Gloucester Stage Company, though
Windhover was lovely. She has been privileged to work on so many shows here including Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets, Reparations, 39 Steps, Lifespan of a Fact, Cyrano, Doubt, Fences, The Flick, Spring Awakening, and 9 Circles. Marsha has worked over the years at BostonPlaywrights’ Theatre on shows like Laughs in Spanish, Franklin, Burning, and Little Black Dress. She will be returning to BPT in the winter for another new play project. Last summer Marsha had the experience of working with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common for The Tempest. Marsha has an undergraduate degree from Emerson College and lives on her family’s
farm in southern New Hampshire.
Kat C. Zhou † / Lighting Designer
Kat Zhou is a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera, currently based in New York City. She is delighted to return to Gloucester Stage, having previously designed Tiny Beautiful Things and Reparations. Recent credits in the Boston area include X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X (BMOP/Odyssey Opera), BLKS (Speakeasy Stage, *Elliot Norton Award for Best Design), WOLF PLAY (Company ONE), and MARIE & ROSETTA (Greater Boston Stage Company. MFA, Boston University; AB, Harvard College. More info: katzhoudesign.com
Critical Praise for Mr. FULLERTON, BETWEEN THE SHEETS by Anne Undeland
“There’re lots of delicious ingredients in Mr. Fullerton.”
“Mr. Fullerton, is one of the most delightful works of historical fiction to be seen on our Berkshire stages.”
“…a new potboiler probing Edith Wharton’s love life.”
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
ºMember of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE