Between the Sheetsby 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.
Meet the Creative Team
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 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) 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) 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*
Joshua Wolf Coleman* (Henry James) 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. Regional:Central Square Theater in Cloud 9, The Crucible, and A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge). Other roles include: Norry the Drag Queen, the Headless Sheep, and Puddn’head Wilson, as well as Macbeth, Lysander, Friar Lawrence, Angleo, and Iago. TV and Film: He is currently playing President Obama in the web series, Obama Monologues. Television work includes, Bosch, How to Get Away With Murder, The West Wing, Scandal, House, Huff, Gray’s Anatomy, and Touchstone’s Hidalgo.
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.”