2020 At Home Gala

Fundraiser featuring Gloucester Favorites Online

All ticket reservations, sponsorships, donations, and bid amounts over the retail value of an auction item are tax-deductible as allowable by law.


Recognition on the Gala Website & Recording. An invite to share a testimonial during the Gala.


Recognition on the Gala Website & Gala Recording



Access from $0 to suggested donation of $150/couple

Premiering Online July 30th  |  Streaming July 30th – Aug 2nd

Come together at home with Gloucester Stage to celebrate theater during this season apart. Bringing an evening of ALL STAR couples, performing from the safety of their homes, straight to your living room. Normally this night would be one of champagne, laughing, and spectacle. While we’ll miss out on seeing you in person, we intend to bring you a night of knock-out performances and as many laughs and memories between scenes as possible, though you might just have to bring your own booze at home.

This special performance is available for a donation of any amount to support Gloucester Stage, but the suggested donation is $150 per couple (reg. $350). These funds uphold our mission of producing theater, even in this unique year of online performances – and we look forward to thanking you! Additionally, our supporters who step up as Gold & Silver Sponsors will help us reach our fundraising goal of $30,000 and be recognized in unique and fun ways during and after the Gala Night. Reserve Tickets/Sponsorships online by clicking your prefered option below.

Featuring Paula Plum* & Richard Snee*, Sandra Shipley* & Paul O’Brien*, Dossy Peabody* & Lonnie Farmer*, Amanda Collins* & Lewis D. Wheeler*, Anne Gottlieb* & Robert Pemberton*, McCaela Curran Donovan* & Joe Short*, Marya Lowry* & Robert Walsh*, and Gigi Watson* & Alejandro Simoes*.

To watch on Thursday, July 30th, you’ll be joining the LIVE at Home Gala via Zoom – professionally mixed online with in-person social and cocktail time before the show. If you can’t join Thursday but would like to watch the performance over the weekend – You’ll be able to watch on Vimeo at any time from Friday July 31st – Aug 2nd. Attendees will receive both Zoom & Vimeo links in July.

6:00 – 6:30 Cocktail Social

Join a local bartender & Box Office Manager Billy Burgoyne for a warm welcome and boozy beverage class at the Gloucester Stage Bar. During this time, attendees will see and be seen (if you turn on your camera), and be able to say hello to friends joining from their home.

There will be an opportunity for a 5-10min breakout group chat to connect with a smaller group of those watching along.


6:30pm    Welcome from Artistic Director Robert Walsh

6:40pm    Performance 1

6:48pm    Performance 2

2mins      Thank you from the Board of Directors

7:00pm    Performance 3

7:08pm    Performance 4 

3mins      Presentation by the Youth Acting Company

5mins      Mission Update from Managing Director Christopher Griffith

7:25pm    Performance 5

7:33pm    Performance 6

3mins      Thank you from the Gala Committee

7:45pm    Performance 7

7:53pm    Performance 8

8:00pm    Good Night from the Company

How do I attend the IT TAKES TWO: 2020 GALA Live on July 30th? 

Join us on Zoom for the premier performance of Gloucester Stage’s 2020 Gala: IT TAKES TWO. When you reserve a ticket to the Gala, you will receive an email with the link to access the live Zoom on July 8th. During the 6-6:30pm social time, your video and audio can be turned on (or kept off – you decide). After the presentation begins at 6:30, the only screen available will be the performance.

If you’ve used Zoom before, just by clicking that link, a window will open to start the app on your computer and link you to Gloucester Stage’s account.

If you’re new to Zoom, follow these instructions:

Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that uses a desktop application (or a mobile app if using your smart phone/ipad) that allows participants to connect online, with or without video.

The desktop application will download automatically when you click the meeting link we send you, and is also available for manual download here.


Connect your laptop or computer to your TV using an HDMI adapter: 

You can send your streaming feed to your TV through an HDMI cord by following these instructions: Click Here!


(Watching) Casting a Video on a Chromecast:

You can send your streaming feed to your TV with Chromecast by following these instructions: Click Here!

How do I watch the IT TAKES TWO: 2020 GALA recording? 

You will receive a link via email the morning of Friday July 31st that will allow you to watch the performance from Friday to Sunday, August 2nd. All attendees will receive both the Zoom and Vimeo links. Check spam or email info@gloucesterstage.com if you don’t receive this confirmation. You can watch the video via several platforms. Here are specific instructions and links to helpful Vimeo articles.

Watch via your computer’s web browser:

  • Follow the link that was sent to you in your email
  • Enter the password when prompted.


Watch via your Phone (on an app or the browser): It doesn’t matter if you have the Vimeo app.

  • Follow the link that was sent to you in your email.
  • Enter the password when prompted.


Watch via your TV streaming device: This article in Vimeo’s help section will let you know what TV streaming devices have Vimeo apps.

There is a multi-step process for watching a password-protected video using a Vimeo app on a TV streaming device. The first part can be done on a web browser or a phone app. Web Browser, iPad, or iPhone:

  • Go to http://vimeo.com and create a Vimeo account. If you already have one, log in.
  • Go back to your email and follow the link that was provided in your email.
  • Enter the password when prompted. You will then have access to the video.
  • In the upper right hand corner of the video screen you will see a heart icon and a clock icon. Click the clock icon. This adds the video to your “Watch Later” list.
  • Note: On an iPhone there are three dots just below the lower right hand side of the video screen and if you click those you will see a “Watch Later”. Select that and you will see a notification that you have saved it to your watch list.

First, install the Vimeo app on your TV Streaming Device. Then, go to your TV app: Open the Vimeo App on your Smart TV or Streaming Device.

  • Log in using the same account that you used to save the video to your “Watch Later” list. You should see the video saved there and now available to be played. If you are already logged into your account on your AppleTV or Roku when you add the video to your “Watch Later” list, it may not appear on your list on your TV until you logout and log back in, again (this is what happened to us).
  • The Vimeo app for AppleTV’s has been fixed!


Watching the video on your Apple TV using Airplay:

From the Vimeo website: “With your device connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV, start playing a video and tap the AirPlay icon in the lower right-hand corner of the player. Just like that, your selected video will begin playing on your TV.”

(Watching) Casting a Video on a Chromecast:

From the Vimeo website: “With your device connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast, start playing a video and tap the Chromecast icon in the lower right-hand corner of the player. In mere moments, your selected video will begin playing on your TV. You can continue browsing Vimeo on your device while your video plays, and control playback on your TV using the Chromecast controls at the bottom of the app.”

Mary John Boylan, Board of Directors

Judith Hoglander, Board of Directors

Jeanne Kinch, Development Director

Elizabeth Neumeier, Committee Member

Sarah Oaks, Board of Directors, Gala Chair

Alan Willsky, Board of Directors

More information to come! Silent Auction experiences will be available in July.

Bidding will be open until the end of the weekend on Sunday, August 2nd.

About the Artists

All Members of Actors Equity Association
Paula Plum* is the recipient of five IRNE Awards, the 1995 & 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress, the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. In 2009 she was one of five actors nation-wide to receive the Fox ActorFellowship in association with SpeakEasy Theatre Co. Ms. Plum is an actress, director, writer, and teacher and has created seven one-person shows for the Undadilla Theatre of Vermont, most notably, Plum Pudding. Original work includes “Wigged Out!”, a comedy about her mother’s death, and “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed” a dramatic biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Other directing credits include: Jakes Women ( Merrimack Repertory Theatre) I’m Not Rappaport ( GSC) Baltimore Waltz (Lyric Stage) and Steel Magnolias ( Stoneham Theatre) She is married to actor Richard Snee.

Richard Snee* has appeared at Gloucester Stage in Table Manners, Round and Round the Garden, Living Together, Auld Lang Syne, Out of Sterno, and, most recently, in Barefoot in the Park.  Earlier this year he played Malvolio in the Actors’ Shakespeare Project production of Twelfth Night, directed by the lovely and talented Paula Plumat The Lyric Stage.  He is slated to appear this fall in Choirboy at Speakeasy Stage.

Sandra Shipley* BROADWAY: Present Laughter, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Equus, Pygmalion, Retreat From Moscow, Vincent In Brixton, The Deep Blue Sea, Indiscretions. OFF BROADWAY: Roundabout Theatre Company: Arms and the Man, Suddenly Last Summer; Public Theater: Venus, Stuff Happens; Lincoln Center: The Carpetbagger’s Children; Manhattan Theatre Club: Kindertransport; Second Stage Theater: The Clearing, Once Around the City; Mint Theater: Rutherford and Son; Hindle Wakes; City Center Encores!: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. NATIONAL TOURS: Anything Goes, Blithe Spirit. REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, Boston Shakespeare Company, Cape Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Geva, Gloucester Stage, Guthrie, Humana Festival, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Lyric Stage, McCarter Theatre, Merrimack Repertory, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory, Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. and most recently the Cape Playhouse . INTERNATIONAL: U.K. Royal Court/West End/Royal Shakespeare Company. TELEVISION: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU,Third Watch, Lipstick Jungle. AWARDS: Elliot Norton Medal for Sustained Theatre Excellence; L.A. Robbie, Elliot Norton Best Actress Award 1994 Medea, 2006 Mary Tyrone/ Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 2010 Kath/Entertaining Mr.Sloane I.R.N.E.

Paul O’Brien* BROADWAY: Six Degrees of Separation, On a Clear Day, The Importance of Being Earnest, Equus, Democracy, King Lear, The Crucible, Twelfth Night. OFF-BROADWAY: The Mountains Look Different (Mint Theater); DA, The Weir (Irish Rep); Hamlet (NYSF), Death Defying Acts (Variety Arts), The Seagull (Second Stage), Three Birds Alighting on a Field (MTC), Widow’s Blind Date (Circle in the Square), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Pearl Theater). REGIONAL: Playmakers Rep, Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Geffen Theater, South Coast Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Long Wharf, Trinity Rep, Huntington, Lyric Stage, Gloucester Stage. FILM: Shirley, Hail Caesar, The Boy Downstairs, Manhattan Romance, Fairhaven, Henry’s Crime, Redacted, The Devil’s Own, What’s The Worst That Can Happen?. TELEVISION: Search Party, Dangerous Book for Boys, Elementary, Forever, House of Cards, Person of Interest, Sopranos, The Practice, ER, Star Trek Voyager, Angel, A Case of Deadly Force, Law and Order, One Life To Live.

Dossy Peabody* is an award winning actor (Elliot Norton Award ’90) and acting teacher (Outstanding Teacher ’08 – Emerson College), Dossy Peabody coaches both professional and non-professional actors of all ages. Over the years, Dossy’s actors have been and are being accepted to some of the best graduate and undergraduate training programs in the country. They are being cast in productions at such regional theaters as Trinity Rep, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, Speakeasy, Lyric Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare, New Rep, Boston Playwrights’, A.R.T. & Huntington. In addition, her actors are auditioning for, and getting cast in, films & television at CP Casting, Boston Casting, Paradice Casting, & Slate Casting.

Lonnie Farmer* has appeared at the Huntington Theatre, Trinity Repertory, Boston Playwrights, SpeakEasy and Wheelock Family Theatre. FILM: The Cider House Rules, The Judge, and Black Mass. TV: Showtime’s Brotherhood and Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock.

AMANDA COLLINS* Previously at Gloucester Stage: To Kill A MockingbirdThe TotalitariansOut of Sterno (IRNE Nomination, Best Actress), This Is Our Youth and 9 Circles. Regional theatre: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Merrimack Rep – Elliot Norton Award, Best Actress); Old Money (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Back the NightElemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Women Who Mapped The StarsThe Life of Galileo (Central Square Theater); A Behanding in Spokane, The Bald SopranoSpeech and DebateShortstackColoradoWhat Then (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); The Seagull (Harbor Stage/Modern Theatre); Fun HomeMen on BoatsMy Name Is Asher Lev (Cape Rep); Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theater); When The World Was Green, An Ideal Husband (American Stage, Florida); Jester’s Dead (The Outfit in NYC). She was a founding member of Harbor Stage Company. Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Castle Rock (Hulu) and Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot). Film: Sea of Trees.

LEWIS D. WHEELER* is absolutely chuffed to return to GSC where he appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird (IRNE nomination, Best Actor), The TotalitariansGloucester Blue, Doubt: A ParableAn Ideal Husband, and directed Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. Recent credits include Between Riverside and Crazy, Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage); Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); IdeationLong Day’s Journey Into Night, Muckrakers (New Rep); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society), and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Regional: American Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, American Stage (FL), Publick Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Cape Rep. Lewis was a founding member of Harbor Stage where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Film/TV: Manchester by the Sea, Black Mass, Pink Panther 2, The Company MenLouisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, City on a Hill. Upcoming: Honest Thief and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. Lewis is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas about social justice for students. He also participates in improv-based training programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, helping clinicians practice challenging situations. BA Cornell University and MFA American Film Institute.

Anne Gottlieb* works in professional theatre as an actor, director, producer and creator of collaborative work. She has performed in numerous award winning productions over the last 15 years. Most recently she appeared in Futurity (a Musical by The Lisps) at the American Repertory Theatre and the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. She is the recipient of the 2011 Elliot Norton Award for Best Performance for her work in In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) at SpeakEasy Stage as well as Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at The New Repertory Theatre for which she also received an Independent Reviewer’s of New England Award. Anne founded FortyMagnolias Productions in 2007 and in 2009 co-produced, co-created and acted in the world premiere of The Wrestling Patient, based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum. She has taught Acting and Voice at Brandeis University, Boston College, University of Southern Maine and many other colleges and private studios. Anne is a devoted student and teacher of the Michael Chekhov work and is on the faculty of MICHA. Additionally, Anne is an executive consultant working with business leaders internationally in the area of leadership presence and presentation skills. Anne Currently resides in Boston and New York

Robert Pemberton* Previous prosecutions include Art, Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, and Speed the Plow (IRNE Award). Other credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Ponies, Dinner With Friends, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Elliot Norton Award), and Much Ado About Nothing (Elliot Norton Award). Film: “By the Sea” (nominated for Latin Oscar), “Treading Water”, Boondock Saints”, “The Exchange”, “Gentleman from Boston”, “The Still Point”, “The New England Connection”, “Temps”, and “Anathema”, among others. Television: “The Brotherhood” (Showtime), “Another World”, “Guiding Light”, and “Unsolved Mysteries”.

McCAELA DONOVAN* is happy to be back at Gloucester Stage Company after appearing in ‘Crimes of the Heart’. Local credits: Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Reagle Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis Theatre Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Actor’s Shakespeare Project,The Lyric Stage, Bridge Rep of Boston, Fiddlehead Theatre Co and Company One. New York Credits: NYMT Festival, Primary Stages. BFA- Musical Theatre (Ithaca College), MA -Theatre Education (Emerson College), MFA Acting (Brandeis University ). She is a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SAFD. McCaela serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University. Thanks to the Gloucester team, the wonderful humans on this production and her husband Joe, the best scene partner onstage and off.

JOE SHORT* is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. He has performed in numerous theaters in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Joe was a founding artistic associate of two successful New England theatre companies: Bridge Rep of Boston and The Wilbury Theatre Group, in Providence, RI. He has also directed both professionally and at the university level, most recently directing True West, by Sam Shepard, for the Gloucester Stage Company. Joe is an instructor of acting at numerous universities in the area, and has been an instructor of acting, voice, and movement at the University of Rhode Island since 2010. Joe is the Production Technician for the newly created Theatre, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University, and the production manager at Gloucester Stage Company since 2013. Joe earned his B.F.A. at the University of Rhode Island, and is an M.F.A. graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium.

Marya Lowry* is delighted to return to GSC having been seen in Lettice and Lovage (IRNE Nomination Best Supporting Actress and The New Electric Ballroom (Elliot Norton Award Best Ensemble). Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Julius Caesar (Brutus), The Tempest (Prospero); Also: The Cherry Orchard, Two Gentlemen of VeronaCymbeline, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Duchess of Malfi, Macbeth (title role), Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard III). Local Theatre: Gamm Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and New Repertory Theatre. Featured Performer and Narrator: Boston Pops and the Handel & Haydn Society at Symphony Hall, Cantata Singers at Jordan Hall. International and Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Barter Theatre, Riverside Shakespeare Company NYC, Luminato FestivalToronto, Roy Hart International Arts Centre, France, Bulgarian singing tour with Divi Zheni. Teaching: Brandeis University. International Teaching includes Greece, France, Italy, Poland, Cyprus, United Kingdom, and Canada. Marya is a spiritual mentor to incarcerated women.

Robert Walsh* GSC: My Station in Life, CyranoThe Rainmaker, Bank Job, Songs For A New World, The New Electric Ballroom, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, The Widow’s Blind Date, The Primary English Class, Our Town. GSC (Actor): Gloucester Blue, Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses, The Barking Sharks, Two for the Seesaw. Producing Artistic Director, American Stage Festival: Bus Stop, Intimate Exchanges, Jacques Brel…, and Lend Me a Tenor, among others. Artistic Associate: Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Richard III, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure. Other productions directed include: Othello (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Round and Round The Garden, Table Manners, K2, Later Life, Holiday Memories (Merrimack Rep); Rancho Mirage, Race, Speed-The-Plow, True West (New Repertory Theatre); The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, The Goatwoman of Corvis County (Shakespeare & Co.); Misalliance, A Life in the Theatre (Two River Theatre Co.); I Hate Hamlet (StageWest); The Little Foxes (Barter Theatre); and Of Mice and Men (Stoneham Theatre), among others. Roles in recent feature films include Black Mass, Patriot’s Day and the upcoming, Altar Rock. Robert directed the on-field ceremonies for the ’99 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. He is on the faculty at Brandeis University.

Gigi Watson* is gratefully making her Gloucester Stage debut! Many thanks to Chris, Bob, and the entire GSC team. Recent regional credits include Rhinoceros, Lenin’s Embalmers (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), Small Mouth Sounds, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (SpeakEasy Stage), Brawler (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project), Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theatre), Finish Line (Boston Theater Company), and Café Variations (ArtsEmerson/SITI Company). Gigi holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She joyfully coaches acting and audition prep with My College Audition. This winter, Gigi will play Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Actors Shakespeare Project.

ALEJANDRO SIMOES* Recent credits include Peter and the StarcatcherLight up the Sky, and One Man Two Guvnors (Lyric Stage), The Motherf**ker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Co., IRNE Best Supporting Actor), Our Country’s Good, Recent Tragic Events, and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark), Paperbag Princess, Shh! (New Exhibition Room), Travesties, Romeo & Juliet, and Misalliance (The Publick Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), King John (Shakespeare & Company), Olly’s Prison, and DidoQueen of Carthage (A.R.T.), as well as productions with Stoneham Theatre, Theatre on Fire, Holland Productions, Zeitgeist Stage, and Imaginary Beasts. He trained at Shakespeare & Company, Southwick Studio, and Northeastern University.