Grand Horizonsby Bess Wohl
by Bess Wohl
Directed by ROBERT WALSHº
Bill and Nancy have been happily married for fifty years. They can finish each other’s sentences and anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze. As their adult children descend on the Grand Horizons senior living community – they are forced to reexamine everything they thought they knew about their parents’ happy lives. A powerhouse comedy that explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love.
Robert Walshº will be returning to Gloucester Stage to direct Bess Wohl’s Tony Award-nominated play Grand Horizons, and powerful argument for the full humanity of women in our culture, runs July 29 to August 21. 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.
Critical Praise for GRAND HORIZONS by Bess Wohl
“Plum and Snee have a way of expanding any play’s horizons. Plum has a rare ability to virtually stop your breath…That quality dovetails nicely with Snee’s skill at wringing every ounce of humor from a line.”
“GRAND HORIZONS at the Gloucester Stage Company is a wild, funny, and sometimes wonderfully touching ride.”
“A funny, warm-hearted, honest play. Paula Plum and Richard Snee are at the top of their games. It’s fun to watch them play off each other. There’s humor and plenty of laughs. But it packs a poignant punch, nonetheless.
Meet the Creative Team
Bess Wohl’s plays have been produced or developed at theaters around the country, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the Pioneer Theatre, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Northlight Theater, TheaterWorks New Works Festival, the Geffen Playhouse, the Vineyard Arts Project, Ojai Playwright’s Conference, the Cape Cod Theatre Project and the New York International Fringe Festival. Her play AMERICAN HERO had its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Leigh Silverman. She also worked on PRETTY FILTHY, an original musical about the adult entertainment industry, in collaboration with the composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and the Civilians. Her other plays include CATS TALK BACK, IN, BARCELONA, and TOUCHED. Her work has been supported by the MacDowell Fellowship, PlayPenn, and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She is a member of the Ars Nova Play Group, and has been the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club and Center Theatre Group. She also writes for film and television. She completed an adaptation of the bestselling novel “The Luxe” for Paramount Pictures and has developed original television pilots for Fox, HBO, and USA. Bess is a graduate of Harvard, magna cum laude, where she studied with Seamus Heaney and Jamaica Kincaid, and was awarded the Rona Jaffe Writing Prize and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she was a recipient of the Rebecca West Scholarship. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
Gloucester Stage Company directing credits include: Think of Me Tuesday, The 39 Steps, My Station in Life, Cyrano, The 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. Gloucester Stage Company acting credits include: 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 (Greater Boston Stage Co.), among others. Roles in recent feature films include: Black Mass, and the upcoming Fourth of July and A Playful Romance. Robert directed the on-field ceremonies for the ’99 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. He is on the faculty at Brandeis University.
ºMember Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Union
Meet the Cast
Paula Plum is a 30-year veteran of Gloucester Stage Company, first appearing in 1990 as Winnie in Happy Days and most recently seen on the GSC stage throwing appetizers at her husband, Richard Snee, in Barefoot in the Park. GSC Directing credits include I’m Not Rappaport, Out of Sterno, and The Last Schwartz. Paula is the recipient of seven IRNE awards, 2007, 2017 & 2020 Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding 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 nationwide to receive the Fox Actor Fellowship in association with SpeakEasy Stage. As a founding member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Plum has played Cleopatra, Beatrice, Lady Macbeth, and Phèdre and served as their Interim Artistic Director in 2018. She has appeared regionally at the Lyric Stage, the American Repertory Theatre, the New Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory, the Huntington Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, and Elm Shakespeare. Film credits include: Mermaids, Malice, Next Stop Wonderland, and Irrational Man directed by Woody Allen. Upcoming films include: About Fate with Emma Roberts and Fourth of July written and directed by Louis C.K. Television: Science Court (three seasons ABC) and co-creator and star of The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special for FX (another husband /wife collaboration!) From 2003 through 2019, Paula served as Artistic Director of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn featuring Brian O’Donovan. Ms. Plum is a cum laude graduate of Boston University and has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Dell’Arte Institute, and École Phillipe Gaulier, Paris. She has been published in American Theatre magazine and is married to actor Richard Snee. Paula is a professional acting coach at paulaplum.com and the current Interim Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage. She and Richard have been happily married for a very long time.
Gloucester Stage credits include: Auld Lang Syne, Table Manners, Living Together, Round and Round the Garden. Regional include: Othello (American Repertory Theatre); Present Laughter, Sisters Rosensweig (Huntington Theatre Company); Uncle Vanya, Boy Gets Girl, Something in the Air, A Christmas Carol (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Richard has been a member of the Boston company of Shear Madness since 1987 and is a founding member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and has appeared in several of their productions including Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, and Comedy of Errors. He has also performed at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, SpeakEasy Stage Company, the Nora Theatre Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Wilbur Theater, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and a lot of other places over the last thirty years. His film credits include Gone, Baby, Gone; The Company Men; My Best Friend’s Girl; Never Met Picasso; Treading Water; Mr. North; and Teacakes or Cannoli. Richard’s television credits include voicing characters for several animated series including Science Court; Dr. Katz; Home Movies; and Hey, Monie! Richard and his wife, Paula Plum, helped create and starred in the FX network’s animated series, The Dick and Paula Celebrity Special. She was “Paula.” He was “The Dick.”
Marissa is an actor and teaching artist hailing from sunny San Antonio, Texas and currently based in NYC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Studies with an associated study in Psychology from the University of Evansville as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the America Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. Some of her favorite credits include playing Horatio in an all-female cast of Taming of the Shrew, Juliet for a touring program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as performing Thornton Wilder’s short plays at the Moscow Art Theater. Outside of acting, teaching, or dancing, Marissa’s ideal day would consist of surfing all day long and then curling up on the couch watching Survivor re-runs while eating Pad Thai and mango mochi. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
A Boston native, Greg is delighted to be making his Gloucester Stage debut. Regional: The Inheritance, Significant Other (IRNE nomination), Casa Valentina (IRNE and Elliot Norton nominations), Necessary Monsters, SpeakEasy Stage; The Arboretum Experience, The American Repertory Theater; Finish Line, Citi Performing Arts; The Book Club Play, Brawler (IRNE nomination), Faithless, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Nora Theatre Company; Wolf Play, Colossal, Splendor, The Good Negro, Mr. Marmalade, The Gibson Girl, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Company One Theatre; Noises Off (Dash nomination), The Footlight Club. He will also be joining the cast of the world premiere of Pru Payne by Steven Drukman at the Arizona Theatre Company in 2023, a play he’s been helping to workshop since 2019. Education: BFA, Lesley University.
Cristhian Mancinas-García (He/Him/His) is excited to make his Gloucester Stage Company debut! Previous favorite credits include David Henry Thoreau in Nature: A Walking Play (Tiger-Lion Arts); Rae Chio/Reynaldo in Noir Hamlet (Centastage Productions); Mr. Black in The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions); Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages (Marblehead Little Theatre); Pablo Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (The Wellesley Players). Cristhian has been doing theatre both in México and the US for over 20 years. He also plays the role of software engineer for a financial firm in Boston. www.cristhianmancinas.com
Jeremy Beazlie is very excited to be making his Gloucester Stage debut. He grew up in New Albany, Indiana, learning and performing classical theatre, making independent movies and playing in rock bands. His credits include, Katurian in The Pillowman, Jim in The Glass Menagerie (Insomniac Productions), George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Rhinoleap Productions), Steve Enloe in The Radiant Abyss (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Kennedy Center) Lee in True West (Walden Theatre), Ingram Frizer in Murdering Marlowe (Access Theatre). Film/TV credits include WTC View, The Gamekillers (MTV) and Whoopi (NBC). He recently moved to Massachusetts from New York City and is a proud graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
June is very excited to be at Gloucester Stage for the first time. She has appeared in a variety of plays, musicals and opera in Greater Boston as well as in summer stock in Central Massachusetts. Recent roles include Claire in Steel Magnolias, Gingy in Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Hub Theatre of Boston), Douglas in Henry IV (Praxis Stage), Sir Edward Clarke in Gross Indecency, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Julienne Tessman in Hedda Gabler, General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls (The Longwood Players), Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, (Happy Medium), Marie Cote in Reflections of a Rock Lobster (Boston Children’s Theatre), and Sister Irene in Sister Act (NextDoor Theater). She has also just understudied the role of Margaret for SpeakEasy stages’s production of The Inheritance.
Critical Praise for GRAND HORIZONS by Bess Wohl
“Grand Horizons is a sweet, sweet delight.”
[Grand Horizons] “is a rollicking play, as uproarious as it is compassionate and wise.”
“Damn funny, and very on-point.”