by Robert Walsh | Interim Artistic DirectorRobertWalsh 212

We are extremely excited about our preparations for Gloucester Stage’s 36th season!  We know you will be very much looking forward to seeing all of the offerings in this coming year!  Additionally, we’ve done some buffing up of our lobby and stage area and have a bold new look in our marketing and website.  We are focused on you, our audience and an increased connection in both programming and participation on both sides of that equation.

I have been busy engaging artists in all of the various areas from directing to design to stage management and of course, a marvelous group of actors.  We have all our casts complete and promise you an amazing line-up.  We are eager to have our Sweet And Sad cast join us this month, after a successful run of That Hopey Changey Thing at Stoneham Theatre.  Gloucester Stage favorite, Nancy Carroll, leads a wonderful cast in The New Electric Ballroom and Israel is very excited about his cast for Gloucester Blue, which includes Francisco Solorzano, who played Douggie in Sins of the Mother, which Israel also wrote and directed. Jennifer Ellis and Richard Snee will be back for Out Of Sterno and we are thrilled to have Nael Nacer join us for The Flick.

Paula Plum’s thoroughly wonderful sense of comedy makes her the perfect director for Out Of Sterno and I am excited to introduce Bridget Kathleen O’Leary to Gloucester, as director of The Flick.  Bridget serves as the Associate Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown and has an extensive list of other area credits.

Many of Gloucester Stage’s designers will return, including Russ Swift, Jenna McFarland Lord, Gail Buckley, David Wilson and Miranda Giurleo.  They will be joined by some incredible colleagues in the Boston area like Crystal Tiala, David Remedios, David Reiffel, Arshan Gailus and Jeff Adelberg.

Casey Oakes is excited about the two projects he will be directing at the end of the year, one of which will be A Measure of Normalcy, a brand new play by Lucas Baisch, our playwright apprentice.  How cool is that? The show brings the wonderful Ellen Colton back to Gloucester Stage along with a few new faces.  Stay tuned for more of their creative offerings throughout the year!  Casey will also direct Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) to close out the year.

Though we are but small in number right now, Jon, Heidi, Nancy, Casey, Annika and Joe join me in extending the invitation to you to come share in the stories, the relationships and the wonderful journeys that only live theatre can offer!  We open on May 29th – see you at the theatre!







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