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THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT

by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell

Made possible by
Mollie & John Byrnes

August 30 to September 22

The Lifespan of a Fact

by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
based on the essay/book by JOHN D’AGATA and JIM FINGAL

A determined young fact checker is about to stir up trouble. His demanding editor has given him a big new assignment: a groundbreaking piece by an unorthodox author. Together, they take on the high-stakes world of publishing in this new play about the comedy of conflict. The ultimate showdown between truth and fiction, with undeniably delicious consequences.

The Lifespan of a Fact reunites director Sam Weismanº, actor Mickey Solis* and Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident actress Lindsay Crouse* after their celebrated collaboration in GSC’s 2017 New England premiere of Lucy Prebble’s, The Effect. Prior to 2017 Crouse and Weisman worked together in the 1995 feature film Bye-Bye-Love which was directed by Weisman and starred Crouse.

The Lifespan of a Fact, runs from August 30 through September 22. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

Lindsay Crouse* (Emily) was last seen at Gloucester Stage as Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa (IRNE Winner, Best Play 2019) and the year prior, in Lucy Prebble’s The Effect. Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse made her Gloucester Stage debut in 2007 in The Belle of Amherst; followed by a return to Gloucester Stage in 2008 in Going To St. Ives, in 2010 in Table Manners, in 2011 in Living Together and in 2012 in Round and Round The Garden. A long-time veteran of the New York stage, Lindsay Crouse has performed off and on Broadway, and has won the Obie and Theater World Awards. At the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, she starred with John Mahoney in Conor McPherson’s The Weir, breaking the theater’s box office records. On television, Ms. Crouse has guest-starred on C.S.I., Criminal Minds, Law and Order, E.R, NYPD Blue, Colombo, Murder She Wrote, Touched By An Angel, Hill Street Blues, Frasier, ARLI$$ and Alias. She spent a season as the infamous Professor Maggie Walsh on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She appeared on all three television networks simultaneously playing recurring characters on Providence for NBC, Hack for CBS, and Dragnet for ABC. She has played three different characters on Law and Order, and appeared as the formidable Judge Andrews on Law and Order SVU. A feature film veteran, some of Ms. Crouse’s best known films include The Insider, The Verdict, House of Games, Slapshot, Communion, All The President’s Men, Prince Of The City, Daniel, The Arrival, Indian In The Cupboard, Mr. Brooks and Places In The Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Crouse currently teaches around the country a class that is unique in the world, combining principles of Buddhism with principles of drama, creating a fresh approach to acting, writing and directing in all media.

 

Mickey Solis* (John) New York and Off Broadway credits include the American premiere of Ivan Viripaev’s Illusions at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; An Orestia with Classic Stage Company; God of Carnage at Engeman Theater; White People at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Night Over Taos at INTAR, directed by Estelle Parsons; The Master and Margarita at the Fisher Center; Beckett at 100 (at the 92nd St. Y with Alvin Epstein and Bill Camp; Error of Their Ways at HERE Arts Center; and Private Moments in Central Park directed by David Levine for Creative Time. Regionally he has worked at the Yale Repertory; American Repertory Theater; Dangerous Ground (Brooklyn); Triad Stage; Appalachian Summer Festival; New College Theater; Moscow Art Theater; Epic Theater; Shakespeare on the Sound; Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Speedy* (Jim) is thrilled to make his GSC debut!  Derek is recent graduate from Harvard University where he was a four-year cast member of the (in)famous Hasty Pudding Theatricals. During his Freshman year, he was named one of Variety Magazine’s 110 Students to Watch “who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.” Credits include: Dogfight (Eddie Birdlace), Assassins (John Hinckley Jr.), Polaroid Stories (Orpheus), Into the Woods (Baker), Pericles (Antiochus/Pandar). Training: Harvard University, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Stagedoor Manor. Thanks to God, always; Mom and Dad; Marcus Stern; and the entire cast and crew at GSC!

 

 

 

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)

 

SAM WEISMANº (Director) worked for ten years as an actor before making the transition to directing. He has earned directorial credits in film, television, and theatre. They include the feature films George of the Jungle (which received a British Academy Award nomination for Best Children’s Movie), The Out-Of-Towners (starring Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, and John Cleese), Bye-Bye Love, D2: The Mighty Ducks, and Dickie Roberts. He also was Co-Producer of DAD (starring Jack Lemmon, Olympia Dukakis, and Ted Danson). Mr. Weisman has directed or produced over 200 television episodes, for such shows as Family Ties, Moonlighting, L.A. Law, Seventh Heaven (Pilot Episode), The Single Guy, Law And Order, Monk, In Plain Sight, The Bernie Mac Show; and was the Co-Creator of NBC’s The Sing Off, serving as Executive Producer of the show for its entire run. His television work has received three Emmy Nominations, multiple Humanitas Awards, two Golden Globe Nominations, and a Golden Globe Award. He directed and produced the Pilot of the critically acclaimed series, Brooklyn Bridge, which was honored by TV Guide as one of the best television episodes of all time. Mr. Weisman’s theatre work has received much recognition, including multiple Drama-Logue and LA Weekly Awards, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Director honors for the West Coast premieres of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (starring Ian McShane and Penny Fuller) and Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit (featuring Nathan Lane). Other West Coast theatre credits include James Lapine’s Table Settings, Moliere’s The Misanthrope at USC, and an acclaimed production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child at South Coast Repertory Theatre. Mr. Weisman was also the director and co-creator of Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories Of Harry Chapin, which premiered in Chicago, and then played Off Broadway at the legendary Village Gate. The show went on to be a major hit in Toronto and Los Angeles, receiving a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Best Ensemble. Weisman also directed Michael Weller’s A Late Morning (in America) with Ronald Reagan at The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. At Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, he directed Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, and the world premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Gizmo Love. A Graduate Of Deerfield Academy And Yale, Mr. Weisman Received An M.F.A. In Acting And Directing From Brandeis University’s Department of Theatre Arts, where he has returned to teach, and to direct productions of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Other Boston area work includes teaching and directing at the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, as well as playing Polonius in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet. He has been elected three times to the East Coast Council of the Directors Guild of America, and is a voting member of the Directors’ Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mr. Weisman is thrilled to be working again with Lindsay Crouse and Mickey Solis who he directed in GSC’s production of The Effect. He dedicates his work in this production to his family: his wife, actress and therapist Constance McCashin; their son, Dan (and his wife Lizzie); and their daughter, Margaux (and her husband, Will).

 

 

JEREMY KAREKEN (Playwright) Jeremy’s short plays Hot Rod, Big Train, and 80 Cards have been performed around the country and internationally. His awards include the Sewanee Conference’s Dakin Fellowship for Farblondjet, and Guthrie/Playwrights Center’s Two-Headed Challenge for The Sweet Sweet Motherhood.  The Hamptons Film Festival Screenwriters Conference selected Kareken and David Murrell for their horror-comedy script about haunted breast implants – THESE!Conquered the Earth! In 2018, PlayPenn shortlisted Jeremy’s new political satire about an illiterate king, The Red Wool.  Born and raised in Rochester, NY, and a graduate of the University of Chicago, he has taught at NYU, NYIT, The Actors Studio Drama School, and currently teaches at the Acting Studio – New York. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Jeremy occasionally acts and is the researcher for Bravo TV’s “Inside the Actors Studio.”

DAVID MURRELL (Playwright) Theatrical credits include Ductwork (Access Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre), E.T.D., and [Untitled Organic Winery Project].  Screenplays: “Breed Ambassador,” “Chomper,” “The Cold Spot,” “Girl Gets Razor,” “Mission: Uncomfortable,” “A Radio Picture,” “THESE! Conquered the Earth!” (Hamptons Film Festival Screenwriters Conference), and “Walking Kane.” Murrell’s teleplays include: “Dayton Ladies,” “Down River,” and “Space Station Malibu.”  David was born and raised on Staten Island and graduated from the University of Chicago.  The Lifespan of a Fact is his first Broadway play.

MARCELLA BARBEAU (Lighting Design) is ecstatic to return to Gloucester Stage since last season’s True West (for which she received an IRNE nomination) and this season’s Barefoot in the Park. She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts at Boston University  where she designed the lights for Dolores Claiborne and Pelléas et Mélisande with the Opera Institute, CabaretMuch Ado About Nothing, and Mad Forest. Marcella spent the fall season in the UK and Europe assisting designers at the English National Opera, National Theatre Munich, and National Theatre Mannheim.

MADISON COOK-HINES (Assistant Director, Apprentice) just graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Theatre BFA in Directing and Stage Management. During her senior year, she received a grant to research, write, direct, design, build, manage, and produce Daughters of Lavinia, a puppet-filled play that uses Lavinia from Titus Andronicus to tell the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Madison also spent the year as a TA for the Sophomore Acting Class, a job she’ll miss dearly. Her favorite on-stage role (at URI and of all time) was playing the Provost in Measure for Measure. She adores making the most out of the littlest characters. But a close second favorite was performing in The Wolves. Madison is over the moon to be jumping in at Gloucester Stage and can’t wait to learn something different from everyone. She hasn’t had spare time in several years, but if she did, she might go hiking.

LAUREN CORCUER (Props Design) is excitedly returning to Gloucester Stage after her work this season on Barefoot in the ParkBen Butler and last season on the Agitators. She has worked in the Greater Boston area as prop master, scenic charge, wardrobe tech, and stitcher. She now finds herself in the role of Associate Production Manager at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Top prop credits include: Cabaret (Moonbox), Noire Hamlet(CentAstage), Circle Mirror Transformation (Brandeis University), Little Shop of Horrors, and Breath and Imagination (Lyric Stage).

OLIVIA PALUZZI (Assistant Stage Manager, Apprentice) Olivia is a Massachusetts native who recently graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in Theatre. She has concentrations in both acting and stage management and has a love for the work that happens on and back stage. Her time at URI was filled with participating in many productions, trying everything from carpentry, stage combat, sound board operating, and acting in vastly different roles. To end her senior year, she was the stage manager for an eight show one act festival and found the process challenging but rewarding. She believes having a passion for both the artistic side and logistic side of theatre keeps her well rounded and helps her see things from different perspectives. She can’t wait to see where this new chapter in life leads her and is looking forward to her time at Gloucester Stage.

MARSHA SMITH (Stage Manager) is very excited to return to Gloucester Stage. She has worked a great deal here over the years on shows like The 39 StepsCyrano, Doubt, Widow’s Blind Date, Tender, The Flick, Spring Awakening, and Man in Snow. She has also done many shows at Boston Playwrights Theatre, most recently Laughs in Spanish; and  with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, including the rep project last fall of Macbeth and Equivocation. Marsha is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Stage Management and lives on her family’s farm in southern New Hampshire.