NATIVE GARDENSby Karen Zacarías
September 27 to October 20
by Karen Zacarías
Directed by Kelly Galvin
Karen Zacarias’ comedy follows the high-powered lawyer Pablo, and his very pregnant wife doctoral candidate Tania, who have just purchased a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. Soon a disagreement between the neighbors over a longstanding fence line derails their plans of realizing the American Dream.
Native Gardens, directed by Kelly Galvin and lead by an entirely female design team, runs from September 27 through October 20. 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.
Fernando Barbosa (Landscaper) is excited and grateful to be making his GSC debut! A Boston based, actor, singer and musician, he is currently pursuing a BFA in acting from Salem State. Recent credits: Alls Well that Ends Well and Cymbeline (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), Assassins, Arts After Hours, Jesus Christ Superstar, Marblehead Little Theatre, Children of Eden, Theatre Co. of Saugus, Macbeth, UMass Lowell, Cloud Tectonics, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Apollinaire (Elliot Norton Nom.), P.O.V, UMass Lowell. He would like to thank his family for their endless support, the GSC team, Dale Young, and Peter Sampieri.
Alaina Fragoso* (Tania Del Valle) is thrilled to be making her Gloucester Stage debut! In NY, she’s originated roles in Convention (BHP, Irondale Center), Hope (a reading at Yoke Theatre Company), Murder at the Food Coop (NY Int’l Fringe Festival), No One Asked Me (NY Int’l Fringe Festival/Encores), among others. Alaina is a graduate of Emerson College and the Atlantic Acting School. She thanks Bob, Kelly, and Chris for this amazing opportunity and the familia and James for their constant love and support! www.alainafragoso.com
Eduardo Ruiz* (Pablo Del Valle) is a Puerto Rican actor, from Mayagüez. He finished his BFA in theatre arts from the University of Puerto Rico. He later pursued further education graduating from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre. Recent credits include Vivace from Aristofanes’ the Congresswomen, Claudio from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Oliver/Audrey from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Eduardo was also recently part of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Fellowship Company. When Eduardo is not reading a new play, he is trying to learn a new language. Follow me on instagram @eduardoyamilruiz
Patrick Shea* (Frank Butley) marks his first appearance at Gloucester Stage in 26 years.
Previous GSC productions are Benefactors, Wenceslas Square and The Last Yankee. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he began his career in the Acting Ensemble of the New York Shakespeare Festival and subsequently in the Broadway production of Child’s Play. A veteran of Shear Madness in Boston, he also received a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in the Los Angeles production. He has appeared with The Huntington Theatre Company, Speakeasy Stage, New Rep, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, The Wilbur Theatre, The Nickerson Theatres and Worcester Foothills. He’s performed as an actor and narrator with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Lyric Opera. His film credits include Wait For Laugh, Infinitely Polar Bear, Ted, The Invention of Lying, Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Killer Flood, and By the Sea. TV credits include Frontline, Brotherhood, Spencer: For Hire, The Late Show with David Letterman, Unsolved Mysteries, Cheers!, Against the Law.
Leigh Strimbeck* (Virginia Butley) is thrilled to be working on this play, at this time and also for the first time with Gloucester Stage Company, having grown up in nearby Marblehead and Swampscott! Most recently she appeared as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit with Voice Theatre of Woodstock, NY. Associate member of The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE); former the Artistic Director of the Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS); an artist in residence in the theater program at Russell Sage College; co-founder of WAM Theatre in The Berkshires. Regional theater acting and directing includes Barrington Public Theater; BTE; WAM; The Rep in Albany, NY; Saratoga Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Co; Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Voice Theatre. Feature films: UnCivil Liberties, Fighting for Freedom, Little BiPeep, Lifetime Movie Network’s Off the Rails, Deception, and the short film Key Transitions. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. For reel and more info: leighstrimbeck.com
Jeomil Tovar (Landscaper) is grateful to be able to have the opportunity to assist a Latinx story progress further at Gloucester Stage Company after recently working on Native Gardens at Merrimack Repertory Theatre! Previous credits include various roles with The Firehouse Center for The Arts, Front Porch Arts Collective, Underlings Theatre Company, Marblehead Little Theatre, Heart & Daggers Productions, The Center of Arts in Natick, The Hanover Theatre, and Salem State University where he seeks his BFA degree in performance. When not in a theatre production he is usually shooting a commercial and/or using his voice to educate others on the injustices that marginalized folx face every day and what we can do to make the world a better place. jeomil.com
*Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Kelly Galvin (Director) is the founder of the rig, a project that brings live performance to audiences with limited access to professional theater. She is a company member with Shakespeare & Company where she has directed The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and The Clean House (reading), and serves on the faculty of the Young Company Summer Conservatory. She previously served as Artistic Associate for WAM Theatre, where she has directed The Last Wife and readings of The Virgin Trial, The Tall Girls, and Blue Stockings. Regionally, she has directed for Southwest Shakespeare, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights’ Lab, and The Theater at Woodshill. She has assisted for the Guthrie, Asolo Rep, Orlando Shakespeare, and Shakespeare & Company. Kelly received a 2018 Directing Fellowship at Asolo Rep and has completed Directing Internships with Arena Stage and the Huntington Theatre Company. She holds an MFA from Boston University and a BA from Wellesley College. kellydirecting.com
Karen Zacarías (Playwright) is one of the most produced playwrights in the nation. She is one of the inaugural Resident Playwrights at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and is a core founder of the LATINX THEATRE COMMONS. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC. Karen lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.
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, Cabaret, Much 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.
Jessica Brennan (Assistant Stage Manager, Apprentice) Jess is thrilled to have the opportunity of joining the Gloucester Stage Company’s 2019 Apprentice Program! She fell in love with theatre when she was a little girl and has had the privilege of working on many shows both on and off the stage. Jess hails from Leicester, MA and has an MA in Theatre Arts from Middlesex University (London, UK) and a BA in Creative Arts from Siena College (Loudonville, NY). Some of her credits include Top Girls (Ghost Light Players, Stage Manager), When We Came Here (Cuckoo Bang, SM), I Don’t Speak Spanish (Middlesex University, SM), Hamlet (GLP, Assistant Director/Assistant SM), Pippin (GLP,SM), Bach At Leipzig (Flyleaf Theatre, SM), Romeo and Juliet (GLP, SM), Godspell (GLP, Gilmer), and House of Blue Leaves (GLP, AD). Jess would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.
Madison Cook-Hines (Assistant Director, Apprentice) Madison 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.
Lindsay Genevieve Fuori (Scenic Design) is a Boston based scenic designer thrilled to be making her Gloucester Stage debut. Lindsay holds a BFA in Scene Design from Boston University. Recent design credits include The Crucible (The Nora Theatre Co./Bedlam), Hazardous Materials (Creede Rep), Pride and Prejudice (Creede Rep), Measure for Measure (Spicy Witch Productions), The Earth Room (Fresh Ink Theatre), Die Fledermaus (Mass Opera), Paride ed Elena (Odyssey Opera), Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theatre), Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes (Hangar Theatre). lindsayfuori.com
Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer) is glad to be back at Gloucester Stage, having previously designed Ben Butler, Madame Defarge, To Kill a Mockingbird, Man in Snow, Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!), A Measure of Normalcy, and Gloucester Blue. She is a Boston based freelance artist; she previously received her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University and earned degrees in both Theatre and English from the University of Maryland. Select recent productions include Greater Good (Company One/American Repertory Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Wheelock Family Theatre), Twelfth Night (Actors’ Shakespeare Project/Lyric Stage Company of Boston), and Straight White Men (New Repertory Theatre). Chelsea is also the Costume Shop Manager, Costume Designer, and Costume Design Professor at Wellesley College, and she often works in the costume shop of the American Repertory Theatre. More of her work can be seen at www.ChelseaKerl.com.
Alexis Rappaport (Sound Design, Apprentice) Alexis is a recent graduate of College of the Holy Cross who received her BA in Theatre and Psychology. While at Holy Cross, Alexis was able to be involved in a number of different production areas, including directing, acting, sound design, and stage management. Her studies also included the opportunity to spend a summer in London studying dramatic criticism. Last year she worked as an intern with the Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA, where she took on a variety of technical and front of house roles for touring productions. Alexis is looking forward to learning about production management at Gloucester Stage Company, and is thrilled to be working with a company that emphasizes the collaborative processes that are necessary in order to bring a show to life.
Emme Shaw (Props Design) is very happy to be back at GSC and designing for Native Gardens. Previous collaborations as a Property Designer include this season’s The 39 Steps, last season’s Cyrano and 2017’s Out of the Mouths of Babes. Acting credits with GSC include Lebensraum (work premiere) and Jump/Cut (Nina Beeber). More of Emme’s recent design work could be seen at Greater Boston Stage’s last two seasons, which included the IRNE nominated world premiere of Salonnieres, and this season’s world premiere of The Lasdt Night at Bowl-Mor Lanes. Emme is a founding member of Pittsburgh Theater Labs, and recipient of the West Coast Drama Clan Alumni Award in Acting from CMU Drama, where she trained. Thank you to Phoebe. Thank you to the 2019 apprentice team.
Alexis Rappaport (Sound Design) is thrilled to be a part of Gloucester Stage’s first all-female design team, especially for such a vibrant and timely production. She is a member of GSC’s Apprentice Company, through which she has served as assistant production manager for every show this season, as well as production manager for this year’s Neverdark series. Alexis holds a BA in Theatre and Psychology from College of the Holy Cross. Thanks to Joe for this incredible opportunity and the whole team at GSC for their constant support
Melissa Richter* (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working at Gloucester Stage Company for the first time! She spent the past three years at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY where previous credits as PSM include: The Full Monty, Shakespeare in Love, Red Maple, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Royale, Ring of Fire, Blithe Spirit, Paris Time, and Sex with Strangers. Additional PSM credits include Chicago and The Little Mermaid at Park Playhouse. She earned a BA in Theatre Art from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
*denote’s Actor’s Equity
Native Gardens is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.