SEAREDby Theresa Rebeck
August 6 to August 22, Summer 2021
by Theresa Rebeck | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Directed by Victoria Gruenberg
Brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, and his business partner Mike finally sees profits within reach. The only problem, Harry refuses to recreate his masterpiece for the masses. Mix in a shrewd restaurant consultant and a waiter with dreams of his own and it all goes to hell in this hilarious and insightful new play that asks us to consider where art ends and commerce begins.
Theresa Rebeck’s Seared, directed by Victoria Gruenberg, will run August 6 through August 22. Performances are outdoors Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 pm at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite St, Rockport, MA.
Show Approx Run Time
1 hrs + 45 min
Theresa Rebeck is a prolific and widely produced playwright, whose work can be seen and read throughout the United States and abroad. Last season, her fourth Broadway play premiered, making Rebeck the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time. Other Broadway works include Dead Accounts; Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable NY and regional plays include: Downstairs (Primary Stages), The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels (Second Stage), Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House (Playwrights Horizons), The Understudy (Roundabout), View of the Dome (NYTW), What We’re Up Against (Women’s Project), Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer Prize finalist). As a director, her work has been seen at The Alley Theatre (Houston), the REP Company (Delaware); Dorset Theatre Festival, the Orchard Project & the Folger Theatre. Major film and television projects include “Trouble,” starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse (writer and director), “NYPD Blue,” the NBC series “Smash” (creator), and the upcoming female spy thriller 355 (for Jessica Chastain’s production company). As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I’m Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award and more.
Victoria Gruenberg is a Brooklyn-based stage director. She is a member of the 2019-2020 SDCF Observership class and the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival directing corps, through which she first encountered Seared. Recent credits include Dylan Guerra’s Bright Light (The Flea); Matt Minnicino’s Antigone (Art Camp Workshop); Lily Houghton’s Dial M for Murder (The Flea); Karina Jutzi’s All Heroes Do (Secret Theatre); Lia Romeo’s Safe Spaces (Art House Productions); Fiona Gorry-Hines’ Helena’s Bird (Emerging Artist Theatre; The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals); Liz Maestri’s The Laughing Club, Rachel Bonds’ Jack of Hearts, Ian August’s Eleanor Descending a Staircase (Williamstown). In the audio sphere, her work can be heard on The Daily Shine, a meditation podcast associated with the Shine app. www.victoriagruenberg.com
Emily Bosco* (Emily) is a New York-based actor and singer and holds an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill’s Professional Actor Training Program and a BA from Boston University. Bosco’s favorite credits include Everybody, Sense and Sensibility, Dairyland, How I Learned to Drive (PlayMakers Repertory Company), and Significant Other (Theatre Raleigh).
Matt Monaco (Mike) Matt Monaco was born and raised in the rural central valley of northern California. He worked in various theatre and film projects in the San Francisco Bay area before attending the American Conservatory Theatre where he received his MFA. After graduating, he moved to New Jersey with his amazingly supportive wife, Honor. Matt spent this past year reading new plays, watching old movies and working on his one-man show, which chronicles the life and career of turn-of-the-century baseball player, Rube Waddell. Some of his past theatre credits include George in Of Mice and Men, Lee in True West, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lorin in Gloria. He is absolutely thrilled and privileged to be working with The Gloucester Stage Company alongside such an amazing group of people. matt-monaco.com
Jordan Pearson* (Rodney) is a rising senior at Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying Contemporary Theatre. Jordan’s past theatre credits at the Conservatory include; Macbeth (Macbeth), Jim Conley (Parade), and Midas (Metamorphosis). His professional credits include; TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever (Speakeasy Stage Company), Insulted Belarus (Arlekin Players Theatre) and Akeelah and the Bee (Virginia Repertory Theatre).
James Louis Wagner *(Harry) trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He now splits his time between Los Angeles and New York. The majority of his career has been working on new and classic American plays, in theatres including The Magic Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, and The American Conservatory Theatre in plays by Sam Shepard, Theresa Rebeck, Will Eno, Beth Henley, Abe Koogler, Lauren Gunderson, Steve Yockey, Chris Pena, Aditi Kapil, Jon Marans, Jon Robin Baitz, Robert Clyman, Keith Bunin, and more. Wagner also has played leading roles in art house, independent, and award-winning films.
*Denotes Actor’s Equity
Lauren Corcuera (Props Design) As a theatre artist working in the Boston area, Lauren has held various positions from wardrobe, to scenic painting, among others, but most often can be found in the world of props. Lauren is currently the assistant prop director at Emerson College. She is thrilled to be joining Gloucester Stage once again this summer. Past GSC credits include The Agitators, Barefoot in the Park, Ben Butler, and Tiny Beautiful Things. Other select prop credits include Noire Hamlet (CentAstage), Circle Mirror Transformation (Braindeis University), Little Shop of Horrors, The Cake, The Treasurer (Lyric Stage Company), Stupid F***ing Bird (Emerson Stage), and keyp-ing (New Rep).
Kathleen Doyle (Costume Design) designs characters for theater, opera, dance, pop-up events and stop motion animation. She designs across the country from Alaska to Hawai’i. Her work has been seen as far away as Vietnam, Brazil, and South Korea, and from The San Francisco Opera to Walt Disney World, Florida. She has designed costumes and creatures for performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The New Ohio, The American Repertory Theater, HERE Arts Center, La Mama., The New Victory, The Joyce Theater, The Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, The Flea, The American Museum of Natural History, Cherry Lane Theatre and New York City Center. Find her program for theater kids on Youtube at ‘The Drama Mama Programa.’ www.kathleendoyledesign.com
Aja M. Jackson (Lighting Design) is a Boston-based lighting designer working in theater, dance, and immersive performances. She has designed for companies such as the American Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater’s: Under the Radar Festival, North Carolina Black Rep, Boston Center for the Arts, and the Boston Conservatory. This is her second show with Glocester Stage Company. Aja is also the Resident Lighting Designer and core collaborator for site-specific movement company, HOLDTIGHT and serves as Board Chair on the Board of Directors for Brighter Boston. An alumnus from the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film she graduated with a BFA in Theatrical Design, later receiving her MFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. IG: @ajamjackson | www.ajajacksonlighting.com
Anya Klepikov (Scenic Design) designs spaces and clothes to amplify performance events in collaboration with a wide spectrum of artists. Her work spans theater, opera, dance, performance, and installation, and has been seen with companies such as Miami City Ballet, Glimmerglass Music Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Triad Stage, the Weston Playhouse, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center among others. Anya is on the faculty at UMass Amherst where she teaches Scenic Design and color practice, and some of her most experimental work has been hosted by Universities including UMass Amherst, Princeton, Brown, and Colgate. She is excited to make her debut with the Gloucester Stage Company and dedicates this design to an inspired small restaurant, Osteria Vespa. Upcoming: a new production of Anne Carson’s BAKKHAI for Baltimore Center Stage with Mike Donahue and Diana Oh. www.anyaproductiondesign.com
Stan Mathabane (Sound Design) is a Brooklyn-based sound designer working in film, theater, and music. His work has been experienced at the Public Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, McCarter Theater, Stanford Live, the Dublin Theater Festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts among others. Combining his experience as a jazz musician, music producer and audio engineer, his evocative design animates story in tone and texture. This is his debut production with the Gloucester Stage Company, and he couldn’t be more excited. Upcoming: a locally touring production of Stew’s Passing Strange produced by the Long Wharf Theatre and directed by Cheyenne Barboza. Stan is currently pursuing an MFA in Sound Design at the Yale School of Drama (’23). IG: @stanmathabane | www.stanmathabane.com
Rebecca C. Monroe (Production Stage Manager) – has done a show before. Boundless thanks to Bob Walsh.
SEARED is presented through special arrangement with the playwright.