The Thin Place
by Lucas Hnath
THE THIN PLACE
by Lucas Hnath
Directed by DEE DEE BATTEAST
Do you believe in the afterlife? Hilda does, and in her longing to reconnect with her grandmother’s spirit, she finds Linda, an esteemed medium. Linda can communicate with those in the thin place – through the veil, hearing their voices in the quiet. If you believe, she can make you hear them too. Part seance, part ghost story, this journey will make you question your assumptions about the spirit world in chilling moments of revelation.
Tony Award-nominated playwright Lucas Hnath transforms the theater into an intimate séance in The Thin Place, directed by Dee Dee Batteast (Gloucester Stage directing debut) running September 30 through October 23. 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.
MEETING WITH A MEDIUM
Meeting With A Medium is an opportunity to learn more about “being psychic;” reaching out beyond the veils between the worlds to speak to those who are always communicating with us from the other side. She will take some time during the hour-long session to “tap in” to messages from the participants who attend. $25 per person
Annette Dion has been a practicing professional psychic for more than two decades, having done readings using the Tarot and her clairvoyant gifts, including mediumship, for thousands of satisfied clients and students.
Don’t miss this opportunity to go beyond the “norm” that we know; tapping into the spiritual dimension!
Limited to a max of 15 people. Sessions will take place after the matinees of THE THIN PLACE, from 4:45pm – 5:45pm.
Limited to 2 Sittings:
Saturday Oct. 15 @ 4:45p
Sunday Oct. 23 @ 4:45p
Critical Praise for Gloucester Stage’s THE THIN PLACE by Lucas Hnath
“Suspenseful and timely, this haunting production is an excellent way to close out Gloucester’s 2022 season. Directed by Dee Dee Batteast, it’s a hair-raising, heart-racing, on-the-edge-of-your-seat-clutching-the-person-next-to-you kind of play that leaves you questioning everything you thought you knew about the world beyond our own.”
“As Hilda, Carroll coats her character with a fascinating veneer of stiff detachment. She’s a wonderful storyteller: the monologues at the beginning and end of The Thin Place are delivered with pinpoint clarity. Beckert’s Linda brings a compelling, if repellent, strength to the action. She shares her tricks with a blunt and shocking matter-of-factness.”
“The Thin Place at Gloucester Stage offers atmospheric spookiness without the gore, and offers just the right balance of fright, curiosity and mystery. The play buzz[es] with the nostalgic fright of yore, like Ouija board sessions, campfire tales, and the constant worry that there is a presence lurking in the dark after watching a scary movie.”
Meet the Creative Team
Lucas Hnath / Playwright
Lucas Hnath’s most recent play, Dana H., was at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. Lucas received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Play with A Doll’s House, Part 2. Hnath’s other plays include Hillary and Clinton, The Thin Place, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye and Death Tax. He has been produced on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre and Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have also premiered at the Humana Festival of New Plays, Victory Gardens and South Coast Repertory. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and an alumnus of New Dramatists. Awards: Whiting Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Kesselring Prize, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Obie Award for Playwriting, Steinberg Playwright Award and the Windham-Campbell Literary Prize.
Dee Dee Batteast / Director
Dee Dee Batteast is currently adjunct acting faculty for Ball State’s BFA program, where she teaches courses in beginning acting, audition, one-person show, and Shakespeare, as well as coaching Ball State’s professional showcases in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Dee Dee is a proud alumnus of Ball State’s undergraduate program (07’). After the completion of her undergraduate career, Ms. Batteast relocated to New York where she lived and worked as an actress, social activist, and youth advocate. While in the city she volunteered at Girl Be Heard, a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to social justice and issues affecting young women. Ms. Batteast is also a writer. Her self-produced one-woman show, NO AIDS, NO MAIDS, enjoyed a successful run at the Washington DC Fringe Festival, where it received the Capital Fringe Honors, Favorite Show of Fringe, Favorite Solo Performance, and Favorite Performance(s). Dee Dee received her MFA in acting from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she spent 3 years as a company member of PlayMakers Repertory Theatre. Some of her Recent regional theater credits include work with The Goodman, Clarence Brown Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Farmers Alley Theatre and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Television credits include Chicago Fire, The Shinning Girls, Chicago Med. Batteast earned her undergraduate degree from Ball State University and her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Meet the Cast
Cynthia Beckert* / Linda
Cynthia Beckert is delighted to be making her Gloucester Stage debut. A long-time resident of Los Angeles, she was a member of the all-female LA Women’s Shakespeare Company under the direction of Lisa Wolpe (favorite roles include
Hamlet, Laertes, Bassanio, and Duke Antonio), and performed with Laguna Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, and many others. Recent Central Florida appearances include American Stage (Pipeline), The Hippodrome (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time), and four seasons with MCT Orlando (including Grounded, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Top Girls, and Men on Boats). Cynthia is part of the workshop and premiere cast of the world’s largest immersive theatre experience, Disney’s Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser, helmed by Sleep No More director Mikhael Tara Garver. Cynthia earned her MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and her MA in Theatre from FSU. Proud Actors’ Equity Union member for over 25 years.
Siobhán Carroll / Hilda
Siobhán Carroll (she/her/hers) is delighted to be working at Gloucester Stage. Other Boston credits include Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Blue Kettle and Here We Go (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Red Velvet (O.W.I.), My Fascination With Creepy Ladies and I, Snowflake (Anthem Theatre Company), The Three Sisters
(Apollinaire Theatre Company), and Next To Normal (Arts After Hours). New York Credits include: Lady Macbeth (The Cutting Room), Which Way To The Ivy Covered Well (Rochester Fringe), and Sing Goddess (HERE Arts Center). Siobhán plays Petra in the Black Oak series Ms/Manage.
Joshua Wolf Coleman* / Jerry
Most recently Joshua has performed with Gloucester Stage in Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets. Regionally, at Greater Boston Stage in Miss Holmes, Trinity Rep in their production of August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater in Cloud 9 and A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge) as well as Bedlam Theatre’s co-production of The Crucible. He has worked with luminaries of the stage including Edward Albee, Joseph Chaiken, and Anne Bogart at The Guthrie Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and La Jolla Playhouse. Other roles include: Norry the Drag Queen, the Headless Sheep, and Puddn’head Wilson, as well as Macbeth, Lysander, Friar Lawrence, Angleo, and Iago. Television work includes Kevin can F*** Himself, Shameless, Bosch, How to Get Away With Murder, The West Wing, Scandal, House, Gray’s Anatomy, Touchstone’s film Hidalgo and Netflix’s Aftermath.
Bren McElroy* / Sylvia
Bren is delighted to help top off the season at Gloucester Stage. While she has performed in several AfterDark readings at the Company, Bren is excited to be making her GSC debut. Relocating to the States after several years in Dublin, Bren is best known as Cassandra in the Irish National TV series, Fair City. With dual citizenship, Bren has performed in theaters across the United States, Ireland and the U.K. Favorite appearances include Lynn Nottage’s world premiere of Las Meninas (San Jose Repertory Theatre), the premiere of The Robb’d That Smiled (Dublin Fringe Festival/Old Museum Arts Theater, Belfast), Othello (American Conservatory Theater,) and The Air Conditioned Bubble (Tamarind Theater, LA). This past year, Bren has starred in 10 independent films many of which are premiering in ’22/‘23 film festivals. Some of her film and TV credits include ABC’s All My Children, Paramount’s Dead Man on Campus and most recently a Dublin based film, A Story for Niamh. Bren loves voice acting and was a morning news reader for KPFK in LA; she recently had fun recording two books in a 3 book series on Audible with over 30 characters. Bren navigates between Boston and NYC and as a former National Champion in Dramatic Interpretation she coaches acting, voiceover & public speaking at communicationmattersstudio.com to her impressive clients. Education: MFA in Acting, American Conservatory Theater (Prof. Theater Internship awarded), BA in Theater, Kenyon College (Joanne Woodward Acting Award received), British American Drama Academy & Carnegie Mellon. She is a long time member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA. Follow her on brenmcelroy.com or IG: bren.mcelroy. Bren dedicates her performances to her Auntie Gloria and her mentor Ken Ruta.
Meet the Production Team
Aubrey Dube / Sound Designer
Aubrey Dube’s previous design credits include Bluest Eye (Huntington), Trayf, Good (New Rep), Vinegar Tom, Monster, Serious Money, Pentecost (PTP/NYC); Big Love, The Imaginary Invalid, In The Next Room, and Man of La Mancha (Middlebury College); A Taste of Honey (Boston Center for American Performance); Delirium, Daddy Issues, and The Hothouse (Boston University); Winter People (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Fences (The UmbrellaTheatre) and Downtown Crossing, Vietgone (Company One) Aubrey holds an MFA in Sound Design from Boston University. Originally from Botswana, he now lives in Boston.
Jennifer Greeke /Costume Designer
Jennifer Greeke is a designer born and raised in Gloucester, Ma. Her most recent works include Gloucester Stage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Think of Me Tuesday and Love From Halifax. Jen other recent works include MassOpera’s La Traviata and Bosoma Dance Company’s To Life!, The Statement, Parachute, Keys In Black and White and Tapestry. She is the recent best in show winner of SeArts’s Wearable Arts show. Jen designed costumes for films such as Brick, Down In Number 5 and Holy Sapien. In 2011 she started the fashion company Harpy. Jen is also a ceramic sculptor and metal artist. Jengreeke.com
Karen Perlow † / Lighting Designer
Based in Boston for over 25 years, Karen has designed the lighting for over 200 productions. Her work has been seen at Boston Symphony Orchestra, Merrimack Repertory Theater, Speakeasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, New Rep, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, Boston Midsummer Opera, and Shakespeare & Company. Karen has taught Lighting Design at MIT and Northeastern University, and has been a guest designer at Boston Conservatory, Boston College, Brandeis University, and Emerson College. She is proud to serve as the treasurer of the Theater Community Benevolent Fund and is a member of the United Scenic Artists’ Union 829. She is the recipient of several IRNE Awards for Best Lighting Design, and the NYC SOLO Fest 2013. She’s happy to be spending a little time in Gloucester again, having previously designed Dancing at Lughnasa in the before times.
Claire Russell / Assistant Stage Manager
Claire Russell is a graduate of Gonzaga University where they earned a BA in Theatre Arts with a design, tech, and management focus. In addition, Claire earned minors in Special Education and Interdisciplinary Arts. They spent their undergraduate career stage-managing numerous productions. Their training also included a little of everything else from acting and props design to lighting design and directing. Claire spent their senior year stage-managing the fall musical and working to create a resource website for ability inclusive arts production that was shared with the Gonzaga community. Claire is looking forward to continuing to develop their stage management philosophy and skills as well as continue working on learning about and promoting ability inclusive performance opportunities for diverse audiences.
Jenna Worden* /Production Stage Manager
Jenna Worden is a stage manager, producer, and director with a passion for storytelling, education, and access to the arts. Favorite GSC credits include: Barefoot in the Park, The Agitators, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Out of Sterno. Additional regional credits include Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage, The Gamm, New Rep Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and Childsplay AZ. She is the director and producer of Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn, Live. She earned both her BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd in History from Northern Arizona University and is constantly looking for new ways to teach and be in conversation with the past. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Critical Praise for THE THIN PLACE by Lucas Hnath
“‘The Thin Place’ keeps on haunting because it presses against the deepest human longings not only for connection but also for exposure. We want to know what’s out there, yes, but we also want it to know us.”
“It’s a twisty tale that throws you off the scent and doubles back behind you.”
“Hnath has written interesting characters with colorful backstories, and it’s a pleasure to hear his smart thoughts articulated in supple language.”
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
ºMember of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE
THE THIN PLACE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.