THINK OF ME TUESDAYby Ken Riaf
MOVED TO 2021 SEASON: October 1 to October 17, 2021
Think of Me Tuesday
by Ken Riaf | WORLD PREMIERE
Most seasoned voters, wherever they cast their ballots, might recall a fabled local candidate who despite never winning, continues to run and run and run. Year after year, election after election, in the same tattered tweed jacket, Jim ‘Buddy’ Chum is undeterred by yet another embarrassing rejection. He’s the punchline for a running joke about a joker who keeps running…and losing. Buddy is Fishtown, Massachusetts’ forever Mayoral candidate on a quixotic campaign for his shot at the top office – he’s not against progress, he just doesn’t want to be around when it gets here.
Building on the sold-out response to the 2019 NeverDark staged reading, the world premiere production of Think of Me Tuesday directed by Robert Walshº runs October 1 through October 17. Performances are socially-distanced indoors Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm indoors at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 E Main St., Gloucester MA.
Show Run Time:
To Be Determined
Fernando Barbosa (Pal) is a Boston-based actor, singer, and musician, and is thrilled to be returning to Gloucester Stage! He is currently a Senior pursuing his BFA in performance from Salem State University. Previous credits: Romeo and Juliet, Apollinaire Theatre Co., Love’s Labor’s Lost, Hub Theatre Co., Machinal, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Much Ado About Nothing, Salem State (Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nom.), Native Gardens, Gloucester Stage, Alls Well that Ends Well and Cymbeline (u/s), Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Assassins, Arts After Hours, Jesus Christ Superstar, Marblehead Little Theatre, Macbeth, UMass Lowell, Cloud Tectonics, Fort Point Theatre Channel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Apollinaire Theatre Co. (Elliot Norton Nom.).
Ken Baltin* (Buddy Chum) has previously appeared at Gloucester Stage Company as Simon Geller in My Station in Life, for which he won an Elliot Norton award for outstanding performance, as well as in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Three Hotels. Recent productions include Angels in America (Centre State at Penn State University), The America Plays (Mount Auburn Cemetery), Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage), Beckett in Brief (Commonwealth Shakespeare) and Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society at the Old State House). Other acclaimed performances on area stages include Death of a Salesman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Lyric Stage); Kite Runner, Eurydice, Waiting for Godot, American Buffalo (New Repertory Company); Deported-a dream play, King of the Jews, Permanent Whole Life (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre); Copenhagen, A Screenwriter’s Daughter, and Not Constantinople (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse); Oleanna (Merrimack Repertory) and many others.
Ines De La Cruz (Delores) (She/Her/Hers) is a Boston based actor. Recent credits include: Sonia Se Fue (Teatro Chelsea) Wolf Play (Company One Theater) Marriage, Mentiras, and Mantras (Escena Latina Teatro) Prohibido Suicidarse en Primavera (Escena Latina Teatro) This Place / Displaced (Artists’ Theater of Boston), Yo Soy Lola, The Latina Narrative: Reclaimed, Wrestling with Freedom III (Our Place Theatre Project). She has directed and is an administrator with Escena Latina Teatro, since 2006. You can catch Inés as Catalina De La Cruz in the comedic web series “The Pineapple Diaries”.
Maureen Keiller* (Mayor Selma Town) is so happy to be returning to the theatre in her Gloucester Stage debut. Select credits: Admissions, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Whale, Reckless, Nine, The Little Dog Laughed, The Women (SpeakEasy Stage), Universe Rushing Apart/Blue Kettle, Our American Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare), Come Back Little Sheba (Dir. David Cromer, Huntington Theatre Company), 33 Variations, Into the Woods, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Speech and Debate, Big River (Lyric Stage of Boston), Oh God (Israeli Stage) The Honey Trap, Faithless (Boston Playwrights), The Snow Queen, A Streetcar Named Desire (New Repertory Theatre). Television: A Playful Romance, Ghost Light, The Makeover, Brotherhood. Film: Spotlight, Last Night in Rozzie, Fever Pitch. Maureen is an Elliot Norton recipient for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and a three-time IRNE winner for Best Supporting Actress.
*Member of Actor’s Equity
Playwright Ken Riaf lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts where he practices law. He has worked as a commercial fisherman and longshoreman, and is a visiting professor at Endicott College teaching: Law in Literature and Film, Law in Nature and Society, and Hospitality Law.Mr. Riaf’s most recent playwright success was in Gloucester Stage Company’s award winning production, My Station in Life, following the David versus Goliath battle of radio curmudgeon, Simon Geller. Riaf’s film work, in collaboration with award winning Producer and Director Henry Ferrini, has been shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and broadcast and screened locally and abroad.His new screenplay For Whom the Ball Rolls is a basketball parable about race, class and rank set at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard during the Korean War.
GSC: The 39 Steps, My Station in Life, Cyrano, The Rainmaker, Bank Job, Songs For A New World, The New Electric Ballroom, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, The Widow’s Blind Date, The Primary English Class, Our Town. GSC (Actor): Gloucester Blue, Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses, The Barking Sharks, Two for the Seesaw. Producing Artistic Director, American Stage Festival: Bus Stop, Intimate Exchanges, Jacques Brel…, and Lend Me a Tenor, among others. Artistic Associate: Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Richard III, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure. Other productions directed include: Othello (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Round and Round The Garden, Table Manners, K2, Later Life, Holiday Memories (Merrimack Rep); Rancho Mirage, Race, Speed-The-Plow, True West (New Repertory Theatre); The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, The Goatwoman of Corvis County (Shakespeare & Co.); Misalliance, A Life in the Theatre (Two River Theatre Co.); I Hate Hamlet (StageWest); The Little Foxes (Barter Theatre); and Of Mice and Men (Greater Boston Stage Co.), among others. Roles in recent feature films include Black Mass, Patriot’s Day and the upcoming, A Ring for Christmas. Robert directed the on-field ceremonies for the ’99 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. He is on the faculty at Brandeis University.
More to Come!
More to Come!
THINK OF ME TUESDAY is presented through special arrangement with the playwright.