THINK OF ME TUESDAYby Ken Riaf
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.
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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.
Joshua Wolf Coleman* (Man) 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. Regional: Central Square Theater in Cloud 9, The Crucible, and A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge). Other roles include: Norry the Drag Queen, the Headless Sheep, and Puddn’head Wilson, as well as Macbeth, Lysander, Friar Lawrence, Angleo, and Iago. TV and Film: He is currently playing President Obama in the web series, Obama Monologues. Television work includes, Bosch, How to Get Away With Murder, The West Wing, Scandal, House, Huff, Gray’s Anatomy, and Touchstone’s Hidalgo.
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 Association
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.
Marcella Barbeau (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer based in New York City and currently serves as the lighting supervisor for The Atlanta Opera. Her recent credits include: The Threepenny Carmen, The Threepenny Opera (The Atlanta Opera), Dolores Claiborne, Pelléas et Mélisande (Boston University Opera Institute), Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Native Gardens, Barefoot in the Park, The Lifespan of a Fact, True West (Gloucester Stage), and Trayf (New Repertory Theatre). As a Chinese American designer, Marcella actively seeks to collaborate and amplify the voices of fellow BIPOC artists of all intersectionalities. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Boston University.
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, Tiny Beautiful Things and Seared. Other select prop credits include Noire Hamlet (CentAstage), Circle Mirror Transformation (Brandeis University), Little Shop of Horrors, The Cake, The Treasurer (Lyric Stage Company), Stupid F***ing Bird (Emerson Stage), and keyp-ing (New Rep).
Dewey Dellay (Composer / Sound Design) is happy to be back in live theater at Gloucester Stage, having worked on this season’s Baskerville at Windhover and many others shows here including last year’s The Lifespan of a Fact. Some other shows he has designed for in the area are Cardboard Piano, The Bakelite Masterpiece (New Rep); The Little Foxes (Lyric Stage Company); Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Actor’s Shakespeare Company); Constellations (Underground Railway Theater), Admissions (SpeakEasy Stage); and The Bacchae (Brandeis University);. In past years he has received an Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Design and an IRNE for Best Sound Design. His television credits include original music for Emmy nominated National Geographic’s China’s Mystery Mummies, Discovery Channel’s Miami Jail, and he has composed music for five seasons of Our America with Lisa Ling (OWN Channel). Dewey is presently composing music for digital children’s books produced by Live Oak Media.
Joey Frangieh (Projections Design) (he/him جوي فرنجية (له ) is Lebanese American designer and director. He is the artistic director of the Boston Theater Company. Joey made history as the youngest person to ever direct at the Shubert Theatre in its 110 years, when he directed Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon. He has worked on Broadway four times, most recently as the assistant projection designer for the Tony Nominated play The Children. Upcoming he has created the first LGBTQ+ 5K in Massachusetts and the first Athletic Event that supports the arts, the ROAD OF RAINBOWS happening on Halloween on the Boston Common. www.joeyfrangieh.com
Jennifer Greeke (Costume Design) Is a designer born and raised in Gloucester, Ma. Recently she has designed costumes for Bosoma Dance Company including The Statement, Parachute, Keys In Black and White and Tapestry. Her first experience with Gloucester Stage was designing Holiday Delights 2019. 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.
Jenna McFarland Lord (Scenic Design) Gloucester Stage Co.: Over 50 shows from 2002- present including: 39 Steps, Cyrano, New Electric Ballroom, North Shore Fish, Driving Miss Daisy, Belle of Amherst, Round and Round the Garden. Other Area Credits: Lyric Stage: Twelfth Night, Warrior Class, Groundswell, November, This Wonderful Life, SpeakEasy Stage Co.: Shakespeare in Love, Men on Boats, Bootycandy, The Color Purple, The Drowsy Chaperone , The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Actors Shakespeare Project: Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, New Repertory Theatre: Collected Stories, Cherry Docs, Greater Boston Stage: Calendar Girls, Distant Music, Something’s Afoot, Guys on Ice, The Mousetrap, Central Square Theatre: Brundibar, The Convert, Off-Broadway: La Mama: Man in Snow New York Playwrights Lab: The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath. Ms. McFarland Lord is currently the set design teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the arts. jennamcfarlandlord.com
Ken Riaf lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts where he practices law. He is a visiting professor at Endicott College and has instructed courses in Law in Nature and Society, Hospitality Law and Law in Literature and Film. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, stevedore, boat wright and winch operator and currently serves on the boards of Schooner Adventure and The Gloucester Writers Center.Riaf’s 2018 play My Station in Life, was a Gloucester Stage Company award winning production featuring Ken Baltin, recipient of the Elliot Norton outstanding actor award for his portrayal of radio broadcaster Simon Geller. Riaf’s film work in collaboration with critically acclaimed producer and director Henry Ferrini has been broadcast nationally and overseas. Their 2010 film Polis is This featuring John Malkovich was screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His screenplays include For Whom the Ball Rolls© a basketball parable about race, class and rank set at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard during the Korean War and Chutzpah and Soul© a pseudo-fictional account of a married couple’s assault on the legal system from within.Ken’s Peabody Essex Museum workshop on constructions and box assemblages was followed in 2020 by a residency at the Manship Artist Residency Studio (MARS) where his Tiny Art for Tiny Houses is currently on exhibit. ALight on MARS is part of the Boston Sculptors Gallery Artists reception now though October 24th 2021.Photo Credit: Shawn Henry
More to Come!
THINK OF ME TUESDAY is presented through special arrangement with the playwright.