Gloucester Stage ANNOUNCES THE 2020 SEASON

Gloucester Stage Company


Featuring two regional premieres and one world premiere with deep local roots


Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Managing Director Christopher Griffith are proud to announce Gloucester Stage’s 2020 season of professional theater on Boston’s North Shore.

“We are tremendously excited to announce our 2020 season which will once again provide an engaging and eclectic roster of plays including several recent hits from New York and a world premiere!, shares Artistic Director Walsh, “Eager to build on the success of our 40th anniversary season, we are proud to present the first regional premieres of plays that have captivated audiences in extended runs Off-Broadway. Equally, with the rest of the world, we are observing the precautions surrounding COVID-19 and will continue to keep our patrons informed on our capacity to produce.”

Managing Director Griffith adds, “We’ve curated a season of stories that will take full advantage of our intimate stage and give audiences a powerful encounter with world-class plays. Productions that celebrate different perspectives and examine our beliefs, start a conversation on stage that follows us into the lobby and ride home. Inviting our patrons to join us again on Cape Ann this summer will be dependent on the health of our community, but I believe live theatre will provide necessary catharsis in alleviating our post-distancing blues.”


 June 5 – June 28


Based on the book by New York Times Best Selling Author Cheryl Strayed


Adapted for the Stage by Academy Award Nominee Nia Vardalos
Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail & Nia Vardalos


Directed by Rebecca Bradshawo


Based on Cheryl Strayed’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Tiny Beautiful Things is a celebration of the simple beauty of being human, and explores Cheryl Strayed’s journey as the unpaid, anonymous advice columnist Dear Sugar. Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences full of laughter and hope together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers.

Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding,  and co-created by Vardalos, Wall Street Journal columnist Marshall Heyman, and the Tony Award winning director of Hamilton, Thomas Kail. Tiny Beautiful Things premiered at The Public Theater for a sold-out run starring Vardalos as Sugar and directed by Kail. Tiny Beautiful Things runs June 5 through June 28. 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.


July 10 – August 2


Ken Ludwig’s


A Sherlock Holmes Mystery


Directed by Jim O’Connoro


From Tony Award winning playwright Ken Ludwig, comes Baskerville, a fast-paced comedy following the iconic detective, and his sidekick, Dr. Watson, as they solve one of their most notorious cases. The duomust crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Holmes and Watson investigate a dizzying web of clues along with three actors who deftly portray more than 40 characters, providing a hauntingly fun ride for audiences of all ages.

Led by distinguished professor of theater and award-winning director, Jim O’Connor, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs from July 10 through August 2. 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.


August 7 – August 30






by Theresa Rebeck


Directed by Victoria Gruenberg


Seared is the new comedy by critically-acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck (Bernhardt/Hamlet, Bad Dates, Spike Heels, among others). A prolific and widely produced playwright, Rebeck is the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time. Seared sets the table in a small New York restaurant and explores where art ends and commerce begins. When brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a glowing mention of his signature scallops in a high profile magazine, his business partner, Mike, sees major profits within reach. The only problem is that the temperamental Harry refuses to cash in and recreate his masterpiece for the masses.

Originally commissioned and produced by the San Francisco Playhouse, Seared premiered Off-Broadway October 2019 at MCC Theater Space after an East Coast premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directed by Victoria Gruenberg, who previously assisted Tony nominee Moritz Von Stuelpnagel, Theresa Rebeck’s Seared, runs from August 7 through August 30. 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.


 September 4 – September 27






Written by James Sheldon

Directed by Myriam Cyr

Gloucester Stage proudly presents the first regional production of James Sheldon’s poignant new play, Reparations, since its world premiere Off Broadway at the Billie Holiday Theatre in November 2019. The story begins when Ginny, a successful book editor, invites a young, black aspiring author, Reg, to her apartment after a boozy book party. She wakes up to find that a night of tenderness and passion is turning into a tumultuous morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret from her past. As family friends join them for an ill-timed paella feast, all four are soon embroiled in whether the young writer is due his restitution. Personal revelations lead to laughs, tears, and coming to terms with racial injustice and personal betrayal in this poignant new play by James Sheldon. Poet Laureate and critically acclaimed actor, Myriam Cyr directs.


Reparations runs from September 4 through September 27. 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.


October 2 – October 18





Think of Me Tuesday

Written by Ken Riaf


Directed by Robert Walsho


Think of Me Tuesday tells the story of Jim “Buddy” Chum, a mayoral candidate who continues to run in election after election in the same tattered tweed suit jacket, never deterred by the years of embarrassing losses at the polls or being the longtime target of neighbors’ jokes in his hometown of Fishtown, Massachusetts. After yet another failed campaign, a freak accident puts this improbable hero in the city’s captain chair. Newly minted mayor Jim ‘Buddy’ Chum is immediately faced with a quixotic turmoil bigger than any one man can handle in the world premiere of Think of Me Tuesday.

Gloucester resident and playwright, Ken Riaf, returns to Gloucester Stage with his newest play after the hit world premiere of My Station In Life. Think of Me Tuesday reunites Riaf with the 2018 Elliot Norton Award winning My Station in Life actor Ken Baltin who returns to GSC to play Jim “Buddy” Chum. Acclaimed Boston actress Jacqueline Parker who recently directed Broken, Healed and Holding On at GSC and appeared in GSC’s sold out 2019 Never Dark staged reading of the new work also returns for the production. Think of Me Tuesday runs from October 2 through October 18. 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.

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Wednesdays – Saturdays: 7:30 pm;

Saturdays – Sundays: 2:00 pm


Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

SINGLE TICKET PRICES: Single Ticket prices range from $15 to $48 with discounts available for previews, senior citizens, military families, college students, and youth under 18 years of age. For detailed ticket information visit

SUBSCRIPTIONS: Season Packages start at $167 for 5 tickets to use for any show and include early access to seating, no online fees, and free ticket exchanges. Subscribers also have the ability to reserve their favorite seats for the entire season. Packages can be purchased or renewed by calling the Box Office at 978.281.4433 or by visiting

PAY WHAT YOU WISH: Gloucester Stage is committed to inclusion and diversity, especially socio-economic status. Pay What You Wish performances are the first Saturday Matinee (2pm) of each production, allowing access to the arts for all. No one is turned away for lack of funds and donations can be made before or after the show.

CAPE ANN NIGHTS: Enriching our local community is key to our mission impact. Residents of Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex) can access $25 discount tickets to previews and Wednesday night performances. Limit of 2 (two) per household. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office 978.281.4433, with a valid address.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Gloucester Stage Company is Boston’s North Shore premier professional, nonprofit theater company. Located in a century-old repurposed brick warehouse on the edge of the Atlantic and at the entrance to the Rocky Neck Cultural District, the intimate venue has provided the setting for premiering award-winning new works and rousing classics over the past four decades. Presenting professional productions of intellectually stimulating and socially relevant theater since its inception, Gloucester Stage has developed a highly engaged audience, eager to experience the power of live theater.

For further information, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit


Photo 1: Academy Award Nominated writer for My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos , Adapted Tiny Beautiful Things for the stage  
Photo 2: Theresa Rebeck, Playwright  Seared REGIONAL PREMIERE 
Photo 3: Victoria Gruenberg, Director Seared REGIONAL PREMIERE 
Photo 4: Jacqui Parker, Actor,  Think of  Me Tuesday WORLD  PREMIERE 
Photo 5:  Rebecca Bradshaw, Director Tiny Beautiful Things Photo Credit: Nile Scott Studios
Photo 6: Ken Baltin,  Actor,  Think of  Me Tuesday WORLD  PREMIERE
Photo 7: GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh, Director Think of  Me Tuesday WORLD  PREMIERE 

Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund

Hi Joey – 

I’m working from home and don’t have my log-in info for the community bulletin board. Could you share the link to this fund with your readers and network? We’re hoping to help as many people as we can. 
We’re a community that really cares about each other. We’re also socially and economically dependent on each other. We need to do what we can to help. So here we are.
In response to the mandatory closures of businesses and lay-offs due to COVID-19, Action Inc. has partnered with the City of Gloucester, the Chamber of Commerce, and other municipalities to create theCape Ann Emergency Relief FundThe funds raised will directly support hourly workers in the service/hospitality/retail/entertainment industries. 

Thanks Joey. Hope you’re doing well.


Virtual Elsa (Frozen) visit from Wenham Museum tomorrow! tune in Facebook 10:30AM March 26, fairytale attire encouraged 😊🧚👸❄️

Message from Wenham Museum, offering arts programming for the little ones:

TOMORROW – Virtual Elsa Visit!
Thursday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m. via Facebook Live
Elsa will live stream into your living room from the Wenham Museum’s Facebook page! If you missed her visit when we opened “Frozen,” this is a chance to catch her again. She will sing songs and tell stories live from our galleries. We’re hoping this will give parents and caregivers a few moments of respite (or a chance to make a phone call!) and bring some happiness and joy to our youngest friends. Fairytale attire encouraged. Visit our website

virtual Elsa visit at Wenham Museum 25 March 2020_ corona arts programming


Questions about making facemasks for the local med folks from Susan O’Leary from Sassy Ecobags

Hi Joey,

Susan O’Leary here with SassyEcoBags.  I have an order to complete and then I plan to dive in to making facemasks for the local med folks. Do you know if there is a need in Gloucester and if these homemade masks are actually being used/helpful? Where is the most need? Is there a particular material I should use? Is the pattern with a pouch preferred over a mask without? Any insight is helpful. Thank you!!

Susan W. O’Leary

Signs of the times

(author’s note: Signs of the times updated as I add signs to the original 3/25/2020 post, most recent at top. Gloucester, Mass.)


Jeff’s Variety “Because of Limited Staff” signs


MBTA crew disinfecting train station stop, Gloucester, Mass.

MBTA_ disinfecting train station stop Gloucester MA_20200327_covid-19 signs of the times_photograph ©c ryan


George’s Coffee Shop of Gloucester corner of Washington and Centennial sign-  Take Out Available (978)281-1910


Wolf Hill sign – Closed Stay Healthy & Safe!

Wolf Hill_covid 19 sign_ closed Stay Healthy & Safe_ Gloucester Mass_ 20200327_©c ryan

Continue reading “Signs of the times”

Julie Lafontaine from Open Door On The Good Morning Gloucester Livestream Thursday 9:30AM

The chat part where you can write in questions while we’re live streaming is at WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JOEYGMG

If you subscribe you’ll get a copy in your email so you’ll be sure not to miss it if you can’t watch it live-

When you subscribe you need to verify your email address so they know we’re not sending you spam and that you want to receive the podcast or GMG in your email.  So once you subscribe check your email for that verification. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder in your email acct so you can verify that you’d like to get them via email subscription.

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APERTO. Yes, we are open today!!! With the most safest precautions and intentions of feeding our community! We have fresh local produce just harvested from @cedarrockgardens, lots of pasta, our house made tomato sauce, @consorziovaccherosse parmigiano + all our Italian friends provisions! Call today for curb side pick up ☎️ PASTA HOTLINE 978-868-5005.

Pastaio Via Corta is located at 123 Main Street, Gloucester.

Thank you Ryan & Wood

Ryan & Wood Distilleries at Blackburn Park.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we have switched our production lines to making hand-sanitizer to try and help out. The Federal Government (FDA) recently gave distilleries permission to make this to help with the shortage. It’s made from our vodka distillate according to the World Health Organization recipe of Alcohol (80% of product), Hydrogen Peroxide and Glycerol.
We intend on donating to local food banks, medical providers, and people who work with elderly. Today we have reached out to the Council of Aging and Cape Ann Food Pantry.


Welcome to Ryan & Wood Distilleries


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In 2006, Bob Ryan and his nephew Dave Wood founded Ryan & Wood Distilleries with the dream of producing small batch spirits in their coastal home of Gloucester, MA on Cape Ann.  Steeped in blue-collar maritime history, Gloucester is an ideal “port of origin” for our whiskies, gins, rums, and vodkas. Our spirits are made the old-fashioned way in our copper pot and column still, fit for hard-working locals and world travelers alike.


Growing up, Bob spent most his days on the Gloucester waterfront working at his father’s seafood processing company.  After 35 successful years he sought out a new adventure.  Ryan & Wood proved to be a perfect marriage of his manufacturing knowledge and his wish to pay homage to his hometown’s maritime past, now evident in the artwork on each of our bottles.  Bob loves to say that Gloucester was built by “ships of wood and men of iron,” noting that only the ships have changed.


They say “father knows best,” but when it comes to spirits, this mother and grandmother is the Queen of tasting Whiskey, Rum, Gin, and Vodka.  Possessing the best palette of the crew, Kathy has the final say on what gets the Ryan & Wood stamp of approval.


Doug represents the second generation of the Ryan family to take up distilling.  An attorney by trade, he handles the legal work of our highly-regulated industry but prefers to be milling grains and mashing whiskey!  You can catch him on the production floor during your tour, and at most of our tastings and promotional events pouring spirits and spreading the word.


Jennifer handles most of Ryan & Wood’s Social Media and marketing efforts, but her Dominican heritage gives her a special perspective on the world of Rum! She also has the some of the finest handwriting in the region, a necessary skill for writing the barrel and bottle number on each individual bottle of our single-barrel craft whiskies.

In Memoriam, David Nelson Wood, Esq.

The “Wood” of Ryan & Wood, Bob and Kathy’s nephew Dave helped found the company and worked tirelessly to build it from the ground up.  Although he passed away in 2012, his fingerprints still linger in every aspect of the operation.  Dave’s business acumen was only surpassed by his sharp wit and dedication to his family.  We’re proud to carry on his legacy with each bottle of Ryan & Wood.  Cheers, Dave!

A true American gem based in New England; their spirits are incredibly flavorful, aromatic, and smooth. Great stop on a tour of Gloucester or for any spirits fan.

/  JEFF D.  /

“Bob Ryan and his family are among the kindest and generous people you’d ever want to meet! Their distillery is immaculately kept which is a reflection of the pride and passion they put into their business and spirits. Make sure you get a bottle of rum and bring home a little “Glosta.”

/  DON A.  /

“On my most recent trip some friends mentioned Ryan & Wood Distilleries and asked a few of us to go pick up a couple of bottles for them. Upon arriving we were given an impromptu tour that was entertaining and incredibly informative. There is so much care for craft and history in what Ryan & Wood do and you can taste it in their product. They make a great tasting rye and their gin is just insane. In all of New York I think my house will be serving up the best martini.”

/  STEPHEN F.  /

“A true American gem based in New England; their spirits are incredibly flavorful, aromatic, and smooth. Great stop on a tour of Gloucester or for any spirits fan.”

/  JEFF D.  /

“We stopped by an took the tour. This is a family run operation and one of the owners does the tour. She explained all the process for making all of their products (vodka, rum, gin, whiskey). I have been on several brewery tours and a couple distillery tours. This was the most informative. At the end we were able to do a tasting and were impressed enough to but three bottles.”