Season 37 Brochure (2021 - 2022)

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SEASON 37 2021 - 2022


37 Years and Counting

2021 - 2022 SEASON AT A GLANCE

The non-profit Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is one of the region’s premier professional theaters. Since its founding in 1984, The Gamm has grown into a destination for critically acclaimed, awardwinning productions, including numerous world and regional premieres. Drawing on the talent of local and visiting artists, we present an eclectic season of exciting new works and classics made to feel new — from the naturalistic to the epic­— in our signature intimate setting.

A Lie Agreed Upon

A new version of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

by Tony Estrella

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry

An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

As its mission, The Gamm is proud to tell stories that entertain, provoke, and engage seriously with the most important issues of our time. We further serve the public with educational programming that enriches the cultural and civic life of our community.

Ironbound by Martyna Majok

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Each year we partner with schools and community organizations to provide programming for thousands of students in grades K-12, as well as humanities forums and post-show talkbacks. Both on stage and off, The Gamm celebrates the power of theater to spark curiosity, joy, and empathy, and to highlight our shared humanity. We invite you to join us. 401-723-4266

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Plays and dates are subject to change. Up-to-date health and safety protocols at gammtheatre.org Cover: Assassins (2020), Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios Production photos: Peter Goldberg Back cover: Jon Del Sesto

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You can tape theatre and stream it . . . but what you watch through this method is inevitably only a facsimile of the real thing. It’s like eating a food that you can smell but not taste. Alexandra Schwartz, THE NEW YORKER

Friends, Welcome to Season 37! Last time audiences filled our theater, we were celebrating The Gamm’s 35th anniversary season with a series of uniquely American stories. The plays ran the breadth of our country’s history and looked ahead as we approached a potentially momentous time of political and societal change. None of us could have predicted just how much change would occur and how. As we embark on a new season of great theater, some things remain unpredictable. One thing, however, is very clear. We need the live experience more than ever. Occupying one space, breathing the same air and engaging face-to-face with one another has never felt more vital. We can’t wait to personally welcome all of you back the only way we know how at The Gamm — by sharing our stories.

Our 2021-2022 season promises five exciting theatrical experiences that speak to the spectrum of American civic life. As ever, we need art in challenging times to hold the mirror steady so that we may understand where we are, who we are, and what we might yet become. It is a necessary and vigilant reminder, despite all that separates us, of our common humanity. See you in the lobby,

Tony Estrella Artistic Director

Amy Gravell Managing Director


SEP - OCT 2021

Ibsen’s 1882 play . . . is suddenly as timely as a tweet. NEW YORK TIMES L to R: A Doll’s House (2011), Hedda Gabler (2014), An Enemy of the People (2004)


A LIE AGREED UPON

A NEW VERSION OF HENRIK IBSEN’S AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY TONY ESTRELLA The future is looking bright in Springfield! A brand-new hot springs spa is about to open its doors. Hotels and shops are booming in anticipation of a blockbuster tourist season. The spa’s visionary chief medical officer, Dr. Thomas Stockmann, is being hailed as a local hero for turning the humdrum town into a must-see destination...until he discovers the springs are toxic and insists on doing the “right thing.” Inconvenient truths fight alternative facts, minority rights battle majority rule, and individual conscience clashes with economic interest in this powerful reinvention of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

[An Enemy of the People] will quite possibly leave you not only thinking about yourself, but questioning your independence of thought. TIMEOUT


IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY ADAPTED BY JOE LANDRY

DIRECTED BY DAMON KIELY

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! George, Mary, Zuzu, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never seen it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is a holiday treat for the entire family!

A perfect gift for the community . . . memorable theater that will melt your heart. PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

Wonderful Life . . . is a winner all the way. THE PUBLIC’S RADIO


NOV - DEC 2021

The afterglow is as powerful as any Dickens or Messiah can deliver this season. MOTIF It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2019) | Lynsey Ford, Jeff Church


JAN - FEB 2022

JQA (2019) | Helena Tafuri, Jonathan Higginbotham


AN OCTOROON BY BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS

DIRECTED BY JOE WILSON, JR.

Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation, Terrebonne, is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful, one-eighth black “octoroon.” But the evil overseer, M’Closky, has other plans for both Terrebonne and Zoe. From the author of Gloria (Gamm 2018) and Appropriate, this raucous, irreverent retelling of a hit 19th-century melodrama is “this decade’s most eloquent statement on race in America today.” (New York Times)

Bizarrely brilliant. An extraordinary play that defies categorisation. THE GUARDIAN

[An Octoroon] insists that making theater can be the best way to talk back to history. VILLAGE VOICE

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WINNER OF THE OBIE AWARD FOR BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY

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IRONBOUND BY MARTYNA MAJOK

DIRECTED BY RACHEL WALSHE

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant who gets by on a cleaning job, pragmatism, and sheer will is done talking about feelings. It’s time to talk money. Over the course of 22 years and three relationships, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok’s Ironbound is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a tough woman for whom love is a luxury — and a liability — and survival is the only measure of success.

You seldom see plays that are both harsh and wonderful . . . The play never sugarcoats, yet it steers clear of bleakness because Majok’s language is so entertainingly alive. WASHINGTON POST

[An] intriguing work. . . . The play, like life, isn’t about easy answers. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


MAR - APR 2022

Good People (2013) | Jeanine Kane


MAY 2022

Nobody does Shakespeare like The Gamm. Productions are lively, hilarious when called for, heartbreaking when tragic, and accessible. SUN CHRONICLE L to R: Much Ado About Nothing (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2016), As You Like It (2018)


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE DIRECTED BY FRED SULLIVAN, JR. Four young lovers flee the restraints of home for the refuge of the woods, only to find themselves in a world of increasingly magical turmoil. The fairy king and queen are feuding, a band of wannabe actors are rehearsing for their unlikely shot at the big stage, and chief mischief maker Puck is doing all he can to ensure that the course of love is anything but smooth. Don’t miss our first-ever staging of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy — a fantastical, evergreen tale about how quickly our world can turn upside down and how ingenuity, love, and art can set it right again.

Shakespeare runs in this company’s blood. PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

Shakespeare always feels like coming home for The Gamm. MOTIF


BOX OFFICE

HOURS 10am - 5pm, Tue-Fri 10am - 1 hour before curtain (weekday show days) 12pm - 1 hour before curtain (weekend show days) Summer and holiday hours may vary.

BUY TICKETS gammtheatre.org 401.723.4266 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI

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DIRECTIONS The Gamm is located in the center of the state, easily accessible from I-95. Park for no charge in our private lot. Or hop RIPTA bus #14, just a 5-minute walk to the theater.

DINING Add dinner or a drink to your experience. Visit one of the many area restaurants, ranging from casual to elegant. Ask our box office staff for suggestions! Or enjoy a robust range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and a variety of snacks at our lobby concessions.

GIFT CERTIFICATES Holiday and milestone shopping made simple with the gift of theater for your nearest and dearest! Gift certificates are redeemable for shows, season subscriptions, classes and camps.


WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE ACCESS TO WORLD-CLASS THEATER. Season subscriptions and single-ticket discounts ensure the best experience at the best value!

SINGLE TICKETS range from $20-$69 depending on day/time, including student and senior discounts. Service and facility fees may apply. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred between shows. SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS secure the best seats at the lowest prices. Exclusive benefits include unlimited ticket exchanges and discounts for special engagements.

30 FOR 30 makes $30 tickets available any time for patrons age 30 and under. Valid ID required. GROUPS of 10 or more get a great discount, flexible payment options, and free bonus tickets — plus a unique experience together! Details at gammtheatre.org/grouptickets USHERING is a great way to see the show for free! To learn how, email volunteer@gammtheatre.org.

FLEX PASS lets you choose what shows you want to see and when (based on availability), and get free unlimited exchanges. D​etails at gammtheatre.org/flexpass

For a complete list of discounts available to military personnel, professional associations, business memberships and more, go to gammtheatre.org/discounts

RUSH TICKETS are just $25 and may be purchased in person starting one hour before curtain. Subject to availability. Limit: 2/patron

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LOTS OF JOURNEYS BEGIN AT THE GAMM The Gamm Education Department is excited to share their passion and experience with you! Learn more at gammtheatre.org/education

GAMM STUDIO Actors and non-actors, aspiring playwrights, directors, and more — anyone can benefit from a supportive and enjoyable Gamm Studio class. Acting, classical scene study, directing, playwriting, costume design, and script analysis are just some of our offerings. Classes take place both in person and online. More at gammtheatre.org/classes

GAMM AND THE COMMUNITY The Gamm makes live, professional theater accessible and affordable to middle- and high-school audiences through weekday matinees. Preshow visits, post-show discussions with the actors, study guides and more round out the experience. Our education department also serves nearly 9,000 students each season through residencies and workshops in school, after school, and with community partners. Our partnerships provide resources and strategies for developing literacy and social emotional learning through a safe, inclusive experience.


SUMMER CAMPS Kids get creative, gain confidence, learn teamwork, and experience the thrill of the stage at our summer camps.

GAMM SUMMER FOR ALL AGES Campers in grades K-12 make long lasting connections during our week-long theater workshops. Themed camps led by professional theater artists include improv, backstage skills, introduction to Shakespeare, play creation, and much more!

GAMM SUMMER INTENSIVE GSI campers entering grades 9-12 develop and sharpen their acting skills by way of Shakespeare. Campers participate in rigorous rehearsals in this four-week, high intensity experience, culminating in two full-scale productions for the public. Audition required. More at gammtheatre.org/camps


Assassins (2020) rehearsal, Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

EXTRAORDINARY THEATER CAN ONLY HAPPEN WITH HARD WORK AND YOU Between when the lights go down and then come up again, Gamm productions have the power to transport, transform, and feel like magic. But behind every show, there are budgets and production schedules, auditions and rehearsals, costume fittings and set builds. Actors, directors, stage managers, designers and year-round administrative staff all play a part in making it look seamless. As a non-profit organization we depend on your support­ — beyond your subscription purchase — to make high-quality theater and education programs accessible to all. Ticket sales and other earned income cover only 50% of The Gamm’s operating budget. Please join your fellow theater-lovers and make an Annual Fund gift to keep extraordinary theater happening for generations to come. You can make your annual gift when you subscribe or anytime at gammtheatre.org/donate


As You Like It (2018)

Consider Joining One of Our Super Groups! GAMM GUARDIANS make a monthly contribution of any size and become a friend we can count on.

THE PRODUCERS CIRCLE recognizes leading donors of $1,250 and above to the Annual Fund. Members enjoy a range of benefits including invitations to special events.

THE NATALIE & SAM BABBITT SOCIETY recognizes theater lovers who,

following the Babbitts’ example, have made provisions to leave a lasting legacy by naming The Gamm in their will or estate plan. For information, contact Tracy Reilly at tracy@gammtheatre.org or 401.723.4266 ext. 132.

SPONSORS are part of the production! Benefits include recognition on marketing materials, tickets, and invitations to special events. Sponsorships start at $5,000. For information, contact Kirsten Davis at kirsten@gammtheatre.org or 401.723.4266 ext. 133.


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