WELCOME, FRIENDS, TO YOUR NEW THEATER HOME!
Season 34 marks The Gamm Theatre’s Warwick debut! After 15 years in Pawtucket, RI, we’ve made a bold and exciting move to the center of the state . . . and I want you, our audience, to be a vital part of it. Whether you’re a long-time patron or a ﬁrst-time visitor, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. From your seat in our larger, more ﬂexible performance space, you’ll discover, or rediscover, the power of provocative, professional theater that resonates with our lives today. Our exhilarating 2018-2019 season includes a U.S. premiere, a New England premiere, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated play by a celebrated young American author, and two landmark works of the American theater. There’s an oft-overlooked masterpiece exploring the complexity of human desire, a shocking dark comedy tackling the banality of everyday terror, and a gorgeous story of love and resistance in wartime England. Following these are a contemporary tale of old friends and the unsettling velocity of change, and a modern-day Cain and Abel story about two distinctly diﬀerent Americas. Each play stands resolutely and boldly on its own. Together they speak to each other and us in surprising and compelling ways. I hope you’ll subscribe to the entire season, not just for the savings and exclusive beneﬁts, but for the collective impact of these transportive stories. I look forward to seeing you in Warwick.
Tony Estrella Artistic Director
Cover: Marianna Bassham, Uncle Vanya
THE GAMM Box Oﬃce 4 Our Season 5 About The Plays 6 For Young Audiences 11 Staging The Future 12 Theater Classes 14 Summer Camps 15 Make An Impact 16 Subscription Packages 18
The craft of theater practiced on the highest level.” – Providence Journal
Rachel Dulude, Tony Estrella, Uncle Vanya
BOX OFFICE Regular hours: 10am–5pm, Mon–Fri Show-day hours: • 10am to curtain on weekdays • 12pm to curtain on weekends Summer and holiday hours vary.
Richard Donelly, Richard Noble, Alec Thibodeau, Rachel Dulude, Morality Play
Online gammtheatre.org Phone 401-723-4266 Visit before September 1 172 Exchange St. Pawtucket, RI Visit after September 1 1245 Jeﬀerson Blvd. Warwick, RI
Subject to availability, $25 tickets may be purchased in person starting one hour before curtain. Limit: Two tickets
TICKET PRIcES PEAK
Fri & Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm $60 Premium | $52 Regular $47 Senior (62+) | $20 Student
Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun at 7:30pm $60 Premium | $44 Regular $37 Senior (62+) | $20 Student
First 5 public performances Thu, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm Sun at 2pm & 7:30pm $33 Regular | $20 Student Individual ticket sales are ﬁnal and non-exchangeable.
GROUP TICKETS Groups of 10 or more attending the same performance receive extra discounts. Bring 25 friends and your ticket is free! Contact Tracy Morreo at 401-723-4266 ext. 111.
STUDENT MATINEES The Gamm makes live, professional theater accessible and aﬀordable to middle- and high-school audiences through 10am weekday performances at signiﬁcantly reduced prices. Contact Tracy Morreo at 401-723-4266 ext. 111.
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PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Park at no charge in our private lot. RIPTA bus #14 north/southbound stops at the Post Rd./Main Ave. intersection, a 5-minute walk to the theater.
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Michael Liebhauser, Incognito
WINNER OF THE NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS AWARD
THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA BYTENNESSEEWILLIAMS
SEP - OCT 2018
SEP - OCT 2018 Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon, defrocked for blasphemy and fornication, is at the end of his rope. Working as a cut-rate tour guide in Mexico, he arrives at a ramshackle hotel, owned by his recently widowed friend, with a group of mutinous Baptist ladies in tow. Will the alcoholic Shannon come to terms with his failures among the misﬁt guests? Or will he spiral out of control? This rarely performed masterpiece from the author of A Streetcar Named Desire (Gamm 2015) is an unforgettable tale of desire, love, and personal redemption.
Williams is at his poetic, moving best. . . . It will haunt you with things said and unsaid; haunt you with its beauty.” – New York Daily News
The Night of the Iguana reminds us of the dazzling gis Williams possessed.” – New York Times
Marianna Bassham, Anthony Goes, A Streetcar Named Desire
NOV - DEC 2018
2016 PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST
This razor-sharp comic drama follows a group of ruthless editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine—all vying for their bosses’ jobs and a book deal before they turn 30. When a mundane workday of cubicles and Starbucks becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their story become higher than ever. Obie Award–winner Jacobs-Jenkins (Appropriate, An Octoroon) makes another theatrical splash with this spot-on, bitingly funny commentary on American society, personal tragedy, and the ever-ravenous media machine.
Sharp, wiy and inventive and hinges on a coup it would be criminal to reveal.” – The Guardian
Keeps us constantly guessing where it’s headed, Gloria is a work not to be easily forgoen.” – Hollywood Reporter
Shocking, hilarious and spectacularly honest.” – Chicago Tribune Top: Marc Dante Mancini, Glengarry Glen Ross Boom: Diana Buirski, Ben Gracia, Aer the Revolution
THE NIGHT WATCH
JAN - FEB 2019 I thought everything would change, after the war. And now, no one even mentions it. It is as if we all got together in private and said whatever you do don't mention that, like it never happened.
In the late 1940s, calm has returned to London and people are recovering from the chaos of war. In a quiet dating agency, a bombed-out church, and a prison cell, the stories of three women and a young man unfold backward to the heart of the Blitz, revealing the secret desires and regrets that bind them together.
The Night Watch burns with a slow but scorching intensity, like the blasts that constantly put its circle of four Londoners at risk. It’s Sarah Waters’ triumph.”
Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor has created a thrilling, inventive adaptation of the best-selling novel by Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith).
– The Independent (UK) book review
Karen Carpenter, Madeleine Lambert, The Children’s Hour
NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
ESCAPED ALONE BYCARYLCHURCHILL
MAR - APR 2019
Infused with humor, warmth and precise observation.” – The Independent (UK)
This is Churchill at her best.” – The Guardian
You may find a new bounce in your step as you leave it.”
Over a summer of afternoons in a suburban backyard, four 70-something women chat amiably about topics big and small: grandchildren and lost keys, insomnia and a crippling fear of cats, chemical leaks and famine. By turns hilarious and unsettling, Churchill’s newest play explores the solace of community amid everyday fear and looming catastrophe. Don’t miss what The Observer calls “an intricate, elliptical, acutely female view of the apocalypse” by one of Britain’s most innovative living playwrights. . . . plus a special pairing with Samuel Beckett’s COME AND GO, in which three women of an “age undeterminable” meet on a bench after years apart. In less than 10 minutes, fond schoolgirl memories devolve into foreboding gossip. This beautiful, cryptic capsule of a play will leave you smiling and also haunted.
– New York Times
Top: Margaret Melozzi, Jeanine Kane, Casey Seymour Kim, Good People Boom: Casey Seymour Kim, Karen Carpenter, Incognito
TRUE WEST BYSAMSHEPARD
APR - MAY 2019 In suburban California, estranged brothers Austin and Lee reunite unexpectedly in their mother’s home. Austin, a family man and budding screenwriter, is at work on a new script. Lee, a drifter with a plan to rob the neighborhood of household appliances, drops in and stays. Soon he is pitching his own idea for a trashy Western to Austin’s Hollywood agent . . . and the battle is on. Challenges are issued, drinks are downed, and the seemingly opposite brothers ﬁnd they are more alike than they want to admit. Brutal and hilarious, this modern-day Cain and Abel story tackles the absurdity of archetypal America head on.
It’s clear, funny, naturalistic. It’s also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic. If that sounds contradictory, you’re on to one aspect of Shepard’s winning genius.” – San Francisco Chronicle
A great American play, arguably Mr. Shepard’s finest.” – New York Times
Tony Estrella, American Buffalo
GAMM EDUCATION PRESENTS
VS. THE REALLY NICE GNOME BYBILLHARLEY
ADAPTEDANDDIRECTEDBYJESSICACHACE A play for young audiences and their families, adapted from the book by local Grammy Award–winning children’s entertainer Bill Harley! Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the Evil Sorcerer in the 4th-grade play. But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he ﬁnds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie comes up with one plan after another, but nothing seems to work. To make matters worse, his dad has assigned him the chore of walking Ginger—the diggiest, sniﬃest, poopiest dog in the universe. Can Charlie deal with these challenges without causing havoc all around him?
Harley’s audiences are families but it’s hard to tell who enjoys him more—parents or children.” – Los Angeles Times
Illustration by Adam Gustavson Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year (Gamm 2017) | Photo by Jon Del Sesto
LETâ€™S STAGE THE FUTURE A multi-year project to create a permanent home for The Gamm and a vibrant arts and culture facility A secure future requires that we work to sustain and enhance the intellectual and cultural life of our communities. Live theater does this from the stage, in our schools and through lifelong learning. The Gamm is actively committed to increasing the impact of live theater in our region. We invite you to be a part of this exciting new chapter in our growth. To learn about naming opportunities and other ways you can contribute, please contact Kirsten Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-273-4266 ext. 133.
Giving new life to an existing stage makes perfect sense. When complete, our permanent home will have unlimited potential and will improve the experience for our artists and you, our audience.â€? â€“ Oliver Dow, Managing Director For information about our capital campaign and to follow our progress, go to stagethefuture.org
Details about current classes at gammtheatre.org/classes
Iâ€™ve learned more from Gamm Theatre classes than any other workshops or oration courses Iâ€™ve taken in the past. Most public speakers might not think to take an acting class, but they should! Gamm made me beer.â€? â€“ JeďŹ€ Belanger, Emmy-nominated host of New England Legends on PBS
Gamm STUDIO JR.
For the theater enthusiast, amateur actor, seasoned professional, and everyone in between, Gamm Studio provides a unique learning experience in a comfortable and supportive environment. Typical classes include Intro to Acting, Contemporary and Shakespeare Scene Study, Play Discussion Group, Playwriting, and more.
Gamm Studio Jr. is a fun, nurturing place where young people of all experience levels can stretch their creative muscles. From improvisation to classic scene study, imaginations soar and skills sharpen in these dynamic classes taught by Gamm resident actors and teaching artists.
Details about this season’s camps at gammtheatre.org/camps
Gamm Summer IntensivE
Gamm Summer IntensivE JR.
GSI oﬀers professional theater training for high-school students who want to hone their acting skills. Campers attend rigorous daily rehearsals and perform in two Shakespeare productions for the public. This rich, dynamic, 4-week immersion experience also includes workshops in playwriting, improvisation, stage combat, and more. GSI is intense, supportive, and above all, fun! Audition required
GSI Jr. introduces students entering grades 6–8 to the magic of Shakespeare through theater games, acting exercises, and rehearsals. This week-long program culminates in a public showcase. Audition not required
What campers are saying:
I learned so much about myself through the rehearsal process and I made so many wonderful, amazing friends.” It was one of the best theater experiences I’ve ever had.”
What parents are saying:
The enthusiastic directors, mentors, and Gamm staff really care about the students and have a deep dedication to theater.” I had high expectations and they were met!”
Gamm Summer YOUTH GSY is an active 3-week program teaching improvisation, character development, writing, and more to children ages 8–10.
Interested in adding a creative theater component to your camp? Contact us at gammtheatre.org/education.
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Gamm Gala 2017
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