Eventide Theatre Company - "The Waverly Gallery"

Playing October 12th through November 5th

Gladys Green, the elderly matriarch of the Green family, has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace her less than thriving gallery with a coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law and her grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is told. A funny and heartrending look at the effect of aging and end of life choices on a family.

Kenneth Lonergan is the author several popular plays including This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero, and wrote the screenplay for the comedy Analyze This. He is also the writer and director of You Can Count on Me, and the Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea. The New York Times called The Waverly Gallery a play that "deftly presents senility as an exaggerated state of the natural human condition...Deeply theatrical and often deeply funny."

Artistic Director Toby Wilson, says, “This is a very personal play for me. I and the other members of my family experienced many of the feelings that Gladys’ family go through in Lonergan’s story. Dealing with a parent or close relative in decline, particularly someone who is strong willed, independent, and creative, you are constantly on a rollercoaster of emotional challenges. The one thing that I found in “The Waverly Gallery” which may surprise people is that there is the humor in these situations. Yes, there is stress, frustration and a great deal of anxiety, but if you cannot allow yourself to see how absurd the situation is that you find yourself in, you can easily be overwhelmed by the challenges.

I’m dedicating this production to my mother, Eileen Wilson, the founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, and to my brother and sister. Because without each other, we would have all lost our collective minds.”

Gladys, the elderly matriarch of the Green family, has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace her less than thriving gallery with a coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law and her grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is told. A wacky and heartrending look at the effect of aging and end of life choices on a family.

Kenneth Lonergan is the author several popular plays including “This Is Our Youth,” “Lobby Hero,” and wrote the screenplay for the comedy “Analyze This.” He is also the writer and director of “You Can Count on Me,” and the Oscar winning “Manchester by the Sea.” The New York Times called “The Waverly Gallery” a play that "deftly presents senility as an exaggerated state of the natural human condition...Deeply theatrical and often deeply funny."

Gladys, the elderly matriarch of the Green family, has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace her less than thriving gallery with a coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law and her grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is told. A wacky and heartrending look at the effect of aging and end of life choices on a family.

Kenneth Lonergan is the author several popular plays including “This Is Our Youth,” “Lobby Hero,” and wrote the screenplay for the comedy “Analyze This.” He is also the writer and director of “You Can Count on Me,” and the Oscar winning “Manchester by the Sea.” The New York Times called “The Waverly Gallery” a play that "deftly presents senility as an exaggerated state of the natural human condition...Deeply theatrical and often deeply funny."

Gladys, the elderly matriarch of the Green family, has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace her less than thriving gallery with a coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law and her grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is told. A wacky and heartrending look at the effect of aging and end of life choices on a family.

Kenneth Lonergan is the author several popular plays including “This Is Our Youth,” “Lobby Hero,” and wrote the screenplay for the comedy “Analyze This.” He is also the writer and director of “You Can Count on Me,” and the Oscar winning “Manchester by the Sea.” The New York Times called “The Waverly Gallery” a play that "deftly presents senility as an exaggerated state of the natural human condition...Deeply theatrical and often deeply funny."

Eventide Theatre Company production of The Waverly Gallery is directed by current Artistic Director Toby Wilson. Previously for ETC he directed The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, and The Price by Arthur Miller. He acted and directed for fourteen years at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard before moving to the Cape in 2005. He has performed for The Eventide Theatre Company, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Barnstable Comedy Club, the Cape Rep Theater and Counter Productions as well as directing shows for Eventide, the Cotuit Center and the Comedy Club.

The cast of The Waverly Gallery features Linda Monchik as Gladys, Santino Torretti as Daniel, Cathy Ode as Ellen, Nicholas Dorr as Howard and Ricky Bourgeois as Don. 

Costumes have been designed by Amy Canaday. Lighting is by Greg Hamm, assisted by Vicki Marchant.

The production runs from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, November 5. Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30. Tickets for The Waverly Gallery may be reserved by calling 508-398-8588 or on-line at www.eventidearts.org.  Tickets are: $25 for adults. Group rates are available.  Membership is available on-line. Member tickets at a reduced rate.  The first Friday, October 13, at 7:30, is a “pay-what-you-will performance.”

10% of the proceeds from the first weekend of performances will benefit The Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod   


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