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A Personal Invitation

ERNEST THOMPSON: BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN by Liberty Independent Media Project ~ Playwright Ernest Thompson talks about the latest production of his play “On Golden Pond,” being performed on stage in Laconia, NH — and he takes on the role of Charlie the Mailman. A personal invitation to see come see a timeless story the way the writer envisioned it.    

Back Where It All Began

“ON GOLDEN POND” RETURNS TO SQUAM LAKE by Sam Evans-Brown ~ Even though it’s been thirty years since the film was released, businesses and residents around Squam Lake haven’t forgotten about On Golden Pond. And the screenplay’s writer, Ernest Thompson, hasn’t forgotten about Squam Lake. As NHPR correspondent Sam Evans-Brown reports, Thompson is back at the Little Church Theater in Holderness to direct what he calls the definitive On Golden Pond. On Golden Pond is

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On a Day in the Spring

NATALIE MACMASTER JOINS JOE DELEAULT AND PLAYWRIGHT ERNEST THOMPSON ON GOLDEN POND ‘On a day in the spring,’ this song starts. ‘When the wind blows strong, you might feel it again, that ageless bond that keeps drawing you home where your heart belongs, in the life that you’d known On Golden Pond.’ “Celtic,” Joe Deleault said, and Ernest agreed. It was precisely the tone the lyric, and this very heartfelt, almost primitive play, needed. Ernest

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Carly Simon Dances On Golden Pond

When Ernest Thompson wrote The Father Daughter Dance for the first ever time that he directed his own play, On Golden Pond, he wanted the song to have a ‘Carly Simon sound.’  Whom better to ask, he thought, than the rock goddess herself?  Ernest sent the lyric; Carly sent back a litany of reasons why she wouldn’t be able to take the project on – rock goddesses tend to be busy – and then called

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This Too Will Pass

OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON AND TWO DELEAULTS IN STEREO MAKE MUSIC FOR TIME AND CHARGES FILM This lyric was inspired by the plight of the character Ernest plays in Time And Charges, a man whose integrity has been misplaced among the ruins of fortunes lost, marriages failed, promises unrealized. Because he’d set the scene in a Greenwich Village bar that could just as easily have been in Berlin, Ernest wanted to acknowledge the universality of

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Nashville in New Hampshire

CINDY KAZA’S NOT SUPPOSED TO (BUT SHE DOES, WITH OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON AND JOE DELEAULT) “I love writing love songs,” Ernest said. “And I love Cindy Kaza, nuff said.”  This is the third one Ernest has done with Cindy, but it’s really more like the eighth since a song he wrote with his buddies Mark Sparky Elbaum and Dave Henderson they had Cindy record six different times in six different genres. Ernest used Make

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Say Hello to Say Goodbye

AND A MEADOW FULL OF MUSICIANS SINGING FOR ‘TIME AND CHARGES’ TIME AND CHARGES is all about going home. There’s a lot of nostalgia in the movie, from the 64 cop car to the mysterious clues leading Ernest’s character Jeremiah back to his roots, to his long lost compatriots, and to the daughter he never knew he had. There’s no amount of incisive dialogue or brilliant cinematography that can tell the story as effectively as music

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Community Filmmaking

DIRECTOR FINDS NEW HAMPSHIRE IS PERFECT SPOT FOR MAKING MOVIE, TEACHING AND FILMMAKING by George Pelletier ~ There are few erudite men who couldn’t be less intrigued by the Hollywood propaganda machine than award-winning writer and director Ernest Thompson.   Huddled in New Hampton with a roster of Boston actors, unknown acting students, crew members and his production company, Whitebridge Farm, Thompson is about as far away from the box-office mentality of Tinseltown as any

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The Soul of Time and Charges

MIGHTY SAM McCLAIN RECORDS ‘FIND THE SUN’ FOR ERNEST THOMPSON’S NEW MOVIE Because many of the central characters in Time and Charges met and matriculated in the Age of Aquarius, Ernest wanted to create a song that could echo the idealism of the 60s but speak to the 21st Century as well. As the lyrics began to present themselves – When the fires rage, when the skies burn brown, when the buildings shake and come tumbling down

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James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams on ‘Golden Pond’

The 2005 Tony Awards will air Sunday. James Earl Jones has been nominated for best actor for his role in the Broadway play On Golden Pond. His leading lady is acting veteran Leslie Uggams. The two portray an elderly couple who visit their summer home in Maine and deal with a number of family issues. Ed Gordon visits with Jones and Uggams at Corte Theater on Broadway. To listen, click here.  

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