THE WEST SIDE WALTZ

It’s a family affair at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum as the legendary Grandpa Walton’s eldest daughter Ellen Geer, her sister Melora Marshall, and Ellen’s daughter Willow Geer make theatrical magic in The West Side Waltz, Ernest Thompson’s captivating slice of 1980s New York life. Ellen stars as the irascible Margaret Mary Elderdice, longtime resident of an Upper West Side high-rise, who’s been keeping folks at arm’s length for decades, her largely lonely life made even

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The Golden Geer “Girls” Are in High Gear: Golden Pond Meets Golden Girls

THE WEST SIDE WALTZ: Theater Review Thompson’s reinvigorated Waltz waltzes over from Ibsen, O’Neill and Chekhov character-driven territory to a Bertolt Brecht and Clifford Odets-like social drama. ~by Ed Rampel In this day and age of superheroes deluging the big screen with their derring-do, it’s a delight to discover a production performed on the live stage about three very real women grappling with the various vicissitudes of everyday life. This revised revival of playwright Ernest

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THE WEST SIDE WALTZ at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

June 25 – October 1, 2022 Forty-one years after its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, starring Katharine Hepburn, Ernest deconstructed his script for The West Side Waltz. In the world premiere of Ernest’s newly revised, heart-filled story set during the tumultuous ’80s, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s artistic director Ellen Geer; her sister, Melora Marshall; and daughter Willow Geer take on the roles of an aging concert pianist, her violin-playing spinster neighbor, and a would-be actress on

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World Premiere of ASK/ANSWER – POSTPONED

Ernest Thompson, Oscar-winning writer of ON GOLDEN POND, is directing and starring in his newest play, ASK/ANSWER, premiering January 19 – February 13 at the newly renovated Mass Music & Arts Society (MMAS) in Mansfield, MA, across the street from where Thompson lived as a boy, his former backyard now the Xfinity Center (originally Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts). ASK/ANSWER is based on the real life story of his co-star, well-known Boston/Providence actor

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Meet Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ernest Thompson in Mansfield, see ‘On Golden Pond’ in Foxboro

MANSFIELD — Ernest Thompson, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the hit film “On Golden Pond,” will bring his Oscar statuette and talk about his life growing up in Mansfield at two events in December. The events are being held before the world premiere of Thompson’s new play, “Ask/Answer,” being performed at MMAS in January. “An Evening with Ernest Thompson” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the newly renovated MMAS theater at

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Ernest Thompson to star in playhouse adaptation of ‘On Golden Pond’

By JAKE SHERIDANMonitor StaffPublished: 6/12/2019 5:20:27 PM Four decades after writing On Golden Pond, Ernest Thompson is finally ready to star in it. Thompson’s classic On Golden Pond opens the Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s professional season and returns to the state on Wednesday where its film adaptation was shot. In the play adaptation, Thompson will take the role of Norman, the aging curmudgeon at the center of the play, for the first time. “I’ve had a lot

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Guess Who’s Starring on Stage in a Limited Run: June 12-22

MAKING HISTORY AGAIN – At age 28, Ernest Thompson wrote a play that has been translated into 30 languages and performed on stages all over the world. The film version won him an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. Now, four decades later, Ernest is not only directing ON GOLDEN POND at the charming Winnipesaukee Playhouse, for the first time ever he’s starring in the iconic role of Norman Thayer, Jr., alongside the wildly talented

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Author-director of ‘On Golden Pond’ to make new summer memories

The Laconia Daily Sun – May 1, 2019 MEREDITH — Never mind that it takes place on a pond in Maine not unlike the one in Belgrade, Maine, where the award-winning playwright spent his summers. For New Hampshire residents and visitors, the golden pond is right here, at Squam Lake, where the iconic film was shot. The Lakes Region has embraced Ernest Thompson’s play “On Golden Pond” as its own, and the Oscar-winning writer and

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SOLD OUT – Free Reading | April 30, 2019

Ernest has compiled a stellar cast of actors to bring this deeply moving, fiercely honest and insanely funny love story to life. This reading is free and open to the public and will be held at 353 Studios, 353 West 48th Street, Studio B, NYC. Seating is limited. To be put on the guest list, please email our office with names of those who will be attending.

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