Films and Plays, Oh, My

PLAYWRIGHT ERNEST THOMPSON PREMIERES NEW FILM by Leigh Sharps ~ NEW HAMPTON — Playwright Ernest Thompson’s name seems to be everywhere this summer, with his Oscar-winning play (and movie) “On Golden Pond” shining brightly on the stage in Laconia. Thompson, for the first time, is playing the mailman, ‘Charlie,’ in his own play, and also directing it at Pitman’s Freight Room theater on New Salem Street in the city. While the ‘Pond’ is certainly of

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Author Takes the Stage

ACADEMY-AWARD WINNER PLAYWRIGHT TAKES THE STAGE by the Associated Press ~ CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire playwright Ernest Thompson, who took an Oscar for the screen adaptation of “On Golden Pond” three decades ago, is playing a character in his award-winning creation for the first time. Thompson plays Charlie the mailman in the stage production that runs through Aug. 12 at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia. The 1981 movie netted Oscars for Thompson and lead actors Henry

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Perfect Travel Plan

ROAD TRIP – ON GOLDEN POND by The South Coast Insider|South Coast Prime Times ~ Laconia, NH is about a 2½ hour trip from most points on the South Coast area. My wife and I made the trip on Saturday to a place called Pitman’s Freight Room in downtown Laconia. This renovated old building houses a small function hall that makes a perfect venue for a perfect production of (IMHO) a perfect play. Ernest Thompson

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Author Plays the Mailman

PLAYWRIGHT HAS ROLE IN LOCAL ‘ON GOLDEN POND’ PRODUCTION by Paula Tracy ~ Ernest Thompson of New Hampton, who wrote the award-winning American classic “On Golden Pond,” is playing Charlie the Mailman and directing a production of his play, which opened Tuesday night in Laconia. Thompson, whose internationally known play and Academy Award-winning movie depicts an elderly couple returning to a lake for the summer, is barely recognizable as himself playing the mailman in the

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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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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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