Funnier Than the Debates

‘POND’ WRITER PARODIES POLITICIANS AND PROTESTERS by Lynne Tuohy ~ CONCORD, N.H.—As candidates crisscross New Hampshire in their quest for votes, an Academy Award-winning writer thinks the time is ripe for “Political Suicide.” That is the title of four one-act plays Ernest Thompson – who wrote “On Golden Pond”– will stage beginning Sunday at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia. The plays are dark comedies that parody politicians and protesters alike. One is about taking the

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Four New Plays

ERNEST THOMPSON INTRODUCES NEW POLITICAL PLAYS by Adam Coughlin ~   New Hampshire is widely known as a center of presidential politics. But it also has world-class theater. It only makes sense that the two would be joined and the man to do it would be perhaps New Hampshire’s most famous playwright.   Political Suicide is a collection of four new plays written by Ernest Thompson, Academy Award-winning writer of On Golden Pond, that will

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Someone to Care (About)

THE BEEHIVE QUEEN OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMMITS POLITICAL SUICIDE WITH OSCAR WINNER In Welfare Thee Well, one of the four plays comprising Political Suicide, a young woman sings, We all got worries, we all got hurdles, we all got burdens to bear. “I wanted it to sound like a spiritual,” Ernest said. “Whether the character is played by a woman of color or a Caucasian actress or Asian, the song is coming from a

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This Isn’t Your Party But You’re Invited

TO JOIN SAMANTHA FARRELL AND AWARD-WINNING WRITERS ERNEST THOMPSON AND JOE DELEAULT IN COMMITTING POLITICAL SUICIDE   “I love music that makes trouble,” Ernest said. The four plays of POLITICAL SUICIDE do, casting an affectionate but critical eye on, in order, the electoral process (POTATO HEAD FOR PRESIDENT), the protest movement in the 21st Century (OCCUPY NEW LEXINGTON), our society’s widening gap between the haves and have-nots (WELFARE THEE WELL), and the battle between cynicism

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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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