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The West Side Waltz

Playwright Ernest Thompson revisited his Broadway play The West Side Waltz for the Theatricum Botanicum’s 2022 summer season. The original Broadway production debuted in 1981, starring Katherine Hepburn. The fresh rewrite stars the timeless, nuanced Ellen Geer as widowed and isolated pianist Margaret Mary Elderdice. Her co-stars are Melora Marshall as Cara Varnum, a violinist who is Margaret’s one friend, and Willow Geer as aspiring actress Robin Bird. This deconstructed 21st century version of the play is

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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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Theatricum Botanicum to Present New Revival of THE WEST SIDE WALTZ

Forty-one years after its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum will present the world premiere of an “all new” revival of The West Side Waltz by Academy Award-winning writer Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond). The production, directed by Mary Jo DuPrey, will run June 25 through October 1 at the company’s beautiful outdoor venue in Topanga, part of the 2022 Summer Repertory Season sponsored by the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Thompson’s newly

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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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Revisit ‘On Golden Pond’ this month and meet screenwriter Ernest Thompson

Donna Whitehead, Wicked Local – MANSFIELD – When a Hollywood actors’ strike threatened to shut down production of On Golden Pond in the summer of 1980, actress Katharine Hepburn got on the phone with the Screen Actors Guild and pointed out that the lead actors had about 17 minutes left to live since both were in their 70s. The guild relented and On Golden Pond, the story of cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) and

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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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ON GOLDEN POND 40th Anniversary

Presented by TCM in theatres on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12 and WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15 Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures are bringing On Golden Pond to select cinemas nationwide for a special limited engagement. Henry Fonda, brilliant as Norman Thayer Jr, angry about being 80 and losing his faculties – Hepburn, his all-devoted wife, with whom he shares his summers at their Maine lakefront home – and the alienated daughter, played by Jane Fonda.

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Natural Born Storyteller

Sunday, October 10 | 5:00 PM at The Farmstand in Tamworth, NH Celebrated around the world as the author of On Golden Pond—and we’ve got big news coming on that shorefront and bigger news, too—as most of you know, Ernest has written innumerable other FILMS and TV PROJECTS, more than three dozen PLAYS as well as a few NOVELS. And a whole lotta SONGS. Come join Ernest and one of his favorite collaborators, local legend

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“Please Put On Your Mask” – NEW RELEASE

Oscar winner Ernest Thompson, award-winning composer Joe Deleault and Boston’s hottest singer-songwriter Samantha Farrell have done it again. Their newest collaboration—”Please Put On Your Mask”—will make you want to move to the groove and put it on (watch video below). Masks are more important than ever. Please spread the word. Share the video. Or make your own. A song for our times, now available at Bandcamp and coming soon to iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

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