On Friday, August 16 at 8:00 PM, Oscar winning-writer Ernest Thompson will answer that question. Everybody has one. Or two or two thousand. In Ernest’s nearly 50-year career, he has created, give or take, 40 plays of varying lengths, 30 or so screenplays, six manuscripts and more songs than he can count. Which adds up to a lot of characters. Where do they come from? And how does he get to know them so well?
AUGUST 22 at 7:00 PM—SOLD OUT! Half a century from that landmark year, don’t miss a rare chance to see this cinematic gem on the big screen and to hear the Academy Award winning author of ON GOLDEN POND, Ernest Thompson, talk about his directorial debut and what it was like working with Oscar nominees Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder and Bruce Dern, as well as Kiefer Sutherland, Mariette Hartley and Joanna Cassidy. Written by
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
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
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
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.
New Hampshire seems like the perfect set for filmmaking, and it has been featured in classic comedies like “What About Bob?” and dramatic TV shows like “The West Wing.” Problem is, most scenes that feature the Granite State are shot elsewhere — places where Hollywood knows they can recoup some of the money spent in the form of tax incentives. In tax-averse NH, that’s a problem. The main exception to this rule is 1981’s “On
UPCOMING AUDITIONS Ernest’s newest movie, to be shot in its entirety in the state of New Hampshire this fall, is underway. The production is now casting for a myriad of roles and seeking crew members, extras and volunteers to come be a part of the magic. For updated audition information and a list of characters, go to www.parallelamericathemovie.com. You can also follow the production on Facebook and Instagram.
Take a boat ride with Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson and Captain Cindy O’Leary and see ON GOLDEN POND through the writer’s eyes. Ernest has a wealth of stories about Katharine Hepburn and the Fondas and will add his personal spin to the iconic film locations included in Captain O’Leary’s tour and, if you want, Oscar will be along for the ride. People have come from all over the world for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to