Got a Song You Want to Write?
Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 2-5 PM
Don’t miss your chance to hear two prolific professional songwriters share their process. Oscar winner Ernest Thompson and award-winning composer Joe Deleault have collaborated with legends, including Carly Simon and world-renowned fiddler Natalie MacMaster. Their work has been recorded by luminaries such as multi-Grammy nominee Joan Osborne, SNL’s resident singer Christine Ohlman and the one and only Mighty Sam McClain. The alchemy of Ernest Thompson’s lyrics turned into musical magic by Joe Deleault has delighted audiences. Find out how they do it. For more information and to register, click here.
Write On Golden Pond
Upcoming workshop: TBA
One of Ernest’s most popular — and life-changing — workshops. Hundreds of stories have been created at Ernest’s home in the idyllic Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The weekend begins with a cocktail party Friday evening and finishes Sunday afternoon with your newly-written masterpiece read by professional actors in front of a live audience. For writers of all disciplines and levels of experience. Click here to learn more.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Ultimate On Golden Pond Boat Tours
Summer ~ Fall 2019
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. For more information and to make reservations, click here.
Ernest’s newest movie, an eerily timely, wrenchingly emotional, provocative and hilarious reflection of the madness happening in Washington and how it affects all of us (and what we can do about it), will be shot in its entirety in New Hampshire. Currently in preproduction, there are still roles to be filled and crew to be added. And money to be raised! If you want to part of an important and powerful film, visit parallelamericathemovie.com and learn how you can join us as an investor, a volunteer, an actor, extra or crew member.
Home On Golden Pond
Ernest and his producing partner Ileen Maisel are out to several A-List stars for his eagerly anticipated sequel to the second highest-grossing movie of 1982, nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winning three, one for Ernest’s screenplay adaptation. Under Ernest’s direction, Home On Golden Pond will have all of the original’s beloved locations, rich humor and pathos, and a whole new cast of characters.
Written in the 1980s as a play and even more urgent and relevant today, Human Beings takes a bold and unflinching look at how we treat one another in our troubled world. From children being taken from their parents at the border to racism and homophobia, the concept of what it means to be human has never been more in question. Ernest has adapted this vital story for the screen, assembled a dynamic cast and is scouting locations and interviewing cinematographers and other crew members.
Some Parts Missing
Ernest is back in conversations to bring this powerful play to Broadway, casting to be announced soon.
Dramatists Play Service
Hundreds of productions of Ernest’s plays are presented throughout the United States and Canada every year through the Dramatists Play Service. For a current listing of upcoming productions, click here.
Recording in Studio
Joe Deleault and Ernest have written a slew of songs together, including “On Golden Pond,” with Natalie MacMaster, and “The Father Daughter Dance,” with Carly Simon, both of which Ernest will use in his Winnipesaukee Playhouse production of On Golden Pond. Ernest and Joe are at work on a new piece for that show, “I Will Be With You,” and another striking anthem called “Time’s Up,” inspired by the courageous voices raised in the name of the Me, Too movement. To check out more from this dynamo duo, click here.
“Boston Strong” Single
Patriots Day 2019 marked the sixth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and this single, written by Ernest and Joe and performed by Cam MacMaster, remains just as potent and crucial. And just as much a motiving battle cry for anyone shaken by the horror of that day—and every dark day in America, every cowardly act of terrorism and cruelty. If you haven’t heard it, now’s the time. To find out where “Boston Strong” is available for sale, click here.
Thompson | Jaymes
Performing New Songs
Justin Jaymes’s amazing live shows regularly feature songs he’s written with Ernest—they’ve created more than 30 together. Their newest is “Reasons for Reason,” a tribute to the Parkland shooting victims and all the other reasons why now more than ever reason is needed in working together to prevent violence and find common ground in this difficult, but not impossible conversation. Justin and Ernest are gearing up to head back into the studio. To sample their other collaborations, click here.
Thompson | Porcell
How Much Do You Miss Me? If that’s a question you find yourself asking, here’s good news: the Van Dykes are back at it. “How Much Do You Miss Me” is Ray Porcell and Ernest’s newest song, one of many they’ve conspired on in the last year or so, enough for an album, which they’re on the verge of recording. In the meantime, click here and give a listen to their first two, and watch their heartwarming “Brönte Brook” music video.
Thompson | Troyer
Eric Troyer, founding member of ELO Part II and its successor The Orchestra, and Ernest became fast friends only two years ago and immediately started making music together. Four songs down, more to come. The Orchestra is almost never not on tour—you can find out their dates here—and Ernest’s kinda busy, too—see above—but, whenever they can, the two ETs hook up somewhere in outer space and make beautiful music together, including their newest, “Dreams In Your Head.” Studio time coming.
Out to Publishers
What if every time someone disappears off a cruise ship or gets lost in an avalanche or simply never comes home, there’s a connection? What if there’s an organization called Out Clause that, for a price, will sell you a new existence in a new part of the world, complete with a new identity and a new chance to live a better life than the one you’ve escaped? And what if you don’t fulfill the promise and the megalomaniac whose brainchild Out Clause is wants a return on his investment in you? Those are the questions this sprawling epic novel asks. As for what kind of landmark TV series the story is in the process of becoming, Ernest is in discussions to answer that question, too. Please contact Priya Doraswamy of Lotus Lane Literary at email@example.com for all rights to OUT CLAUSE.