On Golden Pond
by
Ernest Thompson

On Golden Pond
Jonathan Stewart, Monette Magrath, Nicholas Podany, Hal Linden, Christina Pickles

Director
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Properties Design & Set Dressing
Production Stage Manager
Public Relations
Technical Director
Set Construction
Original Music
Scenic Artist
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant to the Director
Dialect Consultant
Production Crew

Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Stage Crew
Key Art
Production Photography

Cameron Watson
John Iacovelli
Terri A. Lewis
Jared A. Sayeg
Rebecca Kessin
MacAndME
Alexander Berger
David Elzer/Demand PR
Robert T. Kyle
Red Colgrove
Ryan Shore
Chris Holmes
Brie Quinn Renta
Isaak Berliner
Joel Goldes
James King, Sean Kozman, Matthew Maldonado
Christopher Rivera, Daniel Tuttle
Kathryn Horan
Heather L. Waters
Andrea Dean, Brie Quinn Renta
Doirean Heldt
Michael Lamont


CAST
(in order of appearance)

Norman Thayer, Jr.
Ethen Thayer
Charlie Martin
Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Billy Ray
Bill Ray

Hal Linden
Christina Pickles
Jerry Kernion
Monette Magrath
Nicholas Podany
Jonathan Stewart


SETTING

A summer home on Golden Pond in Maine, 1979


Running Time

Approximately 2 hours. There will be one fifteen minute intermission


Notes from the Director

There are many iconic images, sounds and phrases associated with this title. Legendary voices and personalities have inhabited it, galvanized it, and secured its place in our contemporary cultural lexi-con. But yet, when I sat down to read it, having never read or seen the actual play itself, I was overwhelmed and awestruck by the impact of what the play is really about ... not the images and the lines we so associate with it. The pulse and heartbeat of the play were staggering to me. Timeless and harrowingly real. I yearned for my own parents and to have the chance to say the things we never actually said to each other before it was too late, before the story marched on. The Thayer family and Golden Pond were vibrantly alive to me, and any preconceived notions I had of them and their story were gone. They were important to me and I wanted them to survive . . . at least one more summer on the pond.
"The bravest, most courageous and selfless act on person can do for another in this life is to simply 'rally.'"

There is an undercurrent running beneath this play that is as strong and poignant as any undercurrent running beneath any of the great stage classics of the American theatre library. It is as present as the lake itself, as the loons, and as the brilliantly humorous heartbreak on every page of this beautiful play, yet it is never spoken, never overtly acted out on the stage. But it is the thrust that keeps this family alive.

The bravest, most courageous and selfless act one person can do for another in this life is to simply "rally." To suck in a deep breath and, with that breath, swallow down one’s own pain and fear, regret and sorrow, and "rally" so that the other person can recover, move forward, have peace, feel comfort, and survive until the next moment.

One of my favorite lines in this play is Ethel saying to Norman in the middle of Act I, "I'll take you down to the old town road. You’ll remember it all, my darling; we’ve walked it a thousand thousand times.” A thousand thousand times. It is odd and truly specific to Ethel’s speak, yet we all know exactly what she means. The comfort and peace those words bring. It is clear in that exchange that she is "rallying." She is swallowing down her own horrific fear in order to get Norman back to their world, to reconnect him to the familiar, to reattach him to their lives. That is what she does. It is what we all do for the ones we love. We rally.

– Cameron Watson

FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

I recently came across a quote from Tony-winning actor Mark Rylance:

“I met a wonderful jazz musician when we were doing Boeing-Boeing. He was clearly brilliant, and I said to him ‘Where can I get a recording of yours?’ And he said, ‘Nowhere.’ I said, ‘What do you mean? Are they not available anymore?’ And he said, ‘No, why would I want to make a recording?’ I said, “I don’t know, maybe for people who aren’t able to be there to hear your music?’ ‘Why?’ he asked. ‘I won’t be there when they’re listening to it.’ He literally never made any recordings; he only was interested in the live, present moment. And the more I thought about what he said, the more I thought, ‘yeah, I really agree – that’s what’s most exciting to me: the live, present moment, with a group of actors andan audience and the curious communication that goes on.

”I found that pretty fascinating, because if all musicians felt the same way as thisun-named jazz musician, we would live in a world without recorded music. Can you imagine that? I can’t.

And in the theatre, what wouldn’t we give to be able to compare Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse in their competing versions of The Lady of the Camellias? How about Richard Burbage’s Hamlet? Or David Garrick’s Richard III? Performances that live in legend, but not in memory, because we’ll never see them.

Recently the idea has emerged of photographing great productions during aperformance and screening them in movie theatres far from the cities in which they’re playing. This is wonderful, because instead of just reading about Brian Bedford’s Lady Bracknell, future generations will actually be able to see it. We can only hope this becomes a trend.

And yet . . . and yet . . . that “curious communication” of the “live, presentmoment,” embraced by an award-winning actor and brilliant jazz musician, simply is not possible unless both performers and audience are present. Which is why technology, no matter how sophisticated and wondrous it becomes, will never, ever replace living, breathing human beings, the actors and the audience,sharing the experience at the same time in the same space. Tonight is different from all other nights. Because you’re here. Now.


– Barbara Beckley



SPECIAL THANKS

Brad Brown   Ellen Dostal   Linda Kavalsky
Sue Kyle Rikki   Lugo Mason McCulley   PJ Ochlan
Chuck Olsen   Phil Torf & House of Props   Wadler Data Systems