Ernest ThompsonERNEST THOMPSON (Playwright, On Golden Pond). Other plays include The West Side Waltz (starring Katharine Hepburn), A Sense of Humor (Jack Lemmon), Amazons in August, White People Christmas (which he directed at LA’s Zephyr Theatre), The Elixir (directed by and starring Ernest at the Isis Theatre Company in Idyllwild), the short play collections Answers, Valentines for Two, and The Penis Responds (which he directed and starred in Off-Off-Broadway).

Films include On Golden Pond (which starred Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, and for which Ernest won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award), Sweet Hearts Dance (starring Susan Sarandon), 1969 (which Ernest directed starring Robert Downey, Jr.), The Lies Boys Tell (starring Kirk Douglas), the Showtime movie Out of Time (Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Director), The West Side Waltz (which Ernest directed starring Shirley MacLaine and Liza Minnelli), and the live TV production of On Golden Pond (which Ernest directed starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer).

Through his company, Whitebridge Farm Productions, he has directed and stars in Time and Charges, now in post-production, and is about to direct and star in Heavenly Angle. At his farm in New Hampshire, Ernest teaches workshops for actors and directors and weekend boot camps for writers, eight of whom arrive on a Friday night with blank files and by Sunday afternoon are having their newly created plays read by professional actors in a front of a live audience.

August, 2011