Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Whistler House Museum of Art is proud to present Moonglow, a new play written by Jack Neary. The reading will begin at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
A recent finalist for the Neil Simon Playwriting Award, Moonglow is the story of a music teacher who, in 1967, finds himself wrestling with a life decision he made in 1945, when, returning from overseas in World War Two, he discovered his new, young wife had left him. His subsequent divorce presented an enormous challenge to his religious convictions. Now that the tumultuous mid-sixties have rolled around, he has to choose between his religion and his heart. It is not an easy choice.
Funny, suspenseful and ultimately very moving, Moonglow should strike a chord with anyone who has faced this kind of a significant life choice.
The reading will feature Andrew Dolan, who has performed professionally in many Boston-area theatres, and who is the author of This Verse Business, a one-man play about the poet Robert Frost, which was featured at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in 2011; Cate Damon, a western Massachusetts actor with strong local ties, and who has performed in many plays at New Century Theatre at Smith College; Gordon Clapp, acclaimed Emmy-winning actor from the long-running ABC series NYPD Blue, in which he played Detective Medavoy. Gordon also received a Tony nomination a few years ago for Glengarry Glen Ross, and won the Best Actor prize from the New Hampshire Theatre Awards in 2012 for his portrayal of Joe LaCedra in Jack Neary's Auld Lang Syne.
Also featured will be Kerry Quinn Eckelcamp from Amesbury, last seen in the Greater Lowell Music Theatre's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Eddie Mekka; Jessica Toupin, a young actress and singer from Dracut; and Paige Lichty, who recently performed in Jack Neary's Ideologues at the Boston Theater Marathon.
Jack Neary, from Lowell, is a playwright, director, actor and theatre producer. His plays have been produced at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Stoneham Theatre, Gloucester Stage, the Peterborough Players, New Century Theatre, the Majestic Theatre in West Springfield, and many other professional and community theatres all over the country, in Canada, in Europe, and in Australia. He is the author of First Night, To Forgive Divine, Jerry Finnegan's Sister, Kong's Night Out and, more recently, The Porch, Auld Lang Syne, and Trick Or Treat, which will be given its World Premiere in January of 2017 at Northern Stage in Vermont, where it will star Gordon Clapp.