A comic drama by Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Michael Rupert
About the Play
The Waverly Gallery
is a heart-rending, poignant and often humorous comic drama that examines the effect of senility on a family.
The play’s central character is Gladys Green, an “eighty-something” former lawyer and Greenwich Village activist who runs an art gallery in a small hotel.
The hotel’s management would prefer to replace her less-than-thriving gallery with a potentially more lucrative coffee shop — but the fiesty Gladys isn’t someone who backs down easily.
Brian O. Jackson plays Daniel Reed
and Harriet DeVeto plays Gladys Green
in The Waverly Gallery.
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Always slightly cranky but now increasingly unpredictable due to her descent into Alzheimer’s disease, Gladys becomes a cause of concern to her daughter and son-in-law — and in particular to her grandson, from whose point of view this touching “memory play” unfolds. As Gladys fights to retain her independence, her decline impacts her family in profound ways.
Simultaneously heart-breaking and humorous, The Waverly Gallery shows how a family can confront a crisis with both humor and strength.
► Warning: Due to adult language and situations, the play is not recommended for children.
► Running time: Including one 15-minute intermission, the performance runs for two hours and 15 minutes.
About the Play’s Production History
The Waverly Gallery originated at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, where it debuted in August of 1999. It then opened at the Promenade Theatre off-Broadway in New York City on March 22, 2000, where it ran for 70 performances before closing May 21, 2000. Among its many honors, The Waverly Gallery was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The legendary Eileen Heckart originated the role of Gladys, and her performance earned her the following awards: The 2000 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actress, the 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress, The 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Performance, The 1999-2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play and the 2000 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
HARRIET DEVETO (Gladys Green) with this production marks her 15th Weathervane production spanning 35 years. Some of her leading and supporting roles here have been in Death of a Salesman, Broadway Bound, The Royal Family, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, August: Osage County, Enchanted April, Over the Tavern, Fifth of July, Deathtrap, Breaking the Code and Pride and Prejudice. Elsewhere, her credits include The American Clock, Doubt, Filumena, Daughters, Shirley Valentine, On Golden Pond, Lost in Yonkers, 'Night Mother, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Buried Child (off-Broadway) and her all-time favorite role as Maria Callas in Master Class. She has been a member of Actors' Equity, toured with Hal Halbrook and performed across the country from New York to California.
SUE JEROMSON (Ellen Fine) has performed in Weathervane's past two 8x10 TheatreFests and is thrilled to be back in a full-length production. She has been seen in area theaters as a wice-cracking nun (Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense), an alcoholic diva (Vera Charles in Mame), a gullible widow (Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man) and an accident-waiting-to-happen (Vernadette in The Dixie Swim Club) to name a few at the top of her Favorites List. "Many thanks to (director) Michael Rupert, (stage manager) Richard Worswick and the incredible cast for their talent and wisdom."
BRIAN O. JACKSON (Daniel Reed) graduated from Firestone High School in Akron in 2009. He was in the school's theater program and participated in many shows there, including The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Van Dann), Macbeth (Ross), A Soldier's Play (Lt. Byrd), The Producers (Max Bialystock), and many other productions there, too. Since then, he has remained active in the theater community. He has been in shows in Akron and Canton and was recently seen on the Weathervane stage as Clown 2 in The 39 Steps as well as this past summer's 8x10 TheatreFest. He hopes to pursue acting for a living. He sends a very special thanks to his family for all of their support of his acting career over these last few years.
SCOTT SHRINER (Howard Fine) is very happy to return to Weathervane. His many performances here have included five Chanticleer Award-winning roles in Lend Me a Tenor, Three Days of Rain, Next Fall, Moon Over Buffalo and All My Sons. His favorite role here was Nick Cristano in Over the River and Through the Woods in 2005. Scott is also a company member of Ohio Shakespeare Festival and a frequent performer at Coach House Theatre. "Thanks to the terrific Weathervane staff, and much love to my awsome and gorgeous fiancee, Emily!"
SCOTT K. DAVIS (Don Bowman) was bitten by the acting bug when he got the role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk in the third grade. He studied theater and psychology at Muskingum College, where he also worked as a costumer in the theater department. He has performed in more than 20 productions including Andrew Ladd in Love Letters, Cornelius Hackle in The Matchmaker, Lenny Ganz in Rumors and Orgon in Tartuffe. He also toured Canada as Guy Johnson in Dennis Hassell's Heart of Africa. Most recently at Weathervane, he played Clown 1 in The 39 Steps. He is thrilled to be back on stage with such a talented group of actors and thanks his family and friends for their continued love and support.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
JASEN J. SMITH
ERIN KATZ FORD
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director
Asasistant Technical Director