Gloucester Stage to Host Advance Screening of Israel Horovitz's MY OLD LADY, 9/15
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Gloucester Stage Company Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz hosts the only New England special pre-release screening of his new film, MY OLD LADY starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas to benefit Gloucester Stage Company on Monday, September 15 at the Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street in Gloucester, MA.
The special Gloucester Stage benefit evening begins at 7pm with an exclusive Meet the Director reception for Event Sponsors. Sponsors are invited to join Horovitz for appetizers, wine and beer prior to the screening. At 7:45 pm doors will open to Event Donors and a cash bar and concessions will be available for the remainder of the evening. Israel Horovitz will introduce his film. The advance screening begins at 8:15 pm. Following the screening there will be a brief question and answer session with Horovitz. Tickets are $1000 for Event Sponsors and $50 for Event Donors. All proceeds benefit Gloucester Stage Company. For tickets and further information, contact: Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.
Written and directed by internationally celebrated playwright Israel Horovitz who adapted his own hit play for the screen, MY OLD LADY is the story of a down-and-out New Yorker who inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there with her protective daughter. With its unique blend of comedy, drama and ultimately romance filmed on location in a ravishing Paris of quiet back streets and familiar locales, MY OLD LADY is a touching romantic drama about inheritance and past secrets coming home to roost, featuring the all-star cast of Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas working together at the height of their powers. The film opens in theatres in New England on Friday, September 19.
A Gloucester resident and Wakefield native as well as Gloucester Stage Company Founding Artistic Director, Israel Horovitz is thrilled to share an advance look at his latest accomplishment with New England audiences and excited the event will benefit Gloucester Stage Company as the professional theatre he founded celebrates its 35th Anniversary, "The earliest version of my stage-play MY OLD LADY had its first professional production in Damstadt, Germany (in German) and a slightly revised draft was given its American premiere at Gloucester Stage (in English) in 1996, directed by the late, great David Wheeler. Gloucester Stage has been a birthing center for dozens of new American plays, certainly not just mine, although a great many of my own plays did indeed have their initial outings at Gloucester Stage, before going on to NYC and a world beyond." Gloucester Stage Company has produced MY OLD LADY twice: the American Premiere in 1996 and again in 2005 directed by current GSC Artistic Director Eric C. Engel and featuring award winning Boston actress Nancy E. Carroll. Both Gloucester Stage productions garnered wide critical acclaim and enjoyed sold out runs.
MY OLD LADY is a Horovitz family affair. Israel Horovitz serves as Director, Writer and Executive Producer of the film, his oldest daughter Rachael Horovitz serves as a Producer and Horovitz's youngest son, Oliver, was Kevin Kline's stand-in. Rachael Horovitz whose recent hits include HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning GREY GARDENS, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, and Bennett Miller's Academy Award-nominated MONEYBALL, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill was attracted to MY OLD LADY for several reasons, including its rich casting potential and Parisian locale - she traveled to the city frequently as a child and lived there briefly when she was 21 - but also because it gave her an opportunity to work with her father, who she describes as "the most prepared director I've ever worked with." Above all, she praises Horovitz père for his professionalism, sense of humor and grace under pressure, each one a boon for the intimate, familial-themed MY OLD LADY "There is real humanity in this film thanks to those factors," she concludes. "Working with a family member is always a pleasure because there is the shorthand of communication you have with few others."