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MJ’s Good News Blog Post


June 8, 2018

Welcome to Juneuary (as Paul says). We’ve seen glimpses of shy Spring, but there is still a chill in the air. The rhododendrons are blooming everywhere this week. On the Vineyard, we often bypass Spring altogether and presto, hot Summer arrives!

I wanted to write a blog post that focuses on good news. I find that I need good news, and I’ll bet you do, too!

Between these lines, there is, of course, sadness and illness and loss. There are hardships and challenges and rough flights. Together, we will get through these times. But my Good News blog posts will celebrate the joyful moments of our dramatic and theatrical lives.

Beginning with this – Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse was once again voted Best Performing Arts Organization (MV Magazine’s Best of the Vineyard 2018) and also Best of Cape Cod and the Islands (Cape Cod Life Magazine’s Best of 2018)! Thank you to all our supporters for voting for us. The credit for these awards belongs to all who work here, serve on the board, volunteer or play a role on our stages. Huzzah, everyone!

In May, our first series of Spring Solo Shows were a success, featuring lovely and talented performers, Melinda Buckley, Jenny Allen and Gioia De Cari.  June 1st arrived with a salty evening of Fish Tales told by local fishing legends as a benefit for the theater.

This is the first week of rehearsal for Passionata, our first play of the Playhouse’s 36th summer season. Playwright Gwyn McAllister is “over the moon” as she works with us on her witty British farce. I am directing a stellar cast. We also welcome a wonderful new stage manager, Jynelly Rosario, to our stage management team.

I am bursting with pride at the academic achievements of some of our former Playhouse interns: Sarah Orlip Sommers, who graduates from Stanford University this month, then travels to Italy with her beautiful mom, Michele Ortlip (MVP’s casting director), and on to Columbia Law School in the fall; and recent graduates of Columbia University’s masters programs – Cary Bland Simpson (Theater Management & Producing) and Ned Moore (Dramaturgy). In addition, Ian Malone, who grew up attending and then worked as a camp counselor for Summer Stars Theater Arts Camp, just graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University. Talented high school seniors Emily Hewson, Samantha Cassidy and many others graduate from MVRHS this weekend. Congratulations, smart young people! We are glad to have been a small part of your journey.

Over the past year, wedding bells rang for extended Playhouse family members Danny Jensen (Adrienne Florez); and  Sean George (Emily Churchill); and Adam Lipsky (Alisa Javits). Blessings on all!

Geneva, Calvin and Snow Corwin welcomed Aurora Gwenivere to their family in January. Aurora accompanies her Mom to the Playhouse office from time to time and looks just like Geneva did when she was a baby (according to Geneva’s mother).

Vineyard resident and one of our very favorite actors and an all-around nice guy, Tony Shalhoub, is nominated for a Tony Award for his stellar turn in The Band’s Visit. Abigail Solomon (Passionata, Crumbs from the Table of Joy)) flies to NYC this weekend as a producer of the Tony-nominated revival of Three Tall Women. Congratulations!

On Broadway, you can see Tyrone Davis (Pure Confidence) performing in Waitress and Joe Forbrich (The Whaleship Essex, Fly) in The Iceman Cometh. Rob Karma Robinson (Driving Miss Daisy, Fly, Satchel Paige, The Blowin of Baile Gall) just closed at Gloucester Stage in the world premiere of the amazing Wendy Kesselman’s (The Diary of Anne Frank) world premiere musical, Madame DeFarge.

More good news to come in the next blog post, the next time I have a minute to write one!








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