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Benjamin Evett in "Albatross" at the Poets' Theatre in Boston in 2015.

Gloucester Stage’s 2016 Season Will Feature New England Premieres

The season will include dark comedies, a song cycle, and family dramas.

GLOUCESTER, MASS.: Gloucester Stage Company has announced its 2016 season, including a world premiere and two regional premieres.

The season will start with Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage (May 19–June 11), about a docent in an English mansion who fabricates stories on the tour to anger her employer. Lindsay Crouse will star, and Benny Sato Ambush will direct.

Next up will be Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett’s Albatross (June 16–July 3), a present day reimagining of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s novel “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” about a seaman’s doomed journey. Evett will star, and Rick Lombardo will direct.

Following will be the regional premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz (July 7–30), a comedic examination of family life. Paula Plum will direct.

Next will be Songs For A New World (Aug. 4–27), a song cycle by Jason Robert Brown. Barbara Walsh will star, and artistic director Robert Walsh will direct.

Next up will be the regional premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s The Totalitarians (Sept. 1–24), a dark comedy about an oligarchic takeover led by a Palin-esque Manchurian candidate. Managing director Jeff Zinn will direct.

Following will be the world premiere of founding artistic director Israel Horovitz’s Man in Snow (Sept. 29–Oct. 23), a chronicle of a family’s highs and lows as they journey through life. Andrea Paciotto will direct.

Gloucester Stage Company was founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny Blodget, and playwright Israel Horovitz as a safe harbor for playwrights and new works.

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