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    Terms of Endearment

    Adapted for the Stage by Dan Gordon
    Based on the Screenplay by James L. Brooks
    Directed by Justin Cerne
    September 12 – October 5
    Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 American comedy-drama film adapted from Larry McMurtry's 1975 novel, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks. The film received eleven Academy Award nominations and won five. Brooks won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing, Screenplay based on material from another medium. In addition, it won four Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress in a Drama (Shirley MacLaine), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson), and Best Screenplay (James L. Brooks).

    “A classic tearjerker, Terms of Endearment isn't shy about reaching for the heartstrings – but is so well acted and smartly scripted that it's almost impossible to resist.” ~Rotten Tomatoes~

    "There isn't a thing that I would change, and I was exhilarated by the freedom it gives itself to move from the high comedy of Nicholson's best moments to the acting of Debra Winger in the closing scenes." ~Roger Ebert~

    "Wonderful mix of humor and heartache" ~Leonard Maltin~

    Widowed Aurora Greenway keeps several suitors at arm's length, focusing instead on her close, but controlling, relationship with daughter Emma. Anxious to escape her mother, Emma marries a callow young college professor Flap Horton over her mother's objections, moves away, and has three children. Despite their frequent spats and difficulty getting along, Emma and Aurora have a tie between them that cannot be broken and keep in touch by telephone.

    Emma and Flap soon run into financial and marital difficulties. Emma has trouble managing the children and household, and she and Flap both have extramarital affairs. Emma relies increasingly on her mother for emotional support. Meanwhile, the lonely Aurora overcomes her repression, and begins a whirlwind romance with her next-door neighbor, retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove.

    The Horton family moves from Houston to Des Moines and eventually to Nebraska, apparently for Flap's career, but mostly so he can be near his girlfriend. Emma is diagnosed with cancer, which becomes terminal. Aurora stays by Emma's side through her treatment and hospitalization, even while dealing with her own pain after Garrett suddenly ends their relationship. The dying Emma shows her love for her mother by entrusting her own children to Aurora's care. After Emma's death, Garrett re-appears in the family's life, and begins to bond with Emma's young children.

    • John Devaney* as Dr Maisie/Rudyard
    • Dakota Dutcher as Flap
    • Ellie Gottwald* as Aurora
    • John Shea as Garrett
    • Brooke Sweeney as Emma
    • Leise Crew Trueblood as Patsy/Doris/Operator/Nurse
     * Denotes a Member of Actor’s Equity Association

    John Devaney* John has acted with American Repertory Theatre, the Huntington, New Rep, Worcester Foothills, Boston Theatreworks, Wheelock Family, Northern Stage, and numerous other companies including over thirty Nantucket productions. His paintings can be seen on island at 8 India St
    and johndevaney.com.

    Dakota Dutcher Recently off the National Tour of Spamalot, Dakota is delighted to be joining the cast/company here in Nantucket. Some favorite credits include Cliff in Cabaret(Mac-Haydn Theatre), Emmett in Legally Blonde(Norwegian Cruise Lines), & Bobby Strong in Urinetown(B.A.C. Summerstock). BFA from the University of Hartford – the Hartt School. Follow my shenanigans @dakotadutcher & www.dakotadutcher.com

    Ellie Gottwald* TWN credits include The Odd Couple, Steel Magnolias, Black Tie and Book of Liz. Other theatre credits: Antony & Cleopatra(VA Rep), Love’s Labor’s Lost, and As You Like It(Shakespeare & Company). Film & TV credits: Femme Fatales, The Event and Halloween 4 & 5. Upcoming film: Altar Rock(Andrzej Bartowiak, dir.). Thank you, Justin & TWN, xo

    John Shea is an Emmy Award winning actor, director, writer and producer. Broadway debut: Yentl. 25 plays On & Off B'Way since then. Film debut: in English Hussy. US debut: Academy Award winner Missing. 50 films since then. TV series star: WIOU, Lois and Clark:The New Adventures of Superman, Mutant X, and Agent X. Filmmaker: Southie and Grey Lady. TWN Artistic Director Emeritus. Trained: Bates, Yale.
    Brooke Sweeney is thrilled to return to TWN for Grease! Other TWN: Grease, Footloose. National Tours: Polkadots and Mad Libs Live!. OffBroadway: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic, Off-Broadway
    Alliance Award). NYC Readings/Workshops: R.R.R.E.D.: A Secret Musical, Fetching Water, Ragtime on Ellis Island. Regional: Avenue Q (OBERON). Brooke is a proud alumna of Harvard
    University. www.brookesweeney.com.

    Leise Crew Trueblood is thrilled to be making her TWN debut! A Philadelphia native, Leise studied theatre at Connecticut College before moving to Nantucket for her current role as Digital Editor at N Magazine. Past
    credits include Marnie in The Drunken City, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and Louise in Carousel. She thanks her family and friends who have always supported this dream! leisetrueblood.com

    Tickets on sale online and at the Main Street Box Office.
    * 24/7 at theatrenantucket.org
    * By calling 508.288.4305 (local: Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM)
    * By visiting our Box Office at 50 Main Street, Second Floor (Mon-Fri 10AM- 4


    All performances at Bennett Hall
    62 Centre Street – on the grounds of the First Congregational Church
    Running Time: Approx. two hours with one intermission

    Thursday, September 12 at 7:00PM (Opening Night Performance)
    Friday, September 13 at 7:00PM
    Saturday, September 14 at 7:00PM
    Sunday, September 15 at 3:00PM (Senior Sunday: free matinee for patrons 65+)
    Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM
    Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 PM
    Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 PM
    Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00PM
    Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM
    Saturday, September 28 at 7:00PM
    Sunday, September 29 at 3:00PM
    Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00PM
    Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00PM
    Thursday, October 3 at 7:00PM
    Friday, October 4 at 7:00PM
    Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 PM (Closing Performance)