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Six Pairs of Hands opens at Regis College April 11March 26, 2012
Play about Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives also to tour Cape Ann
Weston, Massachusetts. Regis College Theatre Company Presents Six Pairs of Hands, a musical by Wendy Lement and students, based on oral histories obtained from interviewing members of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association. The original musical honors the extraordinary lives and the political battles waged and won by these courageous women.
Six Pairs of Hands will not only be performed at Regis College, but will also tour to the Cape Ann (The Annie) in Gloucester.
In 1969 Gloucester fishermen’s wives formed an association to fight federal regulations that favored large corporations and would have destroyed their local fishing industry. Since then, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association has become an international model for conserving and protecting valuable fish stocks and a working waterfront for future generations. Through their dedication, solidarity and faith, these remarkable women have endured numerous hardships, obstacles, and tragedies with strength of spirit and grace.
“The lives of these extraordinary women are inspiring, and we are very pleased to be able to take this Regis production to their hometown, “ said Lement. “This is the first time we have toured an entire Oral History production to a Theatre,” she added.
“Another dream come true!” said Angela Sanfillipo of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association. “The GFWA always dreamed of having their story told in a play. To be a musical is even better. We hope that our message of commitment and hard work carries far and wide across the globe. The same issues that we have been battling for the last 41 years are being fought all around the world. People call us from across the country and around the world for advice and support."
Two Regis Theatre Majors, Jacqui Williams and Matteo BonTempo, were in the Oral History class and are in the play.
Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center, Regis College - Performance Dates: Wed., Thurs., and Fri. April 11, 12, 13 @ 7:30pm & Sat. April 14 @ 2:00pm
Admission: $15 general public; $10 seniors, students, Regis College faculty, staff and alumnae; $5 children under 12; free admission for LLARC members and Regis College students w/Regis College ID. For tickets and information call the Box Office at (781) 768-7070.
Tour Dates to The Cape Ann (The Annie), One Washington St., Gloucester - Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21 @ 7:30 PM & April 21 & 22 @ 2:00 PM
Contact: Henry Allen: 978-704-1269 for tickets and information. Advance tickets at www.TheAnnie.org.
Playwright and director Wendy Lement, is an educator and author, who has also written the song lyrics for Six Pairs of Hands, a project of her Fall 2011 Oral History and Performance Course. Lement has also written a children’s book and over a dozen plays about historical events, four of which are published in And Justice for Some: Exploring American Justice through Drama and Theatre.