On Golden Pond – Montana Repertory Theatre
On Golden Pond
presented by Montana Repertory Theatre
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 8pm
Director ’s Note / Greg Johnson
On Golden Pond is an American treasure. Many of us are familiar with the story through the Academy Award winning film with Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. Others have attended one of the literally thousands of productions this extraordinary play has received over the years. Something deep and profound resonates through the events that unfold in this American masterpiece brilliantly penned by Ernest Thompson.
Beguilingly simple, this tale of a single family and how they pull apart and then find each other has been touching audiences for decades and generations. We at Montana Rep feel it is time to reintroduce this quintessentially American play to our audiences.
This play has endured because it deals with a family in crisis in a humane, poetic, and often very funny way.
It continues to resonate because we all have mothers and fathers, we all cope with aging, and we have all experienced being lost––and hopefully found. It is this dynamic, this finding of family and the love therein, that keeps On Golden Pond forever relevant.
In his twenty-five years as artistic director of Montana Rep, Greg Johnson has produced over forty plays, directed twenty-five, and has overseen the expansion of the company from a regional to a national touring operation. Greg brings with him a commitment to excellence developed during years of experience in the New York theatre, where he worked with the best directors, choreographers, actors, designers, and playwrights in the country.
Playwright’s Note / Ernest Thompson
(What) A Life On Golden Pond
Occasionally someone will ask, did I know when I wrote this play that I’d be creating a classic that would still resonate for audiences decades later? Of course, I always say. There was a heavenly light over my desk and I could hear distant laughter and rousing applause. In fact, I knew nothing, an excellent state for any writer trying to conjure the simplest of stories, honest and uncomplicated.
If you’ve never spent time on Golden Pond before, welcome. If you’re back for another visit, I know the feeling; I never seem to stray too far, prepping a sequel to the movie and another Broadway revival.
On Golden Pond has been seen all over the world, in 30 languages, but I’m happy that this production is playing in your town. And I hope you enjoy your time on the lake.
“On Golden Pond makes hearts float and leaves playgoers, in the words of one of Marianne Moore’s poems, ‘strengthened to live.’”
—T. E. Kalem, Time
Ernest Thompson is an Academy Award winning screenwriter, a playwright, director, actor, lyricist, an in-demand public speaker, and a teacher. His own work has been produced around the world; he has helped hundreds of other writers develop their stories and thousands of actors realize their dreams of improving their skills and confidence on stage and in front of the camera.
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