Posts Tagged ‘Israel Horovitz’

It’s late December in Wakefield, and you know what that means. Santa has made his list and checked it twice. But it no longer matters if you’ve been naughty or nice, because it’s 2017 and Santa doesn’t make moral judgments. Who is Santa to determine bad or good for anyone else? That being said, and […]


By MARK SARDELLA The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that has been toppling prominent men in politics and the entertainment industry has reached Wakefield. The Board of Directors of the Gloucester Stage Company and its founder, world renowned playwright and Wakefield native Israel Horovitz, have permanently severed ties amid new allegations of sexual assault made […]


By MARK SARDELLA It should come as no surprise that as playwright Israel Horovitz has grown older, the 1956 Wakefield High School graduate’s plays have explored themes of aging. The title of last year’s “Man in Snow” referred in one sense to the whitening hair that comes with age. In “Out of the Mouths of […]


By MARK SARDELLA Israel Horovitz’s new play is something of a departure for the prolific playwright and Wakefield native. Man in Snow, at Gloucester Stage Company through Oct. 23, is a long way from the gritty, working class atmosphere of a Gloucester fish-packing plant or the romantic neighborhoods of Paris – and not just geographically.


Directed by Nancy Curran Willis By MARK SARDELLA Israel Horovitz’s play “My Old Lady” is set in Paris but in Quannapowitt Players upcoming production there are Wakefield connections galore. Most obvious is the fact that Horovitz is a Wakefield native who grew up on Elm Street and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1956. On […]


by Mark Sardella There are no role models in Israel Horovitz‘s new play, unless you count liars, philanderers, extortionists and murderers among your heroes. But if you like your humor black with a touch of Coen brothers absurdism, you’ll enjoy Gloucester Blue, currently in an extended run at Gloucester Stage through Oct. 11.


by Mark Sardella (The Wakefield Daily Item) “Gloucester Blue is a comic thriller and has often been compared to a Coen Brothers movie,” says Wakefield native Israel Horovitz about his new play, which opens this week at Gloucester Stage. “I can see why,” he says. “It’s a comedy, but quite dark. The final moments of […]


The passing of another era has been marked with the removal of another landmark from Wakefield‘s downtown. On Sunday, the giant projecting “Santoro’s” illuminated sign was removed from above what was one of the early submarine sandwich franchises in the Wakefield area. Why didn’t the preservationists step in and protect this historic landmark? Were they […]


Directs motion picture adaptation of his play “My Old Lady” Add yet another to the list of titles used to describe Wakefield, Massachusetts native Israel Horovitz: movie director. His film, My Old Lady, a major motion picture starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, opened last week and is now playing at theaters […]


Israel Horovitz’s ‘North Shore Fish’ at Gloucester Stage Company When Israel Horovitz wrote “North Shore Fish” in 1986, the Gloucester fish packing industry was already in trouble. Plants were closing, and with the local fishing industry sputtering, those that remained in business were reduced to repackaging frozen filets from overseas rather than fresh local fish. […]