‘North Shore Fish’ returns to Gloucester Stage

Israel Horovitz’s play, “North Shore Fish,” is at Gloucester Stage through Aug. 4.
Gary Ng
Israel Horovitz’s play, “North Shore Fish,” is at Gloucester Stage through Aug. 4.

TALE OF A WORKPLACE: In 1986, “North Shore Fish,” a play about the changing fishing industry, premiered at Gloucester Stage.

Now it has returned, along with Israel Horovitz, the play’s author and theater’s founding artistic director. The show runs through Aug. 4.

Set in a fish-packing plant in Gloucester, the play centers on the daily routine of the workers, mostly women, who have come to regard the plant as a way of life.


But despite the jokes, gossip, and horseplay that fill their working day, the women are aware of impending trouble. While the company once thrived on processing the daily catch of the local fishing fleet, it is now repacking frozen fish imported from Japan. Layoffs have begun.

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The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play examines what happens to people’s self-worth when their livelihood is no longer useful or available.

“’North Shore Fish,’ to my thinking, is a play about love and dignity in the workplace,” said Horovitz.

When the play premiered at Gloucester Stage, it was the first production in the theater’s current home at 267 East Main St.

The play was later produced off-Broadway in New York City and around the world. It was adapted into a television movie in 1997. It also was revived at Gloucester Stage in 1992.


Horovitz retired as artistic director of Gloucester Stage, a position he held since the theater’s inception 34 years ago, in 2006. He remains as founding artistic director emeritus.

The current production of “North Shore Fish” is directed by Robert Walsh and features Rockport actress Nancy E. Carroll.

Tickets are $40, $35 for senior citizens and students. For tickets and a performance schedule, call 978-281-4433 or visit

STAGE VETERAN: Marblehead Little Theatre presents “The Fantasticks” Friday through Sunday, and Aug. 1 to 4.

The story is about neighboring fathers who, by pretending to feud, trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love.


Songs from the show include “Try To Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”

“The Fantasticks” was Broadway’s longest-running musical, running 42 years and 17,162 performances before closing in 2002.

The Marblehead show is produced by Dayle Persons, directed by Anne Lucas, and choreographed by Maria La Rossa. Musical direction is by Betty Kent Lautner.

The cast includes Ari Conte, Nick Economou, Nora Falk, Steve Faria, Greg Mancuso-Ungaro, Jay Pension, Nate Punches, and Jim Wrynn.

For a performance schedule, visit Tickets are $23, $15 for students (matinees only). They are available at the Spirit of 76 Bookstore and online at

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Guy Cote discusses and signs copies of his book “Long Live The King” 1 p.m. Sunday at Bestsellers Café in Medford. The suspense novel is about a young woman thrown into an ancient mystery that forces her to question everything she knows about her life and family.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College in Beverly presents “Ordinary and Extraordinary People, Conversation on Canvas and Cardboard,” an exhibition of portraits by Ann Strassman, through Sept. 27. A reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. The show features 13 portraits of well-known political figures and musicians, along with a mix of people from city street scenes. Strassman will be the visiting artist at the college’s School of Visual and Performing Arts in September, when she and students will create a mural on cardboard in the Grillo Gallery. . . . Flatrocks Gallery presents “Harmonic Icons,” featuring the work of Cape Ann artists including the late Albert Alcalay, Ruth Mordecai, and Juni Van Dyke, through Sunday. Alcalay taught at Harvard, Mordecai is director of the Goetemann Artist in Residency Program for the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, and Van Dyke is art director at the Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester. . . . “Look Within: Expressive Portraits of the Nature of Animals,” an exhibit of acrylic paintings by Lisa Bohnwagner, is at the Newburyport Art Association July 31 through Aug. 5. An opening reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2. Bohnwagner is known for bringing emotional vibrancy to her subjects through the use of rough surfaces, unexpected color combinations, and dramatic perspectives.

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