Tweet Share When playwright Ernest Thompson was growing up, he and his family summered at a lakefront cabin in Maine. That special place was the inspiration for On Golden Pond, his lots extraordinarily popular, bittersweet play about love and aging, recrimination and reconciliation. This funny and moving play tells the story of Norman and Ethel Thayer, who are spending their forty-eighth summer at their tranquil home on Golden Pond in Maine.
The work has become an American theatrical classic, translated into 28 languages and produced in more than 40 countries.
For the first time, Thompson is directing his own play with professional actors in a theatrical setting. Since that time, the writer-actor has worked on many projects, including several different productions of his play.
The script for the latest show, which Thompson admits to tinkering with over the years, is cleared of some of the more visual movie scenes.
For instance, the boating accident involving the lead character, college professor Norman Thayer played by Frank T.
The Fondas played those roles in the film; Henry Fonda and Hepburn won best actor and best actress Oscars. Even the line spoken to her husband by Ethel Thayer played by Vinette Cotterand named one of the most memorable movie quips of all time, is gone: One new aspect of this production is the inclusion of two original songs: The songs appear in the play in recordings of Simon singing, accompanied by renowned Canadian fiddler Natalie MacMaster.
And for that longing to reconnect.
Thompson feels fortunate that at 28 he was able to capture the essence of relationships and characters in a way that still resonates. So it may end up in Boston eventually.On Golden Pond had its Broadway appearance in Directed by Ernest Thompson and reopened again the following season.
It received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and received 5 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding New Play; Outstanding Actor in a Play; Outstanding Actress in a play.
Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” () is the latest offering in The Players Centre for Performing Art’s Summer Sizzler series.
Coincidentally, it’s all about summer. Best known for the movie version with Katherine Hepburn and the Fondas, Jane and Henry, or the live TV version with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, this venerable play by Ernest Thompson flaunts its colors bravely at Burbank's Colony Theatre, under the astute direction of Cameron Watson.
Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.
The poignant play On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson — just such a story — opens Parkway Playhouse’s season. It runs through Saturday, through May It runs through Saturday, through.
On Golden Pond is a American drama film directed by Mark Rydell. The screenplay by Ernest Thompson was adapted from his play of the same name. The film stars Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda (in his final acting performance) in the lead roles along with Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman and William Lanteau .