Northern Thailand's First English-language theater company
Our 2018-19 Season is about to get underway!
The Gate Theater Group recently held open auditions for the upcoming 2018-19 season. We had a good turnout, but there are still parts available for the two shows we are definitely producing this season, Almost, Maine by John Cariani and Pirates of Chemotheray by Paul Schutte. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for further audition notices. Almost, Maine by John Cariani is slated to open in October 2018, and is directed by Suman Tharan. It comprises nine short scenes that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. The New York Times called it "...a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism...This is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) and passing references to characters from other vignettes, which slyly tell us more about them. Mr. Cariani describes the play’s subject as ‘falling in and out of love.’ It is just as much about pain.”
Pirates of Chemotherapyby Paul Schutte and directed by Toni Cacioppo, is scheduled to open February 2019. The dramatic comedy is about six breast cancer patients who band together to live to the fullest while facing their illnesses and illustrates the relentless spirit of breast cancer survivors. The humor of the story can be found in how many of the members deal with their illness. The Richmond Gay Times review said, "...we laugh, we cry, we empathize with those we know who have battled cancer. This cast of six isn’t just actors—pirates, to be correct—but representatives of diverse people who convince us that the curative powers of laughter and fortitude shouldn’t be discounted." A portion of ticket sales will go to benefit breast cancer outreach throughout Northern Thailand.
The Gate is planning several Reader's Theatre events this season, and we are still considering scripts for a third, fully staged production. If you have a play that you'd just love to see us do, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder and Artistic Director Stephan Turner watches open auditions
In Memoriam Jim Matchett
On October 27, 2017, The Gate lost beloved friend, patron, and founding member, Jim Matchett. A former band leader and radio announcer, Jim served as our Master of Ceremonies for 10 years. He appeared in multiple productions over the years, including Love Lettersopposite his treasured wife, Joyce. The Gate Theater Group lovingly dedicates our season, and most importantly, our upcoming BGG production of Into the Light: Focus on the Actor.
Please join us in honoring Jim as he steps into his own light.
Jim, you are forever on the stage of our hearts.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
Introducing the Back Gate Group (BGG)
The Back Gate Group (BGG) is a new group within The Gate Theater Group and differs from our regular season (or Main Gate season).
BGG will be producing a variety of shows throughout the year — from talent nights to Reader's Theater to 10-minute plays to original pieces by local writers, BGG's mission is to nurture and develop new talent in Northern Thailand.
Listen to Stephan Turner, Managing Artistic Director and Founder of The Gate talk about his vision for The Gate in 2013. Join us in seeing this vision through.
Have a look at our past 10 years, and join us in our next 10...