One of Israel Horovitz's more autobiographically-tinged plays, North Shore Fish, now hits the small screen for Showtime Cable Network. The drama takes place in Horovitz's beloved Gloucester, MA, and concerns fish factor workers threatened with unemployment. Several familiar theatre faces will swim with Fish, including Tony winner Mercedes Ruehl (Lost In Yonkers, The Rose Tattoo, The Shadow Box) and Peter Riegert (An American Daughter, The Nerd)>. Also in the cast are Tony Danza (Off-Broadway's Wrong Turn At Lungfish), Carroll Baker and Wendie Malick (Judith, of TV's "Dream On").
Horovitz adapted his own play for the film, which is produced by Allan Kassirer for Showtime Original Pictures. The movie premiered on the channel June 29 but will be shown again July 8, 14 and 24.
Other plays by Horovitz include Today I Am A Fountain Pen, Line, Rats, Indian Wants The Bronx and The Primary English Class.
--By David Lefkowitz