Esterman and Rosenthal Show up on Hoppe's Doorstep in MA, Oct. 13-Nov. 6

News   Esterman and Rosenthal Show up on Hoppe's Doorstep in MA, Oct. 13-Nov. 6
Off-Broadway veterans Laura Esterman and Mark Rosenthal will star in the world premiere of Mercy on the Doorstep, the latest by New England playwright Gip Hoppe. The show will run Oct. 13-Nov. 6 at the theatre Hoppe founded, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT).

Hoppe is best known in New York circles for the brief 1997 Broadway run of his satire Jackie: An American Life. However, on Cape Cod and in Boston, he's a local phenomenon, the author of a string of regionally popular comedies, including A New War, a spoof on the media which had runs in Wellfleet, Boston and New Haven. Other titles include Cuckooland, Ruby Tuesday and Horrifying, Absolutely Real, True Disasters.

Doorstop is about Rena, whose father has died, leaving behind a rambling old house, and Corinne, Rena's stepmother, who inhabits it. Rena is flexible; she'll allow Corinne to stay. Just one condition: she has to give up drinking and accept Jesus Christ as her own personal savior. Hoppe directs.

Talking about the play, Hoppe said, "It's not really about religion.  Religion is an element in the play, but it's really a story about intransigent beliefs and borders created by these beliefs.  It's about how people get caught up in these self-limiting borders and have trouble escaping."

Laura Esterman, a New York actress with extensive Broadway and Off-Broadway credits, including Metamorphosis, Outward Bound, Terrorism and Good as New, will play Corinne. Tanya Clarke, of Broadway's I'm Not Rappaport, plays Rena. Rosenthal, last seen Off-Broadway in After Ashley and the critically acclaimed Moonlight Room, will take on the role of Mark.

Esterman and Rosenthal shared a stage 15 years ago in the New York premiere of Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room.

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