NEMPAC is pleased to announce the ACT I Players’ upcoming performances of Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond, directed by Lauren B. Nelson and starring the North End’s own Laurie D’Elia and Bill Lane.

Four shows will be held on Sunday, 3/27, at 2pm and 7pm, Monday, 3/28, at 7pm, and Tuesday, 3/29, at 7pm, at the Improv Asylum on Hanover Street. Tickets are $15. Kids pay $10 on 3/28.


This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

Donors and underwriters are encouraged to join our efforts in bringing this high-visibility production to the stage. If you are interested in becoming a donor or advertising your business in our playbill, please contact Lauren at 617.359.1430 or email her directly.

Past productions by the ACT I Players have played to packed houses and include Sabrina Fair, Light Up The Sky, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, The Sisters Rosensweig, and Operation Redneck.