In his last film, Henry Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a cranky year-old retired professor, making his annual pilgrimage with his wife Katharine Hepburn in her only teaming with Henry Fonda to their New England summer cottage.
Act 1[ edit ] May Norman and Ethel arrive at the summer house, finding it in need of repairs. There are hints that Norman is having problems with his memory. June Norman makes a nominal effort to find a job in the classified ads, to Ethel's chagrin. The mailman, Charlie, stops by and reminisces about the Thayers' daughter, Chelsea, whom he used to date.
A letter arrives from Chelsea saying that she is coming from California with her boyfriend Bill to celebrate Norman's 80th birthday. It becomes clearer that Norman is struggling with memory loss, as he continues to forget names and places that should be familiar.
Chelsea asks her parents if Billy Jr.
Norman a bit reluctantly and Ethel agree to keep Billy Jr. Act 2[ edit ] August Norman and Billy Jr. Chelsea returns, and reveals that she and Bill are now married.
Ethel shows her impatience with Chelsea's habit of bitterly harping on the past. Chelsea confronts her father about their troubled relationship, and the two have a reconciliation.
September Norman and Ethel are packing to leave for the winter. Chelsea calls, and they agree to go visit her in California. Norman seems to suffer a heart attack, whilst picking up a box of his mother-in-law's heavy china but recovers, and the pair leave their home along Golden Pond.
Productions[ edit ] After five previews, the first Broadway production, directed by Craig Anderson, set and costume design by Steven Rubin, and lighting design by Craig Miller, opened on February 28, at the New Apollo Theatre, where it ran for performances.
After a summer break, it reopened with the same cast on September 12 at the Century Theatre, a small playhouse in the basement of the Paramount Hotel, where it ran for an additional performances.
After nineteen previews, a Broadway revival with an African American cast directed by Leonard Foglia and produced by Jeffrey Finn opened on April 7, at the Cort Theatrewhere it ran for 93 performances.
James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams headed the cast. Jones, who often was ill during the run, eventually was diagnosed with pneumoniaforcing the production to a sudden close.
Jack Klugman headlined a tour. Adaptations[ edit ] The play was adapted for the screen written by Thompson in InCBS aired a live television adaptation of the play that was heavily publicized in the press due to the reunion of former Sound of Music stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the lead roles.
It also starred Glenne Headly. For Julie Andrews, the broadcast marked her first instance of singing publicly, albeit only a few notes, since throat surgery tampered her singing voice in On Golden Pond. Ernest Thompson Salisbury Playhouse Salisbury Playhouse 12 September to 5 October I think it says much for the growing reputation of Salisbury Playhouse in-house productions under its artistic director, Gareth Machin, that, on only the second night of On Golden Pond’s run, the theatre is completely sold out.
Even the side seats.
“On Golden Pond” Posted by annette on Tuesday, May 28, · Leave a Comment. A Comedy / Drama by Ernest Thompson. By kind permission of Dramatists Play Services. The play explores the relationship between father and daughter as well as the challenges faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.
Rehearsals begin July 24 for the new national touring company of Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, inspired by the Tony Award-nominated production under Leonard Foglia's direction.
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This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of . On Golden Pond is a play by Ernest Thompson. The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond.
During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr.
Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond is a captivating study in character, relationships, and overcoming the past. Norman has begun struggling with memory loss, yet finds comfort in.