Reviews of William Donnelly's
"Homestead Crossing"

“Donnelly's comic touch within this script which features a seasoned, relatively older couple as well as another duo decades younger is wry and welcome.”

— Fred Sokol
Regional Reviews Connecticut

“ ... scratch that surface, and start thinking about what this play is really exposing ... there is a great conversation to have with your soul-mate over coffee.”

— Larry Murray
Berkshire On Stage

Homestead Crossing

November 15th - 24th

Fri & Sat 8 pm | Sun 3pm


Home of Gloucester Stage
267 East Main Street, Gloucester

Directed by Pat Maloney-Brown

Featuring: Marc St. Pierre, Pauline Micelli,
Tom Rash, and Emma Cavaliere

CAT Collaborative's 2013 Fall play, Homestead Crossing" explores the power of reflection and continuity of self.

If you were given a crystal ball at 20-something would you want to see you and your spouse at 50-something? At 50-something would you look back to see your 20-something self  and spouse? Would you have the courage to look at what you would become? Could endure you how you had changed from your youth?

Written by Sudbury, Mass. native William Donnelly, Homestead Crossing creates a "crystal ball"  to view the 50-something married couple of Noel and Anne with the by-happenstance meeting of 20-something Claudia and Tobin. Both couples reflect each other across the spectrum of aging and remembrance of youth. Each couple transforms the other into deeper knowing and fuller remembrances. The quiet disconnect of comfortable middle age marriage and the youthful exuberance of setting out on a collective dream meet in a  delightful twist! Donnelly's "jeweler's eye" explores who we are at the start of relationships and who we are as we age into them. Homestead Crossing abounds with humor, poignancy and the deep wisdom of life's journey when lived fully and honestly.

“Were you ever afraid or doubtful of opening your door to a rain-soaked stranger in need, on a dark, stormy night, especially if its a young woman who insists shes harmless and only needs to use your phone?

Would you let her into your home, especially if you lived at the end of a suburban cul-de-sac?

What if you were a middle-aged, childless couple who has been married for 30 years and are bored silly, with little or nothing to say to each other? Would that even matter?

That, folks, is only the beginning.”

— Sheila Barth
Theatre Mirror