Gail Phaneuf

Composer Playwright Lyricist

Gail Phaneuf is an award winning playwright, composer, actor and director hailing from Boston Massachusetts.  Her teen musical The Love Note has enjoyed an Off Broadway run at Actors Temple Theatre in NYC, and continues to have numerous productions at schools, regional theaters and theater camps.  www.thelovenote.com The Love Note Musical is now offered by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers for production.  MONSTERS! A Midlife Musical Meltdown, is a collaboration with Broadway lyricist Ernie Lijoi. The comic musical was a finalist in the Rod Parker Playwriting Competition, kicking off developmental readings in Boston and New York City.  MONSTERS! had its first full production at CentAstage in Boston. It was subsequently produced at the Deertrees Theatre in Harrison Maine, and was also mounted at The Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA.  MONSTERS! Is also offered by Heuer Publishing or you may visit  www.monstersthemusical.com   Gail's latest show is a song cycle entitled Memorize You.  It premiered in Boston and is now available for production.    http://www.gailphaneuf.com/news-and-memorize.html Gail is the founder of G.P. Productions in Boston, and a former president of The Boston Playwrights’ Platform, where several of her plays were first produced. Her short play Stop Requested was awarded best play and best director, and was also published by Heuer Publishing. Games and Puzzles was produced by Image Theatre Co. for their Fem-Noire Festival and the Boston Theater Marathon. Stop Requested and her prickly Urban Gardens were produced by the South Camden Theatre Company in New Jersey. Urban Gardens was awarded best play at the Playwrights’ Platform Summer Festival. Her plays A Perfect Match and Lapse were produced at the ACME Winter New Works Festival and the Boston Theatre Marathon. Her edgy political piece Random Selection was read at the Provincetown Theatre Company's Spring Playwrights Festival and was later performed at the Boston Theater Marathon and at Curry College. Random Selection was published in Belgium in a collection of the best short plays by Boston playwrights. Her haunting work Binding the Artful Dodger had its world premiere at Curry College and most recently, Breakfast with Mary had its world premiere at the Deertrees Theatre in Maine. Her new screenplay Kippy, co-written with Boston Globe reporter Beth Healy, has been optioned in the US and will begin production in Boston, MA in the spring of 2018. Gail is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  She holds a Master’s degree from Emerson College, and for ten years worked as the Playwright in Residence, Senior Lecturer and theatre director at Curry College.  Courses taught include Scriptwriting, Directing, ProTools and sound design, playbill design, and a freshman inquiry course.  gailphaneuf@gmail.com or visit  http://www.gailphaneuf.com Gail Phaneuf is represented by Alexandra McLean-Williams at McLean-Williams Limited.   www.mclean-williams.com  

Highlights

SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS Leona Dawson  Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, MA 2016  - NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW..."Among the charms of this festival is its tradition of staging plays in unusual, intimate settings. For “Small Craft Warnings,” the Boatslip Beach Club, set on the water, was a suitable stand-in for the play’s setting, a seedy bar somewhere on the Southern California coast. It is here that the characters — drifters and grifters who spend their nights huddled over their drinks, and their days trying to forget their nights — assemble to find some solace for the waste of their lives. The play, first staged in 1972, is not exactly a comedy, but its frequent bursts of bitter humor almost convince you it is, particularly in Mr. Falco’s excellent production, powered by a supremely funny Gail Phaneuf in the role of Leona, the unofficial matriarch of the squabbling, makeshift family whose spiritual home is the bar. Barreling around the stage, her eyes ablaze with indignation or melting in sympathy, Ms. Phaneuf turned the character into a whirlwind of comic energy tinged with pathos: a bit Blanche DuBois, a dash of the blowzy Maxine from “The Night of the Iguana,” but with the braying mouth of Phyllis Diller." - Charles Isherwood New York Times. Playwright Production History

ABBREVIATED PRODUCTION HISTORY

  • The Love Note Musical  (Full-length Musical) Book, Music, Lyrics by Gail Phaneuf    www.thelovenote.com
  • THE LOVE NOTE – (85 minute) Musical  Published by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers
  • Off Broadway – Actors Temple Theatre, New York, NY 2014                                                     
  • Curry Theatre – Full production.  Milton, MA  2009
  • Turtle Lane Playhouse - Selected songs and scenes, Auburndale, MA  2010
  • Noble & Greenough School - Full Production, Dedham, MA  2010
  • Middleborough High School, Middleborough, MA  2010
  • Courthouse Center for the Arts, Providence, RI, 2011
  • Birchwood Middle School, N. Providence, RI, 2012
  • South Camden Theatre Company,  Camden, NJ  2013
  • Echols School, Statenville, GA, 2013
  • Christiansburg High School, VA 2014
  • The Blake School, MN 2015
  • Miles Square Theatre Junior Company, Hoboken, NJ 2016 
  • York Middle School, York, ME 2016
  • Middlesex School Summer Arts, Concord, MA 2016
    Rise Above Performing Arts, Sarasota, FL 2017
  • ​El Capitan High School, Lakeside, CA  2017
  • Great River Players Keokuk IA 2018
  • Imagine Create Explore Collaborative Arts Ashburn VA 2018  (National Youth Theater Awards recipients*)
  • Waterloo High School, Waterloo WI 2018
  • MONSTERS! A Midlife Musical Meltdown  (Full-length Musical)  by Gail Phaneuf and Ernie Lijoi       
  • www.monstersthemusical.com
  • Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA, Production    February 2012     Published by Heuer Publishing 
  • Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, ME.  Production                                                  August 2011
  • Carroll Studios, New York, NY, Industry Reading (with Andrea McArdle)             October 2008
  • York Theatre Company, New York, NY, Staged Reading  (with Cady Huffman)     March,  2008
  • CentAstage World Premiere, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA                   September 2006
  • TADA Theater, New York, NY, Reading                                                            
  • Emerson Stage, Boston, MA, Reading *Rod Parker Playwriting Award Finalist      
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  • Binding the Artful Dodger (Full-length Drama)
  • Curry College, Milton, MA  Workshop Performance                                             November 2010
  • Provincetown Winter Reading Series, Staged Reading                
  • Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, MA, Reading                                                                                    
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  • Breakfast with Mary (Full-length Drama)
  • Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, ME, Production                                                      August 2011
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  • Stop Requested (20 Minute Play)      *Published by Heuer Publishing                                                                              
  • *Best Play and Best Director, Stop Requested. Playwrights’ Platform      
  • South Camden Theater Co.  South Camden, NJ                                                   April 2008
  • Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, MA                                                                      June 2008
  • Published by Heuer Publishing, LLC., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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  • Games and Puzzles (10 Minute Play)   *Published by Brooklyn Publishers
  • Image Theater, FemNoire Festival Lowell, MA.                                                      March 2011
  • Boston Theatre Marathon, Boston, MA                                                                 May 2009
  • Curry Theatre and Newton Cable Television,  Milton, MA                                        November 2007
  • FVCC 10 Minute  Play Festival, Kalispell, MT                                                          May 2016
  • More at Brooklyn Publishers
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  • Urban Gardens (20 Minute Play)
  • *Best Play Award, Boston
  • South Camden Theater Co.  Productions, South Camden, NJ                                   May 2007
  • Playwrights’ Platform Summer Festival Production, Boston, MA                                June 2004
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  • Random Selection (10 Minute Play)
  • Curry College, Milton, MA                                                                                   April 2006
  • The Boston Theater Marathon Production, Boston, MA                                           May 2004
  • Provincetown Theater Co., Staged Reading                                                           March 2004
  • Hovey Shorts, Play Festival, Newton, MA                                                              August 2004
  • Published in The Best of Boston’s Ten Minute Plays (Volume one)  
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  • If a Ball Could Dream (10 Minute Play)
  • The Women's Theatre Project, Girl Play 2011,Wilton Manors, FL                              June 2011
  • Louisiana State University, Outworks Festival, Baton Rouge, LA                               April 2011
  • Turtle Lane Young Actors in Winter Festival, Boston, MA                                        February 2010
  • NativeAliens Theatre Collective Short Stories, NYC                                                 April 2010
  • Tennessee Williams Festival, Provincetown, MA                                                     February 2008
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  • Lapse (10 Minute Play)   * Published by Brooklyn Publishers
  • Image Theatre, FemNoire Festival, Lowell, MA                                                      March 2012
  • ACME New Works Winter Festival, Maynard, MA                                                    January 2013
  • Boston Theater Marathon, Boston, MA                                                                 May 2015