poster by Sandy Farrier

I struggle to find the appropriate words to describe how much I loved, respected, was astounded, was inspired, was astonished, was awed, amazed, and privileged to see Charlie's work last night. You should be proud to have presented that quality of work on your stage. That was the best show I’ve ever seen at the studio. Congratulations to Charlie, Marc, Suzanne and everyone else involved. We all had an opportunity to see a true artist at work. Charlie gave us a better understanding of why we need to make theater and why we love it so much.
             Joe Dominguez -- Actor/Producer

"FANTASTIC show! Tightly drawn
story full of pain, love, regret, longing, hope. Charlie kicks butt in a sophisticated, understated yet completely impactive performance."

                      Deirdre Girard -- Playwright

                                       photo by Jeremy Barnard

Charles Van Eman
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The Actor's Studio of Newburyport's Stage Three workshop production of Charles Van Eman's new play Jack's Hat, directed by Suzanne Bryan and produced by Marc Clopton, was enthusiastically embraced by audiences.


Jack's Hat (the script) and Charlie's performance were magnificent. What a wonderful achievement. I never tell anyone except my children/grandchildren that I'm proud of them because it can easily get misconstrued, but as a fellow writer that's how I feel about Charlie. I don't even know him, but I know the beauty of what he's written, and I know how much work and experience and grit it takes to find the unity in something and keep refining it and refining it until it's as close to flawless as you can manage--and that script is a model of that kind of persistence and wisdom and skill. I've been enlightened! So happy I got to see it! Happy and inspired!
                                     Mike Kimbal  --  Novelist and Playwright

                                                                      photo by Jeremy Barnard

What a fantastic night of theatre! The script is so polished, adept and
surprising; the direction is spot on, and don't believe the program
notes -- it's a four man show with each character utterly convincing and
sympathetic. I could rave on.
                                                                Adair Rowland

Charlie's play is a true inspiration. Not only does he embody his characters fearlessly and tenderly, his story asks us to consider how we can be better people. Watching him on the stage, we realize what a gift he has given us. His compassion and generosity, and his political convictions, are like a moral compass for our own actions. I hope to have the chance to see his play again!
                                                                Deborah Baker

That's a wonderful show: Eddie, Donald, Craig, and Jack--all realized distinctly with detail and precision. Amazing in retrospect how that could have been one actor, or for that matter one writer, but the hat holds it all down, successive blows of inspired characterization:

"Good blocks of oak it was I split, 
As large around as the chopping block; 
And every piece I squarely hit 
Fell splinterless as a cloven rock."

A beautiful woodpile, your work of art.

                                              Dennis Flynn --  John Donne scholar


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