Play 2, 2013

Anne of Green Gables

by Joseph Robinette

directed by Jill Cross

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We are all kindred spirits!

The Play

When aging brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert ask the orphanage in Nova Scotia for a boy to help them on the farm, they get more than they bargain for! Due to a mix-up, they are sent 11-year-old Anne Shirley.

Over the course of six years, this romantic, hot-headed, and energetic girl wins their hearts and turns the stodgy, rural Canadian community into a bright world of "kindred spirits."

This new version captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic about Anne, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy.
It is sure to please everyone of all ages.


The Playwright

Joseph Robinette is the author or co-author of 55 published plays and musicals. His plays have been produced by Lincoln Center, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre and the BBC, among others.

Robinette collaborated with E.B. White on the authorized stage version of Charlotte's Web, and he wrote the musical version with Charles Strouse (Annie, and Bye, Bye, Birdie).

Other commissioned dramatizations include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chocolate War and The Paper Chase. He is also the librettist for the musical version of the motion picture A Christmas Story. Robinette is the recipient of numerous playwriting awards including the AATE's Charlotte Chorpenning Cup and Best Dramatization of the Year for Sarah, Plain and Tall.

In 2006, he received the Children's Theatre Foundation of America Medallion for his body of dramatic works for family audiences.

The Director

 As a student, Jill Cross joined the University of Queensland Drama Society and played Joy in a John Ireland play. Jill also directed a number of one-act plays during this time and also played alongside Michael Caton. Once graduated, She moved to Rockhampton where she acted onstage and directed for them in such plays as Duet for Two Hands alongside Michael Byrnes and Peter Pan playing Peter.

Jill then moved to Canada and once again was in great demand, because she could put on an English accent. Jill returned to Adelaide, where she was active in theatre
in that city before moving to Brisbane and Villanova Player, where she has acted in and directed many productions. She played Ruth in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and played Queen Eleanor in The Lion in Winter.

Recently she has played the mysterious (and I shall say this only once) Michelle in 'Allo 'Allo (2002) and the cleaning-obsessed, bossy boots Vera in Stepping Out (2006) and admits to being an ‘inexperienced tap dancer.’

Jill has also directed To Kill a Mockingbird and The Matchmaker.  She also directed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and fondly remembers her ‘funky fairies.’ Recently Jill has directed Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet and generally loves directing costume plays with big casts - older, well written plays from the pens of such playwrights as Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, notably directing Lady Windermere's Fan in 2011.


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