Harriet Reisen’s “On the Cover of Time” to be performed July 25 in Gloucester

A new work in progress by long-time WGBH producer/writer Harriet Reisen will be performed on Tuesday July 25, 2017, at Gloucester Stage at 7:30 p.m.

On the Cover of Time: A Memoir with Songs is the story of a woman and a generation, the baby boomers, through the seventy years since World War II.

Elliott Norton Award-winning actress Anne Gottlieb and singer Jeanie Stahl perform the piece. Harriet Reisen wrote the book and lyrics and Jeanie Stahl composed the music. Doug Lockwood directs.

Rosie wants to be a “somebody,” like her mother’s sister Rita, not a “nobody” like her housewife Mom. Aunt Rita is a glamorous executive at Doyle, Dane, Bernbach, the top “shop” during the Creative Revolution in advertising. The mystery of Rita’s early death at forty-six, when Rosie is seventeen, becomes an obsession. Only when she solves that mystery can she finally come into her own.

Harriet Reisen has worked extensively in public/commercial/cable television, radio, audio-visual presentations print, and audio; directed, produced, and developed new programs; and written documentary, comedy, drama, non-fiction, magazine journalism, radio commentary, radio documentary, film criticism, children’s books, and songs.

Harriet taught screenwriting at the Boston Film and Video Foundation and at Harvard Summer School, and was a Fellow in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

She wrote narration and scripts for HBO’s “Fire at the Cocoanut Grove” and “The Wall Street Crash,” as well as WGBH’s “New England Begins,” and co-produced “Blacklisted,” a three-hour radio drama.

Harriet is founder and President Emeritus of New England Women in Film and Video, and has also published several articles about Mexico.

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