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A star-studded sendoff for Gloucester Stage's artistic director

After 27 seasons, Gloucester Stage founder Israel Horovitz is retiring as the company's artistic director. And the stars are aligning in tribute.

Tomorrow, two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey performs in the one-woman show, ``Women on Fire," by Irene O'Garden.

The show, which premiered off-Broadway in 2003, explores the lives of 12 contemporary women from diverse backgrounds.

Ivey starred on Broadway in Horovitz's play, ``Park Your Car in Harvard Yard."

A reception with Ivey and Horovitz follows the 8 p.m. performance at Gloucester Stage.

Next Sunday, television and film star Peter Boyle, his daughter Lucy Boyle, and his sister, Boston-based actress Alice Duffy, present a reading of Arthur Miller's ``All My Sons." Boston actors Joe Pacheco, Melinda Lopez, and Richard McElvain also participate in the 4 p.m. performance.

A farewell gala at 7 p.m. at the oceanfront home of Eric and Emily Haggman in the Magnolia section of Gloucester caps the day.

On Aug. 1, Oscar nominee and Broadway actress Jill Clayburgh presents a reading of the Wendy Wasserstein play ``The Sisters Rosensweig." Boston actor Patrick Shea also participates. A reception with Clayburgh and Horovitz follows the 8 p.m. performance.

Events are $150 each or $500 for all four. Call 978-281-4433 or visit


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