"Fireflies" - by Matthew Barber - Gateway Players (Southbridge, MA.)

The Gateway Players  

Presents Matthew Barber's


Written by Matthew Barber

From the novel "Eleanor and Abel" by Annette Sanford

Directed by David Corkum

Produced by Bill Guy 

Performance Dates: 

April 28, 29, May 5, 6 & 7, 2023

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)   

Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge, MA. Entrance is on Park Street (around corner).

For more information call 508-764-4531 or 508-729-3999.   

Presented by permission through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 


Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a quiet life. 

Alone in tiny Groverdell, Texas, Eleanor is set in her routines and secure in her position as the town’s most respected woman.

That is until a hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life. 

Can the unexpected sparks of late-life romance be trusted, or is there truth in the gossip that Abel isn’t all that he seems to be? 

Either way, the whole town is talking.


Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. is an all-volunteer community theater providing quality live theatre performances and workshops to Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Charlton, Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. started in 1975, when a group of interested community members decided that Southbridge needed a theater group to bring live productions to the area. First using local schools and borrowed rehearsal and storage space, Gateway then moved into its current home in 1978, when Ruth Wells (of the American Optical Company Wells family) donated her home on Main Street as a cultural center in Southbridge. Gateway offers a full season of productions, usually performed at Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA, as well as workshops for youths and adults. Auditions are open to all, and new members are always welcome.

Gateway Players Theatre, Inc.

PO Box 171

Southbridge, MA 01550