The Golden Door is set in an Armenian grocery store in a transitional Boston neighborhood. Ani, the third-generation Armenian-American owner, runs the failing store with her Italian-American husband, Marco.

Unexpected events bring immigrants from Mexico, China and the Caribbean along with descendants of immigrants from Eastern Europe and Ireland into the store. As the customers struggle to honor their heritage while trying to fit in as Americans, they change not only the way they see each other, but also the future of the store.

Turmoil and strife followed the U.S. Civil War: news of reconstruction, industrialization, the Gilded Age, labor struggles, and women’s suffrage monopolized newspaper headlines. Through it all, a family paper born in Boston, The Youth’s Companion, was a welcome touchstone in half a million homes across the nation. Featuring the voices of poets and presidents, reports on science and tales of travel, The Youth’s Companion not only promoted patriotism and temperance but educated and enlightened its readers about events, people, and places both near and far. From the security of his home and office, reclusive publisher Daniel Sharp Ford quietly used his wealth to help thousands of disadvantaged people. None but the Best turns back the pages of time to reveal a man whose generosity has left its mark across Boston, New England and the nation.

Joyce Van Dyke, the author of The Golden Door, is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, and a graduate of Boston University’s playwriting program. She has a BA from Stanford and a PhD from the University of Virginia, and teaches playwriting and Shakespeare at Northeastern and Harvard.

Her play The Women Who Mapped the Stars, a drama about five women astronomers who worked at the Harvard Observatory a century ago, will receive its world premiere in April 2018 at Central Square Theater. The play is a co-commission from Central Square Theater and The Poets’ Theatre. April 2018 will also see the off-Broadway premiere of her play Daybreak, produced by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. An earlier version of this story of the repercussions of the Armenian genocide on two women friends was produced in Boston under the title, Deported / a dream play.

Joyce’s other plays include The Oil Thief, commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan Project, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script (2009); and A Girl’s War, produced by Golden Thread Productions (2009), New Repertory Theatre (2003), and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (2001), and winner of the Gassner Award and the Boston Globe’s “Top Ten” plays of 2001.

Patrick Gabridge, the author of None But the Best, has a passion for history and has worked on plays and books set in a wide range of time periods.

His plays include Lab Rats, Blinders, Drift, Distant Neighbors, Blood on the Snow, and Reading the Mind of God, and dozens of short plays that have been staged in theatres around the world. He co-founded Boston’s Rhombus playwright’s group, the publication Market InSight… for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights’ Submission Binge. His plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus, Original Works Publishers, and YouthPlays. He’s been a fellow with New Rep and with the Huntington Theatre Company and is the co-founder and coordinator of the New England New Play Alliance. His novels are Steering to Freedom, Moving [a life in boxes] and Tornado Siren. In his spare time, he likes to farm and fix up old houses.