Dawn Well, best known for her role of Mary Ann on CBS’s “Gilligan’s Island” died today, Dec. 29, from causes related to COVID-19.  She was 82 according to her obituary from the Associated Press.

In 1980 and 1981, Wells would stop in Northeast Pennsylvania to perform in Scranton and Mountainhome.

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**FILE** Bob Denver, left, shown posing with fellow cast members of “Gilligan’s Island,” Dawn Wells and Alan Hale Jr., in 1965 in Los Angeles, (AP Photo)

In March 1980, Wells would star in a touring production of Neil Simon’s play “Chapter Two.” The tour would stop in Scranton, started on March 21, as part of the 1979-1980 Broadway Theater of Northeastern Pennsylvania season. Joining Wells in this traveling production was David Faulkner, Donald Gantry and Kathleen Gaffney.

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Broadway Theatre of Northeastern Pennyslvania opened Neil Simon’s ‘Chapter Two’ on March 21, 1980 at the Masonic Temple. From left: Donald Gantry, Kathleen Gaffney, Dawn Wells, Beno Levy and David Faulkner. Times-Tribune Archives


Below are reviews of the show.

Sun, Mar 23, 1980 – 10 · The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Sat, Mar 22, 1980 – 16 · The Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

While the play was playing at the Masonic Temple, people in Lackawanna County also could have scene the movie adoptation of the play at the Ritz in downtown Scranton. The film version starred Marsha Mason and James Caan.

Fri, Mar 21, 1980 – 15 · The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

The following year, Wells would return to our area to perform in comedy “Romantic Comedy” with David McCallum at Pocono Playhouse from July 13 to 18, 1981.

Sun, Jun 28, 1981 – 10 · The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Here is a review of the show.

Tue, Jul 14, 1981 – 20 · The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

You will be remembered.