A new open mic series called Salon of Shorts will be offered at Cotuit Center for the Arts very fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning January 23, at 7:30 PM in the Studio.
Award-winning poets, playwrights, and spoken word performers, Christine Rathbun Ernst and Gregory Hischak, will host the series, which will encompass all types of performances: poetry, storytelling, essay reading, music, performance art, improv, and stand-up.
“I have wanted to do an open mic on the mid-Cape for a long time,” said Ms. Ernst. “When Greg became available after the O’Shea’s open mic ended, I was eager to involve him in this new project.”
Both Ms. Ernst and Mr. Hischak will perform at Salon of Shorts. Each performer is limited to five minutes, including set-up.
Gregory Hischak’s book, “Parts & Labour,” was published in 2012. It contains poetry, a play, and an interview with the author. His poetry has been published in “Bellingham Revue,” “Green Mountain Review,” “Mid-America Poetry Review,” “Third Coast,” and other journals. He has toured and performed with spoken word troupes and has written several plays which had been performed by regional theaters across the country. His play, “Center of Gravity,” was the 2010 winner of the Clauder Prize for New England Playwrights and was a 2011 finalist with the Massachusetts Cultural Council for playwriting, in addition to other awards.
Christine Rathbun Ernst’s recent shows include “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch” and “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping,” which she has performed to sold-out audiences across the Cape. She will present her third show in the series at CCftA this summer.
She describes her work as “the funny unapologetic, wickedly honest, poignant, hell-bent, pissed-off, one breasted, loudmouth story of one woman’s examined life witty quirky unforgettable theatre of self-discovery, good story-telling, and pointed social commentary.” She has performed one-woman shows and at open mics throughout New England; she is a two-time Mass Cultural Council Artist Grant finalist.
Admission to Salon of Shorts is free. Wine may be purchased for $5 a glass, and other refreshments will be available.
Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.