Author and theater reviewer Sue Mellen will talk about her new book, “A History of Theater on Cape Cod, on Saturday, October 24, at 2 PM in the gallery at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.
For those who think American drama was born on Broadway, Ms. Mellen’s book paints a vivid picture of the early years of American drama on the culture-rich peninsula of Cape Cod starting in 1916, when a group of artists and writers in Provincetown mounted a production of a one-act play, “Bound East for Cardiff,” by a little-known playwright, Eugene O’Neill. They staged the play in a makeshift theater on a wharf in what was then a sleepy fishing village. From that artists colony—and others like it across the Cape and Islands—Cape theater culture grew into the constantly expanding theater universe it is today.
The theatrical descendants of Eugene O’Neill and the Provincetown Players continue to present classical drama, contemporary hits and new, experimental works to local and visiting audiences.
Sue Mellen began her writing career as an arts, entertainment and features writer for the Cape Cod Times. She then worked in public relations, first for a regional healthcare system, then for a classic car museum. After a short stint as a freelance business and technology writer, she began a content-creation firm YourWriters, which she still operates today. Through her company, she has co-written and ghostwritten dozens of books for a wide range of clients. She also taught writing for a number of years.
Admission to Ms. Mellen’s talk is free. Reservations are required. Audience capacity is limited to 25. Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.
Reservations can be made through the center’s website.
The Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28).