The Cape Cod Theatre Project’s 27th season, which will begin on July 1, will include the staged reading of the group’s 100th play.
The season will once again be presented in an all-virtual format, with a mix of emerging and established playwrights. This year the Cape Cod Theatre Project welcomes new and in-progress works by Bill Cain, Amy Evans, Selina Fillinger and Mike Lew, who explore themes of identity, hidden secrets, far-reaching love, birth and death.
Every week from July 1 through 24, a new play will be performed via a livestreamed reading. Post-show talkbacks will follow each 7 PM performance. During the talkback, audience members can share candid feedback with the playwright, director and actors, feedback that can improve and alter the script, sometimes dramatically from night to night, and ultimately change the final outcome of the play. Tickets to individual performances along with an all-access pass, which provides access to every performance all season long, will be available.
Season 27 kicks off with Selina Fillinger’s “The Collapse,” a new Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan Foundation commission in which Alice, a research assistant for a legendary entomologist specializing in bees, soon realizes that the apiarian colonies are not the only thing on the verge of collapse. Margot Bordelon will direct performances of “The Collapse” on July 1 and 3. Selina Fillinger is an award-winning, LA-based playwright and screenwriter. Her works have been developed on multiple stages across the country. She is currently developing a feature for Chernin Entertainment and Netflix.
The second show of the 2021 season will be Guggenheim Fellow and “Teenage Dick” playwright Mike Lew, who will develop his play “Tiny Father” on July 8 and 10 with Tony-nominated director Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Originally commissioned by Audible as part of its Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, “Tiny Father” is a slice-of-life comedy about parenthood. Daniel’s “friends with benefits” relationship comes to a screeching halt when he finds himself the new father to a months-premature baby. Adding to his upheaval is oversharing, neonatal intensive care unit nurse Caroline.
A Brooklyn-based playwright and dean at The Julliard School, Amy Evans has the distinction of developing the Cape Cod Theatre Project’s 100th play on July 15 and 17 with her production titled “Roadkill.” The play was also an Audible commission for its Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund. A romantic thriller, “Roadkill” follows a young couple as they move to the Hudson Valley from New York City following in the footsteps of generations of Black farmers. Their dreams are tested with the discovery that their new neighbor has a very unsettling past. Reg Douglas, associate artistic director of the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, will direct this suspenseful work.
The final performances of the season will be Bill Cain’s comedy “God’s Spies,” about Shakespeare’s creation of “King Lear.” The staged reading is set for July 22 and 24. Cape Cod Theatre Project artistic director Hal Brooks will direct this play, which was inspired by the pandemic. The play takes place during the plague of 1603: Shakespeare is sheltering in place with a young Puritan lawyer and a mature, streetwise prostitute, attempting to write his next masterpiece. “God’s Spies” is a commission from the Florida Studio Theatre. Bill Cain is the founder of the Boston Shakespeare Company and the author of “Equivocation.”
The Cape Cod Theatre Project began as an experiment between actors Andrew Polk and Jim Bracchitta in 1995. The two sensed that Cape Cod offered the perfect sanctuary for developing new work, combining an idyllic atmosphere with a community that enjoys and engages with the arts. Led by artistic director Hal Brooks since 2012, CCTP continues to support established and emerging voices in the American theater.
All-access passes to the 2021 season are on sale through the Cape Cod Theatre Project’s website. Tickets to individual shows will be available closer to the event dates.