The Provincetown Theater is announcing its 2020 season.
The theater will open its season on May 14 with “The Drag.” Running May 14 through June 7, “The Drag” was described by its author, Mae West, as “A Homosexual Comedy in 3 Acts.” The play was shut down by the Vice Squad in 1927 for “corrupting the morals of youths” because it told the taboo tale of a closeted Park Avenue newlywed and his secret double-life with a pack of Greenwich Village drag queens.
From June 29 to July 23 the theater will present a new play by the acclaimed novelist and playwright Sarah Schulman with the world premiere of “The Lady Hamlet.” A smart costume comedy, “The Lady Hamlet” presents a duel of divas at the turn-of-the-century in a fierce battle to see who will be the first—and best—female Hamlet on Broadway. Post-show talkbacks with the author to be determined at a later date.
The Cape Cod premiere of the late Robert Chesley’s sensuous love story “Jerker” is slated for August 3 to September 3. Following two gay men in 1980s San Francisco, “Jerker” charts the development of their romantic relationship via the oft-ridiculed use of phone sex.
From October 8 to the 25th, the theater will present the Cape Cod premiere of the new comedy “The Cake” by Bekah Brunstetter, the Emmy nominated creator of NBC’s “This Is Us.” The story centers on Della—a conservative, middle-aged North Carolina baker who is asked by her deceased best friend’s daughter to bake the cake for the young woman’s same-sex marriage. As with the theater’s production of “The Laramie Project,” a series of community conversations will follow select performances of “The Cake” to engage audience members in a discussion on shared experiences, values, and concerns.
Concluding the season from November 19 through December 6 will be a return of Eugene O’Neill’s classic of family, love, and forgiveness, “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”
In addition to the full-length productions, the Provincetown Theater will be presenting a play reading series as well as their Mosquito Story Slam in January, February and March as well as presenting “24 Hour Plays” along with the Provincetown Playwrights Lab February 15 and 16.