The Cape Cod Theatre Project‘s 2020 Benefit Reading Series is concluding this weekend with a performance of I, My Ruination by Kevin Artigue.
Beginning as an experiment between two actors in 1995, the Cape Cod Theatre Project supports voices in American theater in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Every summer in the month of July, four playwrights come to Falmouth-Woods Hole to work with a team of directors and actors to flesh out a new play, which is then presented to the public with two weekly performances. The purpose of these staged readings is to allow the playwrights to further the development of their work-in-progress, gaining insight through engagement with the creative team and the audience.
This year, the project has gone virtual due to COVID-19, and attendees can watch via livestream. Projects presented throughout the month thus far include Moses by Michele Lowe, The Hystericals by Edith Freni, and Bust by Zora Howard. The final week of performances, featuring the aforementioned I, My Ruination, will take place this Thursday, July 23 and Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m. EST.
As per the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the summary of this week’s play is as follows:
The air in Hollywood is swirling with rumor when, in January of 1952, director Elia Kazan appears before the House Un-American Activities Committee for the first time. In defiance, he refuses to name his former Communist friends and denounces any attempt to blacklist them. Three months later, summoned back again before the committee, he is visited by his old friend, Arthur Miller. Kazan must decide between confronting his accusers or betraying his ideas. Told through shifting points of view, we enter the hearts and minds of Kazan, Miller, and a brilliant, morally complicated Molly Day Kazan as they wage a war of ideas that will shape and define the rest of their lives.
The cast of the reading will include Nina Arianda, Paul Giamatti, Arian Moayed, Pedro Pascal, and Corey Stoll.
Those that have already purchased an All Access Pass for all four plays this month will receive a link for the livestream. Otherwise, individual online passes for I, My Ruination can be accessed with a $50 donation to the Cape Cod Theatre Project here. Please note that plays are only livestreamed on the day of the performance and cannot be watched again later.
For those interested in learning more about the playwright of this week’s piece, Kevin Artigue, you can watch a replay of this week’s StageTalk conversation on the Cape Cod Theatre Project’s Facebook page. There will also be a TalkBack session after both presentations this week with artistic director Hal Brooks and Artigue, during which behind-the-scenes information about the play will be discussed and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.