As the Cape Cod Theatre Project (CCTP) prepares to enter its 27th season this July, which will feature its 100th play, the lineup has officially been revealed! This year, CCTP 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, as well as birth and death.
The 27th CCTP season will take place from July 1-24, and it will be fully virtual out of precaution for the safety of audiences and artists. Each week, a new play will be performed via a livestreamed reading on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. EST, with actors from Broadway, film, and television. (Last year featured Paul Giamatti, Pedro Pascal and Nina Arianda, amongst others!) Post-show talkbacks will follow each performance, during which audience members can share candid feedback with the playwright, director, and actors, and behind-the-scenes StageTalks will be held on Mondays at 7 p.m. EST.
See the schedule below:
July 1 & 3 – Selina Fillinger talks love and loss in her play The Collapse, where 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. Directed by Margot Bordelon, known for developing new works.
July 8 & 10 – 2021 Guggenheim Fellow Mike Lew’s 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 and “helping” to navigate the way is an oversharing NICU nurse named Caroline. Tony-nominated director (Present Laughter and Hand to God) Moritz von Stuelpnagel helms this play.
July 15 & 17 (CCTP’s 100th Play) – A romantic thriller, Roadkill is by Brooklyn-based playwright Amy Evans. Despite moving to what would be an idyllic cottage in the Hudson Valley after leaving NYC, a young couple’s dreams are tested when they discover their neighbor has an unsettling past. Reg Douglas, Associate Artistic Director of the Studio Theatre in DC will direct.
July 22 & 24 – Bill Cain’s play, God’s Spies, is inspired by the present pandemic. The play takes place during the plague of 1603: Shakespeare is sheltered-in-place with a young Puritan lawyer and a mature, streetwise prostitute — his quarantine companions –- attempting to write his next masterpiece. CCTP Artistic Director, Hal Brooks will direct.
The Cape Cod Theatre Project initially began as an experiment between two actors, Andrew Polk and Jim Bracchitta, back in 1995, combining an idyllic atmosphere with a community that enjoys and engages with the arts. Since 2012, CCTP has been led by artistic director Hal Brooks, and it continues to support established and emerging voices in the American theater.
Each summer in the month of July, CCTP invites four playwrights to develop new plays, utilizing a full week of rehearsals with a director and actors that culminates in a series of readings and talkbacks. The purpose of these staged readings is to allow the playwrights to further the development of their work, gaining insight through engagement with the creative team and the audience. Plays fostered with CCTP have achieved great success: 77 of the 97 plays developed have been produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at regional theaters, and internationally.