Back in May, the Cape Cod Theatre Project (CCTP) announced the lineup for its 2021 season. Now, the cast of the first play to be shown this season — The Collapse — has officially been revealed!
Written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Selina Fillinger, The Collapse follows a character named Alice who is thrilled about her new role as a research assistant for legendary bee expert Viola Vauclain. However, she soon realizes that the apiarian colonies are not the only thing on the verge of collapse. The Collapse is directed by Margot Bordelon (Eddie and Dave).
The cast includes veteran actress and Broadway star Gretchen Corbett (Rockford Files) as Professor Viola Vauclain; Roberto De Felice (Luke Cage) as Viola’s neighbor and latent love, Leo; Heidi Armbruster (The Snow Geese) as Leo’s fiancée, Taylor; Sarah-Anne Martinez (Blue Bloods) as Viola’s protégé, Alice; Zuzanna Szadkowski (Gossip Girl) as Olga, Viola’s devoted assistant; Broadway performer Pearl Rhein as a Beatnik Bee; and musical accompanist Brian Lawlor.
The Collapse will premiere on Thursday, July 1 at 7 p.m. EST, and a second performance will take place on Saturday, July 3 at 7 p.m. EST. Both shows will be livestreamed. Catch all of this season’s performances with an All Access Pass. Single tickets are also available.
2021 marks CCTP’s 27th season, which will feature its 100th play. Other playwrights to be featured this year include Mike Lew with Tiny Father, Amy Evans with Roadkill, or The Cottage on Mountain Lane, and Bill Cain with God’s Spies.
History of the Cape Cod Theatre Project
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.
For more information about the CCTP, this season’s plays, playwrights, StageTalks, and more, visit www.capecodtheatreproject.org.