Final readings announced With generous support from the Kaplan Foundation, a new collaboration designed to present four original plays by four local playwrights over the course of one year will culminate with a reading at each presenting theater one year after the innovative project was launched. Theater partners include Cotuit Center for the Arts, Harwich Junior Theatre, Provincetown Theater, and Woods Hole Theater Company.
Featured playwrights are Bronwen Prosser (Cotuit Center for the Arts), Susan Kosoff (Harwich Junior Theatre), Candace Perry (Provincetown Theater), and Joe Richards (Woods Hole Theater Company).
The program is designed so that each playwright will present a play in development in the form of a reading in four different theaters from one end of the Cape to the other. Each season the playwright and play will rotate between the four venues. Admission is free and the series promises to give audiences a unique insight to the creative process of developing a work for the stage. Each play has been presented three times in three different theaters. After a full rotation, the plays, in their completed form, will be presented at the host theater.
Schedule of events:
February 2, 2015
Woods Hole Theater Company presents Along the River Road by Candace Perry
February 9, 2015
Cotuit Center for the Arts presents Hounded by Joe Richards
Harwich Junior Theater presents Face East by Bronwen Prosser
Final readings at host theaters: May 4, 2015
Harwich Junior Theatre presents Conversations: Six by Six by Susan Kosoff
May 11, 2015
Cotuit Center for the Arts presents Face East by Bronwen Prosser
May 18, 2015
Woods Hole Theater Company presents Hounded by Joe Richards
May 25, 2015
Provincetown Theater presents Along the River Road by Candace Perry
A celebration of the series featuring a talk with the playwrights will take place on Sunday, May 31 from 5-7pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts and is open to the public.
About the playwrights: Susan Kosoff got her start in theatre at the Harwich Junior Theatre, mentored by Betty Bobp. She is the founder and long-time producer of Wheelock Family Theatre; professor emerita of theatre and education at Wheelock College, where she continues to teach for the Center for International Programs and Partnerships; and a member of the board of StageSource, New England’s alliance for theatre artists and producers. She has written several plays, many of which have been produced at theatres around the country. Among her recent ten-minute plays, Waiting for Gretchen appears in the Boston Theater Marathon XI 2009 Anthology. Other writing for the theatre includes The Young Actor’s Book of Improvisation, A Little Princess, Let There Be Light, O Happy Day, and The Beanstalk, the Giant, and Jack. Susan has directed numerous plays. Among her favorites are Lord of the Flies, Inherit the Wind, The Crucible, Holes, and A Tale of Two Cities.
Candace Perryis a writer, activist, and social worker who holds the audacious hope that her plays might change the world. She’s written three full-length plays and thirty short plays. Her full-length play, Meridian Summer, received the 2007 Cape Cod Playwrights/Kaplan Prize. Her short plays have been developed with the Provincetown Theater and many have also been produced by other companies/competitions, including the Boston Theater Marathon, New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival, Women’s International Theater Festival (Provincetown), Double Take Fringe Festival (Greenfield, MA), Theatre Southwest (Houston, TX), and Heartland Theatre Company (Normal, IL). For several years she’s taught a community education class on writing the short play. She’s a member of the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab and the Dramatists Guild. More information is available on her website, www.candaceperryplaywright.com.
Bronwen Prosseris a Cape Cod native, actor, and playwright who graduated from New York's Atlantic Acting School. Her hit one-woman show The Make-Out Queen was raucously applauded by New York and Cape Cod critics alike. She is currently co-writing a new play in tandem with Edward Albee fellow Danny Mitarotondo. Bronwen has been awarded best actress for her role in Lisa Robinson's film Breaker, and was a founding member of the New York theatre company, The Common Tongue, as well as of the Cape Cod burlesque troupe, The Brazen Belles. She has been an active participant at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, recently directing Boston Marriage, and is thrilled and honored to create work with her Cape community in this new playwrights’ series. www.bronwenprosser.com
Joe Richards has been involved with theater for over thirty years as an actor, puppeteer, and director. He has worked primarily with Theatre on the Bay, Woods Hole Theater Company, and Cotuit Center for the Arts. Much of his work was been with the late Edward Gorey
as one of a core group of actors, puppeteers, and collaborators.
From the Presenters:
“The Kaplan Foundation has supported our black box theater from its inception a few years ago. Since then we’ve been brainstorming a collaboration that would result in new plays presented Cape-wide in an unusual and interesting way. I’m thrilled we are moving forward with this innovative idea,” says David Kuehn, Executive Director of Cotuit Center for the Arts.
David Kaplan, Kaplan Foundation President and Executive Director of the Cape & Islands Theater Coalition added, “I was very impressed with the Four Squared concept when David Kuehn first proposed it to me. The program supports the objectives of both the Foundation and the Coalition to nurture theater arts and promote collaboration among our region’s theaters, thus helping to continue the Cape and Island’s long tradition of theatrical excellence.”
“HJT is thrilled to collaborate with the illustrious David Kuehn and Cotuit Center of the Arts, Provincetown Theater Company, and Woods Hole Theater Company in the genesis of four new plays by four Cape playwrights,” says Nina Schuessler, Producing Artistic Director of Harwich Junior Theatre. “We welcome Susan Kosoff back into the HJT fold as resident playwright after her successful reign as founding Producing Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theater.”
Don Dutton, President of the Woods Hole Theater Company, says “We are delighted to be involved in 4 Squared. In this, our fortieth year of providing theater at affordable prices, we are happy to be involved in this collaboration with other companies across the Cape. We appreciate the good work of Cotuit Center for the Arts in obtaining initial funds for the project, and are most grateful to the Kaplan Foundation for its support.”
"The Provincetown Theater is so proud of the Four Squared project. Part of our mission is to support new and upcoming artists and their works as we endeavor to bring opportunities forward that foster important new scripts for the performing arts now and future generations" adds Brian Carlson, President, Provincetown Theater Foundation.