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Be Part of the Scene!

Get ready for Summer 2021 with our Be Part of the Scene Online Auction! 

Starting May 12 right here at what.org, be part of the scene by bidding on original art, unique Cape Cod experiences, gift certificates from your favorite local restaurants, vacation stays, plus much much more.  It’s a great way to plan your summer on Cape Cod, and you’ll be supporting WHAT’s 2021 Summer Season.

Yes, you heard that right!  We’ll be back this summer with an outstanding lineup of live theater presented outside under the stars.  Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing our plans soon.

 

Our Journey toward Equity, Inclusion and Combating Racism

Creating an Organization that Embraces Equity,  Inclusion, and an Anti-Racist Vision for the American Theater.

 

Like many organizations and individuals, WHAT has embarked on a journey of reflection and self-evaluation in response to the nation-wide recognition, in the wake of horrific violence targeting communities of color,  that the American story has been built upon, and continues to perpetuate, a predominately white narrative that excludes, marginalizes, silences, and erases voices both from and reflective of communities of color.  This narrative perpetuates racist mindsets which in turn support and perpetuate a history of violence and systemic inequality for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, artists, and individuals.

 

This process is often uncomfortable; revealing truths about ourselves, our biases, and our institution, that must be challenged.  It is a time to examine the ways things have always been done, to look deeply and sincerely at our failure to embrace and support artists of color on and off our stages, to understand why voices of color have been excluded from our decision making, and how we have failed our audience and community.  We are committed to leaning in to these difficult conversations.  We know that we have much work to do and a long path ahead.  By embracing this work, we commit to creating a stronger organization that reflects our community’s values, and ends the perpetuation of a harmful and exclusionary narrative.

 

As we work to develop new policies and initiatives we embrace the following principles:

 

Listening:  As a theater company we pride ourselves in our ability to tell stories, but now is a time to listen; to hear and understand how we can better serve BIPOC artists and audience members, to understand how we have fallen short in amplifying their voices and stories, and how we have failed to create a welcoming environment for people of color.

 

Reflection:  We look inward and challenge the status quo.  We examine our past, and understand how through our work onstage, and in the decision-making process that supports that work, we perpetuate the white narrative to the exclusion of diverse voices and experiences.  We continue this work even when we reveal uncomfortable truths or feel personally challenged by our discoveries.

 

Action:  We must develop policies and initiatives that actively challenge racist beliefs, actions, and systems, and create opportunities for BIPOC artists and staff.  We must use our unique platform to amplify marginalized voices from BIPOC artists through greater representation both on and offstage.  We commit to creating policies that are actionable.  We must hold ourselves to account for both our successes and failures.

 

Engagement:  We must come together as a community, artists and audience together, to share stories, experiences, and reflections that provoke thoughtful, heartfelt, and transformative conversations.

 

On this journey, we will stumble and we will fall short of expectations at times.  But we will persevere and stand firm in our commitment to shaping a future for WHAT, and indeed the American theater, that changes the prevailing narrative, that amplifies BIPOC voices and experiences, that ends systemic inequality, and actively promotes a culture of equity, inclusivity, and an anti-racist vision.

Sailor Beware’s My COVID Year

Twelve original monologues on the personal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in America in the year 2020.

Streaming at what.org starting February 5, 2021

Click here to watch.

Recognizing the tremendous potential in supporting passionate artists in their creative process, and in creating a space where local artists are both supported and celebrated, WHAT is proud to collaborate with Sailor Beware in presenting this unique and timely performance.  Produced in collaboration with Lower Cape TV.

Sailor Beware is a Cape-based collective of theater professionals dedicated to the dramatization of bold, new full-length American plays and musicals that by their design cast-off creative and financial constraints to the wind and sea. The company operates as a self-producing entity under the Member’s Project Code of the Actors’ Equity Association and its guidelines.


JANUARY 2020
Written by Fermin Rojas, Performed by Freddy Biddle

FEBRUARY 2020
Written by Sam Platizky, Performed by Joe MacDougall*

MARCH 2020
Written by Glyn Dowden, Performed by Cindy Harrington

APRIL 2020
Written by Linda Fiorella, Performed by Jody O’Neil*

MAY 2020
Written by Nathan Butera, Performed by Mark Meehan

JUNE 2020
Written by Seth Reuben Jacobson, Performed by Joey Lachimia

JULY 2020
Written by Candace Perry, Performed by Jane Macdonald*

AUGUST 2020
Written by Joanne Callum Powers, Performed by Geoffrey Newton

SEPTEMBER 2020
Written by Steven Bruce Myerson, Performed by Janet Geist Moore

OCTOBER 2020
Written by Sylvia Peck, Performed by Lynda Sturner*

NOVEMBER 2020
Written by Dian Hamilton, Performed by John Shuman*

DECEMBER 2020
Written by Karen Scalia, Performed by Linda Monchik

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


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