On Sunday July 28 we welcome the Cape Dance Festival to the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion with a free performance by The Wondertwins.
Celebrating 40 years as dance professionals, Billy and Bobby McClain, aka The Wondertwins, perform with the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of Cotton Club glory days, the flash of Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime. The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own, using an eclectic soundtrack, ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and poetry from Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Alonzo King and more. The Wondertwins offer a kaleidoscopic view of African-American entertainment traditions.
They have worked for over 20 years as educators in the Boston public schools, and spend summers as the directors of Project RISE, an educational summer program for 150 inner-city students in Braintree, MA. The duo uses high energy street dance as a platform to educate their audiences about the history of hip hop with motivational stories of successes and failures in life and dance.
Cape Dance Festival, now in its 7th season, presents world-class dance artists to residents and visitors on the Cape. Their mission has an educational and altruistic component that this amazing event will satisfy in the deepest sense.
presented by the Cape Dance Festival
Sunday July 28, 11:00 AM
in the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion
Judith Partelow’s acclaimed new play A Woman’s Heart comes to Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater on May 10-12 following four successful runs elsewhere on the Cape. The play explores a woman’s emotional life as she faces the challenges of child-rearing, career, love, and loss. Alternately romantic, gutsy, self-doubting, and serene, A Woman’s Heart carries a richly detailed narrative thread—beginning in the 1950s and ‘60s and running through to the present day.
Critics have praised A Woman’s Heart’s captivating poetic language, its strong emotional appeal, and its innovative approach to casting. Three female actors represent the story’s heroine at different stages of her journey, and a single male actor assumes multiple roles. The actors are Lee Roscoe, Rod Owens, and Dana McCoy, and the playwright herself. The play is directed as well by the multi-talented Partelow and produced by Janet Murphy Robertson of ArtistsAndMusicians.org,
Partelow’s work has been met with enthusiasm by general audiences, the theater community, and academics. During its recent conference, the Cape Cod Writers Center awarded Partelow the 2018 Kevin V. Symmons Scholarship for Second Career Writers. James Kershner, Communications Professor, Cape Cod Community College, wrote of A Woman’s Heart, “I loved it! Deep, powerful, and entertaining.” Actor Rod Owens facilitated a course titled A WOMAN’S HEART: POETRY-INTO-PLAY in the spring 2018 as part of the college’s Academy for Lifelong Learning series. Author Catherine Kelly-Mahon attended the course and observed, “Shakespeare gave us the Ages of Man; Partelow now gives us the Ages of Women. A Woman’s Heart is the truth of human experience expressed in beautiful poetry.”
The play premiered at the Jacob Sears Library Theater in May 2017 and went on to additional successful runs at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Women’s International Theater Festival in Provincetown, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
A Woman’s Heart
by Judith Partelow
Friday May 10, 7:30 PM
Saturday May 11, 7:30 PM
Sunday May 12, 2:00 PM
As part of ArtWeek, a statewide celebration of the arts, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater presents readings of new work by two Cape playwrights: The House of Nunzio by Patrick Riviere at 2 p.m. on April 28, and Meridian Summer by Candace Perry at 3 p.m. on May 5. Both staged readings are free and open to the public. Experience the process of taking a new work off the page with a staged reading of new works in development. Following the reading, the playwrights will share the history of the plays and their evolutions. Audience members will have an opportunity to offer their feedback to the playwrights, actors and directors.
Both plays harness the power of storytelling—opening and expanding our perceptions through the window of another’s experience.
In Patrick Riviere’s humor-laced drama The House of Nunzio, an Italian-American family struggles with secrets, sexuality, aging and prejudice. “I grew up in an extended Italian family,” Riviere says. “All references I saw portrayed in theatre and on TV as a young man were of the Mafia and a stereotypical accent of some Brooklyn gangster. That was not my experience. I was also a confused gay man and, at first, saw no references to gay men. And then when I did, they were all partying on Fire Island or dying of AIDS. I wanted to write a play about my experience.”
Candace Perry’s Meridian Summer has its roots in her childhood. Perry says, “Every summer, we visited my mother’s family in Meridian, Mississippi. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned that James Chaney was a native of Meridian. Growing up, I had heard from my white family that outside agitators were to be blamed for all the troubles. I wanted to write about the Movement from some very personal points of view, both inside it and outside it.”
ArtWeek is an award-winning festival showcasing hundreds of unique and creative experiences and offering behind-the-scenes access to artists and the creative process. Launched in 2013 and produced by the Boch Center as part of a strategy to strengthen its role in both the community and the creative economy beyond just its downtown historic theaters, ArtWeek has grown to become a statewide event. Find more ArtWeek events at artweekma.org.
ArtWeek: Readings of New Work
The House of Nunzio by Patrick Riviere; Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 PM
Meridian Summer by Candace Perry; Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 PM
Subscriptions to our 2019 season are now on sale. Subscribers enjoy great discounts, early access to tickets, and fee-free purchases. You won’t want to miss one minute of this very special season.
For a limited time, see all 5 shows this summer for only $100!
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We are thrilled to announce our 2019 Summer Theater Season.
This year we celebrate the 35th anniversary of our founding and the adventurous spirit that united 6 theater artists to create Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, inspiring generations of theater-goers and theater artists here on the Outer Cape and beyond. We are proud to offer these 5 unique plays, some truly special events, plus expanded offerings for the whole family.
Continuing our legacy for producing adventurous contemporary work, we open our season with David Mamet’s Race, a profound (and profane) exploration of the intersection of racial and gender politics featuring Mamet’s signature razor-sharp dialogue. Opening in July, Murder for Two is a musical murder mystery full of invention and humor. Featuring a cast of two, who not only portray 13 characters but also accompany themselves on the piano, you won’t want to miss this tuneful homage to the classic whodunnit.
Two scientists, driven by fear and fame, are pushed to their limits when tasked with embalming former Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin. Based on a true story of deception, scientific achievement and bitter betrayal, Lenin’s Embalmers is both a rollicking comedy and an epic tragedy.
Our season returns to where we began in 1985 with Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece Rhinoceros. This cautionary tale about the lure of fascism feels especially befitting in our age. Directed by Daisy Walker, daughter of WHAT founder Dan Walker, we are proud to offer this tribute to the founders of WHAT and their vision that has inspired us for 35 years. As a complement to Rhinoceros we offer Orson’s Shadow, performed in repertory with a shared cast. The absurdity of Ionesco’s play is no match for the absurdity behind the scenes when Hollywood giant Orson Welles directs Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros’ UK premiere. Based on true events, Orson’s Shadow is a sharp and witty play that proves that the drama is not always confined to the stage.
We are thrilled to expand our family offerings in The Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion. WHAT for Kids returns for its 18th year with Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted from Roald Dahl’s beloved book. New this summer we welcome P.I.E. Story Theatre, interactive story telling for young audiences. Don’t be surprised to see P.I.E. Story Theatre popping up around the Outer Cape this summer. Thanks to some very generous support we’ll be offering this program for FREE all summer long throughout the community.
Flex Pass subscription will be available starting March 18, with single tickets going on sale May 1. And we still have a few surprises to share. Be sure to visit what.org to stay up-to-date on all of our programming this summer.