You might think that American drama was born in one of the theaters on Broadway. But, in fact, truly American theater was born on Cape Cod in 1916, when a group of artists and writers in Provincetown mounted a production of a one-act play, Bound East for Cardiff, by a little-known playwright, Eugene O’Neill. They staged the play in a makeshift theater on a wharf in what was then little more than a sleepy fishing village. From that artists’ colony—and others like it across the Cape and Islands—Cape theater culture grew into the constantly expanding theater universe it is today. The theatrical descendants of O’Neill and the Provincetown Players continue to present classical drama, contemporary hits and new, experimental works to audiences that have come to expect the best. In her tour of the theaters from Provincetown to Falmouth, author and entertainment columnist Sue Mellen reveals the rich past behind a unique cultural treasure.
On Sunday July 11 at 6:30 PM, prior to that evening’s performance of Shipwrecked!, author Sue Mellen will join us to sign copies of her new book A History of Theater on Cape Cod, along with sharing stories of the fascinating history of theater on Cape Cod.