Winter Reading Series
Jo Hull Brisbane’s dark comedy “Rose Johnson and the Cathode Ray Tube” opens The Provincetown Theater’s 2016 Winter Reading Series on Sunday February 14, at 2 pm. The Winter Reading Series, now in its 19th year, is a FREE event, dedicated to presenting the work of Cape Cod and regional playwrights. Brisbane’s play is the first of five plays scheduled to receive readings. Also featured (at later dates) will be the work of playwrights Tim Bosworth, Bob Cohen, Joe Starzyk and Bragan Thomas.
“Rose Johnson and the Cathode Ray Tube” is set in the year 1954 on a remote mountaintop in rural America. It tells the story of Rose and Tom Johnson, the last innocents in North America.
Their cozy world, shaped by the fantasies and promises of magazine advertising, is blasted apart by the arrival of a new television.
Jo Hull Brisbane is a Cape Cod-based actor, author and playwright. She has appeared onstage for Cape Rep Theatre, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Eventide Arts, Harwich Junior Theatre and Provincetown Theater. Jo is a member of the The Dune Hollow Writers Group and several of her short pieces have been published by the Provincetown Public Press (an initiative of The
Provincetown Library). Her feature writing has appeared Museum & Arts Washington magazine, Blueprints magazine (a publication of the National Building Museum), and The Kansas City Star & Times. As a broadcast producer for PBS affiliate KCPT, she scripted and edited “Portfolio”, a weekly arts magazine. Her teleplay “The Hope Henderson Show” is excerpted from her novel “Captain Astro Tunes In”. Her other plays include “Four Square”, “The Homewreckers” and a full length production (nearing completion) about one of America’s finest religious visionary artists.
Feb. 21 Joe Starzyk Professor Roth’s Will
Joe Starzyk’s drama “Professor Roth’s Will” receives a free reading on Sunday, February 21, at 2 pm at The Provincetown Theater. Starzyk’s play is the second of five plays that form the 2016 Winter Reading Series, now in its 19th year. The series is dedicated to presenting the work of Cape Cod and regional playwrights. Joe Starzyk has been writing plays for over 30 years. Since studying playwriting in Oxford, England, he took a 27-year break, and over the last 8 years has written numerous plays. His works have been performed at theaters all around the country, in Europe, Australia, and in Mexico. His play, Wedding Secrets, was named the winner of the McLaren Memorial Playwriting Competition in Midland Texas, as well as the winner of a Perry Award and 4 STAR awards. Another full-length work, A Grand Night For Murder was one of 3 winners at NKU’s Yes Festival in 2015. His play Bless Me Father was one of the winners of the 2015 British Theater Challenge.
Joe is a frequent participant in the Provincetown Theater’s Winter Reading Series. His latest drama, Professor Roth’s Will, tells the tale of 4 siblings who come together for the reading of their father’s will. The dysfunctional group gathers on the campus where their emotionally disconnected father was a long-time professor. All the family, and the sibling’s personal trials and life long baggage come out as they begin to clean out his office. They realize that their father is still with them as they discover the real cost of being the child of the infamous Raymond H. Roth.