2016 Winter Reading Series

Winter Reading Series

Sundays 2pm-4pm

Feb. 14 Jo Hull Brisbane Rose Johnson and the Cathode Ray Tube (A Motorola Miracle)
Feb. 21 Joe Starzyk Professor Roth’s Will
Feb. 28 Tim Bosworth proudly presents Somewhere Under the Rainbow
March 6 Bob Cohen’s Don’s Side of the Story
March 13 Bragan Thomas The Girl of the Long-Stemmed Roses
Feb. 14 Jo Hull Brisbane Rose Johnson and the Cathode Ray Tube (A Motorola Miracle)

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.

Feb. 28 Tim Bosworth proudly presents Somewhere Under the Rainbow, a play about things people do, or that happen to them, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. It is set in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 2001. Though not about 9/11, it takes its impetus from the events surrounding it. This is his first full length play and more are in the pipeline.  Mr. Bosworth has been a member of the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab since June, 2015. Just having turned 70, he was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After growing up in Schenectady, New York, he lived most of his life in the Midwest. He moved to Provincetown in the fall of 2012 and now lives permanently in Orleans. He has a Ph.D. in history, published two novels and two books on community health needs assessment, and was a realtor in Philadelphia, PA, for 8 years. He is currently finishing a novel, working on an historical biography of the Curtis String Quartet (1927-1981). He is unmarried, has two children, and four grandchildren.
March 6 Bob Cohen’s Don’s Side of the Story  is about a 30ish man who works as a Social Worker for the state child welfare agency. One of his fellow Social Workers is his girlfriend.  She is enamored of the idea of ending her life. As the play begins, Don visits a client, the mother of a 12 year old boy who has been identified at school as being neglected..  He is seduced by the boy’s mother, who then expects a committed relationship from him. Don then stumbles into a sexual relationship with his aunt.  The action of the play revolves around Don trying to extricate himself from the relationship with his client, while also trying to resolve his feelings for these three women. As a playwright, Bob has had 4 plays produced under the auspices of the Theater. He has also directed five plays and acted in the 2015 production of Waiting for Lefty.  Bob is also a participant in the Provincetown Theater’s Playwright’s Lab.
March 13 Bragan Thomas The Girl of the Long-Stemmed Roses Bragan Thomas is proud to present his newest full-length play, The Girl of the Long-Stemmed Roses, as part of this series.  Set on Broadway in 1959, the show is a backstager which tells the story of naïve reporter Barbara Pembroke, whose life will be changed forever during the course of an interview with Maud Lamont, a 1920s movie star making her stage debut.  A Cape Cod-based writer, actor and director, since 2011 Mr. Thomas has appeared such productions as The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Normal Heart, Oliver!, Bent, A Perfect Ganesh, Waiting for Lefty, Trifles, The Sniper, Dead Silence, The Water-Ghost of Harrowby Hall (also author), Alice in Wonderland, and The Verge.  He is also known for the role of the villainous “Dana Fisher” in the independent TV series, Offseason, and as host of WOMR’s Cape Arts Week radio show.