Four Squared: “Along The River Road” by Candace Perry

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With generous support from the Kaplan Foundation, Cotuit Center for the Arts announces a new collaboration designed to workshop four original plays by four local playwrights over the course of one year.  Theater partners include Cotuit Center for the Arts, Harwich Junior Theatre, Provincetown Theater, and Woods Hole Theater Company.

Each work will be presented in staged readings four times, once each season over the course of a year, in four venues from the upper Cape to the lower Cape, reaching four different audiences.  The partners each invited a local playwright and asked that they pen a new full length play for up to six actors. Readings will take place in the four theaters simultaneously, the first with each playwright in the “home” of their presenter, then rotating between the four venues.

Featured playwrights are Bronwen Prosser (Cotuit Center for the Arts), Susan Kosoff (Harwich Junior Theatre),  Candace Perry (Provincetown Theater) and Joe Richards (Woods Hole Theater Company).  The program is funded by generous support from the Kaplan Foundation.

Candace Perry is a writer, activist, and social worker who holds the audacious hope that her plays might change the world.  She’s written three full length plays and thirty short plays.  Her full length play, Meridian Summer, received the 2007 Cape Cod Playwrights/Kaplan Prize.   Her short plays have been developed with the Provincetown Theater and many have also been produced by other companies/competitions, including the Boston Theater Marathon, New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival, Women’s International Theater Festival (Provincetown), Double Take Fringe Festival (Greenfield, MA), Theatre Southwest (Houston, TX), and Heartland Theatre Company (Normal, IL).  For several years she’s taught a community education class on writing the short play.  She’s a member of the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab and the Dramatists Guild. More information is available on her website, www.candaceperryplaywright.com.

The final reading of ALONG THE RIVER ROAD, a new play by Candace Perry, returns home to The Provincetown Theater. The play takes place on a Louisiana plantation in 2011 and 1811. A free event.