In our 2021 season (originally announced for 2020), we will continue innovative and exciting programming that features one world premiere, one New England premiere, two Cape Cod premieres, and the return of a Eugene O’Neill classic.
The Drag by Mae West (Yes, that Mae West!) is a play that was shut down by the Vice Squad en route to Broadway in 1927. At long last, we are thrilled to bring this American icon’s vintage comic melodrama — about a closeted Park Avenue newlywed leading a double life with a band of Greenwich Village drags queens — back to the stage! A New England Premiere.
The Lady Hamlet by Sarah Schulman was such a triumph in our 2019 Winter Play Dates reading series that we’re honored to be producing its world premiere. The play is a smart, rollicking comedic duel between two lesbian stage stars at the turn of the 20th century vying to be the first — and best! — female Hamlet on Broadway. A World Premiere.
Jerker by Robert Chesley is love story that is, in the words of its author, “A pornographic elegy with redeeming social value in twenty phone calls, many of them dirty.” Indeed, Chesley’s poetic duet-of-a-play builds a deeply romantic bond between a pair of gay men in San Francisco in 1987 via the oft-ridiculed activity of phone sex. A Cape Cod Premiere.
The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter is the seriously funny new play by the Emmy-nominated writer/producer of NBC’s smash hit This Is Us. The Cake follows Della, a middle-aged North Carolina baker who is asked by her best friend’s daughter to bake the cake for the young woman’s same-sex wedding. As with our production of The Laramie Project, a series of “Community Conversations” will follow select performances of The Cake to engage audience members in a discussion of shared experiences, values, and concerns. A Cape Cod Premiere.
The 2021 season will close with Eugene O’Neill’s classic tale of love, family, and forgiveness, A Moon for the Misbegotten, in an embrace of Provincetown’s historical place in American Theater.