Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater will return to its Julie Harris Stage this summer, with a five-show season running from June to October that will include regional premieres and a tribute to Sondheim. After last year’s outdoor stage in the front yard, WHAT’s shows are set to be indoors for the first time in three years.
First up, June 1-24, will be Young Jean Lee’s comedy “Straight White Men,” about a family’s vacation interrupted by a son’s existential crisis and a conversation about privilege and potential. From June 29 to July 22, WHAT will honor the legacy of the late composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim by staging the musical revue “Marry Me A Little.” In it, through songs from Sondheim’s early shows, two lonely singles share a desire to break out of isolation and experience love and connection.
From July 27 to August 27. 19 will be Taylor Mac’s take on Shakespeare’s bloodiest play with “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.” The show, nominated for the 2019 Tony Awards for Best Play, is “a bold, brash and bawdy invention that defies genre”, according to the announcement from artistic director producer Christopher Ostrom, focusing on two servants cleaning up after the fall of the ‘Roman Empire.
“The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson, in theaters from August 25 to September 25. 17, says Ostrom, is an irreverent female comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror: “Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former Queen Marie Antoinette and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang around, assassinate Marat and try to repel the madness of 1793 in Paris.
The end of the season, from September 22 to October 16, will be “Betrayal” by Harold Pinter, winner of the 1979 Olivier Prize, the story of an illicit affair that takes place in reverse, the end of a marriage to “the first forbidden spark”. ”
The WHAT for children! will return to the Larry Philips Performance Pavilion from July 5th through August with a production to be announced shortly featuring young artists from WHAT’s Professional Development Internship program.
Subscriptions to the 2022 WHAT season at the Outermost Performing Arts Center, 2357 State Highway (Route 6) go on sale beginning March 21, with tickets to individual productions available beginning May 1. Information: http://what.org/, 508-349-9428.
Jo Hay named first artist of the year of the foundation
The Cape Cod Arts Foundation selected Provincetown painter Jo Hay as its first Artist of the Year. The award recognizes a Cape Town-based artist whose work “shapes thought, inspires change and creates a deeper sense of connection in the community”, according to an announcement.
“Through her art, she tackles difficult subjects, stimulates dialogue and allows us to better understand our world by shining a light on the actors of change in society,” said the executive director of the foundation, Julie Wake, in a press release. writing. Hay’s work “really encapsulates the watershed moments that are happening right now.”
Joe Hay:Provincetown Artist Sees Hope in First Vice President’s Inauguration
Since 2016, Hay has been working on “Persisters,” a portrait series of 17 (so far) large-scale paintings that depict “pioneering women in their pursuit of justice,” according to the announcement. In a distinctive and colorful style, Hay painted portraits of Vice President Kamala Harris, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, poet Amanda Gorman, late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Georgian politician Stacey Abrams, US Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, journalist Rachel Maddow, saber fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and more.
At a divisive time in our country’s history, Hay said, the series served as a “cathartic and soothing process” as it created paintings “of these people that I looked to for support. I wanted to paint people who I think could help us navigate our way.
As part of her recognition by the foundation, Hay will paint another ‘Persist’, which will be unveiled on April 28 at the Chatham Orpheum Theater and then auctioned on June 9 at the foundation’s ‘Prelude to Summer’ event. . A portion of the proceeds from the painting will benefit the foundation.
Hay will also talk about his work and creative process at 5 p.m. Thursday in a virtual conversation that kicks off this year’s four-part Modern Love series from the foundation, which runs through May. The series spotlights local artists and the studios where they create their work.
Originally from Newcastle, England, Hay made his first career in the publishing industry in New York. After buying a house in Provincetown in 2005, she began to dabble in art full-time, went to graduate school in 2010 at the New York Academy of Art, and has since won numerous accolades.
Her work can be seen at the Womencrafts store, 376 Commercial St., Provincetown, and she is represented by the Carolyn Kramer Gallery, which is owned by her partner, and the Miller Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.
Two additional years approved for Beach Road Weekend
The Beach Road Weekend music festival in Vineyard Haven is set to fill Veterans Memorial Park for the next three months of August after the Tisbury Select Board recently unanimously approved permits for Innovation Arts and Entertainment to stage the events several days until 2024.
Beach Road Weekend 2022, scheduled for August 26-28, will feature performances by Beck, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Khruangbin, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and over two dozen other artists. Three-day ticket and hotel packages, and information: https://www.beachroadweekend.com/.
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The dates for 2023 are, according to an announcement, to be August 24-27 and Beach Road Weekend 2024 will be August 22-25. Innovation has pledged to donate 5% of its net revenue to the Town of Tisbury to support community causes. Organizers expect each day of the festival to attract more than 12,000 fans to the island.
“It is an honor to be able to look this far into the future with the Town of Tisbury as our partner,” said Adam Epstein, President and CEO of Innovation Arts and Entertainment in the announcement. “We are already working to secure an incredible line-up of artists for the next two years and are committed to providing a vital boost to Tisbury’s economy and fostering the growth of Martha’s Vineyard’s vibrant music scene.”
Proceeds from the events will support the Friends of the MV Concert Series, an island-based nonprofit that, according to a press release, “was established to support and enhance the recreation and entertainment landscape on Martha’s Vineyard. “. Friends group officials plan to support music programs at area schools, local musicians with ticketed concerts, and invest in local sports leagues that use Veterans Memorial Park.
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