Broadway/TV star, women writers, dance anniversary, more arts news
Add one more star to the galaxy of Broadway talent that producer Mark Cortale will bring to Provincetown stages this summer: Sebastian Arcelus. The TV and Broadway star will join his wife, Stephanie J. Block, (Tony Award winner for “The Cher Show”) for his July 10 debut at Provincetown City Hall with host/music director Seth Rudetsky.
Arcelus’ Broadway credits include Buddy in “Elf”, Fiyero in “Wicked” and Roger in “Rent”. On television, Arcelus starred as Lucas Goodwin on Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Jay Whitman on CBS’ “Madam Secretary.”
Information on the dozens of artists coming to town for the Broadway @ series – starting May 29 with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald – and performances at the Art House and Town Hall: https://provincetownarthouse. com/.
The whole list:‘Most ambitious lineup’ yet: Audra McDonald and Chita Rivera headline summer of over 40 stars at Provincetown’s Art House, Town Hall
Cape Cod Theater Project spotlights female playwrights
“The future is female,” according to Cape Cod Theater Project, which celebrates female playwrights and their perspectives with staged readings of four developing plays by established and new playwrights.
The 2022 season (its first in-person in three years) will run from June 30 to July 23, with readings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday at Falmouth Academy’s Simon Center for the Arts at 7 Highfield Drive.
A launch event will take place on June 23 with guests Heidi Schreck, a CCTP alum who is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee for her play ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ – which aired on Broadway and aired on Amazon Prime – and his partner, director Kip Fagan. The event will feature a brief Q&A session that will include reflections on stories led by women in theatre.
The broadcasts of the CCTP season:
June 30-July 2: “The Violet Sisters”, by Gina Femia, directed by Taylor Reynolds, set after Hurricane Sandy, and involves a woman who returns home after trying to “make it” in Los Angeles and is greeted by an angry sister , a dilapidated house, and a past she cannot escape.
July 7-9: “The Janeiad,” by Anna Ziegler, directed by Lisa Peterson, is a version of Ulysses returning to Penelope 20 years after he left in “The Odyssey.” In this version, Jane of Brooklyn’s husband left one day in September 20 years ago. Ziegler’s “Photograph 51”, developed at the CCTP, has been produced frequently, notably with Nicole Kidman in London’s West End.
July 14-16: “Ball Change,” by Brittany K. Allen, about the changes that have taken place in 50 years at New York’s most elite voicemail service.
July 21-23: “Good Day to Me, Not You,” by Lameece Issaq, a one-man play that follows a forty-something dental assistant who gets fired and moves into a nun-run women’s rooming house while she is trying to conceive a child.
All-access passes (for all shows and events) are available for $100, and individual performance tickets will be available in June. Tickets and information: https://capecodtheatreproject.org/, 508-457-4242
The Yard announces 50th anniversary season
The Yard dance organization in Chilmark celebrates its 50th summer season with the return of in-person movement classes, artist workshops, as well as an artist-in-residence group and performances designed to “excite, inspire and encourage growth”.
According to a season announcement, some artists will share completed works, while others will invite the public in the middle of their creative process, with performances on the Chilmark campus or at other Martha’s Vineyard locations. All of the works “uniquely engage with the pressing social and cultural issues of the time,” Yard officials said.
The history of the Yard will also be the subject of an exhibition at Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven from July 20 to October 21. Information on all: https://www.dancetheyard.org/summerseason22.
Performances will include:
7:00 p.m. June 7: an in-progress excerpt from “Protecting Complexity with the Star Pû Method” by Larissa Velez-Jackson / LVJ Performance Co. Velez-Jackson is a choreographer, interdisciplinary artist, performer, and teacher who uses improvisation as her primary research tool and creation around the person and the dancing and sound body. Velez-Jackson is currently a survivor of multiple myeloma cancer, is committed to “the healing and transformative potential of art and integrated mind-body practice, and advocacy for accessibility in the arts” and uses this piece to ask “if encountering performance provides a space that makes healing actually possible,” according to the announcement.
7 p.m. June 11-12: Lucky Plush Productions, a Chicago-based ensemble dance theater company led by Founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads, which uses a hybrid of high-level dance and theater to provoke and sustain “an immediacy of presence – a palpable liveliness – shared by performers in real time with the audience.This piece, “Rink Life”, nods to “the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970s roller rink culture” and includes live vocals.
7 p.m. July 15-16: Adele Myers and Dancers, a Miami-based nonprofit dance theater company that is “committed to advancing and amplifying female dance artists through process, performance, and community engagement.” During their residency, the group will present “These Women in Space and Time (TWIST)”, a dance-theatre performance that features a variety of acts of female solidarity. The group will also host TWISTalks – a creative research and community engagement element that involves gatherings for women.
7 p.m. on July 23: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, a dance company that focuses on “the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word,” aiming to deliver “a unique take on the struggles, tragedies, and triumphs humans”. Featured piece will be “The Equality of Night and Day (TEND)”, a new work by Brown “examining the concepts of balance, equity and justice in light of the current conflicting issues that young people, women and people of color now face.
7 p.m. August 11-12: BrownBody, which is grounded in African diaspora perspectives with a mission “to create artistic experiences that disrupt biased narratives and inspire audiences to engage as active participants in the journey” through a blend of modern dance , theatre, social justice and figure skating. The presentation will be “Tracing Sacred Steps”, which involves the African American dance “Ring Shout”.
7 p.m. August 26-27: Ephrat Asherie Dance, a dance company rooted in street and social dance that is “dedicated to revealing the complexities inherent in these forms”, exploring “the expansive narrative qualities of various street and club styles, including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue as a way to tell stories, develop innovative imagery and find new modes of expression. Featured will be ‘Underscored’, a piece inspired by the cross-generational memories of club dancers that is created and performed by members of the company with guest artists from New York’s underground scene.
Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn-based performance ensemble and dance company, and Tribe members Danza Orgánica & Aquinnah Wampanoag will also be in residence over the summer, with presentations to be announced at a later date.
Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.