Meet The Playwrights

Seven Outer Cape Artists Were Selected for Our Second 2023-2024 Season

Learn more about each of this season’s playwrights below.

Joseph Paprzycki

VISIONS OF BEATITUDE

Joseph M. Paprzycki is the author of sixty-eight plays and screenplays including “Last Rites”, “Fortune Cookies”, “Summer Rentals”, “Tennessee’s Final Curtain”, “Visions of Beatitude”, “Indoor Picnic”, “Express Tracks”, “Sage Advice”, “Youth in America”, “Players on the Harbor”, “Long Distances” and many others full length and one act.  He has had over thirty productions in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware and New Orleans and many staged readings including the Provincetown Theater. He is the founder and curator of the Truro Playwright Collective and the South Camden Theatre Company in Camden, New Jersey. There he led the construction of the Waterfront South Theatre at the site of his grandfather’s bar and the setting of his first play “Last Rites”. He has taught playwriting at Rosemont College, LaSalle University and Temple University and is featured in the award-winning documentary “Dovere for Camden” which showed the construction and opening of his theatre. A full time Cape resident lives with his husband Gus Orr in North Truro, Massachusetts. He is also the Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Cape Cod.  http://www.joseph-m-paprzycki.com

Joseph M. Paprzycki

Jim Dalglish

WHITE GAYS

Jim Dalglish is a playwright, director, filmmaker, and producer with more than thirty plays and films to his credit. These works have been produced and screened around the world and have won awards in New York, Boston, London, and Dublin. A few of his plays have been anthologized in best play collections. Jim has directed more than two dozen theatrical productions, five of which he also independently produced. He has been employed by a variety of theaters in New England as a managing director, marketing director, and box office manager. Jim has a master’s degree in creative writing/playwriting from Brown University. His thesis advisor was Paula Vogel. When he isn’t busy writing, directing, or producing plays and films, he and his husband Rob Phelps enjoy sailing Delphina – their 17-foot O’Day Daysailer – along the sheltered harbors of New England. Read more about Jim at www.jimdalglish.com.

Meryl Cohn


THE FADE-AWAY ADVANTAGE

Meryl Cohn’s playwriting awards include The ATHE Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi finalist (twice), The Eventide Arts Theater Award, and Curve Magazine's Lesbian Theater Award. Reasons to Live was named a Favorite Play by The Cape Cod Times. Seven of Meryl’s full-length plays have been commissioned and produced by The Provincetown Theater. Her work has also been produced at W.H.A.T, the Skylight Theater, The Open Fist, TOSOS, The New York International Fringe Festival (extended in the Encore Series), The Soho Playhouse, The Cherry Pit, and Smith College, among others. Play publications include The Siegels of Montauk (in Lesbian and Queer Plays of the Jane Chambers Prize) and her monologue from And Sophie Comes Too was published in Best Women’s Stage Plays and Monologues, Smith & Kraus. She is also the author of the humor book Do What I Say: Ms. Behavior’s Guide to Gay and Lesbian Etiquette. She earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Meryl founded the ongoing Northampton Playwrights Lab in 2006 and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

John Dennis Anderson

John Dennis Anderson

A CULTIVATED FRIENDSHIP

John Dennis Anderson, a resident of Wellfleet, is a professor emeritus at Emerson College in Boston. A native of Waco, Texas ,he has performed nationally in interactive solo performances as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and others. He has acted in “The Laramie Project” and “Casa Valentina” at the Provincetown Theater, and he read his solo play “Isherwood” last April for the Truro Playwright Collective. He is a Trustee of the Helltown Players.

Gary Garrison

VERTICALS AND HORIZONTALS - PART TWO

Gary was the Executive Director of the Dramatist Guild of America from 2007-2016. Prior to his work at the Guild, Garrison filled the posts of Artistic Director, Producer and fulltime faculty member in the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he produced over forty-five festivals of new work. He is on the Tony Administration Committee for the Tony Awards, the program director for the Summer Playwriting Intensive for the Kennedy Center and the Director of the Dramatists Guild Institute. In April of 2014, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts instituted the National Gary Garrison Ten-Minute Play Award given to the best ten-minute play written by a dramatist. Author, playwright, educator. www.garygarrison.com

Garry Garrison

Charlene Donaghy

4 A.M. FRIENDS

Charlene A. Donaghy is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, fiction writer, and producer with plays produced and/or awarded from New York City to Los Angeles, in Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. Hansen Publishing Group publishes Charlene’s collection of writings Bones of Home and Other Plays. Other publications include Best American Short Plays (3x), She Persisted, Estrogenius-A Celebration of Female Voices (2x), Best10-Minute Plays, In the Eye, Louisiana Literary Journal, and others.  Charlene is Founder and Festival Director of the Warner International Playwrights Festival, Producing Consultant for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, and teaches writing for stage, screen, and fiction in the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is a founding member of Boston's Proscenium Playwrights and a member of New York City’s 9th Floor Writers & Actors Collaborative, The Playwrights Center, Honor Roll!, and The Dramatists Guild of America where she served as inaugural Connecticut/Western New England Regional Representative. www.charleneadonaghy.com

Fermin Rojas

Title Pending

Fermin is a producer/filmmaker, actor, writer and co-founder of DKR Films. DKR’s award-winning documentaries include Alumbrones, The Black Mambas and King Philip’s Belt : A Story of Wampum, which screened at The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian. Narrative film credits include executive producer for The Ali’i King, written and directed by Christine Kunewa Walker. He has authored numerous ten-minute plays, books for musicals and monologues for the stage. Along with husband Jay Kubesch, Fermin produced Cuba’s first and only gay men’s singing ensemble Mano a Mano.

Fermin Rojas

2022-23 Playwrights

Playwrights part of the previous 2022-2023 Season

Will Hildreth

THE BOATHOUSE

Will studied film and television at Emerson College in Boston, where he won the school’s Cyprienne Gable Award for his script “Thorns Also, and Thistles.” He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson with a BS in Film in 1989. He moved to Los Angeles to attend the Graduate Screenwriting Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, Graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1993. While at USC, he received a prestigious Disney Fellowship for his (unproduced) screenplay “Regression.” Will worked in story development and production in Los Angeles and later moved to Truro year-round with his husband Ryan and their dog Gunther von Wiggles.

Will Hildreth

Julia Salinger

FATTY PASTRAMI

Julia Salinger is a painter, poet, printmaker, and installation artist. She divides her time between Wellfleet, MA and Sicily. Her book, "When I Awoke," was published in 2015. She has currently completed a poetry manuscript and is looking for a publisher, if anyone out there is listening! Julia began her career as an art historian. Her mentor, Irving Sandler, wrote “The Triumph of American Painting." She continued her Master’s studies at Columbia University, and worked for Ronald Feldman Fine Arts as a researcher for five Andy Warhol print portfolios. She was accepted into the prestigious curatorial program at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, DC and the Whitney Curatorial program. She has worked at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, The Guggenheim and The Neuberger Museum. She is represented in collections in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has shown at Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA, The Cherrystone Gallery in Wellfleet and by Farm Project Space in Wellfleet. Her gallery and studio space "Mermaids Grange,"' in Wellfleet is open by appointment. For more info: juliasalinger.com.

Linda Fiorella

BEANIE’S LAST STAND

Linda lives in North Truro where she writes plays, screenplays and novels. She participated in the 24 Hour Play Festival and wrote several episodes of the locally produced series Offseason.

Participation in The Truro Playwright Collective is by invitation only.

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