All readings are free and open to the public at the Truro Public Library
Saturday, October 21, 2023 — 2:00 p.m.
VISIONS OF BEATITUDE takes us to the closed-for-the-night Atlantic House in Provincetown, Massachusetts at 4 a.m. as the ghosts of Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill have been summoned by St. Genesius, the patron saint of theatre to meet as America’s greatest playwrights and to pull each other’s final secret out of each other with their pens. Both are seeking redemption and this fateful meeting at the bar they both frequented in their lives is their final chance to move forward from their lives filled with drinking, secrets, and lies. Reading performed by Spencer Keasey and Clyde Shelby Mellert.
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By Jim Dalglish
Saturday, November 18, 2023 — 2:00 p.m.
Every year Rex throws a party for his closest friends in the South End townhouse he has lived for 40 years. The annual party marks a special anniversary, but this year there is something important that he has to tell them that may change the course of their lives. Invited at the last minute is a young street kid named Avery who sees Rex and his friends for what they are -White Gays. But what the hell is that supposed to mean? This fast-paced comedy/drama doesn’t pull its punches. Neither do any of the guests at the party.
Written by Meryl Cohn
Saturday, December 16, 2023 — 2:00 p.m.
A writer and her life-long best friend meet at a Provincetown Airbnb to discuss an emergency plan they made years ago… but which plan is it? The plan to live together for the rest of their lives? Or the plan that would separate them forever? How far would you go to keep a promise to a friend? THE FADE-AWAY ADVANTAGE is a comedy about a deadly serious topic: Living in the face of mortality, while staying fully alive to the end.
Written by John Dennis Anderson and Co-authored with Karen Vuranch.
Saturday, January 20, 2024 — 2:00 p.m.
Both living near Paris in the 1930s, the expatriate American novelists Edith Wharton and Louis Bromfield shared a passion for gardening even more than for writing and travel. Despite being 34 years apart in age and of conflicting political views, they cultivated a close friendship. As Wharton moved through her last years, she intrigued Bromfield with her fascination for gossip and stories of murder. Though the looming specter of another war in Europe dismayed them both, they found solace in their gardens and in their affection for each other. A CULTIVATED FRIENDSHIP dramatizes their correspondence and imagines their interactions when visiting each other’s gardens.
Written by Gary Garrison
Saturday, February 17, 2024 — 2:00 p.m.
Five ten-minute plays—comic, comic-dramas and dramas from Garrison’s acclaimed anthology of the same name.
Written by Charlene Donaghy
Saturday, March 16, 2024 — 2:00 p.m.
Marlene Dietrich is quoted as saying, “It’s the friends you can call at 4 a.m. that matter.”
We all have those friends: the ones who understand you when you tell them your heart’s desires, who gently break your heart about love because you know they speak truth, the ones who pick leopard bras when all you want is a pink bow, who surprise you with an alligator in a garden to propel you forward, who might talk you into a misdemeanor or two when necessary. Becca, Tammy, and Kim are those kinds of 4 a.m. Friends with humor and heart the ties that bind. A myriad of iconic fashion, moments, and people from the 1970s to present day propel these friends through six short plays as they fight, argue, support, and love through some of life’s most challenging hurdles, growing from their teens to their sixties. You know, just like you might do with your 4 a.m. friends.
Written by Fermin Rojas
Saturday, April 20, 2024 — 2:00 p.m.
Augie, a Cuban-America playwright who grew up in the 1960’s, and his husband are about to embark on a summer reunion with their longtime friends in the Catskills to celebrate Augie’s commission of a new play. But when Augie receives some life-altering news his doomsday clock begins ticking ever closer to midnight, threatening the end of his career, relationships, and memories.
Plays from the 2022 -2023 Season
Taking place in two adjoining cottages on the water in North Truro, Massachusetts in the summer of 2022, this play deals with a married gay couple, their young son, and their long-time friend. When it's discovered that their son might be involved in a relationship with their middle-aged friend, they must all deal with the feelings of anger, confusion, betrayal, and regret that could threaten the fabric of their relationships.
Reading performed by:
Luke Bosco, Fermin Rojas, Linda Fiorello, James Wojcik and John Dennis Anderson.
by Fermin Rojas
Lady Liberty discovers she loves to talk. So, when she accidentally walks into a theater full of people, she decides to take a break from her daily life to spend a moment in time ruminating about her experiences, memories and plans for the future.
Reading performed by:
Julia Salinger, Sallie Tighe, Luke Bosco, Sam Sewell, Trevor Pittinger, John Dennis Anderson and Qya Cristál as Libby.
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 2:00 p.m.
The Boathouse is the story of a challenging relationship between two Provincetown families, a long-time Provincetown fishing family (The Atkins - Sally, Miles, and their teenage son Ethan) and the other “wash ashore” gay couple Bob & Steve Dunn-McDonald. The play explores themes of gentrification, addiction, class tensions, and conflict that transpires after the Dunn-McDonalds buy a home next to the Atkins and begin extensive renovations.
Reading performed by:
Joseph M. Paprzycki, Beau Jackett, Jennifer Cabral, Steve Myerson, John Dennis Anderson, Fermin Rojas, Stuard Derrick and Julia Salinger.
Saturday, January 21, 2023 - 2:00p.m.
A group of queer friends, led by a middle-aged DJ, drop their emotional masks while hiding out from a militia in a dune shack on Cape Cod.
Reading performed by:
Braunwyn Krist Jackett, Darlene Van Alstyne, Jody O'Neil, Tim Famulare, Jeff Schaffer, Halcyone Hurst, Jamie de Sousa, Jennifer Cabral, and John Shuman
Saturday February 18, 2023 - 2:00p.m.
Five ten-minute plays — comic, comic-dramas and dramas — from Garrison’s acclaimed anthology of the same name.
Reading performed by: Joe Bruno, Nathan Butera, David Drake, Braunwyn Jackett, Kate Levy, Vanessa Rose, Julia Salinger, Sallie Tighe, and Frank Vasello.
Saturday March 18, 2023 - 2:00p.m.
The story of a daughter and father and their trials and tribulations in having a relationship. You’ll go on adventures from the Bronx botanical gardens, through the ins and outs of a pastrami sandwich and wind up full circle in the miasma of interactions.
Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 2:00p.m.
Christopher Isherwood, avowed queer author and devotee of Vedanta, best known for his character Sally Bowles, reflects on his life as an outsider--in his native England, in Berlin between the wars, and in postwar America.