Summer plays in Provincetown and Falmouth, more Beach Road music

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Provincetown Theater has announced a summer of premieres for its return to a full season in its indoor theater. The May-December schedule, for which subscriptions are now available, will include a world premiere, a New England premiere and three Cape Cod premieres.

The list begins May 19 through June 5 with the “RE-premiere” of Mae West’s 1927 forbidden play “The Drag.” The Provincetown show will be the first professional editing of the famed actress’ “gay comedy” since it was shut down by the Vice Squad in 1927 for “corrupting the morals of young people.”

Play by novelist, historian and playwright Sarah Schulman "The Lady Hamlet" will have its world premiere from June 27 to July 21 at the Provincetown Theatre.

The melodrama tells the story of a newlywed from Park Avenue and his secret double life with a pack of Greenwich Village drag queens. “The Drag” was heading to Broadway but never made it past New Jersey because of the scuffle with police, theater officials say.

Provincetown’s summer then kicks off June 27-July 21 with the world premiere of “The Lady Hamlet,” by novelist, historian and playwright Sarah Schulman. The costume comedy is described as having ‘one foot in the screw and the other in a cerebral gender-defining fencing match’ as ​​turn-of-the-century divas battle it out to see who will be first – and best – Hamlet woman on Broadway . (Post-show interviews with the author will be announced at a later date.)

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From August 1 to September 1, the theater will present the Cape Town premiere of “Jerker”, Robert Chesley’s “sensual love story” which follows the development of romance between two gay men in 1980s San Francisco via the phone sex. Theater officials cite a New York Times review of the play’s 1987 off-Broadway debut which described the play as “a pornographic elegy with redemptive social value” with “gamy language and mock auto-eroticism (which ) are certainly not for the faint of heart” but carry a poignant message of love in the age of AIDS.

The fall show, October 13-30, will be the Cape Town premiere of Stephen Karam’s (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, Lucille Lortell and more) 2016 award-winning play ‘The Humans’. The 100-minute drama tells the story of an American family who reunites for Thanksgiving dinner in lower Manhattan and grapples with the fears, joys, bonds and anxieties of the 21st century.

Provincetown Theater Season Finale Nov. 17-Dec.  4 will be the Cape Town premiere of a stage adaptation by Nia Vardalos (pictured) of

The season finale November 17-December. 4 will be the Cape Town premiere of Nia Vardalos’ stage adaptation of author Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’. The piece brings to life the questions and answers that “Sugar” posted online from 2010 to 2012, when struggling writer Strayed took over as an anonymous, unpaid columnist. The theater describes the play as being “about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to answer the questions that have no answer”.

Subscriptions to all five shows are on sale for $149 at https://bit.ly/PTFSubscriptions. Individual tickets will go on sale in mid-April. Information: www.provincetowntheater.org, with regular updates on Facebook and Instagram. Inquiries: [email protected]

Selina Fillinger, whose play “The Collapse” was part of the Cape Cod Theater Project's 2021 season, will debut her new play on Broadway in mid-April: “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.”

Cape Cod Theater Project returns to Falmouth

The Cape Cod Theater Project, which has spent the weeks of July developing new plays in Falmouth for more than 25 years, will return to Falmouth Academy this summer after two years of virtual readings.

No show has yet been revealed, but the dates will be Thursday through Saturday from June 30 to July 23 at the academy’s Simon Center, according to an announcement. There will be a StageTalk conversation at the start of each week, with a time and location to be determined.

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As a sign of the talent involved in the CCTP, officials extended their congratulations to writer Selina Fillinger, whose play “The Collapse” was part of the 2021 season. Fillinger, who writes for “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+ , is set to bring his new play – “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Big Fool Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive” – to Broadway, with previews starting April 14 at the Shubert Theater and official opening party on April 27.

The all-female cast will include Julianne Hough, Vanessa Williams, Rachel Dratch, Lea DeLaria (who co-owns the Club in Provincetown), Lilli Cooper, Suzy Nakamura and Julie White.

The music of Beach Road extends beyond the vineyard

Four bands playing the three-day Beach Road Weekend music festival in late August in Vineyard Haven will also play festival “kick-off gigs” that week in Providence and Boston.

The Beach Road Weekdays series will include Lord Huron and Bully playing August 25 at the Boch Center Wang Theater in Boston. The following night, Jason Isbell and Unit 400 will perform at Bold Point Park in Providence with Deer Tick.

Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. April 1 at www.beachroadweekdays.com.

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Lord Huron is led by Michigan native Ben Schneider and has recorded four albums, including “The Night We Met” featured in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.” Bully was founded by singer, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Bognanno.

Isbell’s music includes “Something More Than Free” (2015) and “The Nashville Sound” (2017), which won Grammy Awards for Best American Album and Best American Roots Song. Her “Maybe It’s About Time” was featured in the remake of the 2019 film “A Star Is Born.” His band’s 2021 cover album “Georgia Blue” celebrated Georgia’s role in the 2020 election. Deer Tick is a band from Providence who have nine full albums and multiple festival appearances under their belt.

Beach Road Weekend will feature dozens of musicians and bands, including Beck, Wilco and the Avett Brothers. Information and tickets: www.beachroadweekend.com.

Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.

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