Cape Cod Theatre Project Begins Season With Daisey's The Ugly American

News   Cape Cod Theatre Project Begins Season With Daisey's The Ugly American
 
The Cape Cod Theatre Project, situated in picturesque Falmouth, Massachusetts, will launch its 2004 season on July 8 with a workshop production of the latest one-man show by Mike Daisey.
Mike Daisey in rehearsal for The Ugly American
Mike Daisey in rehearsal for The Ugly American

Daisey made a splash with his first solo, 21 Dogs Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, a NYC Fringe hit which skewered the corporate culture at Amazon.com and went on the a commercial run.

The new work, running at The Falmouth Academy July 8-10, is called The Ugly American. The piece tracks Daisey's experiences studying theatre in London.

Next up is Kitty Kitty Kitty by Noah Haidle, a play which also happens to be getting a current New York production as part of Arielle Tepper's Summer Play Festival. Frank Wood and Kevin Geer are featured in the cast. The actors appeared as two of the side men in the original Broadway production of Warren Leight's Side Man.

Kitty is directed by Carolyn Cantor. The quirky work is about "a suicidal cat falls in love with his own clone." Miriam Shorr, Justin Hagan and CCTP artistic director Andrew Polk play the cats. The run is July 15-17.

The Cape Cod Theatre Project, the 10-year-old summer theatre festival, briefly rehearses and offers polished readings of new works each July. The company is stationed in Falmouth in the southwest corner of Cape Cod, and performs out of The Falmouth Academy, a private school. Though the company never stages full productions and makes no bones about its plays being in a state of development, the season has become quite popular with the local populace. The roster is four titles strong this year, instead of the usual three. Included are new works by Julia Cho and Joe Hortua. Hortua has a long relationship with CCTP. In 2002, CCTP fostered Hortua's Burning, which then went to an Off-Broadway production at the Rattlestick Theatre. The company also tested out Between Us, which recently closed at Manhattan Theatre Club as Hortua's most high profile production to date.

This year, the Hortua title is World Thrown Tizzy, described as "Samuel Beckett meets David Mamet." Joel Rooks is in the cast.

Also part of the line-up is a new play by Julia Cho, whose The Architecture of Loss was staged at Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop last fall. Gordon Edelstein will direct. In the cast are Jeffrey Carlson (Taboo, The Goat), Kate Rigg, Jenna Lamia (Bedbound), Karen Kandel, Jim Bracchiatta, Justin Hagan, Julienne Kim, Ron Nakahara and Sue Jean Kim.

The season is as follows:

The Ugly American by Michael Daisey
July 8-10
The Falmouth Academy

Kitty Kitty Kitty by Noah Haidle
July 15-17
The Falmouth Academy

BFE by Julia Cho
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
July 22-24
The Falmouth Academy

World Thrown Tizzy by Joe Hortua
July 29-31
The Falmouth Academy

Performances are at 8 PM. Call (508) 457-4242.

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CCTP was founded by artistic director Andrew Polk and Jim Bracchiatta. CCTP workshops which went on to full productions include Vogel's The Mineola Twins (at the Roundabout Theatre Company), Ben Bettenbender's Vick's Boy (at Off Broadway's Rattlestick Theatre Company) and David Schulner's The Infinite Ache (at Long Wharf Theatre).

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