The Cape Cod Theatre Project, the eight-year-old summer theatre festival which quickly rehearses and briefly offers three polished readings of new works each July, will make its first venture into New York City this fall, presenting its 2002 summer season in an October-November series of readings.
The series begins Oct. 7 with Garth Wingfield's Are We There Yet?, about a woman who radically alters her life after discovering she has cancer. Directed by Ethan McSweeny, it will star Hope Chernov, Helen Piper Coxe, Chris Hutchinson, Alice Playten, William Ragsdale and Marc Victor.
The remaining lineup is as follows:
Nov. 11: Almost, Maine by John Cariani, directed by Gabriel Barre, starring Johanna Day, Justin Hagen, Ibi Janko, Larry Nathanson, Tricia Paoluccio and William Ragsdale. The directors and cast mirror those seen in the CCTP's July presentations in Falmouth and Wood's Hole, MA. The three helmsmen drafted to pilot this season's work are Ethan McSweeny, who directed The Best Man on Broadway; Gabriel Barre, who got The Wild Party up on its feet at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Marshall Mason, whose many Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include several premieres by Lanford Wilson.
In past seasons, CCTP has corralled name playwrights such as Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson and Erin Cressida Wilson.
CCTP was founded by artistic director Andrew Polk and Jim Bracchiatta. The company operates out of the Falmouth Academy and an old dockside community hall in Wood's Hole, in southwestern Cape Cod.
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).
One of the 2002 plays, Burning, has already been selected by Rattlestick for full production in spring 2003.
All the New York readings will take place at the DR2 Theatre at 103 E. 15th St. In Manhattan. Call (212) 242 2677 for reservations.
—By Robert Simonson