Lois Smith and Rip Torn Find That Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue, July 13-15

News   Lois Smith and Rip Torn Find That Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue, July 13-15 Lois Smith and Rip Torn star in Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue, a new play by legendary journalist and columnist Jimmy Breslin, which will be given a staged reading at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in Falmouth, MA, July 13-15.
Lois Smith heads the reading of Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue with Rip Torn.
Lois Smith heads the reading of Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue with Rip Torn. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Also in the show are Skipp Sudduth ("Third Watch"), Kelly McAndrew (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) Sean Patrick Reilly, Robert Stanton and Lynn Cohen. Cohen recently ended a run as one of the Weird Sisters in the Central Park Macbeth starring Liev Schreiber. Stanton is a veteran of such plays as All in the Timing, A Small Family Business, The Right Kind of People and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue will be directed by Gordon Edelstein. The work is described as a love story based on true events. Breslin is known for his Runyonesque, man-of-the-street prose style, and his focus on the travails of criminals, mobsters and the common man. He has written several books.

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Next up after Love Lasts is Badcat, the latest by Leslie Ayvazian, a talent once best known for her acting, but now more frequently working as a playwright (Nine Armenians). The new work asks, "When you're unhappy with the role you are playing in your marriage, why not make a drastic change?" Actress Blair Brown, who directed Ayvazian's Lovely Day Off-Broadway, stages the work. Dates are July 20-22.

Concluding the season will be a play directed by CCTP artistic director, Andrew Polk: Have You Seen Steve Steven? by Ann Marie Healy. In it, "Mary and Frank are having a dinner party with some neighbors they never met, reminiscing about some times they never had. Their two children are trying to find the exit to a door they never opened. It's a long, cold night in outer suburbia, if they could only remember the way home." Dates are July 27-29. The 12-year-old CCTP has developed a reputation for nurturing plays that eventually find their way Off-Broadway. Just this past season alone, New York has seen Manuscript by Paul Grellong, Almost, Maine by John Cariani and BFE by Julia Cho, all developed at one point at the Falmouth company.

The summer theatre festival rehearses (in a brief process) and offers 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.

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