Mason, McSweeny, Hortua Lined Up for Cape Cod Theatre Project, July 10-26

News   Mason, McSweeny, Hortua Lined Up for Cape Cod Theatre Project, July 10-26 The Cape Cod Theatre Project, the nine-year-old summer theatre festival which quickly and briefly offers three polished readings of new works each July, has selected its 2003 season.

The trio of fresh titles are Manuscript by Paul Grellong, Bay Windows and Shades by Joe Hortua and While We Were Bowling by Carter Lewis. As is often the case with CCTP, the relatively low profile of the playwrights is contrasted by the fame of the assigned directors. Multiple Tony nominee and Lanford Wilson collaborator Marshall Mason will helm Bay Windows, while Broadway and Off-Broadway veteran (The Best Man) Ethan McSweeny stages Manuscript.

The best known playwright is Hortua. Last summer, CCTP fostered Hortua's Burning, which then went to an Off-Broadway production at the Rattlestick Theatre.

CCTP is stationed in Falmouth in the southwest corner of Cape Cod, and performs out of The Falmouth Academy, a private school, and the nearby Woods Hole Community Hall, an old Cape Cod-style shingled construction just off the water. 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 season is as follows:

Manuscript by Paul Grellong
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
July 10, 11, 12
The Falmouth Academy Bay Windows and Shades by Joe Hortua
Directed by Marshall Mason
July 17, 18, 19
The Woods Hole Community Hall

While We Were Bowling by Carter Lewis
Directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb
July 24, 25, 26
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).